Terrier, Bloodhound and Mastiff by Tamora Pierce
Beka Cooper is a rookie with the law-enforcing Provost's Guard, and she's been assigned to the Lower City. It's a tough beat that's about to get tougher, as Beka's limited ability to communicate with the dead clues her in to an underworld conspiracy. Someone close to Beka is using dark magic to profit from the Lower City's criminal enterprises — and the result is a crime wave the likes of which the Provost's Guard has never seen before.
Beka Cooper, the heroine of Terrier, is no longer a Puppy.
She's a Dog now—a full-fledged member of the Provost's Guard, dedicated to keeping peace in Tortall. But there's unrest throughout land. Counterfeit coins are turning up in shops all over the capital city of Corus, and the nation's economy is on the brink of collapse.
The Dogs discover that the counterfeit money seems to originate in Port Caynn. So Beka heads upriver to investigate, traveling with her mentor, Goodwin; Achoo, a hound whose nose is as sharp as her claws; and the pigeon Slapper, who carries the voices of the dead.
In Port Caynn, Beka delves deep into the gambling world, where she meets a charming banking clerk named Dale Rowan. Beka thinks she may be falling for Rowan, but she won't let anything—or anyone—jeopardize her mission. From the Silversmith's Guild to the Provost's House to the city sewers, it won't be enough for Beka to be her usual Terrier self. She'll have to learn from Achoo how to sniff out the criminals—to be a Bloodhound. . . .
Beka, our smart and savvy heroine, continues to make a name for herself on the mean streets of Tortall's Lower City...
Here's how blog reader Amanda describes what's queer about it:
The trans character [introduced in book #2, Bloodhound] explains himself by saying that the Trickster god sometimes messes with people by placing them in the wrong body. He says that he is lucky to have realized this and have a happy life, as opposed to all the people that don't realize this about themselves and are miserable. He's also in a relationship with a man (as a man), which is addressed really well several times.Add your review of the Legend of Beka Cooper series (any or all of the three titles) in comments!