The Lower Case – Volume Four


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After a triumphant debut at the Edinbeargh Opera, Bearnice Blanc, a polaratura soprano and her singing partner, Leperello, a highly talented Himalayan Snow Leopard arrive at Winnipeg, Manitoba to begin a North American tour. With them is Maury Meerkat who is our narrator, Octavius Bear’s sidekick and talent agent for the singers; and Bearnice’s twin sister Bearyl, a budding actress. Unfortunately, they are also accompanied by Honoria Heifer, a preposterously bad voice coach, mistakenly hired by Bearoness Belinda to aid the singers on their musical journey. (The Bearoness is now in extended hibernation due to her pregnancy.)

No sooner has the group arrived than the cow appears on a TV chat show and essentially says that the singers are light on talent and skill and that she, Honoria, has been totally responsible for their current rise in esteem and popularity.

Bearnice and Lepi are enraged and storm out of the hotel lounge where they were watching the show, in pursuit of Honoria.

Next morning, Honoria is found dead with her neck broken and several gashes in her hide. The singers are the number one suspects.

Enter Octavius, Frau Schuylkill, Colonel Wyatt Where, Otto the Magnificent and L.Condor to assist the Royal Canadian Unmounted Police in finding the real culprits. And Chita lovers, she is there too, much to Octavius’ chagrin! Alternate universes play a major role in this volume.

Book One – The Open and Shut Case;  Book Two – The Case of the Spotted Band;  Book Three – The Case of Scotch;  Book Four – The Lower Case; Book Five -The Curse of the Mummy’s Case; Book Six – The Attaché Case; Book Seven – The Suit Case; Book Eight – The Crank Case; Book Nine -The Basket Case; Book Ten- The Camera Case; Book Eleven – The Wurst Case Scenario; Book Twelve – The Nut Case are all available from MX Publishing USA  –  (look under Sherlock Holmes books); Barnes & Noble and Amazon – (look under Harry DeMaio) as well as other fine bookstores. BOOK ONE IS NOW AVAILABLE ON AMAZON AS AN AUDIOBOOK  Book Thirteen – A Case of Déjà Vu will be released April 2021. Come join the fun!