Veterinarian Carly Martin has a soft spot when it comes to animals. And no animals need her more than the 35 pets left in her care after the eccentric millionaire Henry Tremayne falls and slips into a coma. Max Giordano his long lost grandson and self-made millionaire accuses Carly of having something to do with his accident because she has the best motive (in his will he left her his entire mansion, she could have wanted the inheritance since she isn't making a lot of money at her Vet Clinic) But as the story goes on, he falls in love with her and her loving family which only have open arms for him and he begins to doubt that she could have anything to do with the accident. But then who did it?
This report prepared by Tina
Warner, Nov 2003, 5.99, 400 pp.
Max Giordano accuses veterinarian Carly Martin of fleecing an old man, his grandfather Henry. His accusations shock her, but not as much as when he informs her that Henry lies in a coma after a near death fall. Max states that Henry named her as trustee to his 23 animals and the mansion if she converts it into a clinic as they once discussed. Carly tells Max he was never there for Henry whom he never met and she often visited. Carly thinks back in time to when she met Henry. He asked for a house call to check out his ailing raccoon. They became friends and she comes over once a week to check the animals and to chat.
Max begins to wonder if he misjudged Carly. She seems nice and innocent and he is so attracted to her yet new evidence surfaces that prove that someone tried to murder Henry. Carly is the obvious suspect as she has motive (inheritance) and opportunity (her vehicle at the scene).
Though the heroine is too perfect and the lead male becomes irritating at times with his “J'accuse” mentality, readers will like both of them. The story line is fun to follow as Max cannot believe that Carly has no hidden agenda when it comes to Henry. Melanie Craft lives up to her surname as she provides a solid relationship tale with a touch of suspense at the end that sub-genre readers will enjoy especially those who value the canine caper crowd.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner