The Squirrel on the Train
Oberon the Irish wolfhound is off to Portland to smell all the things with canine companions wolfhound Orlaith and Boston terrier Starbuck, and, of course, his human, ancient Druid Atticus O’Sullivan. The first complication is an unmistakable sign of sinister agendas afoot: a squirrel atop the train. But an even more ominous situation is in store when the trio plus Atticus stumble across a murder upon arrival at the station. They recognize Detective Gabriela Ibarra, who’s there to investigate. But they also recognize the body—or rather that the body is a doppelganger for Atticus himself. The police, hampered by human senses of smell and a decided lack of canine intuition, obviously can’t handle this alone. Not with Atticus likely in danger. Oberon knows it’s time to investigate once more-—for justice! For gravy! And possibly greasy tacos!Alongside his faithful Druid, Oberon and the other loyal hounds navigate by nose through Portland to find a bear-shifter friend with intel, delicious clues at the victim’s home, and more squirrels. Always more squirrels!But will our hungry band of heroes be able to identify the culprit before someone else is murdered? Will there be mystery meat in gravy as a reward or tragedy in store for the world’s (or at least the Pacific Northwest’s) greatest dog detective.

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TitleThe Squirrel on the Train
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LanguageEnglish
ReleaseNov 30th, 2017
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GenreFantasy, Urban Fantasy, Magic

The Squirrel on the Train Review

  • Karl
    January 1, 1970
    The clever Mr. Kevin Hearne who’s novella “The Squirrel On The Train” has a way with words and has unique insights. If by some odd chance the play on words of the books title didn’t trigger a smile, he reinforces his cleverness with chapter 9, titled “Gone Squirrel” . These are just a few of the funny and in-jokes that are pulled off, And by the way the book is subtitled "Oberon's Meaty Mysteries" of which this is volume two.This is the first time I have read Kevin Hearne, and upon looking up hi The clever Mr. Kevin Hearne who’s novella “The Squirrel On The Train” has a way with words and has unique insights. If by some odd chance the play on words of the books title didn’t trigger a smile, he reinforces his cleverness with chapter 9, titled “Gone Squirrel” . These are just a few of the funny and in-jokes that are pulled off, And by the way the book is subtitled "Oberon's Meaty Mysteries" of which this is volume two.This is the first time I have read Kevin Hearne, and upon looking up his output, it appears he has been a quite busy scribe. This book appears to be the second volume of an offshoot of his Iron Druid series which consists of eight or nine volumes. The first offshoot was titled “Oberon's Meaty Mysteries: The Purloined Poodle” (another play on words).Oberon is an Irish wolfhound attached to the above mentioned Druid from the chronicles who goes by the name of Atticus O’Sullivan. Atticus is a shapeshifter and has lived for hundreds of years, least I digress this book is not about Atticus per-say, but tells the story from the point of view of Oberon and a Boston terrier named Starbuck and a third dog named Orlaith. The dogs are collectively known as Oberon’s hounds. The hounds love their treats and food in general. Their arch enemy are the diabolical squirrels. This is a light hearted, funny and warm tale of the group, who live in the American Northwest, Eugene Oregon, who stumble upon a murderous situation near the train station. Above and beyond that there are the plotting squirrels who want to vanquish all dogs in general and their human masters. Why was one riding on the top of the commuter train from Eugene to Portland ?The book is a nice easy way to spend some reading time and may provoke the need to further investigate this group of characters,
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  • Bradley
    January 1, 1970
    Oh, gravy.With a side of meatballs and women with medication. For any of you who've been reading the great Iron Druid UF series, you already know that one of the most delightful characters in the books is Oberon. He's a dog. He's been granted some immortali-TEA and he's always telepathically talking with Atticus and begging for meat.And this is the second novella that makes him the main star, written from his PoV.So, wait, this immortal dog solves side-story mysteries set in this universe where Oh, gravy.With a side of meatballs and women with medication. For any of you who've been reading the great Iron Druid UF series, you already know that one of the most delightful characters in the books is Oberon. He's a dog. He's been granted some immortali-TEA and he's always telepathically talking with Atticus and begging for meat.And this is the second novella that makes him the main star, written from his PoV.So, wait, this immortal dog solves side-story mysteries set in this universe where gods from all the pantheons are pissed at Atticus for one thing or another?Yup. And it's delightful, light, goofy fun. With a really sketchy squirrel that defies all physics. Screw the murder mystery that his human is working on with an old pal detective. No one cares that the murdered guy looks like Atticus. The SQUIRREL is so much more important!:) Fun, fun.
