Left Fur Dead
(A Jules & Bun Mystery)
by J.M. Griffin
About the Book
Left Fur Dead (A Jules & Bun Mystery)
1st in Series
Kensington (June 25, 2019)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
Digital ASIN: B07HVS38YB
On Fur Bridge Farm, Jules cares for rescued rabbits. But when a killer strikes, she’ll need a rabbit to rescue her . . .
Juliette “Jules” Bridge prides herself on the tender rehabilitation she provides for injured or abused rabbits on her New Hampshire rescue farm, but she has a very special relationship with one bunny in particular. Bun is a black-and-white rabbit who happens to have the ability to communicate through mental telepathy. Once she got over the shock, Jules found her furry friend had a lot to say.
One frigid March morning on their walk together, Bun spots a body. The police identify the frozen stiff as Arthur Freeman, aka Arty the Mime. Jules and Arty knew each other on the children’s party circuit, where he’d perform magic tricks and she had an educational rabbit petting pen. With Bun egging her on, Jules decides it’s time they hop to it and put their heads together to discover who silenced the mime. But their investigation leads them down a rabbit hole of more suspects and lies, while a killer sets a trap for them . . .
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This cozy mystery threw me off kilter. It did not follow the usual formula – meet the characters, find a dead body and then follow the clues to find the suspect. No this one broke all the rules by starting off with finding the dead body before we even get a feel for our characters. The first chapter confused me – I actually had to read it again as I thought I had missed something or even accidentally started chapter 2!!
Jules and Bun are out for a brisk morning walk when they find a body frozen in snow, and after calling the police and heading home she soon discovers the man was a local Mime artist called Arty – this news bring out some odd commenting from the Sheriff and Jules’ friend Jess automatically assuming that she was going to investigate the mans death…. Why would they think that? Has something happened before for both of them to mention this? I could see them saying something along those lines if this was say book 2 or like, but to be said right at the very start of a new series, I found it very odd!
I loved the premise of the telepathic talking bunny rabbit – that really put a new spin on things and made this story unique and stand out, though his narrative had a tendency to waffle and even irritate at some point that even Jules was fed up with it!
There didn’t seem to be much investigating, and the suspect pool seemed to be rather non existent so when the killer of Arty and the break in at the farm is revealed it totally threw me, there was no inclination that pointed to them in the slightest! Unless I missed something…
Overall I enjoyed the story, and it was a nice little cozy mysteries though feel the “mystery” could be doing with some tweaks.
About the Author
J. M. Griffin is the bestselling cozy mystery author of sixteen novels, including the Vinnie Esposito series. She lives in rural Rhode Island with her husband and two very mysterious cats. Visit her at jm-griffin.com.
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