Knowledgeable Creatures by Christopher Rowe

Knowledgeable Creatures by Christopher Rowe
Publisher: Tor Books
Genre: Suspense/Mystery, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (20 pages)
Rating: 3 Stars
Reviewed by Astilbe

A dog detective is hired by a female human to investigate a murder that she committed. But of course, all is not as it seems in this strange, mysterious world rendered wonderfully by speculative fiction author Christopher Rowe.

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Connolly was a great dog detective. He was patient and thoughtful as he reviewed the clues. I also enjoyed the fact that he was aware of the differences between him and a human detective. There were things he simply wasn’t good at like grasping business cards. On the other hand, a human wouldn’t have been half as good as he was at sniffing a room to determine who might have lived or maybe even died there recently.

I would have liked to see more attention paid to answering the reader’s questions about the world building. As much as I liked all of the tantalizing references to how and why some animals are as intelligent as people in this universe, there were quite a few things about that the narrator didn’t explain. For example, he hinted that one particular species might be secretly running the world, but he never got around to confirming or denying that claim after sharing it for the first time. I certainly don’t mind a few loose strings in what I read, but this happened so often in this particular one that I did find it frustrating not to have any of my questions answered.

It was amusing to see how the author mixed the mystery and science fiction genres together. While this tale did tend to belong more to the first category during most of the scenes, there were still plenty of science fiction tropes included in the storyline, too. I often like reading books that straddle the lines between genres like this, especially when they do such a good job at appealing to more than one type of audience.

Knowledgeable Creatures should be read by anyone who enjoys science fiction, mysteries, or both of these genres.

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