Don't Feed the Rat! (A Jacob Hicks Murder Mystery)
by Annie Appleton
When Jacob Hicks, resident weird professor, is the suspect in a murder case, he reluctantly sets out to prove his innocence. With Emily, on probation for biting a policeman, he delves into the gossip and lies of the local allotment society, where even a garden hose can be a deadly weapon.
Meanwhile, Paddy the Rat is plagued by teenage rat Cecil, while his childhood bogeyman has come alive.