Sunday, May 1, 2011

The Trouble With Chickens by Doreen Cronin

J.J. Tully used to be a search and rescue dog. Now he's living out his retirement on a quiet farm in the country. Everything is perfect - everything except the chicken that he can't get out of his yard. Her name's Millicent, and she's desperate to hire J.J. Two of her children are missing, and he's the only one who can help them. Before he knows what's happening, he's on the trail of the missing chicks - and it's going to get dangerous.

I was immediately hooked by the tone of this book. It's told (mostly) from J.J.'s point of view, and he has this no-nonsense weariness that's common among PIs. I believe him when he says stuff like "I'm no stranger to tears. The sad thing about search-and-rescue work is that there isn't always a rescue. So I'd seen tears before." Part of the joke, of course, is that's he's a dog, but somehow it always falls on the right side of absurdity. The story has lots of twists but it's not gimmicky. I thought it was a very satisfying story that could easily take place in the same part of the world as Cronin's other book Click Clack Moo: Cows That Type.

Find it at IndieBound.

I received an advance review copy from NetGalley.

View the book trailer/interview with Doreen Cronin:

Read it with:
Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin
Click Clack Moo: Cows that Type by Doreen Cronin
The Drained Brains Caper by Trina Robbins
The Case of the Lost Boy by Dori Hillestad Butler
Bunnicula by Deborah Howe

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