Perseverance Press, Oct 2003, 13.95, 192 pp.
British ex-patriate Delilah Little has made a good life for herself in the United States living in Surf City, California and sharing her abode with her beloved Doberman. She even has a beau in homicide detective Jack Mallory although at the moment the pair is not speaking to one another because of an argument they had while bird watching. She earns a living as a pet detective tracing lost animals and returning them to their own owners.
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Delilah gets a call from her best friend Eve asking her to come to Dorsett Farms and the Lazy D. Guest Ranch, which is owned by her cousin Hilda Dorsett-Bragg. Hilda believes her horse the Duke of Paddington was poisoned and she wants Delilah to work under-cover to find out who the culprit is. During her time on Hilda's property, two men are killed and a fire burns down the office where the business records were kept. Delilah believes the incidents are connected and with a little help from his friends, she sets out to prove it.
Place an English village mystery in the middle of a California Dude ranch and readers will have a sense of what THE BEASTLY BLOODLINE is all about. The heroine will immediately endear herself to readers because of her love of animals and for making a home for herself in the U.S. without betraying her British heritage. Readers will find the Delilah Doolittle Pet Detective mysteries charming and sophisticated cosies.
The review of this Book prepared by Harriet Klausner