The Case of the Missing Hippo by Laura James
Bloomsbury ISBN 9781408889312
Fabio is the world's smartest flamingo detective. He lives on the banks of Lake Laloozee and he loves going to the Hotel Royale and drinking pink lemonade on the veranda with his friend Gilbert the giraffe. When he is asked to judge the hotel's talent contest, he is less than enthusiastic. However when the jazz-singing hippo suddenly disappears, Fabio knows he has a mystery on his hands and it is time to discover not the greatest talent but the truth. This is the first book in a super new series with plenty of comedy and crime. The story is complemented by delightful and amusing illustrations.