A photographer must rely on her loyal dog and cat companions to solve the case of a murdered colleague.
Janet MacPhail is out taking pictures of her boyfriend Tom Saunders’ black Lab, Drake, at Twisted Lake when the dog attempts to retrieve something unexpected: a bag covered in blood and containing a strange-looking feather. This is not the sort of thing Janet expects to see in her quiet Indiana town, where the biggest terror she’s faced so far is taking photographs at the local vet and getting bitten (and not by one of the animals). When Janet’s picture-snapping buddy Anderson Billings leaves her an enigmatic phone message about birds sent from Twisted Lake, Janet becomes determined to find out what’s going on. Unfortunately, she doesn’t get the chance before local officer Jo Stevens calls to tell her that Anderson has drowned. Immediately suspecting foul play, Janet makes several trips out to the island with Jay, her own dog, to see if she can unearth any more information about what’s happened. She discovers that the island has a tie to the Treasures on Earth Spiritual Renewal Center, headed by a man Janet has dubbed Regis Moneypenny, and that some members have been pressed to act as “guardians” for parrots. Could all this be linked to the feather in the bag and to the blood?
Equal parts mystery and dog appreciation, with a dash of romance thrown in for good measure, this second case for Janet and her pals (Drop Dead on Recall, 2012) is accessible to fans of all three.