The mystery tree is a big ’un and one that’s laden down with many branches. In recent years, some of the more popular offshoots have been cozy mysteries that focus on a particular niche topic. Thus, we now have mystery novels about such diverse and highly specific topics as flower shops, donut shops, librarian/cat lovers, cheese shops, tea shops, bee keeping, knitting and…White House Gardeners, to name a few. This week, as a public service, we’re happy to highlight some of those extra-specialty mysteries that you may have missed. You’re welcome, and don’t let it happen again.
Otterly Ridiculous (An Otter Whisperer Mystery) by Avis Hent
Life’s not easy for a hearing-impaired otter whisperer who’s plagued by violent sneezing fits, but Clint Bint longs for the day when he can leave his day job as a wild goose-chaser for the Department of the Interior and strike out on his own. Things take a dramatic turn when Clint, an otter named Looty, and a goose walk into a bar one day and find the bartender partially encased in a beaver dam and totally deceased, courtesy of a gnawed beech limb that’s been driven deeply into his skull. Clint and Looty never intended to get into the crime-solving business, but it soon becomes apparent that they might be dammed if they don’t.