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Making rounds to homes one wet spring morning, veterinarian Dr. Kate Turner rescues a family's hamster from a vacuum cleaner then visits an estate whose owners breed champion Cavalier King Charles spaniels. Instead of sharing traditional tea with the couple, she confronts a bloody scene of bodies and 27 blue-ribbon dogs running wild. Police initially suspect a murder-suicide, but when Dr. Kate proves the famous best-in-show champion is missing, a darker reality intrudes. She remembers her grandfather saying that there are two motives for murder: love and money.
While treating local pets, Dr. Kate discovers suspects and motives everywhere in this charming town filled with people who wanted the couple dead. Was the couple murdered for the money their champion could bring to another breeder? How is their daughter, anxious to rid herself of the pampered dogs, handling the wealth she inherits? Would the celebrity filmmaker living nearby kill to end a multimillion-dollar lawsuit? Did long-buried personal secrets cause the deaths? And what's going on at the office behind her back? Is Dr. Kate in danger?
First-time mystery writer Eileen Brady's characters, style, and storytelling bring authenticity and atmosphere in this new "pet noir" series.
©2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc. (P)2015 Blackstone Audio
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By Beatrice on 08-04-15

Very Entertaining

This was a very pleasant cozy mystery. The characters were realistic and likable and the small community that Kate lives in was the perfect place for murder. I bought the next book before I finished the first one.

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By Kathi on 03-28-16

A good start to a new series

Eileen Brady seems to have found a good new amateur detective, in Dr. Kate Turner, a veterinarian. Early in the story, she discovers a murder, and because there are no satisfying solutions turning up in traditional police channels, her own curiosity keeps her digging to find the truth.

The characters (human and animal)are interesting and well-drawn, and hopefully will continue into future stories. The narration was okay, Caroline Shaffer does various voices pretty well, though I sometimes felt her inflection was off in a few places. It was a book I had not expected to enjoy as much as I did, but the plot moved along, with a nice balance of conversation, details, never dull, and always kept me wondering till the end. I loved the the animal characters--patients of Dr. Kate's, fun and charming in their own way. I hope this will develop into a long-lasting series.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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