Author: Dixie Lyle
Publication: St. Martin's Paperbacks (February 25, 2014)
Description: Introducing an animal-loving Gal Friday with a telepathic cat, a shapeshifting dog, and a ghost of a chance of solving supernatural crime…
Meet Deirdre “Foxtrot” Lancaster. Trusted employee of eccentric zillionairess Zelda Zoransky, Foxtrot manages a mansion, a private zoo, and anything else that strikes her boss’s fancy. Her job title is Administrative Assistant, but chaos handler would be more accurate. Especially after she glimpses a giant ghost-beast in Zelda’s pet cemetery. For some strange reason, Foxtrot is seeing animal spirits. And, ready or not, in this mystery from Dixie Lyle, the fur’s about to hit the fan…
A TASTE FUR MURDER
Still reeling, Foxtrot comes home to find her cat Tango—her dead cat Tango—alive and well and communicating telepathically. But that’s not all: There’s an ectoplasmic dog named Tiny who changes breeds with a shake of his tail…and can sniff out a clue like nobody’s business. So when a coworker drops dead while organizing closets, Tiny is on the case. Can Foxtrot and her new companions ferret out the killer among a menagerie of suspects—human and otherwise—before death takes another bite?
My Thoughts: A TASTE FUR MURDER was a fun mystery that introduced an intrepid heroine. Foxtrot Lancaster is an administrative assistant to and extremely wealthy and eccentric woman. Nothing throws Foxtrot. She always keeps her cool. The events of this story will severely test her aplomb.
Foxtrot starts seeing things in the pet cemetery including a huge black elephant who has lightning surrounding her and masses of other deceased pets. She is told that her boss is in danger and that she has to protect her. When a house maid is killed, Foxtrot wonders if she was in the wrong place at the wrong time and that the real victim was her boss.
Foxtrot has lots of suspects since her boss is holding one of her house parties with her usual eclectic mix of guests including a rock star, a star gymnast and her trainer, a secretive inventor, and a businessman with a pet monkey. She also has some unexpected assistance in the form of her former cat who has come back to life and who can communicate with her telepathically and an ectoplasmic dog named Tiny who can switch breeds as he wishes.
I loved the byplay between the cat and the dog. Dixie Lyle really knows what they would say if they were in fact telepathic. I also liked the way that Foxtrot interacted with her cat Tango and with Tiny too. This book is clearly the beginning of a new series. I can't wait to read more inventors of this trio.
I was still fretting when I finally fell asleep, and had troubled, murky dreams that involved being chased by hippos and toy helicopters. I couldn't get away because is was wearing these huge shoes made from cast iron that weighed a thousand pounds each, and they were on the wrong feet, and the shoelaces were in a million knots that turned into snakes when I tried to untie them...I got this eARC from St. Martin's Press via NetGalley. You can buy your copy here.
I didn't so much wake up as escape.