Now that she’s represented a dog named Sherman, a Charleston family lawyer is naturally assigned as a cat’s counsel.
Though their marriage was brief and their divorce years before, Sally Baynard knows that her ex-husband, Joe, still cherishes feelings for her. But it doesn’t seem right that he uses his powers as a Charleston Family Court judge to assign her to represent pets. To be more accurate, he’s recommended Sally’s skills to a colleague, but it feels the same when she’s assigned to select the caretaker for Beatrice, Lila Mackay’s cat. Sally has a hard enough time getting her human clients to tell her the truth and nothing but; she doesn’t have the patience to deal with a client who can’t do anything but meow. Sally isn’t one to shirk her responsibilities, though. She’s been a dedicated caretaker to the ailing mother who’s lived with her for years. Moved by the same sense of duty, if not enthusiasm, Sally gets ready to choose from one of Lila’s three suggested caretakers for Beatrice. Sally’s experience helping with custody of Sherman (Lawyer for the Dog, 2015) doesn’t do her much good. She doesn’t feel the same affection for Beatrice, though her boyfriend, who happens to be a veterinarian, tries his best to bridge the gap. Sally’s biggest problem may be Lila’s bad-news son Randall, who knows that the estate will be his once Beatrice is out of the picture for good.
For better or worse, this cozy concludes with a bittersweet ending. Maybe the next installment (Lawyer for the Bird?) will provide a more positive resolution.