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  • Hobart
    January 1, 1970
    This originally appeared at The Irresponsible Reader.--- Can the magic of The Purloined Poodle be recaptured? Yes -- maybe even topped. For many, that should be all I need to write. If that's the case, you're fine -- go ahead and close this, no need to finish this.If you're still here, I'll write a little more -- While on a trip to Portland to go sight-seeing, er, sight-smelling, Oberon, Orlaith and Starbuck get away from Atticus (er, I mean, Connor Molloy) while chasing after a suspicious-looki This originally appeared at The Irresponsible Reader.--- Can the magic of The Purloined Poodle be recaptured? Yes -- maybe even topped. For many, that should be all I need to write. If that's the case, you're fine -- go ahead and close this, no need to finish this.If you're still here, I'll write a little more -- While on a trip to Portland to go sight-seeing, er, sight-smelling, Oberon, Orlaith and Starbuck get away from Atticus (er, I mean, Connor Molloy) while chasing after a suspicious-looking squirrel. That's a tautology, I realize, if you ask the hounds, but this was a really sketchy-looking squirrel. Anyway, this brought the group into the path of Detective Ibarra. She happens to be at the train station investigating the odd murder of a man who looks just like Atticus. Naturally, that gets him interested and investigating things as best as he can. Thanks in no small part to the noses of the hounds, Atticus and an old friend are able to uncover what's going on to help Atticus' new friend make an arrest. It's a whole story in Oberon's voice, I don't know what else I can say about the writing/voice/feel of the book. That says pretty much everything. From Oberon's opening comparison of the diabolical natures of Squirrels vs. Clowns to Orlaith's judgment that "death by physics" "sounds like justice" to the harrowing adventure at the end of the novella, this is a fine adventure for "the Hounds of the Willamette and their pet Druid!"There's a nice tie-in to some of the darker developments in the Iron Druid Chronicles -- that won't matter at all if you haven't read that far, or if you can't remember the connection. This was a good sequel that called back to the previous book, and told the same kind of story in a similar way -- but didn't just repeat things. Just like a sequel's supposed to be, for another tautology. I smiled pretty much the whole time I read it (as far as I could tell, it's not like I filmed myself). I don't know if we get a third in this series given the end of the IDC next year. If we do, I'll be happy -- if not, this is a great duology.Disclaimer: I received this eARC from Subterranean Press via NetGalley in exchange for this post -- thanks to both for this.
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  • Nichole Mohler
    January 1, 1970
    Atticus, Oberon, and the gang are off to Portland to take in the scents. At the train station, they see an ominous squirrel on the train. When they arrive in Portland, they give chase, and run across a murder victim. The victim looks just like Atticus. They must investigate to see if the doppelganger was the intended victim, or was it supposed to be Atticus? As always, I love all things Oberon. His theory that all squirrels are evil and plotting to take over the world is hilarious. I received a Atticus, Oberon, and the gang are off to Portland to take in the scents. At the train station, they see an ominous squirrel on the train. When they arrive in Portland, they give chase, and run across a murder victim. The victim looks just like Atticus. They must investigate to see if the doppelganger was the intended victim, or was it supposed to be Atticus? As always, I love all things Oberon. His theory that all squirrels are evil and plotting to take over the world is hilarious. I received a copy from Net Galley.
