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Waldo Chicken Wakes the Dead: A Murder Mystery of Unusual Proportions

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Waldo Chicken Wakes the Dead: A Murder Mystery of Unusual Proportions

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Original name book: Waldo Chicken Wakes the Dead: A Murder Mystery of Unusual Proportions

Pages: 293

Language: English

Publisher: WindRiver Publishing; 1 edition (June 30, 2004)


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Category - Literature & Fiction

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Connie O'Toole enjoys part-time amateur sleuthing—and the neighborhood's worst kept secret is that he has help. You see, Connie happens to be a cartoonist who regularly confers with his cartoon characters: Waldo (a fat and pompous walrus) and the Chicken (a frightfully nervous hen who roosts on Waldo's head). It's usually an amicable relationship—although Connie's wife Evelyn might disagree. Still, nobody can solve a neighborhood mystery quite like Waldo!

But things change suddenly when Connie, Evelyn, and Waldo Chicken try to find the neighborhood's reigning monarch (a cat named Mr. Woo) and instead stumble onto the remains of someone they thought had left the neighborhood long ago—the sultry Becky Sawyer.

What started as an inestigation to find the regal Mr. Woo suddenly becomes a full-fledged murder mystery, a mystery that—impossibly—involves Waldo Chicken!

Library Journal's Best Mystery Fiction 2004 --The Library Journal"Sniff, sniff" Alan Goldsmith combines the excitement and savvy comedy of the pulp-fiction writers from the 50's and 60's and the sophisticated mystery writers of today. His eclectic cast of characters and his good sense for comedic timing promise hours of entertainment while the subtle twists of the mystery will keep you guessing to the satisfying ending.

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Customer Reviews
  • By Joe Ekaitis: The Gray Haired Geek on February 15, 2005

    A skull has been found. Someone has obviously been murdered. So why are you giggling, chortling and guffawing out loud while drawing disapproving glances from others in the room?Welcome to the the wacky world of Waldo and the Chicken, and their creator, cartoonist Constable "Connie" O'Toole. In the first of a planned series, fellow WindRiver author Alan Goldsmith lays down the foundation for years of slapstick sleuthing while practically inventing a whole new genre: The laugh-your-a**-off murder mystery."Waldo Chicken Wakes the Dead" begins innocently enough. It's no big secret in his Georgia suburb that Connie O'Toole speaks to, argues with and is often humiliated by his own creations, the officious Waldo Walrus and the nervous hen nesting on his head known only as The Chicken. Folks regularly ask Connie to help them recover lost items and pets, a task he accomplishes by conferring with his cantankerous creations. On a day like any other, a neighborhood kid asks him to find Mr. Woo, a male lion in his prime disguised as a house cat, the terror of any four-legged mammal smaller than a Clydesdale and easily capable of having an eagle or two for lunch. Connie accepts the challenge and with the help of his wife Evelyn, they locate the wayward feline and stumble upon evidence of foul play.Normally, this is where things turn grim, dark and depressing, but not when Connie O'Toole is around. Instead, a memorable cast of characters begin to make their entrances, adding even more quirkiness and hilarity to what should be a grave situation. Yes, someone is dead, but while you're trying to figure it out, Goldsmith bombards your funnybone with a nonstop barrage of one-liners, asides and daffy dialog. Hardly a page will go by without at least a grin and at best, laughter to the verge of tears.If you want to spare yourself the embarrassment of laughing in public while trying to solve a murder mystery, use the old schooldays trick of hiding "Waldo Chicken Wakes the Dead" inside a decoy book, say, Debbie Farmer's equally hilarious "Don't Put Lipstick On The Cat!" or even my own "Collinsfort Village," also available from WindRiver Publishing.

  • By Arthur J. Otwell on December 11, 2004

    We can only hope that Connie O'Toole and Waldo Chicken will return for more neighborhood sleuthing and chicanery.Mr. Goldsmith has woven a humorous tale of intrigue and mystery involving an almost endless cast of colorful characters. The many twists and turns were highlighted by a surprise ending.As a member of the "slightly older than baby boomer" generation, I appreciated the references to characters of my era. Most of the humor in this book, however, is timeless and well-conceived.Not since Francis The Talking Mule and Harvey The Rabbit have I enjoyed a tale of real and imaginary character to this extent.Thank goodness Connie and Waldo Chicken survived unscathed to collaborate again.

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