Saddled with Murder (Dr. Kate Vet Mysteries #1) by Eileen Brady

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I saw this book was the first in a ‘new’ series and looked no further than that, but I should have. This character appears in other series’ based on the location. Although the characters were well rounded, and we got a lot of the backstory, it still felt like I was dropping in unannounced to a place I was not expected to be in. There was so much some of the characters had previously experienced that it was a little off-putting. Now that I got that off my chest, I will move on to this specific story.

The plot is quite simple, in a party mood, our leading lady veterinarian Dr Kate wishes that two of her annoying patients ‘go away’. What follows is beyond anything she could have imagined! There is not much active investigation being carried out despite all their actions carrying the weight of a search. The characters’ lives, the interactions between various townspeople (both important and unimportant) form the bulk of the narrative. The suspicions keep shifting through the different stages of the story, which keeps everyone on their toes, including me. I liked the resolution and the mystery itself, but given what forms the actual content, I would have loved it if it was a little bit shorter! The animal stories were the icing in the book, since they are adorable.

I might read the next book given a chance since I am now familiar with the people and their foibles.

I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers, but the review is entirely based on my own reading experience.

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