Right from the Gecko
A Reigning Cats & Dogs Mystery
Bantam Dell, 2007
From the dust jacket: “Is a vet detective any match for a killer this cold-blooded? Surf’s up…and so are the stakes when veterinarian and amateur sleuth Jessica Popper escapes to the land of hula, hibiscus, and geckos for a professional conference. The last time she and boyfriend Nick Burby touched down on the island of Hawaii, Nick caused a volcanic eruption when he unexpectedly popped The Question to commitment-phobic Jess. But this trip proves just as dangerous when Jess befriends an ambitious young reporter whose body later washes up on the sand…and someone thinks Jess holds the clue to the killer’s motive.
“There’s no end of suspects among the exotic flora and fauna, from the victim’s journalistic rivals and a mystery boyfriend to an eccentric beachcomber and a governor’s aide with ties to a controversial biotech firm bring progress to paradise. One of them is a killer with the chameleon-like ability to stay hidden—and if Jessica doesn’t uncover hula-dunnit in time, she’ll be saying aloha…permanently.”
This cozy mystery was a very fast read – but also interesting. I was not familiar with the character or that there are four books previous to this one. But it is written so that the book can stand alone and I wasn’t lost when this episode referred back to previous ones. I would have like to read more about her practice and her patients but since the Doc was on a “vacation” there wasn’t any opportunity for her to interact with animals all that much. That said, she did find a new home for the cat of the murdered reporter so that was good. The mystery is well thought out and the clues are liberally sprinkled throughout the story and the murderer wasn’t who I thought it was. I will definitely be putting the author’s other books in this series on by ever-increasing ‘to-read’ list!
Rating: 3 out of 5 paws, a good read!