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THE TELLTALE TURTLE:
A Pet Psychic Mystery


By Joyce & Jim Lavene

Midnight Ink, 2008 ($13.95)
ISBN-10: 0738712264
ISBN-13: 978-0-7387-1226-0

Reviewed by Cherie Jung

Mary Catherine Roberts hosts a syndicated live call-in radio show in Wilmington, North Carolina. She is a pet psychic. She has a unique gift that allows her to "hear" the thoughts of animals. She puts this gift to use in an attempt to solve a baffling murder. Despite protestations from the detectives assigned to the case that they don't need, or want, her assistance, Mary Catherine becomes the liason between the local police and the only witness to the crime, Tommy, the victim's pet turtle. As you might imagine, not everyone in town is enamored by her gift, including the killer.

Mary Catherine is a hoot! Even if she weren't trying to solve a murder, readers would enjoy just hanging out with her and her feline companion and confidant, Baylor.

The authors have a refreshing, breezy writing style that compliments not only the human characters in the story, but the animals as well. Anyone with a fondness for animals will find this story charming.

Readers of this delightful book, will be clamoring for more Mary Catherine and Baylor adventures, I'm certain of it.

Might I add, that since we are less than two months away from the holiday season, this book would be a "purrfect" (sorry, I couldn't resist) gift for the animal lovers and mystery fans on your gift list?

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