Friday, April 11, 2014

Muzzled, A Kate Turner DVM Mystery by Eileen Brady

Kate is just making a routine house call to check on the show dogs of an elderly couple.  When she finds the door unlocked and steps in, she finds all the dogs loose and the couple dead.  It's when she notices they have been shot that she gets really concerned.

Poisoned Pen Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It's due to be published May 6th, so make a note on your TBR list.

I enjoy reading books that have animals featured in them so I grabbed this one when I found it.  It's a very nice start to a new series and I'll be reading more of Ms. Brady's work as I find it.

The Chief of Police dismisses it as murder/suicide, but Kate's not buying that.  They had a major competition coming up in a new days and that's why she was inspecting the dog that was to be presented.  If they were depressed, they wouldn't have signed up for the show.  It didn't look like anyone had a motive.  Then a long lost daughter shows up and all she wants is the dogs.  She's going to sell them and get rich.  

In order to move the dogs (and sell one out of the country), she needs vets certifications.  Kate gives her those but is bothered by the fact that the current champion seems a bit different.  She's pretty sure she put the IV in the other leg, but it's not written down anywhere.  She stifles her doubt and signs the papers.  The daughter sells the dog for a million dollars to a foreign buyer.  

Kate is even more affected when she finds out that some of the older champions were put down, some were taken to the various humane societies and the daughter never even kept one for herself.  How could she do that?  If that isn't enough to bother the vet, she finds a dog that has been hit by a car and is almost dead.  When she treats him and cleans him up, she realizes she's found the true champion.  She keeps quiet about, though, because she's going to keep him as a pet herself.

In the meantime, the daughter briefly becomes a suspect but she has an alibi.  So who's the killer?  Poor Kate has no idea how close the killer is to her...

The author has vet experience and shares her knowledge in the story.  The story is fast paced and full of little odd facts that finally come together at the end.  I'm looking forward to the next in this series!

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