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The Telltale Turtle (Pet Psychic Mystery Series #1)
     

The Telltale Turtle (Pet Psychic Mystery Series #1)

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by Joyce Lavene
 

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Mary Catherine has a rare gift—she can talk to animals. A flamboyantly dressed four-time widow, Mary Catherine pulls top ratings for her pet psychic radio show and helps run an animal shelter. Then one day Mary Catherine hears pitiful thoughts of anguish coming from a house. Rushing inside to help, she finds an injured turtle crying bloody murder—and the

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Mary Catherine has a rare gift—she can talk to animals. A flamboyantly dressed four-time widow, Mary Catherine pulls top ratings for her pet psychic radio show and helps run an animal shelter. Then one day Mary Catherine hears pitiful thoughts of anguish coming from a house. Rushing inside to help, she finds an injured turtle crying bloody murder—and the dead body of his owner, a society matriarch with a fortune, lying nearby.

By tuning into Tommy the turtle's thoughts and memories, Mary Catherine becomes a vital, if ridiculed, resource for the detectives. But now a psycho caller is threatening the lives of Mary Catherine and Baylor, her haughty and overprotective tabby cat, while dangling clues in front of her like bait. Despite the annoying charms of PI Charlie Dowd—aka, potential husband number five—can Mary Catherine use her talent to find a killer more cold-blooded than the star witness?

Includes recipes for pet treats!

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A distress call embroils a pet psychic in a murder investigation. When her aunt left her a run-down property in Wilmington, N.C., much-married widow Mary Catherine Roberts converted the upstairs of the old building to an apartment for herself and her cat Baylor while using the downstairs as a short-term animal shelter. On the way home from radio station WRSC, where she hosts a popular pet show, animal psychic Mary Catherine "hears" plaintive cries from a nearby house and discovers a wounded turtle and the dead body of her station manager Colin Jamison's wealthy aunt. The police are naturally skeptical when she explains that she heard the turtle's thoughts. They believe Colin murdered his aunt for her money. After Mary Catherine meets attractive cop-turned-private eye Charlie Dowd, events take a turn for the worse. She begins to get threatening phone calls at her talk show; Colin is caught in an affair with the wife of one of Charlie's clients; and Baylor is almost cat-napped. Does Mary Catherine dare trust Charlie, who has some psychic secrets of his own, with her life? Although the turtle can't identify the killer, Mary Catherine gets enough tips from the animals to help her break the case. This kickoff to a new series from the Lavenes (Perfect Poison, 2008, etc.) should score with both mystery and pet lovers.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780738720555
Publisher:
Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.
Publication date:
06/01/2009
Series:
Pet Psychic Mystery Series , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
589,807
File size:
467 KB

Meet the Author

Bestselling authors and award-winning photojournalists, Joyce and Jim Lavene, are a husband and wife team who started writing novels in 1999 and have had more than 40 books published to date. In addition to their books, the Lavenes have published hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles, including a syndicated garden column for their local North Carolina papers. Somewhere along the way, they decided to write mysteries and since then, they have been hooked on the genre.

They currently write four mystery series and work for a small newspaper in Stanly County, North Carolina. When they aren't promoting their books, coming up with new ideas for books, or taking photos of sweet potatoes that look like guinea pigs and congressmen who look like sweet potatoes, they spend time with their family (3 children, 5 grandchildren), their dog (Bear) and their cat (Quincy) who “help” them write.

Bestselling authors and award-winning photojournalists, Joyce and Jim Lavene, are a husband and wife team who started writing novels in 1999 and have had more than 40 books published to date. In addition to their books, the Lavenes have published hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles, including a syndicated garden column for their local North Carolina papers. Somewhere along the way, they decided to write mysteries and since then, they have been hooked on the genre.

They currently write four mystery series and work for a small newspaper in Stanly County, North Carolina. When they aren't promoting their books, coming up with new ideas for books, or taking photos of sweet potatoes that look like guinea pigs and congressmen who look like sweet potatoes, they spend time with their family (3 children, 5 grandchildren), their dog (Bear) and their cat (Quincy) who “help” them write.

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The Telltale Turtle: A Pet Psychic Mystery 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
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I really enjoyed this little tale. Characters needed fleshing out but if worked on could really be a good, cozy read
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Mary Catherine Roberts is a pet psychic who can communicate with all types of creatures. She is world famous and has her own talk show on Lite 102 5 WRSC in Wilmington, Delaware. She has converted the building she owns into an animals shelter, which depends on donations to supplement the large amount of money she contributes.--------------- One day when Mary Catherine was driving home she hears a noise as if a creature is in distress. She zeroes in on the anguished sounds until she finds a house. Inside is a woman whose throat is slashed. She takes Tommy the Turtle with her to her home, but is shocked to learn the victim was Ferndelle Jamison, her station manager Colin¿s aunt. He immediately becomes a suspect because he is expected to inherit her fortune. Mary Catherine rejects the notion that Colin killed his aunt, but someone threatens her by injuring her beloved cat Balor and makes nasty calls to her show. When she gets injured after someone breaks in her home, former cop Charlie, now a private eye is hired to protect her. He is like a guardian angel after someone cuts her brake lines. However in spite of him, an unknown adversary plans to make Mary Catherine deceased number two,----------------- Joyce & Jim Lavene always write a charming cozy that immerses the reader deep into the story line. THE TELLTALE TURTLE is no exception as the audience will enjoy middle aged Mary Catherine¿s antics as the heroine does not slow down for a breather especially since her menagerie includes new guest Tommy, her cat Balor, a horde of canines, and some sly squirrels, etc. Plus she has a case to work as the cops focus on Colin while she looks elsewhere. The audience will enjoy this fine lighthearted tale and look forward to more capers in this delightful series.----------- Harriet Klausner