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Reviewed by Liz Konkel for Readers' Favorite
The Werewolf of Wottenham Wood by Rupert Harker (both the author and the main character of the series) is the second book in the Urban-Smith Cozy Mystery series. A mutilated body has Fairfax Urban-Smith believing that Tripod Jack has returned but, being sensible, Rupert is skeptical of a werewolf being real. Fairfax’s theory is that a three-legged werewolf is terrorizing the night and is responsible for the gruesome murders which Rupert is working to disprove. When the case takes an even more bizarre turn, Rupert doesn’t know what to believe. Fairfax leads him into uncharted territory, unlike anything he’s seen.
Werewolves are at the heart of Rupert and Fairfax’s newest mystery as the murders steer towards the possibility that a werewolf may be the culprit. The author weaves several werewolf references throughout with the focus on well-known werewolf mythology, the tragic legend of Tripod Jack, and the history of the Wolfmann family. The mystery has the right amount of weird and leads Rupert on another paranormal investigation. The plot does include some serious moments with the murder investigation containing some slightly grisly aspects. Humor is a large component in the story with comedy blended into the plot and part of the characters’ personalities with several scenes that will have you laughing out loud. Sherlock Holmes is an inspiration in this modern comedic paranormal update on the dynamic between Holmes and Watson, which plays out delightfully through the partnership between Rupert and Fairfax.
The relationship between brothers is a key element in both the case and for Fairfax, whose brother Ulysses shows up to help with various events pertaining to the case. The story also includes the reappearance of Inspector Gadget who once again provides some conflict for Rupert and Fairfax. Join Rupert and Fairfax on a werewolf hunt in The Werewolf of Wottenham Wood, a humorous mystery that includes a new bizarre caper, plenty of comedy, unusual murders, and action-packed moments.