I reviewed the first book in this series, Woof at the Door (click here), author interview (click here), and a guest post (click here.) Today I am reviewing the second in the series. Let's see how well the second book did in the Call of the Wilde mystery series.
Author: Laura Morrigan
Copyright: May 2014 (Berkley Publishing) 337 pgs
Series: 2nd in Call of the Wilde Mystery series
Mystery Sub-genre: Thriller
Main Characters: Grace Wilde, Animal behaviorist who speaks with animals telepathically
Setting: Modern day, Jacksonville Florida
Obtained Through: Publisher for honest review
Boris the Siberian tiger has witnessed the kidnapping of a teenaged volunteer at an animal rescue facility. The normally mellow tiger gets into attack mode and Grace is called. She finds why Boris is so upset and realizes that the volunteer has not been reported missing. She jumps in to find this missing girl and gets more than she imagined with mobsters and hit-men.
Grace Wilde is an interesting main character with spunk and determination with a reasonable manner. Sergeant Kai Duncan is the romantic interest on the police force who facing Grace's talent. The policeman-as-boyfriend has become a common trope, but in-spite of that trend it is okay in this series. Not great, but okay. Grace's sister Emma is a party planner and is my favorite fictional sister -- just saying! She is gutsy and loyal. Grace's closest buddy, Moss, her half wolf is probably the star of the series, and in this book is challenged with a task.
The plot was interesting in that Grace is the only person who thinks a crime has been committed, and she can't openly say the tiger witnessed it. The story unfolds with revelations and kept my interest throughout. The story climax had plenty of tension and action and was the frosting on the cake.
An exciting follow-up to the stellar debut novel for this series, setting this up for a solid series that appeals to more than animal lovers.
Rating: Excellent - Loved it! Buy it now and put this author on your watch list