Now that curiosity has killed the cat, will it kill the veterinarian?
Dr. Kate Turner is working as a relief vet in a charming Hudson River town. With her assistant, Mari, she travels the countryside treating everything from cats and dogs to llamas and pigs. When one of her clients, Claire Birnham, is found dead, an apparent suicide, Kate immediately suspects that all is not what it seems. Claire, who’d left her precious cairn terrier, Toto, at Kate’s office after he was bitten by a rat, had seemed very happy with her new job in a Manhattan art gallery and had been eager to move to the city. The romance that always seems promised by Kate’s friendship with police officer Luke Gianetti is forestalled once more when she calls him with her theory that Claire was murdered. Even her grandfather, a former arson investigator, warns her to mind her own business. But Kate thinks talking to people won’t hurt and may turn up some suspects. Indeed, many more people might have wanted Claire dead than Kate imagines. Her alcoholic mother stands to inherit a pile of money from an insurance policy, and her abusive former boyfriend is a handsome rocker with a jealous new girlfriend. Claire herself, a talented artist, was leaving a job at a local gallery whose owner may be involved in selling fraudulent artworks. When Kate’s kennel assistant, a young man with brain damage, is arrested for the crime, she redoubles her efforts to find a calculating killer.
Kate’s second (Muzzled, 2014) is a treat for animal lovers. The plethora of suspects keeps you guessing.