In Calaveras County, California everyone expects Dakota Webster to win the annual Jumping Frog Jubilee again. Of course rival Jeremiah "Miah" Mercer hopes they're wrong. Dakota's frogs are so good he's become the most famous participant since Mark Twain put Angels Camp on the map.
This year a new champion will be crowned as someone has murdered Dakota's top gun, Buford the Bullfrog. An outraged Dakota hires private investigator Dan Smith to uncover the identity of the culprit. Preliminary evidence points towards Miah.
Back in high school Miah and Dakota were friends, but a falling out has turned them into bitter competitors. Though not quite as serious to the participants and fans as the murder of a champion frog, a human homicide follows and that brings the law into the investigation. Dan Smith, realizing that Miah is the prime suspect, reevaluates who killed Buford, why, and the link to the human homicide.
The recurring cast of eccentric characters are warm, real, and witty. Connor is a great heroine who refuses to allow her deafness to stop her from publishing a newspaper. Dan is a hunk with a brain. The story line is humorous with a serious undertone. This is #5 in the series an of course I like to read them in order just to be able to follow the characters.
This was the only book in a series I really liked that I'd not read. I thought it was very good and am sorry that the series has apparently ended.
I liked this book. The main character is hearing impaired, which I thought was unique.
On the eve of Calaveras County's annual frog-jumping contest, is the suspivious death of Buford, the county's prizewinning amphibian, sabotage or murder? Feisty local newspaper publisher Connor Westphal ponders the irony of this untimely tragedy-made suddenly more alarming when poor Buford's handler, Dakota Webster, is found floating in Critter's Creek surrounded by dozens more dead frogs.
Buford the bullfrog is dead, funny mystery, and a great read
A frog and his handler found dead , what a story , very good idea
On the eve of Calaveras County's annuyal frog jumping contest, is the suspicious death of Buford, the county's prizewinning amphibian, sabotage or murder? Feisty local newspaper publisher Connor Westphal ponders the irony of this untimely tragedy-made suddenly more alarming when poor Buford's handler, Dakota Webster, is found floating in Critter's Creek surrounded by dozens more dead frogs.
Connor is more than curious when the frog of a rival competitor is discovered stuffed in the dead man's mouth, and worrried when the prime suspect is Jeremiah "Miah" Mercer, one of her closest friends. Determined to clear Miah's name, Connor navigates a sordid mess of toxic waste, embezzlement, prescription drug scams and cold-blooded murder...taking a dangerous leap of her own in a race to catch a killer.