Dr. Kate Turner is happy with her new life in Oak Falls, upstate New York. Working as a relief veterinarian at a small house-call practice, she truly enjoys helping her patients. All that changes when client Claire Birnham is found dead, an apparent suicide. A talented artist, Claire had everything to live for: new job, Manhattan apartment, her Cairn terrier Toto. As feisty as the Wizard of Oz Toto, he and Claire were devoted. Kate can’t imagine Claire simply abandoning her pet. Was her death murder? Questions end in the police arresting young kennel helper Eugene. The fragile friendship between Kate and police officer Luke Gianetti frays as she ignores his advice and keeps asking questions. House calls provide gossip and clues, some helpful, some not so much, as she treats her animal patients. Did Claire’s recent insurance windfall prove too tempting for her hard working and hard drinking mother? What does trouble in the art gallery where Claire worked signal? How huge a grudge did heavy metal rocker A.J. hold against high-school sweetheart Claire after she dumped him? Was Claire a threat to AJ’s rich new girl? Dr. Kate mixes real medicine with murder as she risks her life over Claire’s death, aided by insights from a former fire investigator, aka her Gramps. Unleashed is as irresistible as Muzzled. (Goodreads)
Kate Turner is a veterinarian who works at an animal hospital in Oak Falls. When she learns that one of her clients, Claire, is dead, an apparent suicide, she cannot believe it. Claire always seemed upbeat and had a lot of positives in her life. And Kate cannot believe that Claire would take her own life and leave Toto, her four legged friend, behind with no one to care for him.. It does not make any sense and Kate cannot let go of the idea that Claire was murdered. She decides to do a little sleuthing on her own, much to the chagrin of her police officer friend, Luke. When an employee at the animal hospital is accused of the crime, Kate really steps up her snooping, determined to uncover the truth. Will she succeed or will she become a victim herself?
The characters are well developed, well rounded and three dimensional. Kate is a strong woman who does not give up easily. But she has a soft spot for all the animals in her life, of which there are many. She gets along well with all the people who work at the animal hospital and they make a great working team. Kate has two possible love interests, one a long distance suitor and the other, Luke. The problem is that long distance relationships are difficult, if not impossible, to make work. And she is afraid to lose her friendship with Luke if things do not work out. I am interested to see what happens in the future.
The mystery is carried on throughout the entire book. The murder takes place in the first couple of pages and the and the clues and suspects begin to pile up. There are many suspects with real motives to consider and I did not figure out the killer until it was revealed at the end.
I love reading about Kate’s occupation and all the animals that she cares for. It is interesting to read about the conditions that she that has to treat and her instructions to her clients. I could have read that aspect of the book all day. I also enjoyed reading about the menagerie of animals that reside in the animal hospital. I was laughing reading about their antics.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy. And if you love animals then this is a must read book. I have read the first book in the series, Muzzled, and I enjoyed that one a lot too. This is a great series and I would suggest reading both of the the books. I cannot wait for book three.
I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for a honest review. I would like to thank NetGalley and Poisoned Pen Press for the opportunity to read and review this fantastic book.