Dr. Kate Turner is happy with her new life in Oak Falls in 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: a new job,;a Manhattan apartment; her cairn terrier, Toto. As feisty as the Wizard of Oz's Toto, he and Claire were devoted to each other. Kate can't imagine Claire simply abandoning her pet. Was her death murder?
Questions end when police arrest 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 hardworking 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 A. J.'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 just as irresistible as Dr. Kate's first adventure, Muzzled.
©2015 Eileen Brady (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
This is a delightful cozy mystery with great characters in a realistic setting. It's turning into one of my favorite cozy mysteries.
This is a vast disappointment from the first book in the series. At least in the first book, Kate had a reason to be looking into the murder. This time, I spent the entire time trying to understand why Kate was investigating and frankly, she got more annoying with each passing chapter. She convinced from the first that a woman she hardly knows is murdered and gets annoyed when Claire's family, friends and police don't immediately give her all the information she needs. Then random characters just come out with important clues and decide Kate is the person they are going tell. The whole plot is illogical.
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