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Oberon's Meaty Mysteries: The Squirrel on the Train

by Kevin Hearne

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Series: Oberon’s Meaty Mysteries (2), Iron Druid Chronicles (novella 8.8)

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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? -- Provided by publisher.… (more)
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Another fun mystery with Oberon leading the way and Starbuck by his side. Orlaith joins in this time. Though this little novella has Oberon as the main character it also has Atticus because you can't have 3 dogs running around Portland, Oregon loose. A murder is discovered and the crew assists the same detective that is introduced to us in book 1 of this sweet little series. Detective Ibarra has warmed up to the group and things go smoothly. I am a huge fan of Oberon and Luke Daniels's voice interpretation of him. I vow to name my next dog Oberon. ;) ( )
  whybehave2002 | Jun 26, 2020 |
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. ( )
  bradleyhorner | Jun 1, 2020 |
Highly amusing addition to the series! Listening to this one is a great choice, since Luke Daniels has a great Oberon voice. It's definitely a short, and seems to be more fan service than a story in its own right. Really, the "Meaty Mysteries" seem to be intended as a way for fans to pass the time while we wait for the next full-length novel in the Iron Druid Chronicles. But I have found that the short stories retain the joy and humor of the first few novels without getting bogged down in the darker storyline that has taken over the recent novels. ( )
  ca.bookwyrm | May 20, 2020 |
This is an entertaining short detective story with Oberon the dog as the main character. Events in the story were just too convenient to make it convincing and there was minimal Druid activity, but it was still fun to read. ( )
  ElentarriLT | Mar 24, 2020 |
60 points/100 (3.25 stars/5).

Oberon and Atticus look into the murder of someone who just happens to look like Atticus that they stumble upon.

This is another novella in the great detective Oberon tales. It is a fun little interlude that takes place shortly after the first novella, The Purloined Poodle. It doesn't add anything to the series, but it is sort of entertaining to read.

Unfortunately, unlike the last one which I thought sort of, but not really, believable in how Atticus handled everything, I did not feel that way in this one. I thought everything went way too easy for him, and the detective let him get away with way, way too much. It also wasn't as interesting. At least the stolen dog show dog was rather unique for the genre. This was just a straight murder most boring.

Meh, I would skip this one if I were you. There is nothing here for anyone except the most devoted. ( )
  keikii | Jan 23, 2020 |
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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? -- Provided by publisher.

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