A new series by Juneau Black opens with Shady Hollow, a murder mystery involving forest animals with thinly veiled human personalities and motives. The result is a humorous and earthy change of venues for cozy-lovers, which, Lord knows, we need. When Otto Stumpf, the neighborhood's curmudgeonly toad is discovered with a tiny knife driven into his tiny back, local journalist Vera Vixen the fox follows up leads the police have neglected that put her on a dangerous path. Can Deputy Orville the bear save her in time? Recommended by Kelly
The first book in the Shady Hollow series, in which we are introduced to the village of Shady Hollow, a place where woodland creatures live together in harmony—until a curmudgeonly toad turns up dead and the local reporter has to solve the case.