Tuesday, January 7, 2014

A Taste Fur Murder by Dixie Lyle

An eccentric millionaire who loves to host get-togethers and then verbally impale one of the guests, a pet cemetery, an assistant Gal Friday that must keep it all together, a nephew, other employees, and a few animal ghosts all get together in this murder mystery by Ms. Lyle.  It's busy, unusual, and you won't be setting it down much.  It's a good read!

St Martin's Press and Net Galley allowed me to download an ebook of this story for review.  It will be published February 25th and is the first book in a new series.  I'll be watching for more.

Foxtrot is the Gal Friday who keeps things moving and makes sure everything is working out as planned.  ZZ is the millionaire and she's one of those "make it so" folks.  ZZ is a bit snarky but she loves those around here and rewards them well for their efforts.  Life has been going well for the household, so it's a real shock when they find a dead maid in ZZ's bedroom with a locked door.  The lock is on the inside.  ZZ was sleeping with one of the guests and wasn't aware the maid was still in the room.  Who killed the maid and how is the question.  There's no doubt in Foxtrot's mind that ZZ was to be in the intended victim.

So far, this is just a normal murder mystery.  Now it gets interesting.  Foxtrot finds a cat wandering about and notices it looks just like her cat used to.  Imagine her surprise when the cat talks to her telepathically and tells her that's because it IS Tango.  Now a talking cat is one thing, but the next animal "ghost" that can actually be seen like the cat not only can talk to her but is a dog shapeshifter, too!

The murderer is threatening the existence of the pet cemetery and the animals are there to help Foxtrot solve the crime.  It's a good thing, because she needs help.

This mystery and fantasy at its best.  This one is more like a cozy than a deadly serious murder and the characters all have secrets of some kind.  It's a well-put-together story and I enjoyed the read.  Why don't you give it a try?

Happy reading.

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