Bow Wow: A Bowser and Birdie Novel (#3)
Sharp-eyed Birdie Gaux and her handsome dog Bowser can't help noticing that shark fever is causing some shady doings in town. For instance, where is Snoozy, the clerk who works at the Gaux family fishing store? He's the town's best fisherman, but suddenly he's missing. Is a rival bounty hunter behind Snoozy's suspicious disappearance? Or perhaps the marine biologist who said he'll do anything to keep the shark alive?
Like Woof and Arf, Bow Wow is a great adventure mystery with a very vivid Southern Bayou setting. The heat, the humidity, and the hundreds of poisonous or dangerous creatures just waiting to strike are enough to keep me on edge without the addition of missing people and fishermen up to no good. I was glad that I could read this on my Midwestern front porch, where the most dangerous insect I encountered was a ladybug!
While Birdie's father has passed away, her mother, who is a oil platform engineer, and her grandmother, who runs Gaux Family Fish and Bait are supportive and helpful. They give Birdie enough freedom to travel around solving mysteries with her friends (and loyal dog, of course), and have helped her acquire the skills she needs to do so, like driving boats.
Readers who want to spend some time combatting snakes and basking in the humdity can add the Bowser and Birdie books to their reading list along with Spradlin's Killer Species: Menace From the Deep, Wilson's Boys of Blur, Neri's Tru and Nelle series, and the works of Kimberly Griffith Little. Bonus points for locating a funeral home fan to help keep cool while drinking a nice, tall glass of sweet tea!