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  • Koeur
    January 1, 1970
    https://koeur.wordpress.com/2017/09/0...Publisher: SubterraneanPublishing Date: November 2017ISBN: 9781596068476Genre: FantasyRating: 4.0/5Publishers Description: Oberon the Irish wolfhound is off to Portland to smell all the things with canine companions wolfhound Orlaith and Boston terrier Starbuck, and, of course, his human, ancient Druid Atticus O’Sullivan. The first complication is an unmistakable sign of sinister agendas afoot: a squirrel atop the train. But an even more ominous situation https://koeur.wordpress.com/2017/09/0...Publisher: SubterraneanPublishing Date: November 2017ISBN: 9781596068476Genre: FantasyRating: 4.0/5Publishers Description: Oberon the Irish wolfhound is off to Portland to smell all the things with canine companions wolfhound Orlaith and Boston terrier Starbuck, and, of course, his human, ancient Druid Atticus O’Sullivan. The first complication is an unmistakable sign of sinister agendas afoot: a squirrel atop the train. But an even more ominous situation is in store when the trio plus Atticus stumble across a murder upon arrival at the station. They recognize Detective Gabriela Ibarra, who’s there to investigate. But they also recognize the body—or rather that the body is a doppelganger for Atticus himself.Review: I usually don’t rate novellas higher than a 3, due to their truncated nature and limited world building. Squirrel is an exception to the rule. This was brilliantly rendered, cogent in it’s simplicity and entirely too funny.A constantly witty and intriguing story as told from the perspective of a dog that will leave you wanting way, way more. 4 Woofs!
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  • Jessica Rodrigues
    January 1, 1970
    While Oberon is a character in the Iron Druid series, this title could be enjoyed by someone who hasn't read the series. They would just need to pick up on a few clues that let them know that Atticus, Oberon's human, is capable of some magic, and has a connection to the three dogs that allows them to telepathically speak to each other. Oberon is lovable, affable, and while he's highly intelligent and somewhat humanized, he's also 100% hound at heart. When he heads to Portland for a sniffing-arou While Oberon is a character in the Iron Druid series, this title could be enjoyed by someone who hasn't read the series. They would just need to pick up on a few clues that let them know that Atticus, Oberon's human, is capable of some magic, and has a connection to the three dogs that allows them to telepathically speak to each other. Oberon is lovable, affable, and while he's highly intelligent and somewhat humanized, he's also 100% hound at heart. When he heads to Portland for a sniffing-around adventure (yes, really) with his human, Atticus, and his two fellow hounds, the crew accidentally stumbles upon a dead body and a murder mystery. Never one to leave a stone unturned, Oberon and his crew must get to the bottom of things.These Oberon tales are delightful, because they are legitimate short detective tales, but told from the viewpoint of a very goofy dog who is fascinated with meat and still struggles to understand quantities and time.received via Netgalley
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  • Karissa
    January 1, 1970
    This is the second Oberon Mystery novella. This was a quick read and a fun little mystery featuring the characters from the Iron Druid Chronicles. It was fun to revisit that world and watch as Oberon helped solve a mystery.What starts as chasing a peculiar squirrel, changes into something more sinister when an Atticus look-a-like is found dead in the train station. Now Oberon and crew need to help Atticus find the killer and unravel the mystery behind this murder.Overall this is a quick but ente This is the second Oberon Mystery novella. This was a quick read and a fun little mystery featuring the characters from the Iron Druid Chronicles. It was fun to revisit that world and watch as Oberon helped solve a mystery.What starts as chasing a peculiar squirrel, changes into something more sinister when an Atticus look-a-like is found dead in the train station. Now Oberon and crew need to help Atticus find the killer and unravel the mystery behind this murder.Overall this is a quick but entertaining mystery. I think fans of the Iron Druid Chronicles will enjoy this.
