PRAISE FOR STOLEN: A KIERAN YEATS MYSTERY
“A powerful tale of the rescue of pets stolen from an upscale Victoria, British Columbia neighborhood . . . the best animal book of this or any other year. A terrific rescue story!”
Safe Haven Humane Society, Albany, Oregon.
Linda J Wright’s animal mystery, Stolen, will have readers who have animal companions exercising extra vigilance about their dogs’ and cats’ safety after reading this compelling and somewhat alarming tale. I know it had me considering how to best keep my two dogs safe and home. Wright’s plot is taut and well-constructed as Kieran and her colleagues track down clues to discover the whereabouts of the missing cats as well as a number of missing dogs and cats in the area. Wright’s characters, both human and animal, are finely drawn and credible, and her story is hard to put down. The story’s bucolic setting on Vancouver Island had me wistfully considering relocation. I’m looking forward to reading about Kieran Yeats’ other cases. Stolen: A Kieran Yeats Mystery is most highly recommended.
Jack Magnus, Readers’ Favorite Reviewer, BOOKLIFE, 5 STARS
If you have any interest in animals, or are just a mystery buff, you have got to read Linda J Wright’s newest novel, Stolen. Wright introduces Kieran Yeats, an animal crimes investigator convinced by her goddaughter to help find a cattery of Bengal cats that have mysteriously disappeared while in her care. Who took them? Where are they headed? And with all the doors and windows alarmed, how on earth did the perpetrators get inside the cattery? All the characters in this book are well-developed, and the story will keep your interest as Kieran slogs through the muddy waters (literally!) of pet kidnappings. Animal protection information . . . philosophy . . . poetry . . . it’s all there. A great read!
Kathe Stander, Past President, Central Coast Humane Society, Newport, Oregon
This story was unique for me in that it focuses on an area I have read little about in the past -- animal theft. That in itself was interesting – who knew there were PIs specializing in animal cases? Linda J Wright is clearly as passionate and as concerned about animal rights and welfare issues as her fictional heroine Kieran Yeats and that passion shows through in her writing. Stolen: A Kieran Yeats Mystery was a wonderfully easy read and one I quickly got caught up in. The characters were all sharply defined and it was easy to identify, to empathize, and to root for all of them, especially the young child known only as Trouble. The author used the story to raise awareness of the need for more protection for animals under law in Canada, and I am always impressed, as a reader, when social issues are able to be promoted in fiction, without drawing away from the enjoyment of the story, and this author does it extremely well. I’m unsure if this was a debut novel by this author, but I am certain she has found a niche market for her books and especially her heroine, the flawed but good-hearted Kieran Yeats. I look forward to more adventures from her. This is a highly readable and fascinating story that I recommend to all.
Grant Leishman, Readers’ Favorite Reviewer, BOOKLIFE, 5 STARS