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Review: A Taste Fur Murder by Dixie Lyle (paranormal cozy mystery)

Review: A Taste Fur Murder by Dixie Lyle (paranormal cozy mystery)Author: Dixie Lyle
Title: A Taste Fur Murder
Series: & Foxtrot Mystery, Tango, Whiskey
Publisher: Macmillan
Pages: 352
Release Date: February 25th 2014
Genres: Mystery & Thriller

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, in this mystery from Dixie Lyle, the fur's about to hit the fan...A TASTE FUR MURDERStill 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?
Format: Paperback
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A TASTE FUR MURDER is the first book in the Whiskey, Tango, & Foxtrot series

by Dixie Lyle.

POV: First person



Jen’s Review of A TASTE FUR MURDER

Creative, fun novel with vivid descriptions…

A TASTE FUR MURDER is an interesting cozy mystery about a woman nicknamed Foxtrot who becomes the caretaker of an animal graveyard. She is given the ability to see the spirits of animals that are using the graveyard to travel from one afterlife to another. Her childhood cat is reincarnated to help her. She’s also given a helper who is a dog spirit.

For a first-in-series book, it’s not badly written. I thought the author did a great job with the setting descriptions, including all of the character’s senses. I also liked how the author got right to the matter of the graveyard within the first chapter. However, it did take a long time before there was a murder mystery to solve.

At first, I had a hard time connecting to Foxtrot. She prides herself on her organizational and managing skills. She’s a bit too professional and cold. Later, she shows her emotions, which helped me relate to and like her.

If you like animals, you shouldn’t pass up this story. The author included lots of interesting facts about animals. Some of the spirits might seem hard to believe, but Dixie Lyle convinced me. For example, there is an angry spirit of an elephant that shoots electricity. It seemed out there until she gave it an explanation that made total sense.

My only complaints are that the book had some unresolved issues and plot holes. I wasn’t convinced by the killer’s motive, Ben’s secret, or the explanations for some people’s suspicious behavior.

Overall, I enjoyed reading A TASTE FUR MURDER. I would read another book in the Tango, Whiskey, and Foxtrot series. If you like animal-related cozy mysteries with paranormal and supernatural elements, plus some romance, you should check this one out.



Jen Schaper
I am a mom of three kids, a wife, and a wannabe author. For Books That Hook, I review books, create features and discussions, design the website, and do all the administrative stuff.

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