Muzzled: A Kate Turner, DVM, Mystery by Eileen Brady (Poisoned Pen Press, $24.95, 219 pages)
Back at the hospital, finished for the day, I sank exhausted into Doc’s worn office chair and closed my eyes. I was tempted to take a hit off the Jack Daniels bottle I knew lay hidden behind the huge Ettinger’s Veterinary Medicine reference book on the shelf above his desk.
The reader jumps right into Dr. Kate Turner’s life as a small town veterinarian who is filling in for long time Oak Fall Veterinary Hospital owner Doc Anderson. Doc is on an around-the-world cruise with his sister. The trip is his way of celebrating her successful battle with cancer and fulfilling her dream.
Author Eileen Brady, a 20-year veterinarian herself, interjects charming scenes of pets receiving treatment throughout the tale. A grisly double murder of a wealthy elderly couple named Langthorne that breeds and shows Cavalier King Charles spaniels kicks off the action. Kate Turner is the first on the murder scene and dutifully calls in the police.
As small towns go, this one is typical with plenty of gossip and mistrust for newcomers. Kate has been in town working on contract for Doc a scant four months, which makes her a likely suspect by the locals, especially in light of her discovery of the bodies at the Langthorne mansion. Motive? Anyone’s guess is possible, but not necessary.
Kate manages to treat her patients skillfully while doling out good advice to their owners. Readers are bound to pick up helpful knowledge as well. Kate’s need to clear herself and solve the murder puts her into several dangerous situations. Author Brady provides a full cast of potential murderers who need to be vetted. (Sorry, I could not resist the pun.) The intense rivalry among show dog owners plays a part in the action.
All in all, most anyone will thoroughly enjoy this mystery and animal lovers will be absolutely sure to love it. Woof!
A review copy was provided by the publisher.