Left Fur Dead
(A Jules & Bun Mystery)
by J.M. Griffin
About Left Fur Dead
Left Fur Dead (A Jules & Bun Mystery)
1st in Series
Setting – New Hampshire
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 . . .
A rabbit is an unusual character to find in a cozy mystery. The only series I can think of that included a bunny was The Southern Sewing Circle Mysteries by Elizabeth Lynn Casey. The bunny, Paris, in those stories, added a lot of humor but wasn’t one of the leading characters like Bun, the bunny is in Left Fur Dead.
We meet Jules Bridge, owner of the Fur Bridge Farm where she cares for Bun and several other rescued rabbits. Bun is a very special bunny, he can communicate with Jules, using mental telepathy. He is one opinionated rabbit who rarely takes a break. This makes their relationship very interesting. Jules has to be careful because people would never understand the way the two of them “talk” but she does value his intuitive input. Together they work children’s parties and other events to raise awareness about rabbits and what Jules does on her farm. The farm also has a wonderful yarn shop I would love to visit!
On one of their morning walks Bun discovers the body of Author Freeman/Arty the Mime. Jules and Arty sometimes worked the same events. With Bun giving her a big push she decides maybe they can pull a rabbit out of a hat and catch the killer, but chances are they just may find themselves ensnared in the murderer’s trap.
After I got into the rhythm of Bun and Jules dialogues this was a very entertaining read. The author took time to introduce not only Bun and Jules but Jess Plain, a veterinary student almost ready to take the exam for her license. When Jess learns that Jules and the rabbits could be in danger due to her snooping, she moves right into Jules farmhouse. I really like the bond that has formed between these very independent women.
The murder mystery drew out over a longer period of time than the usual form for books in this genre, but in addition to a killer, we were also trying to catch an intruder that was created havoc on the Fur Bridge Farm and trying to ascertain whether both were connected. We also meet a mystery man that unexpectedly shows up, he may help answer some of Jules questions. I did feel Bun and Jules did not give Sheriff Jack Carver much of a chance but he was a patient man while still telling Jules to stay out of his investigation. His wife is a real peach too. I think we could be fast friends.
I feel this series is off to a grand start. I was totally surprised by the ending. The characters are very appealing and the setting is superb. I do love rabbits, we have wild rabbits often hopping through our yard even here in town. In fact, I can see one out my window right now.
I am looking forward to the next Jules & Bun Mystery!
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.
An excellent start to a new series, I love the fact that one of the protagonists is a rabbit! It is certainly a change from the usual cats and dogs 😀
~A Wytch’s Book Review Blog
This was a fun read, and as someone who supports various animal rescue groups, I enjoyed the discussion of the educational and rescue aspects.
~Christa Reads and Writes
I think the highest compliment I can give to this book is that after reading it I want to go out and adopt a rabbit!
~Melissa’s Mochas, Mysteries, and Meows
This was a new twist on the normal cat or dog partners you find in a lot of cozy mysteries . . . If you enjoy cozy mysteries with animal companions, you’ll definitely want to give this new series a try.
~The Book’s the Thing
This is a fun story, tender and emotional, with lots of light-hearted moments; impossible to read without smiling much of the time.
~The Power of Words
A fantastic start to an adorable new cozy mystery series . . . Well written mystery solved by an unlikely duo that will steal your heart as they keep you entertained. Perfect for cozy fans.
~Books a Plenty Book Reviews
Left Fur Dead was a delightful mystery with a likable heroine and a furry cast of characters.
Bolstered by a charming rabbit LEFT FUR DEAD provides a unique mystery. With room to grow the first Jules and Bun Mystery is a promising start to a new series.
~Cozy Up With Kathy
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.
Left Fur Dead is a cute cozy mystery featuring even cuter rabbits as part of the narrative and one special bunny as a lead detective.
~The Cozy Pages
The mystery in this book was four star for me. It was well thought out by author J. M. Griffin. I was close to solving it, but not until the reveal did it all really make sense.
~Lisa Ks Book Reviews
An entertaining story, Left Fur Dead is an easy read filled with wonderful characters. The world building is done well and I was able to visualize every scene and felt like I was there.
All of the characters created by the author, J. M. Griffin, were fascinating in themselves and I could see some opportunities for character progression.
~Brianne’s Book Reviews
Left Fur Dead is an upbeat cozy mystery with a dead mime, an inquisitive rabbit, a cunning killer, and a worried rabbit rescuer ready to hop to it to find the mime’s killer.
~The Avid Reader
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