Published by St. Martin's Press on Feb 25, 2014
Genres: Adult, Cozy Mystery
Format: eARC from Netgalley
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Introducing an animal-loving Gal Friday with a telepathic cat, a shapeshifting dog, and a ghost of a chance of solving supernatural crime…
Meet Deirdre “Foxtrot” Lancaster. Trusted employee of eccentric zillionairess Zelda Zoransky, Foxtrot manages a mansion, a private zoo, and anything else that strikes her boss’s fancy. Her job title is Administrative Assistant, but chaos handler would be more accurate. Especially after she glimpses a giant ghost-beast in Zelda’s pet cemetery. For some strange reason, Foxtrot is seeing animal spirits. And, ready or not, the fur’s about to hit the fan…
Still reeling, Foxtrot comes home to find her cat, Tango—her dead cat Tango—alive and well and communicating telepathically. But that’s not all: There’s an ectoplasmic dog named Tiny who changes breeds with a shake of his tail…and can sniff out a clue like nobody’s business. So when a coworker drops dead while organizing closets, Tiny is on the case. Can Foxtrot and her new companions ferret out the killer among a menagerie of suspects—human and otherwise—before death takes another bite?
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
This is an utterly delightful and amusing cozy mystery featuring a lot of animals and a strong dose of the paranormal. With dead cats and ectoplasmic dogs helping her, Foxtrot is tasked with preventing the murder of her boss ZZ by unknown parties in order to save a special graveyard. Throw in a heap of humour, a dash of romance, and a large eclectic cast of characters, and this makes for a very fun read.
Foxtrot is quite likable, and easy to understand. She’s a kind hearted animal lover who adores her boss and her crazy life. She manages to keep her wits and sanity no matter what happens, and yet it is entirely believable because her entire demeanor fits her image. She is an adorable main character.
Her paranormal animal helpers, Tango her formally dead cat and Tiny the ectoplasmic breed-shifting dog, are very lovable and amusing characters. Tango has a hautey attitude that, while a tad predictable, is quite entertaining. Especially when compared to the helpful and humble Tiny. His ability to change into any dog breed is both unique and refreshing.
The plot itself is intricate yet easily understandable. I wasn’t able to guess who the bad guy was myself, which made for a delightfully surprising read. Cozy mysteries are comfort reads, but the downside is that they are often very predictable. This story broke that mold and offered a fresh and entertaining read.
Overall, this was a great light hearted read. I loved the characters, and can’t wait to see what their next adventure holds.