"Last But Not Leashed" By Eileen Brady: Review/Giveaway

Review by Sandra Murphy

Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win a copy of this book and a link to purchase it.

It’s almost New Year’s and Dr. Kate Turner has her resolution ready. Stop finding corpses!

She’s filling in for the regular veterinarian who’s on a world cruise for a year. As the only vet at the animal hospital, she sees patients there and makes house calls for owners unable to bring their pets in or pets who are reluctant to leave home. It doesn’t leave much time for Kate’s long-distance romance with Luke, for grocery shopping, or cleaning her apartment which is attached to the clinic and rent-free.

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The community center is hosting a series of lectures on home organization so Kate agrees to go with Mari, her co-worker, to see what she can learn to make life easier. That plan would have gone smoother if Kate hadn’t discovered the body of the lecturer in the bushes when they leave for home. Before anyone can figure out what happened, in lieu of the mirror ball dropping at midnight New Year’s Eve, a body falls from an overhead catwalk.

The second victim left behind a series of composition notebooks trying to write an Edwardian age romantic mystery novel with vampires and aliens who never seem to show up. Kate rescues the notebooks from the trash and hopes to find a clue or two in the pages. Mostly she finds badly written love scenes between the vampire and the female lead character. Before long, a pattern does emerge that give Kate vague ideas of who the culprit might be.

In her own love life, Luke isn’t being as attentive as a boyfriend should be, even when he visits. Kate gets more attention from Mr. Pitt, a pit bull left anonymously at the hospital. Then there’s Little Man, a Chihuahua whose owner spoils him completely. He’s a…charmer.

This is book two in the series and the first one I’ve read. Saddled with Murder was the first book. Kate is a sensible woman, loves animals, and does her best for them. Her personal life is more of a mess. With side characters like Mari and Cindy in the office, the clients Kate sees, and good neighbors, readers can only hope the traveling veterinarian sells his practice to Kate so we can follow more of her adventures.

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Sandra Murphy lives in the shadow of the Arch in St. Louis Missouri. She writes about eco-friendly topics, pets and wildlife for magazines and reviews mysteries and thrillers for KRL. A collection of her short stories, published by Untreed Reads, From Hay to Eternity: Ten Tales of Crime and Deception can be found at all the usual outlets. Each one is a little weird and all have a twist you won't see coming.

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  1. Vets make house calls, but human doctors do not. To quote Yakov Smirnoff, "What a country!" Count me in the drawing.

  2. This sounds so good. I love the little dog on the cover. ckmbeg (at) gmail (dot) com

  3. I'd like to be include, like the cover!

  4. I love books with cute animals, I've picked up the first in this series. And the historical romance sci-fi mystery the victim was writing sounds hilarious.

  5. Would really like to read. Love books featuring animals.

  6. Sounds intriging. thanks

  7. We have a winner!
    Lorie Ham


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