Muzzled by Eileen Brady

Muzzled by Eileen Brady
Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
Genre: Mystery/Suspesnse, Contemporary
Length: Full Length (219 pgs)
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by Stephanotis

Making rounds to homes one wet spring morning, veterinarian Dr. Kate Turner rescues a family’s hamster from a vacuum cleaner, then visits an estate whose owners breed champion Cavalier King Charles spaniels. Instead of sharing traditional tea with the couple, she confronts a bloody scene of bodies and twenty-seven blue-ribbon dogs running wild.

Police initially suspect a murder-suicide, but when Dr. Kate proves the famous best-in-show champion is missing, a darker reality intrudes. She remembers her grandfather saying that there are two motives for murder—love and money. While treating local pets, Dr. Kate discovers suspects and motives everywhere in this charming town filled with people who wanted the couple dead.

Was the couple murdered for money their champion could bring to another breeder? How is their daughter, anxious to rid herself of the pampered dogs, handling the wealth she inherits? Would the celebrity filmmaker living nearby kill to end a multi-million dollar lawsuit? Did long-buried personal secrets cause the deaths? And what’s going on at the office behind her back? Is Dr. Kate now in danger?

Murder, humor, and furry friends. What animal loving mystery fan could ask for more?

Muzzled was a fun read and somewhat reminded me of the late James Herriot books about the trials and tribulations of a rural vet. This time around the vet, Kate Turner, is also an amateur sleuth who finds two dead bodies on one of her house calls.

Although at times I felt that it was light on the mystery side, the scenes including Kate tending to her many animal patients were all funny and delightful. She’s a likeable character and definitely one you’d like to read more about in follow up books.

Ms. Brady is herself a vet and that comes across clearly in the story with all the details she added about animal ailments and dog breeding. The dialogue was great and there were lots of funny one-liners in many scenes. The story also moved along at the ideal pace and I found myself reading the last ten chapters all in one sitting.

I liked the ending, and I have to say I hadn’t figured out who did the crime and definitely not the motive which is always a big plus to a die-hard mystery fan like myself.

If mystery is your favorite genre and you like a story featuring lots of furry secondary characters, I think this might be a good summer read for you.


  1. Daphne Purpus says:

    This sounds great! Right up my alley. I’m checking it out!

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