The Money Bird

The Money Bird

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by Sheila Webster Boneham

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Murder Takes Flight

For Janet MacPhail, photographing retrievers in training is the perfect way to spend an evening. But a photo session at Twisted Lake takes a peculiar turn as Drake, her friend Tom’s Labrador, fetches a blood-soaked bag holding an exotic feather and a torn one-hundred-dollar bill.

When one of her

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Murder Takes Flight

For Janet MacPhail, photographing retrievers in training is the perfect way to spend an evening. But a photo session at Twisted Lake takes a peculiar turn as Drake, her friend Tom’s Labrador, fetches a blood-soaked bag holding an exotic feather and a torn one-hundred-dollar bill.

When one of her photography students turns up dead at the lake, Janet investigates a secretive retreat center with help from Australian Shepherd Jay and her quirky neighbor Goldie. Between dog-training classes, photo assignments, and romantic interludes with Tom, Janet is determined to get to the bottom of things before another victim’s wings are clipped for good.


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A photographer must rely on her loyal dog and cat companions to solve the case of a murdered colleague. Janet MacPhail is out taking pictures of her boyfriend Tom Saunders' black Lab, Drake, at Twisted Lake when the dog attempts to retrieve something unexpected: a bag covered in blood and containing a strange-looking feather. This is not the sort of thing Janet expects to see in her quiet Indiana town, where the biggest terror she's faced so far is taking photographs at the local vet and getting bitten (and not by one of the animals). When Janet's picture-snapping buddy Anderson Billings leaves her an enigmatic phone message about birds sent from Twisted Lake, Janet becomes determined to find out what's going on. Unfortunately, she doesn't get the chance before local officer Jo Stevens calls to tell her that Anderson has drowned. Immediately suspecting foul play, Janet makes several trips out to the island with Jay, her own dog, to see if she can unearth any more information about what's happened. She discovers that the island has a tie to the Treasures on Earth Spiritual Renewal Center, headed by a man Janet has dubbed Regis Moneypenny, and that some members have been pressed to act as "guardians" for parrots. Could all this be linked to the feather in the bag and to the blood? Equal parts mystery and dog appreciation, with a dash of romance thrown in for good measure, this second case for Janet and her pals (Drop Dead on Recall, 2012) is accessible to fans of all three.

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Llewellyn Worldwide, LTD.
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Animals in Focus Mystery , #2
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The Money Bird 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Janet MacPhail, is a photographer that sees much more through the lens than just her subjects. Trouble just seems to follow her. On a simple trip to Twisted Lake to take some pictures of Labrador Retriever Drake she is very surprised when he fetches a blood-soaked bag holding an exotic feather and a torn one-hundred-dollar bill instead of his usual decoy. Then one of her photography students is found dead after calling Janet about seeing a strange bird at the lake. Add to this a mysterious retreat center near the lake and Janet sure all these things are connected. She and her Australian Shepherd Jay along with Tom and his Labrador Retriever Drake are on the case. Hopefully they can figure everything out before the criminal flies the coop. Dollycas’s Thoughts Sheila Webster Boneham is quite a storyteller. She plots a wonderful mystery, fills it with fantastic characters – both 2 legged and 4 legged – adds a bunch of humor, a touch of romance and she teaches us too! In this story we learned about tropical birds and the lengths people with go to smuggle them into this country. We also learn how well our dogs can be trained and how they will do anything for the human family members. I really like Janet. She is talented and uses her photography to get close to the suspects. It also puts her in some precarious places. Her assignment at a local veterinary clinic ends up costing her dearly. It also had me laughing out loud. She also has a lot going on in her life besides the current mystery. Her mother is in a nursing home suffering with Alzheimer’s and Janet seems to lose a bit more of the most important woman in her life everyday. Her neighbor is dealing with health issues too but is keeping everything a secret from Janet. Tom may want more out of their relationship than she is ready for but maybe it is time to move forward. The author keeps all the characters believable and real. This is a very engaging story especially for animal lovers. It can be read as a stand alone but I suggest reading Drop Dead on Recall first. Both stories will leave you barking for more!!
merlyn63 More than 1 year ago
So happy I stumbled upon this dog-photographer mystery author. Her mysteries are captivating, the love of dogs abounds and I am only sorry I must wait for the next installment in the series. Keep writing Sheila Webster Boneham!!!
ReadYourWrites More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Kim for Read Your Writes Book Reviews This is my first animal related cozy mystery. I loved how Sheila was able to mix in her love of Australian Shepherds, Labrador Retrievers, animal training and sports into the story. THE MONEY BIRD is the second book in Sheila Webster Boneham's An Animal in Focus Mystery Series and is completely standalone. The story is told from the point of view of Janet MacPhail, an animal photographer and an animal lover. THE MONEY BIRD starts out with Janet and her boyfriend, Tom Saunders at a place called Twisted Lake. Her boyfriend Tom Saunders is an ethnobotanist, a person who studies people in relation to plants, and also a professor. Tom is also an animal lover. The two are at Twisted Lake so Tom's dog Drake can get some training needed for his Master Hunter title. Janet is there to take pictures. Everything is going well until Drake goes to retrieve his training bumper "bird". In the midst of retrieving the bird, Drake veers off course and brings back a soaked canvas bag that contains a bird feather, what appears to be money, and what could possibly be blood. Days later, the body of someone Janet knows is found at Twisted Lake. Janet isn't the type of person to sit back and let the police do their job. She HAS to do her own investigation. Janet's investigation uncovers a possible animal smuggling ring in Indiana, of all places. Janet’s snooping leads to her life being threatened on multiple occasions and the near death of someone she knows. I loved that the book had me at a loss as to who the killer was until the very end. I’m looking forward to reading more books from Sheila in the future. Source: Blog Tour Host
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
4 STARS The Money Bird made me think I want a puppy. Then looked around at my two sleeping dogs in my bed and thought again. Their dogs are so well trained of course they go to train them once a week or so. The animals are a big cute part of the book. Janet MacPhail is a animal photographer. She owns a Australian Shepherd named Jay and a orange tabby Leo. She is dating Tom. She is very caring and curious. Janet's mom is in a nursing home and a lot of the time does not know who she is. Or does and wants to go home. Tom he owns Drake a Labrador Retriever. Tom is a ethnobotanist. He teaches at the college. Just got back into town after a couple of months off researching. The mystery starts off right away when at a dog training exercise at a small private lake with a island in the middle. Drake instead of bringing back what he is supposed to brings back a bag with a torn $100 bill and a long feather inside with blood over the bag from the island. Their are some funny scenes in this book. Starting with the day after at the veterinary office where she is doing a day in life series. It gets funny but not going to spoil your fun. I guessed just a little of the mystery but most of it was surprised at what and who was doing what. So lots of twists. People who do not like animals probably won't enjoy this mystery because animals and birds are such a big part of the story. I would love to see the art show with all the bird exhibits and wood panel they talk about. I did not realize how big a problem animal smuggling is. I have seen some beautiful birds and thought I would like it. Then I realized how long some of them can live and what a mess they make. So I will stick to my two dogs and cat. I would like to train my animals more. I never thought to get a fan for dog in car. My daughter's dog loves the car but I will only take him for rides when a lot cooler temps. I would read another mystery book by Sheila in the future especially would like to see Janet and Tom again. I was given this ebook to read and agreed to write a honest review of it for the blog tour.