April 12, 2011 | goulds
Are you in the mood for a pun-a-page mystery featuring adorable chickens, a feather-brained hen (their mom), and a daring, deadpan-humored dog? Then get on the wait list for The Trouble with Chickens — a J.J. Tully Mystery by Doreen Cronin. Tully is a former search-and-rescue dog that is trying to enjoy his retirement years, when two puffy chicks (Dirt and Sugar) and their mom (Moosh) appear peeping for his help. Poppy and Sweetie are missing! Tully won't work for chicken feed, but he will take the case for a cheeseburger. Snooping for clues along twisting trails, under sagging couches, and down slippery hallways, Tully wonders if he is on a wild chick chase. Suddenly he catches the scent of Vince the Funnel and realizes that it won't be easy to crack the shell of this chicken case. This easy fiction mystery will be enjoyed by readers of all ages with its endearing animal characters, punny pages, humor, and action. Let's hope for more J.J. Tully mysteries!