Frisbee, Rat Detective

Fiction - Animals
17 Pages
Reviewed on 09/21/2014
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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

Frisbee, Rat Detective is a ten minute Coffee-Break Read written by Diana Hockley. Frisbee is Mrs. Fiona Rogers’ pet rat. Her husband, Gary, hates Frisbee and has tried to step on him and leave him to the mercies of the family’s cat, Fudge, when Fiona is not looking. While Gary doesn’t appreciate Frisbee’s presence in the house, Frisbee earns his keep by watching over Fiona’s garden and the house, and being Fiona's friend and confidant. He’s concerned that the arguments between Gary and Fiona have been getting worse. When Gary suggests that Fiona host a luncheon for her friends, Frisbee and Fiona are both happy and excited as she prepares the festive treats, but Frisbee is not quite sure everything is as it should be.

Diana Hockley’s Frisbee, Rat Detective, is a full-fledged, satisfying mystery that will take you only about ten minutes to read. While I was reading it, I remembered the pet rat I had years ago and started thinking about what fun those intelligent and sweet animals are. I really enjoyed seeing the world through Frisbee's eyes as well. Frisbee is a smart detective who observes and recalls everything that goes on around him. I'm not normally terrible fond of short stories as I like the depth and involvement of longer works of fiction; however, Hockley somehow managaed to pack that depth into her Coffee-Break Read. Her characters are well-defined, and her choice of narrator is inspired. Will there be further adventures featuring Frisbee, Rat Detective? I hope so.

Anne-Marie Reynolds

Frisbee, Rat Detective by Diana Hockley is a short story about a rat turned detective. Fiona has a beloved pet rat called Frisbee, but the new man in her life does not like him. Things turn violent between Fiona and Greg, and Frisbee hides with Fudge the cat. Standing in his cage, gazing out of the window one day, Frisbee spots Greg hiding behind the bushes with another woman. He hears part of the conversation, but doesn’t understand it. Greg suddenly turns nice towards Fiona, telling her to arrange a dinner party for her friends. On the day, Greg goes off to the golf course for the day and Frisbee gets to help Fiona set up. When the guests arrive, he is hiding behind the bread bin. A strange woman comes into the kitchen to get Fiona’s dinner for her – he recognises her as the woman behind the bushes. Shortly afterwards, Fiona is rushed off to hospital with suspected food poisoning and the police come to visit. With the help of Frisbee, can the detectives unravel the mystery surrounding Fiona’s poisoning?

Frisbee, Rat Detective by Diana Hockley was a cute little story. I have kept rats as pets in the past and can identify with how smart they are. The story was well written, easy enough for any reader, no matter their age, to get to grips with. It was concise, to the point and rather enjoyable for a short coffee break story. I would like to read more from Ms Hockley.

Tania Staley

Diana Hockley once again shows that heroics can come in small packages with her latest short story, Frisbee, Rat Detective. From relationship advice to solving crimes, Hockley allows her rodent hero to take on the world in quite unexpected ways. In this story, she introduces readers to a content rat named Frisbee. He lives a good life with his loving “Mum,” Fiona. Fiona adores him. She constantly showers love on him, allows him to roam the house, protects him from the cat, Fudge, and even spoils him with treats, such as porridge with cream and honey. Life is good for Frisbee, but not everyone in the household treats him with such admiration. Greg, Mum’s husband, cannot stand Frisbee and even threatens to get rid of him for good one day. When Frisbee sees Greg in a suspicious liaison with another woman, he knows something is not right. When Fiona falls ill, Frisbee believe he may know the culprit, but can something so small and unnoticed be able to save the day? Pick up a copy Frisbee, Rat Detective today to find out.

Diana Hockley’s short story is a fun read with an amusing protagonist. Having already read her short story The Metamorphosis of Troubadour Merriwether, in which there is a delightful rat advisor named Fergal, I was expecting to get the same fun and whimsical character in this new rat hero, Frisbee. I can honestly say that not only were my assumptions correct, but this tale actually exceeded my expectations. Being able to be in the head of Frisbee was a delight, and Hockley did a fabulous job in the creation of this character. I have no doubt that she herself has studied the characteristics and actions of rats and used them in her writing. Frisbee, Rat Detective was a quick and enjoyable read that I would recommend for anyone hoping to kill a few minutes with some entertainment. I hope to read more from Diana Hockley.