Saturday, March 1, 2014

A Taste Fur Murder-Dixie Lyle

A Taste Fur Murder Dixie Lyle St. Martin's, Feb 25 2014, $7.99 ISBN: 9781250031075 Near New York City, Deirdre “Foxtrot” Lancaster works as the “Gal Friday” to affluent and certifiable (eccentric to her face) Zelda “ZZ” Zoransky. She adores her boss but also worries about ZZ going over the top of insanity. One of Foxtrot’s most important and insane tasks is to put together ZZ’s weekend salon soirees, which means acting as the chaos wrangler and needed mental visits to the only peaceful place on the estate, the pet cemetery. However, this calming visit takes a strange twist when Foxtrot thinks she sees her deceased cat Tango, but writes it off as overactive nerves. At her home a few miles away from ZZ’s estate, the reanimated Tango and Tiny the ghost dog join a stunned Foxtrot who panics over her sanity. When a murder occurs at ZZ’s estate, Foxtrot and her companions investigate to insure the cops do not arrest her beloved lunatic employer. The first Foxtrot-Tango paranormal cozy is a lighthearted zany whodunit due to the beleaguered heroine and a fascinating albeit underdeveloped support cast (animal, ghost and human). Sub-genre readers will enjoy A Taste Fur Murder as the unlikely three amateur sleuths, using supernatural and admin assistant skills, farcically fumble, bumble and stumble their murder inquiry. Harriet Klausner

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