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  • Kelly
    January 1, 1970
    Man, I like Oberon. He's single-minded dedication to the wonders of all things meat make my heart happy. The guy has a thing he likes and he doesn't waver from his adoration.Added bonus, he and his doggy companions (oh, and Atticus, I guess) are pretty good at solving crimes.When the crime in question involves the murder of an Atticus-lookalike, things get weird. Well, weirder than druids who can talk to animals and shapeshifters and such. I mean, it's all relative, right?Anyway. Atticus and the Man, I like Oberon. He's single-minded dedication to the wonders of all things meat make my heart happy. The guy has a thing he likes and he doesn't waver from his adoration.Added bonus, he and his doggy companions (oh, and Atticus, I guess) are pretty good at solving crimes.When the crime in question involves the murder of an Atticus-lookalike, things get weird. Well, weirder than druids who can talk to animals and shapeshifters and such. I mean, it's all relative, right?Anyway. Atticus and the hounds follow the clues as they unravel who killed the Atticus-lookalike, helping the police and (possibly) the world. Also, there's a squirrel. A mysterious, suspicious squirrel.Good times, man. Good times.-Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal
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  • Debrac2014
    January 1, 1970
    Great story! Hound mystery! Love how Oberon gets his revenge on the pizza delivery guy!
  • Brenda
    January 1, 1970
    Cute little book with lots of pop culture references and dog-humor.
  • Sara
    January 1, 1970
    Love! Oberon is probably my favorite literary character!
  • R
    January 1, 1970
    “The Squirrel on the Train” is Kevin Hearne’s latest entry in “Oberon’s Meaty Mysteries.” Oberon, his loyal pet – the Iron Druid, Atticus – and fellow canine companions, Orlaith and Starbuck make for one great investigative team.The million-dollar question was if Hearne could deliver a sequel worthy of The Purloined Poodle. The answer is a resounding yes! With his deft use of snark and humor, Hearne has proved to be a master of his game. The story begins with Atticus taking the canines on a trip “The Squirrel on the Train” is Kevin Hearne’s latest entry in “Oberon’s Meaty Mysteries.” Oberon, his loyal pet – the Iron Druid, Atticus – and fellow canine companions, Orlaith and Starbuck make for one great investigative team.The million-dollar question was if Hearne could deliver a sequel worthy of The Purloined Poodle. The answer is a resounding yes! With his deft use of snark and humor, Hearne has proved to be a master of his game. The story begins with Atticus taking the canines on a trip to Portland to savor the smells. What should be a simple field trip goes awry when a dastardly squirrel makes its appearance. The hounds must investigate the nefarious squirrel by giving chase. In doing so, they uncover a murder. The victim appears to be a doppelganger of Atticus. Now the team must figure out who the killer is, and why this mysterious doppelganger was murdered! Once solving the murder, the canines must turn their attention to the true mystery at the heart of the book. What was the nefarious squirrel plotting?If you enjoyed Hearne’s “Iron Druid Chronicles,” you will undoubtedly love “Squirrel.” The novella makes for a quick, enjoyable read. While having knowledge of the “Iron Druid” series would be helpful, it is not required for this novella. Note: An ARC was received from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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  • Caroline
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed The Squirrel on the Train by Kevin Hearne. Oberon, the canine protagonist, lends humour to the tale with his observations being from a dog's point of view. This is the second book in the series, and the first one that I've read. New readers to the series, like myself, are able to read the second book without any confusion. All characters are introduced with sufficient details, along with any referencing to the previous book.Having previously owned a Boston Terrier, the cover of I really enjoyed The Squirrel on the Train by Kevin Hearne. Oberon, the canine protagonist, lends humour to the tale with his observations being from a dog's point of view. This is the second book in the series, and the first one that I've read. New readers to the series, like myself, are able to read the second book without any confusion. All characters are introduced with sufficient details, along with any referencing to the previous book.Having previously owned a Boston Terrier, the cover of The Squirrel on the Train attracted my attention first, the blurb sealed the deal. Possibly evil squirrels? A mystery surrounding a murder? Dogs! The book lived up to my expectations and the canine characters reminded me of my own dogs in their antics (especially when it involved food). The story flows smoothly, it is a short read though. Those who love dogs, or own them will enjoy this book. Also recommended for mystery lovers.This eARC was provided to me via NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.
