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  • 3.5 Stars - Entertaining

    This was a witty, entertaining read. I enjoyed the characters and the story line. I look forward to more from this author. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

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  • Humorous and different

    Clean cut detective Lucas Panda has gone missing, assumed kidnapped and injured, or worse on his retirement night. His partner grumpy King Penguin Frank has been tasked with finding Lucas and paired up with new-comer to town and rookie detective Charlie ‘Chico’ Monkey. Noah’s Kingdom is a town like no other. It is the home of the animals who live and work side by side. It has its good bits and its dangerous sections just like any town. It also has its gangsters. Not long into the investigation Frank and Chico are informed that three beaver brothers from ‘The Swamp’ have gone missing, could the cases be related? Only time will tell if the two detectives can solve the case and bring the animals back alive. The City That Barks And Roars is like a cross between Disney movie and Columbo but for adults and in book form. The plot features an aging and grumpy detective who has a smart mouth at times and a monkey that is bright-eyed and sharp-suited. The book is quite short at around 200 pages but unfortunately, I felt that even that was too long as there seemed to be quite a lot of padding and explanation to things rather than just letting the book flow. I tried unsuccessfully to read the book twice and then I took away the fact that it was a book filled with animals and tried to see them as humans and this for me worked much better. I understand that the fun of the book is that it is about a city of animals and their traits but it just didn’t work for me. This is the second book in only a few weeks that I have read for adults where the characters are animals and I’m realising that these types of stories are not something I particularly enjoy. The plot was like some eighties American detective show where the lead detective is all moody and grumpy and hates everyone. Bring written by a stand-up comic you can expect some humour within the pages and plenty of satire. It is different, unique even. For me, I feel that the book would have worked better as a graphic novel, at least then you get to see the action and the animals too. It is also something which I could see working as an animation for adults. It is entertaining, fast-paced, and unusual, just not for me.

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