A murdered woman, missing children and a possible return from the dead confound denizens of a Lake Michigan tourist town.
Whiskey Mattimoe operates a successful real-estate business, but the rest of her life is in disarray. Still grieving the death of her second husband, she’s providing a home for his daughter Avery, who hates her, and her twins. Her current entourage also includes Abra, an Afghan Hound, and a needy Shitzapoo puppy that her wealthy, flaky songstress neighbor Cassina has just given her, along with the chance to sell her multimillion-dollar lake cottage. Whiskey has just listed another huge estate, and her love life is heating up. Her ex-husband Jed Halloran is back in town. She has a date with self-help author Fenton Flagg. She’s attracted to MacArthur, a Scot who works for Cassina but wants to sell real estate. But things rapidly go sour. Abra runs off with Fenton’s dog. One of Whiskey’s tenants acquires a large number of children and then turns up dead on the beach. Even worse, there are repeated sightings of a former mayor Whiskey knows is dead. With help from friends, lovers past and present and Cassina’s neglected son Chester, who can talk to dogs, Whiskey emerges from the tangled mess triumphant.
Though Whiskey’s fourth (Whiskey and Tonic, 2007, etc.) features a host of oddball characters, Chester and the dogs steal the show.