Mystery

Fifty-Four Pigs: A Dr. Bannerman Vet Mystery by Philipp Schott

I chose to read this book because I read(listened to) a non-fiction book by the same author about his veterinary practice.
It is a short narrative that feels like a slightly longer one. Since it is the first in a series, it obviously has to lay a lot of the groundwork for the principal character and the people and town around him. I enjoyed all the background information and the people I encountered more than the mystery at the heart of the narrative. There was a particular clue that seemed quite obvious, but the conclusion it led up to was not something I could have guessed, leading me to be disinterested in that line completely.
The town, its inhabitants and the life of Dr Brennerman were quite entertaining. His life is slow-paced, and it comes through. Being slow was not offputting. His life with his wife was quite restful amongst all the chaos that was happening around them.
The story is based in Canada and in a town with a very interesting background. Here, most people know each other and their backgrounds/families. In such a town, there is a blast, and all of a man’s pigs are blown away by that. The local vet was going past and saw this happen. Since the owner once had his back as children, he decided to use his analytical brain and an almost-bloodhound to find the real culprit.
As I mentioned earlier, the bulk of the story laid the foundation for the series, but the mystery wove around between their everyday life and different visitors to the vet practice.
I liked the author’s writing style, but I probably will not be continuing with the series. I would recommend giving this book a chance for anyone who finds this combination interesting.
I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers, but the review is entirely based on my own reading experience.

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