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  • Lou Jacobs
    January 1, 1970
    "Hound Humor" ... Who wouldn't want to know what their dog is thinking? Once again we are treated to a humorous mystery romp featuring OBERON, the delightful Irish Wolfhound and his friends ... Orlaith (a female wolfhound) , Starbuck (a Boston Terrier) and , Oh yes, their pet Druid:Atticus O'Sullivan. They are on the way to Portland by train for a "sniff" expedition. They stumble upon a sinister squirrel and incidentally a murder ... the victim surprisingly is a doppelganger for Atticus. The ga "Hound Humor" ... Who wouldn't want to know what their dog is thinking? Once again we are treated to a humorous mystery romp featuring OBERON, the delightful Irish Wolfhound and his friends ... Orlaith (a female wolfhound) , Starbuck (a Boston Terrier) and , Oh yes, their pet Druid:Atticus O'Sullivan. They are on the way to Portland by train for a "sniff" expedition. They stumble upon a sinister squirrel and incidentally a murder ... the victim surprisingly is a doppelganger for Atticus. The gang of hounds and Druid are drawn into the investigation , with twists and turns, leading toconfrontations with a shape-shifting bear, sinister squirrels, previously encountered Detective Gabriela Ibarra, and lot of greasy foods, treats and gravy. Hearne continues to treat us with the second "Oberon's Meat Mysteries" .... this second novella even more tasty and delectable than the first. Thanks to Netgalley for allowing me to read this ARC in exchange for an honest review !!! Can't wait to what Oberon serves up next.
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  • Andreas Flögel
    January 1, 1970
    If you like mysteries, or dogs, or just having a good time, then this is the right book for you."The Squirrel on the Train" is the second book of "Oberon's Meaty Mysteries" but you can read it without knowing the first one. (Nevertheless you should read it also, just for the fun).In this book, Oberon, the wolfhound, together with his friends Starbuck and Orlaith solves the murder of an Atticus-lookalike. Yes, the Atticus O'Sullivan of the Iron Druid Chronicles, who happens to be a the (more or l If you like mysteries, or dogs, or just having a good time, then this is the right book for you."The Squirrel on the Train" is the second book of "Oberon's Meaty Mysteries" but you can read it without knowing the first one. (Nevertheless you should read it also, just for the fun).In this book, Oberon, the wolfhound, together with his friends Starbuck and Orlaith solves the murder of an Atticus-lookalike. Yes, the Atticus O'Sullivan of the Iron Druid Chronicles, who happens to be a the (more or less) human partner of Oberon. They follow the clues (better the scent) to solve the murder, revisiting the detective from the first mystery and getting to know someone from Atticus past. Oh, and there is also the evil scheme of the sqirrels (You never can trust a squirrel).To say it with the words of Starbuck: FOOD! You will like it.5/5
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  • Lara
    January 1, 1970
    This story also takes place in Oregon and finds Oberon and his fellow dogs going on a trip to Portland where Atticus has promised to buy them some pot pies. Soon after arriving they realize that there had been a murder and something about the dogs' description of a scent rings a bell for Atticus. He arranges for them to interfere in the investigation, with the goal of helping the detective they'd met in Oberon's previous story. The mystery is solved through persistence and luck, and is a lot of This story also takes place in Oregon and finds Oberon and his fellow dogs going on a trip to Portland where Atticus has promised to buy them some pot pies. Soon after arriving they realize that there had been a murder and something about the dogs' description of a scent rings a bell for Atticus. He arranges for them to interfere in the investigation, with the goal of helping the detective they'd met in Oberon's previous story. The mystery is solved through persistence and luck, and is a lot of fun to read.
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  • Annarella
    January 1, 1970
    I live the Iron Druid, read all novels/novellas/short stories, and Oberon is one of my favourite character.This is the second Oberon's Meaty Mystery and, as for the other parts of the saga, it is absolutely delightful.Funny, witty, well written, with a lot of pop culture references which is one of the tract I appreciated. I really enjoyed it and once started I was not able to stop reading.Many thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for giving me the opportunity to read and review it.
