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Book Review: Woof at the Door by Laura Morrigan


Whenever I start a new series, I'm always hesitant since I don't know what I'm about to get into, whether it be good or bad. I always hope that the journey is a good one, but sometimes it isn't.

For the start of this series, I'm on the fence since the story kept wavering.

In Florida, Grace Wilde is a former veterinarian and an animal psychic. She can talk to all of the animals and one of the reasons she stopped practicing veterinary medicine was due to all of the animals talking to her at the same time.

Since leaving the field, she's started her own business and has been working with "problem animals" as their owners call them and after she gathers information from the animal the problems seem to disappear.

However, this time she's stumped as a Doberman named Jax has witnessed the murder of his owner, famous football player Mark Richardson. Unfortunately, Jax can't tell Grace who the killer is at this time.

Following Richardson's murder, Grace takes the Doberman in where she's going to foster him until she can find a suitable home.

Sergeant Kai Duncan has brought in Mark's teammate, LeBryce in for the murder and it turns out that he's a friend of Grace's since she's known his pet jaguar Charm since she was a baby. Grace needs to prove that LeBryce isn't the killer and his only alibi is Charm.

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As Grace tries to figure out the murder, she tells Duncan that LeBryce isn't guilty, and can't reveal how she knows that he's innocent. LeBryce tells Grace that Charm is handled by Alexander Burke and he has vitamins that she needs to take.

When Grace goes to Burke's house, she finds him dead and tries again to prove to Kai that LeBryce is innocent.

Over time, Jax begins to have flashbacks to the night of Mark's murder and when she least expects it, discovers exactly who the murderer is and it's not who she initially thought it was.

While the synopsis on the back of the book claims that Grace is a pet psychic, she rarely talks to the animals. Usually they talk with one word after Grace asks a question of them, and with all of the animals that she comes into contact with in the book, it's hard to keep up with what's actually going on.

There are also a lot of characters in the story and the animals are also given human names which complicates things further.

If there were a limited number of characters/animals, I don't think I would have gotten off track as much as I did, but one of the problems that I did have was the fact that the print in the book is somewhat small. For me, it was a distraction and I did find it frustrating.

While this is a cozy, I know that there are readers who are offended by cursing and while there is some minor language, it shouldn't stop you from reading this installment. I think this is the first cozy that I've read with some colorful language.

Also, there is a lot of diversity in the book which is also good, so you may want to consider that when you're deciding if you want to start this series.

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