I was not compensated for writing this review. I received a review copy of Unleashed to facilitate my review. My opinions are 100% honest and 100% mine.
by Eileen Brady
on Tour September 2015
Dr. Kate Turner is happy with her new life in Oak Falls, upstate New York. Working as a relief veterinarian at a small house-call practice, she truly enjoys helping her patients.
All that changes when client Claire Birnham is found dead, an apparent suicide. A talented artist, Claire had everything to live for: new job, Manhattan apartment, her Cairn terrier Toto. As feisty as the Wizard of Oz Toto, he and Claire were devoted. Kate can’t imagine Claire simply abandoning her pet. Was her death murder?
Questions end in the police arresting young kennel helper Eugene. The fragile friendship between Kate and police officer Luke Gianetti frays as she ignores his advice and keeps asking questions. House calls provide gossip and clues, some helpful, some not so much, as she treats her animal patients. Did Claire’s recent insurance windfall prove too tempting for her hard working and hard drinking mother? What does trouble in the art gallery where Claire worked signal? How huge a grudge did heavy metal rocker A.J. hold against high-school sweetheart Claire after she dumped him? Was Claire a threat to AJ’s rich new girl?
Dr. Kate mixes real medicine with murder as she risks her life over Claire’s death, aided by insights from a former fire investigator, aka her Gramps. Unleashed is as irresistible as Muzzled.
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Published by: Poisoned Pen Press
Publication Date: August 4, 2015
Number of Pages: 272
Series: Kate Turner, DVM #2
Read an excerpt:
Eileen Brady is a veterinarian living in Scottsdale, Arizona. She is a wife and mother of two daughters and often has to chase her six cats and two dogs away from her laptop keyboard. The Kate Turner, DVM Mysteries is her first series.
My review of Unleashed
Love, love, LOVE! This book consumed my weekend, let me tell you. What a treat! A fun, breezy mystery with delightful characters and a fun storyline. Well, fun, if you consider investigating a murder fun, which I do.
Unleashed is called a “cozy mystery,” which is the perfect characterization. It is absolutely cozy. In no time, you feel like you don’t just know Dr. Kate, you like her, you’re even friendly with her. There’s a real sense of…familiarity, if you will, with her character. It’s very easy to see the events through her eyes, which really gets you involved in the story.
As for the story, yes, yes, yes! It’s clever and intriguing but not overly complicated. I could imagine myself investigating the murder, and hopefully reaching the same conclusion as Dr. Kate. As far as the veterinary angle? Love it! I am a dog lover so the animal angle was right up my alley. I thoroughly enjoyed Dr. Kate’s discussion of her practice, patients, and house calls. (Speaking of which, where are all the vets who do house calls?)
There are so many adjectives I can use to describe this book — fun, delightful, upbeat, carefree, refreshing — which is a nice change of pace from the typical gritty, hardcore mysteries. Unleashed won’t make you lose sleep, except for when you don’t want to put it down. The Dr. Kate series is a series that I will easily become a fan of…I look forward to reading the first installment and any others that come my way.
An interview with Eileen Brady!
Is the Kate Turner series the first book you ever tried to write?
No. The first book I wrote was a children’s picture book, about my youngest daughter’s stuffed animal. I also illustrated it. That was fun for our whole family, and it won a prize at the San Francisco Writer’s conference. I’m thinking of submitting it to an agent soon.
Did you find it easy to write about a veterinarian, because of your background?
I have to admit that my veterinarian, Kate Turner, was easy for me to write. When I started the first book in the series, MUZZLED, I had a clear vision of her in my mind. We have some things in common, but I wrote her taller, blonder and able to eat anything she wants and not gain weight. Hey, it’s fiction, right?
Do you have any plans to branch out and write other books that don’t feature a veterinarian character?
Right now I’m toying around with a second series, a thriller, which would have a male detective as the lead character. I’d have to get in touch with my masculine side and steal some characteristics from all the men in my life. I’m also a book reviewer for Mystery Scene Magazine which gives me the opportunity to read many different mystery genres.
Who is your favorite author? What type of influence did they play on your writing?
My all-time favorite author is Agatha Christie. During veterinary school I read and re-read every one of her books. I enjoyed seeing how she seeded her clues and red herrings in a very subtle way throughout the books. Of course, my favorite character was Miss Marple. I think she influenced me to dig deep into the mystery and try to surprise the reader at the end.
When did you realize you wanted to be a writer? Was it something you’d always wanted to do?
One of the things I enjoy the most is reading, so I think deciding to write a book came out of that. My older sister is a published writer, so I did have a positive role model at an early age. I started seriously writing when my daughters were in high school and I had a little more free time. Luckily we had a novel writing course at the community college here in Scottsdale, Arizona, and that jump-started me on my writing career.
How do you find time to write with your busy life? What advice would you give aspiring writers who can’t carve out big chunks of time to write?
Well, Steven King said you have to cut back on watching television, and I’ve found that is true for me. I make myself sit down and write every day, even if it is for only an hour at a time. I know someone who wrote 1 page a day, and at the end of the year she had a book!! I’d tell aspiring writers to just begin and keep on until you finish. You can always fix your mistakes during rewrites. Also, joining a critique group was one of my best decisions.
What is in Kate Turner’s future? Do you have ideas for future books mapped out, or do you come up with ideas as you write?
Thanks for asking – and I do have the next 2 books mapped out in my head. Usually I concentrate on the beginning and the end. The rest of the book is pretty spontaneous, and most of the times I let the characters lead the way. Sometimes they don’t cooperate, though. In my latest book, UNLEASHED, my character just stuck in her heels and refused to commit the crime. I had to change the killer mid-stream. But I see Kate continuing to go on hilarious house calls with some eccentric clients while mixing real veterinary medicine with murder.
This is a giveaway hosted by Partners In Crime Virtual Book Tours for Eileen Brady & Poisoned Pen Press. There will be one U.S. winner of a box of Poisoned Pen Press books including Unleashed by Eileen Brady. The giveaway ends September 31.