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  • Marty Tool
    January 1, 1970
    Oberon and friends take us on another murder mystery that's just fun. Fast paced, we get a quick glimpse of other characters in this series, but it is mostly the dogs and Atticus to the rescue. Even have a catch of a new business that could really fill up Atticus' coffers, wonder if we'll see it in the next book. Fast read that's pretty much action from start to finish. Hopefully we'll see more of Oberons adventures in the future.
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  • Lisa
    January 1, 1970
    I adore Oberon's voice, and Atticus's complete respect for him and his abilities. Atticus never condescends to any of the dogs, unless it's on the topic of squirrels and their evil ways. Even then, in the end, he comes around to their way of thinking. Oberon has a great way of seeing obvious ways in which humans can be shitty, and a deep appreciation of the simple joys in life like carne asada tacos and sci-fi films. I look forward to the next adventure!
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  • SarahSmith
    January 1, 1970
    This is only my second book by Kevin Hearne, not because I don't enjoy his writing, but because I have a huge tbr pile and his books just get put on the back burner. I really enjoy his writing style and in particular his Iron Druid series, but honestly the best part for me has always been Oberon. Atticus is great, but Oberon cracks me up, and this series is perfect for my Oberon fix, with a little Atticus thrown in for good measure. Great quick read, definitely recommended!
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  • Wes
    January 1, 1970
    Read to review for SFRevu.com, will add full review after that goes live. For now, can simply say that this was a fun story, with a little bit of tie in to the greater Iron Druid books. I enjoyed this Meaty Mystery much more than the first, which I found almost painful in puns. This had a better blend of humor and story, I felt.
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  • Hilary Williams
    January 1, 1970
    As Oberon would say, everything is better with gravy. This second novella in Oberon's Meaty Mysteries (why is that so much fun to say?), is like the gravy for Hearne's other books. Oberon's explanation of chicken fried steak cracked me up. Plus the evil of squirrels.
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  • Lif Strand
    January 1, 1970
    First: OBERON (five stars right there). Then: LED ZEPPELIN REFERENCE (and there's another five stars).This is a quick, fun read. It's all from Oberon's point of view, and such wisdom we are gifted with therein! And meat observations. And squirrel advisories. What's not to like?
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  • BookJunkie777
    January 1, 1970
    NetGalley ARC review. Entertain short read of Oberon and friends dogged by sinister squirrels and a murder to solve. I really enjoyed the play on words and dogs interpretations of the events. Once I started reading the book, I couldn'the put it down. Highly recommend.
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  • Lindsey
    January 1, 1970
    Squid-pro-quo. Oberon is a pure joy. I liked this meaty mystery more than the 1st. Starbuck has been around some weeks now and no puppers are born yet. Gravy.
  • Laura Mau
    January 1, 1970
    Fun readLove this series and love hearing about things from oberons point of view. Can’t wait to read then next in the series
  • John
    January 1, 1970
    I love the Iron Druid series, and Oberon has a bit to do with that.....great tale (tail?) with a doggie view. I really enjoy Mr. Hearne, and this story does not disappoint...
  • Wendy Bocock
    January 1, 1970
    What can I say? I love Oberon. Enough said.
  • Glennis
    January 1, 1970
    The second novella with Oberon as the POV character has them back in Portland the setting of the previous novella. The titular squirrel happens as they are taking the train to Portland and upon disembarking chase said rodent right to a dead body that looks like Atticus and it also happens to be investigated by the detective they met in the previous book. Atticus gets involved because the dogs can smell who killed the doppelganger. Along the way you find out a bit more about Atticus past and meet The second novella with Oberon as the POV character has them back in Portland the setting of the previous novella. The titular squirrel happens as they are taking the train to Portland and upon disembarking chase said rodent right to a dead body that looks like Atticus and it also happens to be investigated by the detective they met in the previous book. Atticus gets involved because the dogs can smell who killed the doppelganger. Along the way you find out a bit more about Atticus past and meet someone else he knows. A fun caper that if it wasn’t for Starbuck and the hounds quest for food wouldn’t have solved the mystery. Review copy provided by the publisher through NetGalley
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