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Saddled with Murder (Dr. Kate Vet Mysteries Book 1) Kindle Edition
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About the Author
Caroline Shaffer studied theater at the Weber Douglas Academy in London and received her master's degree from the American Conservatory Theater. A voiceover artist in addition to an actor, she has lent her talents to multiple projects ranging from television, film, commercials, and cartoons. An avid reader, she spends her free time reading anything from classics to new releases. --This text refers to the audioCD edition.
- Language: : English
- Publication date : October 27, 2020
- File size : 2112 KB
- Publisher : Poisoned Pen Press (October 27, 2020)
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 337 pages
- ASIN : B0861B1N9T
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #22,914 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Dr. Kate Vet Mysteries, Book #1
Veterinarian and amateur sleuth Kate Turner has her hands full trying to juggle two boyfriends, a thriving practice, and a criminal investigation
It's the Christmas season and veterinarian Kate Turner is not feeling very jolly. She's overworked, unappreciated, and dealing with two dissatisfied clients. Throw in a very complicated personal life and Kate's definitely got a case of the holiday blues.
To make matters worse, Kate's ex-boyfriend, Jeremy, is mugged and robbed after they have a heated argument in the hospital parking lot. Then, two of her dissatisfied clients turn up dead (which really gets Kate's tinsel in a tangle). All of these events seem like coincidences, but they add up to something much more venomous.
Saddled with Murder is a cozy holiday mystery from beloved author Eileen Brady that explores the fragility and resiliency of animals and humans whose trust has been broken, and will keep animal-loving readers riveted until the last page. (Goodreads)
The characters are well rounded and well developed. Kate and her coworkers get along well, and at times they feel more like family than coworkers. At the Christmas party, they play a game of what they would wish for if they could have their wishes come true. Kate wishes two of her difficult clients would disappear, and when they are killed, they do disappear. When a third person is killed, it becomes more than Kate’s wish coming true, it becomes a murder investigation.
The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and the descriptions pulled me into the story from the very beginning. I enjoyed reading about all the animals that Kate took care of, it made for some interesting reading. The writing style flows smoothly and the book was a quick easy read, The mystery was well plotted and there were plenty of clues to sift through and suspects to consider. The culprit was on my radar but I did not not no for sure until it was revealed at the end.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. I really enjoyed this book and am looking forward to reading more in the series.
I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, Poisoned Pen Press, and NetGalley, which I greatly appreciate.
The first death is Frank Martingale. He was contentious and always had a bunch of nuisance suits going. He is disputing the vet bill and threatening to take Kate to court. The second death is Eloise who is threatening to sue Kate because her bulldog didn't have the puppies she wanted her to have. The third is Raeleen who once worked for the vet office Kate is now running and who blames Kate for her firing.
All three were mentioned in the infamous video which was accidentally posted on line and is now in danger of going viral.
The first two deaths could have been accidents but Raeleen was shot to death. There are many suspects including Kate and the local snowplow driver Pinky who is Kate's next door neighbor and the owner of Princess - a senior dog and the love of Pinky's life. Pinky has some social anxiety and is otherwise a little strange. At first, Kate suspects him since he plowed the first two victims' driveways and actually discovered the second body. But there are other suspects including the on-again, off-again boyfriend of the third victim and anyone who had a grudge against Frank.
Kate also has other issues to deal with. She has a couple of boyfriends and their relationships weren't trouble-free. She is also being encouraged by her Gramps to finally make it up with her father who sort of abandoned her when her mother and brother died in a car accident near the Christmas holiday some years earlier. Her father has built a new life with a new wife and two more children and Kate still blames him for moving on so fast.
The mystery was nicely twisty and the characters were engaging. I liked the details about the life of a vet. This is the fifth Kate Turner mystery and stands alone quite well. I haven't read the earlier books yet and had no problems getting into the story.