I've been reading a ton of books about dogs or from the point of view of dogs. Woof by Spencer Quinn is a middle grade mystery told from the point of view of a bloodhound fallen on hard times. At the start of the book, Bowser, is adopted by a girl and her grandmother and is immediately thrust into a mystery of a missing stuffed fish and the possibility of a treasure map.
The book is set along the bayou. Birdie, that's Bowser's adopter, lives with her grandmother because her mother works on an oil rig. I believe it's the second or third book I've read recently with a parent who works off shore.
The heart of the mystery is the missing stuffed marlin. The grandmother swears the marlin is of sentimental value only. Birdie, and by extension, Bowser, expect more. Evidence seems to suggest there's more to the missing fish as well.
Bowser makes for an affable narrator. Birdie is headstrong and smart. They make a good team and it's a decent start to a new series. The second book is Arf and I will be reading it as soon as I move and get my books out of storage.