Unleashed: A Kate Turner, D.V.M. Mystery
Poisoned Pen, Aug 4 2015, $25.95
Owing a fortune in student loans, veterinarian Dr. Kate Turner accepts a temporary position at the Oak Falls Veterinary Hospital in Upstate New York. In spite of her recent involvement in a murder case (see Muzzled), Kate loves her new job and locale.
Kate becomes upset when artist Claire Birnham, the owner of one of her patients Toto the Cairn Terrier, apparently commits suicide. The vet rejects the premise of Claire taking her own life; as she would never orphan her beloved Toto. The police soon find evidence of a homicide that leads to the arrest of Eugene Spragg, Kate’s kennel worker. Rebuffing the police premise that slow-minded Eugene killed someone and ignoring the objections and warnings of police officer Luke Gianetti, Kate looks for motives in others within Claire’s circle especially who gained from her death.
The second Kate Turner amateur sleuth is a thrilling whodunit occurring in a picturesque Hudson River town. The storyline combines jocularity (no reader will look at a gaggle of geese in the same way) within a murder mystery in which the heroine’s retired firefighting grandfather once again adds newness with his investigative suggestions.