What do the Birdman of Alcatraz, a bizarrely painted turtle, and three bumbling criminals have in common? Find out in a funny, suspenseful new chapter of the Betts Pets mystery series.


There’s never a dull moment at Betts Pets, the neighborhood pet shop introduced in TROUBLE AT BETTS PETS. Now, in CANARIES AND CRIMINALS, the eminently likable Aaron Betts and pals Sharon Trout and Tony Wong - not to mention Loafer the Chauffer (now a poet) - are all back, along with a menagerie of offbeat new characters. When Aaron’s school project leads to an encounter with an ex-convict, and a turtle with an intricate map on its shell turns up at the shop, Aaron and Sharon are drawn into an all-new mystery and even manage to foil an ill-fated heist. Along the way, Aaron learns a few things about his family, his own artistic talents - and a world where not everyone succeeds as planned.