A Taste Fur Murder by Dixie Lyle

Whiskey, Tango and Foxtrot Mystery, Book 1

Synopsis: Introducing an animal-loving Gal Friday with a telepathic cat, a shapeshifting dog, and a ghost of a chance of solving supernatural crime…

Meet Deirdre “Foxtrot” Lancaster. Trusted employee of eccentric zillionairess Zelda Zoransky, Foxtrot manages a mansion, a private zoo, and anything else that strikes her boss’s fancy. Her job title is Administrative Assistant, but chaos handler would be more accurate. Especially after she glimpses a giant ghost-beast in Zelda’s pet cemetery. For some strange reason, Foxtrot is seeing animal spirits. And, ready or not, the fur’s about to hit the fan…

Still reeling, Foxtrot comes home to find her cat, Tango—her dead cat Tango—alive and well and communicating telepathically. But that’s not all: There’s an ectoplasmic dog named Tiny who changes breeds with a shake of his tail…and can sniff out a clue like nobody’s business. So when a coworker drops dead while organizing closets, Tiny is on the case. Can Foxtrot and her new companions ferret out the killer among a menagerie of suspects—human and otherwise—before death takes another bite?

Review: It’s been some time since I read a cozy mystery novel, but it is true that this is something that I love, so when I saw the novel, I thought that this was an opportunity to try it. I had something in this novel that I had never read about before, and it is… talking animals. I confess that I have often avoided this kind of novels, because it is a little too abstract for me. I saw some very good books over the years like that, so I knew I had to try it. Finally I think it is perhaps not so much for me … Not that the idea is not good, but the fact that they speak was annoying and not that attracting. But back to the story.

Foxtrot manages the home and the life of a rich woman, a job rather addictive. But one day her life will be turned upside down when she discovers the existence of animal spirits in the garden’s cemetery. But even if it was only that, but the cat of her youth reappears, accompanied by a dog and they need her help. Yes, because a murder is about to be committed and they need the young woman to stop that and to save the cemetery that would be led to its loss if it happens. But when one of the maids is found dead, Foxtrot is convinced that there is more and helped of her two friends, she will begin to investigate to find out who is the culprit.

Foxtrot is a determined young woman and although she has little experience in this area, she will seek the person responsible for the murder from the beginning of the story to the end, allowing us to actually discover some characters and many animals at the same time. Moreover, despite her sudden gift, she’ll soon enough manage to turn it to her advantage. And who would not like to talk to the animals? I’m sure it would be very interesting.

I must say that I was not really surprised by the culprit in the end, because it’s quite logical. But it is true that it was interesting to see her researches and discussions with each suspect. It is very difficult to draw conclusions and each character makes her doubt. But she will also be helped by the other occupants of the house or at least some, and of course by the animals. I confess that I was really intrigued by the charming singer or by Ben, the man who will reveal quite surprising things. By cons, despite the advantage that we have here with the animals, as I said, I had a little trouble with the talking animals, I really found it too abstract and I think that after testing it, I think I will drop it and I’ll stay with the usual cozy mysteries. It was however very nice to try something different. That aside, the story is good and I enjoyed reading it all, to understand what was going to see how everything would end. But I think that I’ll stop there…



12 thoughts on “A Taste Fur Murder by Dixie Lyle

  1. Hmm, I’m not sure about this one. It sounds a bit “meh” to me, to be honest! I’m glad you found it (sort of) enjoyable, but I can see why you’d stop here. I don’t think this is for me, really.

    Great review!

  2. I do love paranormal cozy mysteries, but talking animals have never enchanted me. Too unbelievable. Animals that help find clues, okay, but talking like a human? no thanks. I am sorry your first cozy in years was a dud Melliane, I will think of a good one for you to try soon.

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