Furbidden Fatality by Deborah Blake has Kari Stuart impulsively buying Serenity Sanctuary with her lottery winnings when she learns about the overcrowding at the local shelters. Serenity Sanctuary was forced to close its doors when Daisy Parker ran out of funds. Kari will be using a significant portion of her winnings to make badly needed renovations to the pet sanctuary. Kari learns that Daisy has been hounded by the local animal warden for the last few months. They must go to court that week because he states Buster, one of the mildest dogs in the place, escaped and bit someone. Kari has a loud disagreement with the bully after court. Three days later, Kari is awakened at 1 a.m. by the dogs barking. Kari and her black kitten, Queenie find Bill Myers, the animal warden, dead outside the fence of the sanctuary with a shovel nearby. Sheriff Richardson has Kari at the top of his suspect list with Daisy beneath her. Kari and the ladies at the shelter decide to take matters into their own hands and find Myers killer. Someone, though, is not happy with their meddling and wreaks havoc at the sanctuary. Can Kari and the ladies find the killer before more damage is done and Buster ends up on death row?
Furbidden Fatality by Deborah Blake is the debut of A Catskills Pet Rescue Mystery series. I enjoyed reading Furbidden Fatality. It is filled with spunky, smart women who have a soft spot for animals. There are also two men who care about fur babies and were friendly with Kari. The animals in the book were adorable especially Queenie. She is one smart kitten (handy with shoelaces). I thought Furbidden Fatality was well-written with steady pacing. There is humor scattered throughout that provided giggles, chuckles, and laugh-out-loud moments. Kari Stuart is twenty-nine years old with a useless college degree. She has been working as a waitress and living in a rundown apartment. Kari recently won five million dollars, but she is not sure what to do with the money. When Kari catches a black kitten that has been left outside her apartment, she takes it to the local shelter. She learns it is full along with all the other shelters in town. That is when Kari learns that Serenity Sanctuary had to close because of lack of funds and problems with the animal warden. Kari has found a purpose for her life and for her money. When the animal warden ends up dead outside the pet sanctuary, Kari along with two female volunteers and her best friend set out to find the killer. There are several good suspects along with misdirection. The mystery was filled with action that kept the book moving at a brisk pace. I like that the author describes the pet sanctuary, Kari’s new home, the town, and the people. She manages to strike a balance between not enough information and too much. There is mild foul language in the book. I am looking forwarding to reading the next A Catskills Pet Rescue Mystery. Furbidden Fatality is a doggone entertaining tale with a crafty feline, an aggressive animal warden, valued volunteers, piles of poop, a bothersome brother, and an abundance of animals in need of anodyne accommodation.
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