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The Purloined Poodle

(Oberon’s Meaty Mysteries #1)

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  4,826 ratings  ·  462 reviews
Thanks to his relationship with the ancient Druid Atticus O’Sullivan, Oberon the Irish wolfhound knows trouble when he smells it—and furthermore, he knows he can handle it.

When he discovers that a prizewinning poodle has been abducted in Eugene, Oregon, he learns that it’s part of a rash of hound abductions all over the Pacific Northwest. Since the police aren’t too worrie
Hardcover, 112 pages
Published September 30th 2016 by Subterranean Press
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Nicole I would guess that you could still enjoy the story, but you may have some confusion about the mechanics of the way druidic magic works. All of that is…moreI would guess that you could still enjoy the story, but you may have some confusion about the mechanics of the way druidic magic works. All of that is explained pretty well in the first book. If you read this without the rest of the series, you will definitely get some minor spoilers for the main books, but nothing too critical. The good thing is that this is all told from the dog's point of view, so the reader isn't expected to understand everything that the druid does.(less)

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I have a real fondness for books told from interesting points of view, especially those in established worlds I've come to know.

This book is from the point of view of the main character's dog. (Which isn't as odd as it might sound, if you haven't read the books.)

It's an interesting angle to see these events through, and adds something to the story. But what was *really* interesting to me was the audio narration. The whole book was done in the dog's (literal) voice. Even the "he said" and "she sa
Jul 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
This novella was a pleasant Little trip to Portland, full of murder, intrigue, and lost doggies... But particular to this series, we don't really care much about when people die. It's really all about the dogs.

You know those traditional mystery novels where the main character's girlfriend enters into the picture and begs the MC to help with that personal project that becomes one nightmare after another? Well scrap the girlfriend. The MC is the dog and he's enjoining his Druid meat-provider, read
So Iron Druid hasn't entirely been my top favorite UF series. The first two entries were totally amazeballs, but after that, they've teetered close into the "meh" category. I feel like Kevin Hearne's split focus and working on his epic fantasy kinda left Iron Druid out in the cold on putting quality time into it.

All that being said, this little nugget was highly entertaining... mostly because, well, Oberon is the bee's knees. Seriously, he's probably the best part about the entire series.
Let's e
Mogsy (MMOGC)
4.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

What a fun little book! Not to be missed by fans of Hearne’s Iron Druid Chronicles, but even if you don’t follow the series, it might be worth taking a look. When this novella landed in my lap, I briefly debated whether or not I should read it, since I am woefully behind on the main series and I know a lot has happened to the characters since I last visited this world. I worried that I would get too confused or lost.

Jul 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Oberon and Atticus visit the set of the 2000 Christopher Guest film Best in Show.

A friend of mine and I were talking and I told him that I was a complete and shameless Kevin Hearne junkie, reading all of his Iron Druid works like a fat boy gobbling little chocolate doughnuts. He asked, “Isn’t that the fun urban fantasy series with the Irish druid and the dog has all the best lines?”

Yep, that’s it!

Fans of the series have no doubt enjoyed Hearne’s expansion of the narrative storyline to include Gr
Oct 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Atticus' hilarious hound, Oberon, narrates this latest adventure and it was a load of fun! Oberon's observations never fail to make me laugh. It this installment we have a case where prize winning hounds have been doggie-napped and Oberon is determined (with Atticus at his side, of course) to get these "purloined" pets back to their respective owners. I was immediately sucked into the investigation!

I received a review copy, but I can never resist the audio version of this series so I bought a co
Carole (Carole's Random Life)
This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

This was fun! I kind of jumped ahead by reading this one when I did but I have no regrets. I needed a shorter audiobook that both my daughter and I could enjoy on a short road trip. We started another book and both hated that narrator so I downloaded this book and decided to give it a try. I think it worked well out of order although a few things in Atticus's personal life were different than in the earlier books. We both had a lot o
Richard Derus
Mar 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindled
Rating: 3* of five

If you already like the Iron Druid series and have read them all, this will make a pleasant diversion from the tedium of waiting for more. It's nice to have a little more perspective on some magical elements of the series universe. Oberon's a hoot. But, like The Lone Gunmen spinoff of The X-Files in the 1990s, it's not likely to make fans out of newbs or win fallen-away fans back.

I got the eARC from NetGalley ages and ages ago and finally finished the read after more than a yea
Sep 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was a fun book and a quick read. It is written from Oberon’s POV, therefor there is a lot of talk about food and smelling other dogs butts and other doggie things. Potty humor aside, I love the way he talks / thinks:

“I mean, it’s a bonafide, certified fact that I am hashtag-blessed in the fighting department.”

When discussing an interview Atticus had with a man, Oberon’s thoughts went something like this:

“I just heard him ask Atticus, “Can I help you?” in a sort of tight, muted English acce
Fangs for the Fantasy
Jul 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
I admit that when I picked up this book I had mixed feelings and expectations.

