Series: Whiskey, Tango & Foxtrot Mystery #1
Author: Dixie Lyle
Page Count: 352
Published: St. Martin’s Paperbacks, February 25, 2014
Well, hello, new series that I will follow closely until the very end. I picked up this book for the fun pun of the title, and the pretty blue cover, and of course, the fact that the plot was an interesting one with a lot of promise, and let me tell you, sometimes, it is okay to judge a book by its cover and its title.
For those of you who want me to skip the fangirling and go straight to the point, let me introduce you to Deidre ‘Foxtrot’ Lancaster. She’s the executive assistant of one eccentric rich boss, Zelda ‘ZZ’ Zoransky. Life in the Zoransky estate can be described in one word as ‘chaos’. I would’ve liked to say I exaggerated, but if I were in Foxtrot’s shoes, well, I would’ve had a blast. But also been very tired. She deals with many different guests and their sometimes unusual demands, almost every kind of animal ZZ wishes to adopt, from cats and dogs to big, bad and ugly. She has to manage the household, arrange for all that’s needed for the big estate. And lately, more responsibility, this time in the supernatural variety, falls on her shoulders too. Oh, and her workplace is near an animal graveyard which requires her immediate attention and savior abilities.
I know it sounds a bit confusing, but one gets the hang of things pretty quickly while reading. The messy environment is actually not all that messy, and the hodgepodge of people-see what I did there? I’m shamelessly proud of myself- is actually very easy to distinguish. You get sucked right into the story, with all the supernatural and the mystery that needs attention, and you barely have time to process it all but somehow you manage. I think that’s the success of the author. Information is sticking out from every other place but you pick them up and move on. Much like how Foxtrot has to do it.
When mentioning a mystery and having the grand duty of taking care of a graveyard for animals, one needs an entourage of course. And they were my favorite, I gotta say. Foxtrot is aided by an old friend Tango, a sassy cat who used up seven lives out of her total nine, and an ectoplasmic shape shifting beast of a dog ironically named ‘Tiny’. Have you been seduced yet? If not, let me tell you, they meet an array of different animal spirits in the graveyard, and they also have to deal with the eccentricities of the still living ones. I can’t introduce them all, besides, it’s better if you meet them for yourself anyway.
As a series first, this book blew me away. I loved every single character that popped up in there, be it to say a few words, or dominating a few pages. I’m not even going to mention all the things I loved about the main trio because I wouldn’t have enough time or space here. I enjoyed this book thoroughly, and I do recommend it to those who love supernatural stories with good characters, a fun plot, witty dialogue, and featuring our best furry friends.
I’m adding five huge spoonfuls of this story into my hodgepodge and see if I can seduce ZZ with a taste of it so she’d let me stay with the gang.
Whiskey, Tango & Foxtrot Mystery series by Dixie Lyle:
- A Taste Fur Murder
- To Die Fur