Shady Hollow (A Shady Hollow Mystery #1) (Paperback)

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This is book number 1 in the A Shady Hollow Mystery series.

Staff Reviews

What is Shady Hollow? It’s Watership Down meets Jane Marple, where the investigative reporter is a fox, the bookstore owner is a raven, the bears run the police, and the restauranteurs include a moose and a panda. In this first installment, a cranky toad is found in a nearby pond, stabbed in the back. Who would want to see him dead, besides just about everybody? I’ve been championing this book since its original limited publication, and I’m thrilled to see it released by Vintage Crime. It’s got everything a cozy mystery series should have except the recipes - a engaging cast of characters, sparkling wit, a clever story, and a hint of romance. And honestly, I wouldn’t mind getting the lowdown on those delicious blueberry muffins.

— Daniel Goldin


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.

Reporter Vera Vixen is a relative newcomer to Shady Hollow. The fox has a nose for news, so when she catches wind that the death might be a murder, she resolves to get to the bottom of the case, no matter where it leads. As she stirs up still waters, the fox exposes more than one mystery, and discovers that additional lives are in jeopardy.
Vera finds more to this town than she ever suspected. It seems someone in the Hollow will do anything to keep her from solving the murder, and soon it will take all of Vera’s cunning and quickness to crack the case.

About the Author

Juneau Black is the pen name of authors Jocelyn Cole and Sharon Nagel. They share a love of excellent bookshops, fine cheeses, and good murders (in fictional form only). Though they are two separate people, if you ask either of them a question about their childhood, you are likely to get the same answer. This is a little unnerving for any number of reasons.

Praise For…

 “Watership Down meets Mickey Spillane. A mystery of rare and sinister charm.”
—Alan Bradley, New York Times bestselling author of the Flavia de Luce series

“A magical confection that will leave you nostalgic for the storybooks of your youth.  It’s quirky and clever, charming and smart.  I read Shady Hollow in one sitting and can’t wait for more!”
—Sarah Addison Allen, New York Times bestselling author of First Frost

“Get ready to fall in love with Shady Hollow and its quirky cast of animal characters. Charming and clever, Juneau Black will take readers on delightful ride as the mystery unfolds. I can’t wait to read more!”
—Amy E. Reichert, author of The Kindred Spirits Supper Club
Product Details
ISBN: 9780593315712
ISBN-10: 0593315715
Publisher: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
Publication Date: January 25th, 2022
Pages: 240
Language: English
Series: A Shady Hollow Mystery