On the one hand, it’s Kevin Hearne (who we love in unreserved fanpoodling glee). And it was a book about Oberon, who we definitely love. So what’s not to like…

…well, animal companions can be fun and cute and Oberon definitely adds something awesome to the Iron Druid Series… but a whole book around the cute interlude? Yeah that can get… annoying. Also, when it comes to short stories, I do wonder what the point is of man
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
Oh my goodness, this was so cute! Told from Oberon's perspective, it's the tale (pardon the pun) about some stolen prize-winning dogs and how Oberon, with a little help from Atticus, and his new pal Starbuck, solve the mystery. I was grinning from ear to ear the entire time! A must read if you're a fan of our mighty Irish wolfhound! ...more
Jan 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When a prize-winning poodle is abducted in Eugene, Oregon, Oberon learns that it’s part of a rash of hound abductions all over the Pacific Northwest. He decides they need to investigate. For justice and for gravy! They soon begin interviewing owners for clues and end up at the home of a Boston terrier named Starbuck whom Oberon recruits to help him.

Police detectives, wibbly wobbly timey-wimey timelines, and squirrels interfere with the investigation but soon they are hot on the case. The interac
Timothy Boyd
Nov 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoy theses between novel novellas in the Iron Druid Chronicles series. While they are not necessary to understanding and enjoying the main story line they add very nice fill in points to the character's background and have some interesting fill in info for the plot line. Very recommended ...more
Nov 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2016, own
Great fun adventure and wonderful distraction in this short story set in the Iron Druid world! How can you go wrong with an Irish Wolfhound (Oberon) playing Sherlock?
Feb 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a story using Oberon's voice and it's adorkable! Adorable yet dorky. Lol. Atticus' dog is determined to rescue a kidnapped poodle. Gotta love a dog who knows when to add a Dr. Who reference. ...more
Julia Sarene
Really fun story - Oberon and Atticus trying themselves as private detectives, as dogs get kidnapped...
The story is told from Oberons POV - which was great, but at times also a bit too much for my taste... I do love Oberon - but as adorable as he is, having him comment on everything and anything does get a tiny bit tedious at times. ;)
Otherwise it was great entertainment, and I definitely enjoyed getting to see more of those two! Oh how I miss them...
Nov 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
This fun side-note to Hearne's Iron Druid series is a cute animal cozy, told from the perspective of Oberon, said druid's Irish Wolfhound. In typical cozy fashion, it is light on action, focusing more on quirk... and sausages. There is a light touch of magic, but this is about people and dogs, and the mystery is solved through mostly traditional means. It's fluff, to be sure, but Starbuck is awesome, and the story as a whole is satisfying. ...more
Jul 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Kevin Hearne delivers as usual! While at the park, Atticus and Oberon discover that some show dogs have been stolen in the area. They decide to track down the perpetrators. As always, lots of humor and a great story! I love anything that has anything to do with this series!! I received a copy of this book from Net Galley.
Jan 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
I actually enjoyed this quite a bit, though having this much Oberon really pointed out how odd it was for him to be telling a story where he's simple-minded and wants to chase squirrels, then goes into storytelling prose to describe the scenery and weird details that a dog wouldn't mention. I understand the need for storytelling, but it really pulls me out. That said, it was fun, I enjoyed it. ...more
Oct 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
It's banter and silliness with a light mystery as plot. What's not to love?
Kimberley doruyter
Sep 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
sherdog howls that's what it is. ...more
Kenny Bellew
Oct 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This short-story audiobook combines the lovable canine characters of this series into a dognapping caper. My wife points out that I've read several books about dogs lately (Watchers by Koonz, and Art of Racing in the Rain by Stein). What I meant to say was that this audiobook combines the excellent voice acting talent of Luke Daniels and the writing of Kevin Kearne to produce a whodunnit, The Purloined Poodle, from the view of a druid's dog. ...more
Jen (That's What I'm Talking About)
The Purloined Poodle is a delightfully entertaining tale shared from the point of view of series regular, Oberon. Yes… Oberon the Irish wolfhound. As readers of the Iron Druid Chronicles know, Oberon has gained the ability to think and understand with humanlike intelligence thanks to his human, Druid Atticus O’Sullivan. When Oberon and Atticus discover that someone has been dognapping prized hounds in the Pacific Northwest, Oberon compels Atticus that it is their responsibility to save the hound ...more
Jul 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A fun, light mystery featuring Oberon (and Atticus, of course). Oberon obviously watches too much of the right sort of TV (spot the cultural references) but ultimately, of course, they must track down the missing Grand Champion Poodle. And Oberon is the star of the show.

Think cozy mystery meets Iron Druid, but with a canine protagonist, and you won't be far wrong. Expect the usual puns, conversations, meat- and dog-focus. You don't have to have read all the Iron Druid books for this, but there m
Nov 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
A quirky little mystery that was fun to read. A very simple story with the novelty of reading it from the point of view of the dog who has a very shaky grasp of time and an obsession with sausages and gravy.
Lee Ann
Oct 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Gotta' love a book from a dog's perspective...even more so if it's Oberon's POV. A cute dog-napping mystery with Atticus and Oberon leading the way to solve the case of the Purloined Poodle. ...more
(*signed @ 2016 NOLA StoryCon)
Kat  Hooper
Oct 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
Oct 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, urban-fantasy
I love getting to focus on Oberon, who is my favorite character in the druid series. This was an enjoyable little story.
Dec 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Oberon is the new Sherlock! Many sausages to you!
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Kevin is the NYT bestselling author of the Iron Druid Chronicles, as well as The Seven Kennings, an epic fantasy trilogy, and the Tales of Pell, a humorous fantasy series co-authored with Delilah S. Dawson. INK & SIGIL, a new urban fantasy series set in the Iron Druid universe, will be out in 2020.

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