The Designated Coconut by John Travis
(Benji Spriteman Mysteries)

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In the mystery THE DESIGNATED COCONUT, two female feline crime writers do a signing at a bookstore, and one of them is murdered, implicating Benji Spriteman. Benji ends up in Rockway, where the remaining sister is staying, where the detective finds his life in danger not only from the animals on land, but from those above and below it too. As I waited in the lobby, I listened to the comments of various animals as they came in from their early morning walks. Almost all of them were complaining about the heat. 'World's gone mad,' an old Tabby in a pair of shorts muttered to himself on the way to the elevators, 'preferred it in the Old days. Didn't have to buy fans then. Just sat on the rug and licked my ass. Good times.' In the twenty-four months that had passed since The Terror, the world had become a slightly more civilized place - so civilized that when two female feline crime writers turn up to do a signing at a local bookstore, only one of them is murdered, implicating Benji Spriteman. In an attempt to solve the crime and clear his name, Benji ends up in Rockway, the sleepy seaside town where the remaining sister is staying. Only Rockway turns out to be not too sleepy, and the detective finds his life in danger not only from the animals on land, but from those above and below it too
 

About John Travis

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John Travis has had over 60 stories published in various books, magazines and journals in the UK, United States, and Canada. In the Humdrumming Books of Horror Stories, his story in the second volume, The Tobacconist's Concession reached the year's shortlist of the British Fantasy Awards for Best Short Story. His work has been praised by Ted Klein and David Renwick among others.
 
Published October 3, 2012 by Atomic Fez Publishing. 329 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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British author Travis’s quirky second Benji Spriteman whodunit (after 2010’s The Terror and the Tortoiseshell) offers a welcome return to a universe where, two years after an event known as the Terror

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It's been a couple of years since the Terror (when animals took over the world while humans went mad or simply disappeared), and society is beginning to stabilize. Feline PI Benji Spriteman is investigating a spate of hate mail that is escalating in tone, suggesting pending violence.

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