Series: Whiskey, Tango & Foxtrot Mystery #2
Author: Dixie Lyle
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal
Page Count: 352
Published: St. Martin’s Paperbacks, August 26, 2014
Deirdre “Foxtrot” Lancaster is back. With trusted companions Whiskey and Tango, she’s on the prowl for a brand-new predator…
Deirdre has her hands full, as usual. Working as as a Jill-of-all-trades for a zany billionaire like Zelda Zoransky means the daily grind is closer to a juggling act, and this week is no exception—especially when her side job is directing spiritual traffic in Zelda’s pet cemetery. With ZZ hosting a party for some of the world’s wealthiest animal collectors and a rare albino liger named Augustus in residence at the private zoo, Foxtrot is ready for trouble to take a big bite out of her schedule…
TO DIE FUR
She doesn’t have to wait long. The half-ton big cat is dead, and there’s a houseful of colorful suspects, each one wackier than the next. But if they were all bidding to buy him, who would want Augustus dead? With the help of Tango’s feline telepathy and Whiskey the canine shapeshifter, Foxtrot learns that there’s much more to Augustus than meets the eye. Now they just have to sniff out a killer before any more fur flies…
You know how it feels like when you come across a book or a series every now and then that makes you wonder just how is it that the author came up with such funny and smart dialogue, witty and interesting characters and an extremely intriguing plot line? Well, if you don’t, then I say give this series a try because you won’t be disappointed. I felt the joy of finding a gem when I read the first book, and now having read the second, I relived that same joy. I didn’t know how time passed between an animal cemetery slash Crossroads for animal spirits-not Stephen King style, mind you-, ectoplasmic dead dogs and cats that have already used up seven of her lives. One minute I was trying to remember who was who, and the next, I’m rooting for a trio whose names’ first letters form ‘WTF’. How awesome is that?
Those who are lucky enough to have met Foxtrot and her gang will have yet another blast reading this story. This time, the ever workaholic and resourceful Deirdre ‘Foxtrot’ Lancaster has to solve the murder of a unique animal with a lot of fans looking to make him theirs. Before a decision can be made about who the animal-a liger, a mix between a lion and a tiger which is magnificent- will go to, he’s found dead and a few potential suspects are at hand. It is up to Foxtrot and her gang to not only solve the crime and find the culprit, but also prevent a potential catastrophe that could endanger every single spirit currently using the Crossroads. What a plot, right? Though I’m not so good with elaborate descriptions, the blurb gives all the necessary information and if that doesn’t get your attention, I don’t know what would.
I was already a fan of Foxtrot and her gang before starting this. In fact, I was so looking forward to it, you have no idea how high I jumped when I was given the opportunity to read this title by the publisher. In case you’re wondering, it was pretty high for someone as athletically challenged as me.
Foxtrot is a strong and capable character who does things her way, only occasionally might annoy people, though in her defense, even when she herself acknowledged she was annoying I never got that impression, and she’s definitely one of my favorite heroines in urban fantasy. Although she’s smart and all that, she has her limitations, her fears and most of the time she’s a dork. And I mean this in the highest level of respect. To be that good a workaholic and still successfully manage to be a dork, that requires talent. And she has that in spades. As for her sidekicks, though to call them sidekicks is not really fair and doesn’t do them justice in the least, they have their own personas-that are awesome if you must know- and they add a wonderful balance of intellectual and sassy banter into the story. This series wouldn’t be what it is without them which is why I take back my earlier reference to them as ‘sidekicks’. Sorry guys.
A brilliant and funny addition to the Whiskey, Tango and Foxtrot series, I cannot recommend this book, and the previous one, enough. If you want a genuine laugh, a good mystery to make you want to curl up with a cup of hot cocoa even in the heat of summer, a good band of interesting and amusing supporting characters, and hell, even a little bit of romance and a lot of friendship, then give this series a try. Really, I could beg you for it. Or, perhaps offer a small taste of my hodgepodge? I’ll throw in a muffin too, for dessert. And a cup of coffee? Or tea? C’mon, you know you wanna.
I’m adding five huge spoonfuls- and I mean a big ladle- of this story into my hodgepodge. I wonder if I can make myself invited to one of ZZ’s famous parties. How eccentric should I be to qualify? Cause I can totally give it a try, I’d bring a big bowl of my hodgepodge for tasting too and let’s face it, with all these books I’m reading it’s spiked enough to pique her interest. Right?
Whiskey, Tango & Foxtrot Mystery series by Dixie Lyle:
- A Taste Fur Murder
- To Die Fur
- Marked Fur Murder