Woof at the Door (Berkley Prime Crime)
by Laura Morrigan
Cover Artist: Mary Ann Lasher
Review by Mel Jacob
Berkley Mass Market Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780425257197
Date: 02 July 2013 List Price $7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK
Woof at the Door is the first of a new mystery series, Call of the Wilde, featuring animal psychic Grace Wilde. Grace, once rejected by a lover because of her ability to communicate with the minds of animals, has hidden her secret from her friends and colleagues. When a crazed Doberman is found at a murder scene The police call upon her to calm the animal so they an examine the murder scene. She has no inkling saving the dog will put her life in danger.
The police find few clues and suspect a friend of Grace is the murderer. Grace realizes the dog is the only witness to the murder, but it is in a traumatized state. She hopes the police will uncover the real murderer so she wonít have to make the dog relive the event. However, when they arrest her friend, she realizes she must learn what the dog knows.
Grace owns large dog that is part wolf and he frightens most people including the police officer working on the case. When someone poisons the dog, she seeks the officerís help to identify the person. She believes the object may have been to kill the Doberman instead. The growing attraction between the officer and Grace adds further complications.
The imperious mother of the victim tries to enlist Graceís help. The woman comes from old money and is the governorís wife. A tangled family history adds more complications while past indiscretions have a way of causing present complications. The mistakes of the parents affect their children in unexpected and dreadful ways.
Suspects abound from fellow football players, ex-lovers, old girlfriends, and even drug dealers. Too often, one murder leads to another. Sorting through conflicting stories and motives is difficult for the police and Grace. Too, what the dog knows may not be the entire story.
From clues the author provides early in the story, the astute reader will guess the killer well before Grace. The twists at the end still hold several surprises. The final confrontation smacks of Gothic novels with the heroine in jeopardy , but there is plenty of excitement to keep the pages turning as Grace fights for her life. More adventures and romance are certain to follow.