Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Marked Fur Murder - So Much Fun!
AUTHOR: Dixie Lyle
PUBLISHER: St. Martin's Paperbacks
PUBLISHING DATE: March 31, 2015
FROM GOODREADS: Deirdre "Foxtrot" Lancaster is fed up with all the goings-on at wacky billionaire Zelda Zoransky's mansion. Running around like a chicken with her head cut off, she's got a laundry-list of things to do. ZZ is hosting yet another one of her famous salons. Her nutty guests have more than their fair share of odd requests and strange demands. And now, friend Ben's estranged sister has been found dead in Zelda's pool, an apparent suicide, with a hairdryer floating beside her.
Yet Foxtrot doesn't buy it. Being a Thunderbird runs in Ben's family, and as the old saying goes, "you can't kill a Thunderbird with lightening." It's clear someone is trying to disguise a murder, but which of the guests could it be? Is it the renowned psychic who works with a painting dog? The slightly-schizophrenic transsexual writer of mysteries and children's books? And if it's the weather expert, what could the motive possibly be? It's a tall task, but with her fuzzy, slinky sleuths and a little bit of luck, Foxtrot might just solve her biggest mystery yet…
This series is a pretty steady 4 paw read for me. Actually, I'm so pleased I'm participating in a "Read a Series in a Month" challenge which has prompted me to finally get around to reading them. In this installment, Foxtrot once again is smack dab in the middle of a mystery along with her paranormal sidekicks. ZZ has a new crew of individuals staying at her mansion and Foxtrot's boyfriend Ben's sister has been found dead. Now very few people know it but Ben and his sister are members of a dying group of Thunderbirds, individuals with Native American roots who can control the weather. There is also another Thunderbird visiting and a bunch of other kooky characters including a rock star, a dog who can paint through psychic commands from his owner, a transgender mystery writer with mental health issues and Anne's husband, who seems out to only get Anne's money.
Without giving too much away, this book once again provided tons of entertainment. The banter between Whiskey and Tango and Foxtrot's off the cuff remarks really add some humor. Also, all the characters are painted so vividly that one can almost imagine being a guest alongside of them. I also enjoy how Lyle manages to have a major mystery, as well as some side plots all interwoven to keep the reader entertained.
Like most cozy mysteries, these are pretty light reads but if you are a fan of the genres, or enjoy animals or paranormal aspect, then you should seriously consider giving this series a chance. I have one more book to go and I can't wait to see what the crew is up to next!
RATING: 4 PAWS
BOOKER T'S THOUGHTS: I am really enjoying the interaction between Whiskey and Tango. Whiskey soooo understands the inadequacy of the feline mind. HOWEVER, why is there still only a cat on the cover. I think someone iin the art department is extremely biased.