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Caturday Reads: Hearne's The Purloined Poodle is doggone good

Oberon’s Meaty Mysteries: The Purloined Poodle

by Kevin Hearne

Subterranean Press

Sci Fi & Fantasy

Pub Date 30 Sep 2016


Every dog gets his day and today is Oberon’s chance to shine. Oberon isn’t an ordinary wolfhound. His finely tuned instincts know when trouble’s afoot - in this case when prizewinning dogs have been stolen. Solving the mystery is as appealing as snarfing sausages, so it is no surprise that Oberon thinks he and Atticus should take the case. What druid can say no to such a loyal friend?

The entire novella is written from Oberon’s point of view. I absolutely loved his zest and enthusiasm, whether it was directed towards investigating or cadging snacks. The beginning, where he discusses the importance of butt smelling, is an absolute riot. If you enjoy the novel's description, you won't be disappointed. The novella brought to mind Spencer Quinn’s Chet and Bernie mysteries. If you like the one you will definitely like the other.

Oberon’s Meaty Mysteries are a delicious treat that readers will enjoy even if they haven’t read Kevin Hearne’s novels previously. I highly recommend this fun read to dog lovers of all ages.


I received a copy of Oberon’s Meaty Mysteries: The Purloined Poodle from the publisher and in exchange for an honest review.



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?

The Purloined Poodle is another exciting novella entry in Kevin Hearne’s New York Times best-selling Iron Druid series.

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