A distress call embroils a pet psychic in a murder investigation.
When her aunt left her a run-down property in Wilmington, N.C., much-married widow Mary Catherine Roberts converted the upstairs of the old building to an apartment for herself and her cat Baylor while using the downstairs as a short-term animal shelter. On the way home from radio station WRSC, where she hosts a popular pet show, animal psychic Mary Catherine “hears” plaintive cries from a nearby house and discovers a wounded turtle and the dead body of her station manager Colin Jamison’s wealthy aunt. The police are naturally skeptical when she explains that she heard the turtle’s thoughts. They believe Colin murdered his aunt for her money. After Mary Catherine meets attractive cop-turned-private eye Charlie Dowd, events take a turn for the worse. She begins to get threatening phone calls at her talk show; Colin is caught in an affair with the wife of one of Charlie’s clients; and Baylor is almost cat-napped. Does Mary Catherine dare trust Charlie, who has some psychic secrets of his own, with her life? Although the turtle can’t identify the killer, Mary Catherine gets enough tips from the animals to help her break the case.
This kickoff to a new series from the Lavenes (Perfect Poison, 2008, etc.) should score with both mystery and pet lovers.