Friday, April 3, 2015

Marked for Murder - Dixie Lyle

Marked for Murder

Dixie Lyle

St. Martin's Paperbacks, Mar 31 2015, $7.99

ISBN: 9781250031099


At the latest event hosted by certifiable eccentric billionaire Zelda Zoransky, Anna Metcalfe was electrocuted when a hair dryer fell into the swimming pool.  Leading the official inquiry into the wrongful death, Hartville Police Lieutenant Forrester questions ZZ’s “Gal Friday” Deirdre "Foxtrot" Lancaster.  While the late Tango feline ghost telepathically encourages her to stop apologizing, she explains to the cop how little she knew the victim in spite of Anna being the sister of her employer’s chef Ben Montain the Thunderbird; who happens to be Deirdre’s boyfriend.  She also tells the officer about ZZ’s “salon” gala and other events.


Ben insists the dryer lacked the voltage to kill his sibling and proved his assertion with an experiment he conducted on himself.  Thus Foxtrot, Tango and Whiskey the canine shapeshifter investigate the murder by crossing over as well as looking into the activities of the victim, and two-legged and other “guests”.


With the exception of grieving Ben, the third Whiskey Tango Foxtrot paranormal cozy (see To Die Fur and A Taste Fur Murder) is a lighthearted whodunit due to the farcical furry frolics of the cast.  The amateur sleuths (from the Inspector Clouseau investigative school), Ben, zany ZZ, guests from the other side and the suspects come together in an amusing anthropomorphist supernatural mystery.


Harriet Klausner

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