Friday, 23 February 2018

Book Review: The Purloined Poodle by Kevin Hearne


Thanks to his relationship with the ancient Druid Atticus O’Sullivan, Oberon the Irish wolfhound knows trouble when he smells it—and furthermore, he knows he can handle it.

When he discovers that a prizewinning poodle has been abducted in Eugene, Oregon, he learns that it’s part of a rash of hound abductions all over the Pacific Northwest. Since the police aren’t too worried about dogs they assume have run away, Oberon knows it’s up to him to track down those hounds and reunite them with their humans. For justice! And gravy!

Engaging the services of his faithful Druid, Oberon must travel throughout Oregon and Washington to question a man with a huge salami, thwart the plans of diabolical squirrels, and avoid, at all costs, a fight with a great big bear. But if he’s going to solve the case of the Purloined Poodle, Oberon will have to recruit the help of a Boston terrier named Starbuck, survive the vegetables in a hipster pot pie, and firmly refuse to be distracted by fire hydrants and rabbits hiding in the rose bushes.

At the end of the day, will it be a sad bowl of dry kibble for the world’s finest hound detective, or will everything be coming up sirloins?


My Review:
This is the first spin off book from the Iron Druid series that is narrated by Oberon, everyone's favourite hound. He and Atticus find out that champion showdogs are being stolen after Oberon gets into a fight with an angry boxer whose dog companion is one of the missing. With pressure from Oberon, Atticus decides to investigate and starts by speaking to the people who have a dog missing.

As this is a novella I won't really be giving away much more about the actual plot but it is the kind of adventure that our heroes were going on when they were just a duo. It felt like a throwback to the times of high jinks when all they had to fear was dodging the odd angry God! It has murder, vanishing dogs, angry bears and suspicious police officers that are sure that Atticus is strange. With Oberon telling the story, there is constant humour including the merits of not trusting anyone who won't let you sniff their ass! Now there is advice that we can live by!


Read February 2018
4 stars


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.


My Review: 
Oberon is trying to convince Atticus that squirrels are evil demon like creatures who have a despicable plan for world domination. Atticus is having none of this but even he is surprised when the same squirrel keeps popping up and leading them towards trouble. A chase of the squirrel through a crowded train station leads Atticus to a dead man that looks very like him, the suspicious cop who thinks that running into him again is going to give her another bad day and a whole conspiracy about alternate energy sources. The investigation brings Atticus into contact with a bear shifter friend and the people who want to kill her.

This was another entertaining adventure though I admit that I do prefer the first one. I liked the whole squirrel conspiracy and the way it finished should have Atticus very concerned for the future. Could Oberon be right about the rodents?! The main story was interesting and it had the return of a few allies made in the first book.

The one thing I object to is the pricing of the hardback editions of the book. I have every paperback in the Iron Druid series but there was no way that I was spending that much money on these hardback novellas. They are way outside my book budget and it disappoints me that this route was taken, leaving me stuck with just ebook copies.  


Read February 2018
3 stars

4 comments:

  1. I hate it when novellas are so high priced. People want them to add with their series collection but it's awful to have to spend so much to do so. These both sound like fun to me!

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    1. I liked both books. They are both being sold as a collectors edition so they want £24 for each novella when a normal full sized paperback sells at £8 or £9. I feel that the loyal fans of the series are being fleeced and I don't think it's fair.

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  2. Oberon is the best! Glad you enjoyed these two novellas, I thought they were fun even though I'm nowhere near caught up with the main series.

    And Subterranean Press specializes in collector's editions, hence the astronomical prices. I suppose it's nice they offer cheaper ebook prices, but still sucks for those who want hard copies.

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

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    1. I find it so unfair that it was us readers who made the books so successful by buying them and now we are being fleeced by the author if we want hard copies of this! Boo Hiss!

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