For readers of The Thursday Murder Club comes a lighthearted mystery with an incredible sense of place
A swine barn explodes near a lakeside town, putting veterinarian Dr. Peter Bannerman on a collision course with murder and a startling conspiracy.
Peter is an odd duck, obsessed with logic and measurable facts, an obsession he puts to good use in his veterinary practice. When a murder is connected to the swine barn explosion and his friend Tom becomes the prime suspect, Peter feels compelled to put his reasoning skills, and his dog Pippin’s remarkable nose, to use to help clear him.
The situation darkens with a second murder and a series of break-ins, including at Peter’s house and clinic, but Peter has a hard time knowing when he is out of his depth, despite warnings from his brother-in-law Kevin, an RCMP officer.
Ultimately Peter finds himself out in the middle of a frozen lake during a blizzard, fighting for his life and confronting a horrifying realization he had been blind to all along.
Veterinarian Schott (The Accidental Veterinarian) makes his mystery debut with this charming series launch Peter Bannerman, an amiable, introverted, tea-drinking, obsessive vet, who converses more with his dog, Pippin, than with his wife, Laura, or anyone else. When Peter's friend Tom Pearson's swine barn explodes near New Selfoss, Manitoba, 54 pigs and one human die. Tom, who's suspected of setting the fire that caused the explosion, has disappeared. Peter has assisted the police in the past and sets out to clear his friend. He believes the deductive skills he uses to make diagnoses of his uncommunicative patients can help solve the case. Some inexplicable break-ins follow, including into the garden shed of an elderly gentleman who turns to Peter because the police won't bother to investigate. Pippin's particularly sensitive nose proves invaluable to Peter's sleuthing, which Laura and her RCMP brother discourage because they fear Peter is putting himself in danger. A second murder raises the stakes, and the action builds to a dramatic showdown on icy Lake Winnipeg. James Herriot fans will want to check out this one.