People who think Berkley Prime Crime mysteries are fluff need to be steered to Laura Morrigan's debut mystery, Woof at the Door. Morrigan's first Call of the Wilde novel is a must-read for animal lovers and anyone looking for a new series.
Grace Wilde is an animal behaviorist in Jacksonville, Florida, but she's actually much more than that. Although she is a licensed veterinarian, she doesn't practice because she's too closely attuned to the animals. Grace can communicate with animals, feel their emotions, and calm them down. When she's called to her first crime scene, she knows that Jax, the Doberman owned by the quarterback of the Jacksonville Jaguars, saw his owner's killer. But, Jax is so traumatized he can't give Grace more information. And, Grace, who was once burned badly when she revealed her gift to a boyfriend, can't tell the investigating officer what she suspects. Sergeant Kai Duncan from the crime lab might be intelligent, but why would he ever believe her? Even when he calls her to assist with a jaguar at a suspect's house, Grace is afraid to reveal her talent. She just has to find a way to convince Kai that she knows something about the killer without revealing her source, a traumatized Doberman.
Laura Morrigan has given Grace Wilde a talent that is believable in these days of dog whisperers. It's a pleasure to read about Grace's talent, although she herself is afraid to share it with anyone. Her sister, Emma, tries to convince her she doesn't need to hide her true abilities. But, Grace has been burned once, and revealing to Kai Duncan that she has a psychic connection to animals might burn her again. Grace Wilde is surrounded by a strong supporting cast in the debut of what promises to be an outstanding new series. Readers who like mysteries about zoos, vets, or animal trainers, might want to pick up Woof at the Door. Actually, anyone who wants to be in at the launch of an appealing series should pick up the first Call of the Wilde adventure. I loved it.
Laura Morrigan's website is www.lauramorrigan.com
Woof at the Door by Laura Morrigan. Berkley Prime Crime. 2013. ISBN 9780425257197 (paperback), 295p.
FTC Full Disclosure - The publisher sent me a copy of the book, hoping I would review it.