Muzzled: A Kate Turner, D.V.M., Mystery

Poisoned Pen. Apr. 2014. 224p. ISBN 9781464201844. $24.95; pap. ISBN 9781464201868. $14.95; ebk. ISBN 9781615954797. M
OrangeReviewStarShow dog business might be ruthless, but the shooting deaths of a local couple high in the industry's ranks stuns not just Dr. Kate Turner, the veterinarian who finds them, but the whole community. The police quickly rule it murder-suicide, but Kate thinks that unlikely, mostly because the canines were loose in the house. When another dog breeder is shot and wounded at a regional show, Kate's suspicions only deepen. The trouble is, she's the newcomer in town and not sure whom she can trust—other than the animals—at this point. Consulting with her grandfather, a retired NYFD arson investigator, by phone, she picks up some investigative tips. But she needs to watch her back because someone is tired of her nosiness.
VERDICT Winner of the Poisoned Pen Discover Writers Contest, Brady's series debut is stellar. She weaves in details about the veterinary practice without overwhelming the plot, and the scenic Hudson River setting (think Rhinebeck) enhances the mystery. Recommend for Beth Groundwater readers: gentle but exciting, too.
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