In the first in the series described as "Agatha Christie meets Beatrix Potter," narrator Cassandra Campbell takes listeners on an unforgettable journey. The small village of Shady Hollow is upturned when Otto Stumpf, the loner toad, is murdered. Vera Vixen, a reporter, will not stop until the killer is found. Character personalities lean on animal stereotypes, and Campbell's outstanding narration solidifies their anthropomorphic qualities with an abundance of tones and timbres. Vera the fox has a smooth, quick voice; Orville the bear, a police deputy, has a commanding growl; and Gladys the hummingbird, who is the town gossip, has a high-pitched chattering voice. If listeners accept its concept, this is an enjoyable whodunit. E.P. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2022, Portland, Maine [Published: APRIL 2022]
Trade Ed. Random House Audio 2022
DD ISBN 9780593554760 $17.50
Library Ed. Books on Tape 2022
DD ISBN 9780593554777 $57.00
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