Everyone knows that foxes have a great sense of smell, so it’s no surprise that vulpine Vera Vixon can sniff out a mystery a mile away. Her boss at the newspaper wants her to cover the campaign for town Police Chief, but Vera begs off, being that she’s dating one of the candidates, Orville Braun. Instead, her attentions are turned to the Springfield family of silver mining fame. Matriarch Adora has died, and the town has come to pay their respects, only daughter-in-law Dorothy claims that her husband has been murdered, despite hubby Edward being in plain sight. This latest cozy mystery is filled with everything that makes the Shady Hollow series a delight – charmingly eccentric characters, a surfeit of animal puns and clever turns of phrase, homey locales (I dream of a slice of pumpkin pie from Joe’s Mug), and a compelling story.— Daniel Goldin
Shady Hollow is a cozy small town filled with woodland creatures who live and work together. The local fall election is coming up and the campaigning is unusually fierce, since Deputy Orville Braun is running against been-in-office-forever Chief Meade. In the midst of this unexpected tension, a murder is announced, but there's a twist: the victim is still alive
The accuser, Dorothy Springfield, is an admittedly eccentric resident who claims her loving husband Edward is dead...even though he's standing right next to her when she says it. What can it mean? Edward has no answers, and most of the neighbors would rather ignore the awkward situation. They think Dotty just started to believe her own nonsense. But foxy reporter Vera Vixen has some questions.
In a quiet neighborhood along the shore of Mirror Lake, Vera discovers a few things that don't fit, starting with a misplaced lamp and an unknown face in an old photograph. As she follows the clues, she must step carefully, because the election for police chief means everyone has an opinion about the crime rates in this town, and the law might prefer to sweep some messy matters under the rug...