Everything is business as usual in Mr. Venezi's pet shop. Things are all mixed up, of course, but the animals are used to that. Then he hires an assistant, Viola. She's young but she's very efficient and she makes a great impression on the animals. She might be too efficient, though; Mr. Venizi is acting weird and maybe it's because he's not When Mr. Venizi doesn't show up for work the next day, Hamisher is convinced that he's missing. Not to worry - Sasspants and Hamisher are on the case!
This is the first book I'm reading in the Guinea Pig, Pet Shop Private Eye series and I was happy to see that I was able to mostly able to catch up (and definitely able to enjoy the story). I liked the colour and the layout; the illustrations were colourful but not distractingly bright, and even when a lot was going on the pages weren't crowded. I liked the animals personalities (that's something I probably would have appreciated more after reading the other books) and how they interacted with each other. And I loved the mystery storyline and the clues and misdirection. A fun choice for mystery fans, animal lovers, and kids who enjoy funny books.
I read an advance review copy from NetGalley.
See more at Colleen AF Venable's website.
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Read it with:
The Drained Brains Caper by Trina Robbins
Hamster and Cheese by Colleen AF Venable and Stephanie Yue
And Then There Were Gnomes by Colleen AF Venable and Stephanie Yue
The Ferret's A Foot by Colleen AF Venable and Stephanie Yue