The first Dr. Bannerman Vet Mystery
Gold Winner - Foreword "Indies" Awards
Silver Medal - Independent Publisher Book Awards ("IPPY")
Peter is an odd duck, obsessed with logic and measurable facts, an obsession he puts to good use in his veterinary practice. When a murder is connected to the swine barn explosion and his friend Tom becomes the prime suspect, Peter feels compelled to put his reasoning skills, and his dog Pippin’s remarkable nose, to use to help clear him.
The situation darkens with a second murder and a series of break-ins, including at Peter’s house and clinic, but Peter has a hard time knowing when he is out of his depth, despite warnings from his brother-in-law Kevin, an RCMP officer. It becomes increasingly clear that something extraordinary is behind all this, possibly international in scope.
Ultimately Peter finds himself out in the middle of frozen Lake Winnipeg during a blizzard, fighting for his life and confronting a horrifying realization he had been blind to all along.
"One of the most delightful novels I’ve read for years!" - Rony Campbell, Elite Reviewing Group
"Filled with twists and turns, Schott’s take on the detective novel is quirky, fun and lighthearted, but also rich in character and worldbuilding. " - The Manitoban
"Meet a very welcome addition to Canada’s fictional crime-busters. Deadly and delightful, 54 Pigs is a delicious read with some of the most beautiful descriptions of a prairie winter anywhere. " - Iona Wishaw, author of the Lane Winslow series
"The reader can’t help but be entranced and embraced by Schott’s charming and saucily unusual first book in what should be a long-running series." - Anthony Bidulka, author of the Russel Qaunt mysteries