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All in a Day’s Work with Grace Wilde by Laura Morrigan

A Tiger's TaleThere are days when my job puts me in an awkward position. Physically, this happens quite frequently. I have to crawl under houses to talk to terrified raccoons or go out on a limb– literally– to untangle a fishing line from nesting egret’s leg.

But worse, is when I’m forced into awkward social positions– like the one was currently facing.

“Of course it was Ziggy, who else could have done it?” my client, Mr. King, asked.

Feigning thoughtfulness, I looked down at my feet, then cast a glance at the kid sitting at the kitchen peninsula. The boy was around ten and was ignoring the conversation I was having with his dad. Or at least pretending to. He swung his feet, thumping the toe of his tennis shoe against the wood cabinet base in an incessant rhythm, thump-thump-thump, as he deftly navigated both a smart phone and the inside of his nose.

“Well…” I began, then stopped myself.

I knew who the guilty party was– Ziggy had told me. The fact that Ziggy was a boxer and currently accused of the crime was the problem.

You see, I can, and do, communicate with animals. My telepathic ability– and the fact that I keep it a secret– is why I’m so good at my job. I’m very good at talking to animals. People? Not so much.

“The front yard is fenced,” Mr. King went on. “We keep the gate locked. There’s no way another dog could have gotten in.”

“Probably not,” I agreed.

The kid paused for a moment to regard the tip of his finger then– looking directly at me– wiped whatever he’d mined from his nasal cavity under the seat of the stool.

Nice.

The boy started up with the kicking again.

Thump- thump- thump.

I looked at the accused. Ziggy, like his owner and the kid, was a few pounds north of a healthy weight. The dog sat next to the bar stool looking up at the boy with a goofy, doggy smile.

Loyal as the day was long. Ziggy had no idea the kid was throwing him under the bus.

I couldn’t tell my client the truth– that his bratty kid had been the one to tear a hole in his wife’s giant, inflatable Easter Bunny yard ornament. Though that was exactly what had happened.

Offering solutions to an animal’s problem behavior is my job. What was I supposed to do when the problem behavior didn’t belong to the animal?

“You know what, Mr. King,” I said as a flash of inspiration struck. “I think this is a case of a dog with a little too much energy. Your son here looks like a nice, strong young man. I think I have a solution.”

I suggested the boy walk Ziggy twice a day in addition to the dog being allowed constant access through the doggie door to the yard.

The kid stopped the rhinotillexis and stared at me.

“If we let him out, he’ll do it again, won’t he?” Mr. King asked.

I angled my head and looked at Ziggy, then up at the kid. “If he does, he’ll have to be taken on longer walks until his behavior improves.”

The boy’s eyes went wide. My psychic ability doesn’t work on people. I couldn’t flood the kid’s mind with calm guidance or even compel him with a dose of because-I-said-so alpha energy, but I’d made my point.

Now, I just had a couple of crazy house cats to chat with and a paranoid parrot to council and I could call it a day!


You can read more about Grace in A Tiger’s Tale, the second book in the “Call of the Wilde” mystery series, published by Berkley Prime Crime. The first book in the series is Woof at the Door. Books are available at retail and online booksellers.

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Meet the author
Spending the first years of her life on a Costa Rican coffee farm blessed Laura Morrigan with a fertile imagination and a love for all things wild.

Later she became a volunteer at a local zoo, helping out with everything from “waste management” to teaching an elephant how to paint. Drawing from her years of experience with both wild and domestic animals and her passion for detective novels, Laura created the Call of the Wilde series. She lives in Florida with her husband and far too many cats, loves the Blue Angels, wearing flip flops in November, and thunderstorms.

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A Tiger’s Tale by Laura Morrigan

A Tiger's TaleA Tiger’s Tale by Laura Morrigan is the second book in the “Call of the Wilde” mystery series. Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime, May 2014

When a normally mellow tiger at a rescue facility trees a terrified vet, animal behaviorist Grace Wilde needs to use her psychic ability to get to the root of the problem.

A tiger can’t change his stripes—but if his behavior changes suddenly, there’s a reason. So when even-tempered Boris the Siberian tiger goes into attack mode, Grace knows there’s more to the story. Something is agitating the big cat. As she uses her telepathic ability to calm the tiger, she realizes he has witnessed a theft—not of something but of someone. A teenaged volunteer at the animal rescue facility has been taken…kidnapped.

The problem is Brooke Ligner’s parents believe their troubled daughter ran away and Grace can’t exactly reveal her source. Even though sexy cop Kai Duncan is aware of Grace’s secret ability, he can’t initiate an investigation based on the word of a tiger. Now, as Grace searches for solid clues to rescue the missing teen, it’s the human predators she’ll need to watch out for.

I enjoyed this “A Tiger’s Tale,” even more than the first book as we get to know more about Grace and her abilities. The author does a good job in keeping me interested and engaged in this delightfully charming whodunit. With some twists and turns and aided by an eclectic resource of friends and animals, I eagerly await the next book in the series, especially with how this one ended.

Woof at the Door by Laura Morrigan

Woof At the doorWoof at the Door by Laura Morrigan is the first book in the new “Call of the Wilde” mystery series. Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime, July 2013

Animal behaviorist Grace Wilde keeps her ability to psychically communicate with furry and feathered critters under wraps. But when a Doberman turns out to be the only witness to a crime, Grace will have to let the cat out of the bag in order to catch a killer.

Grace Wilde’s job is anything but normal. When she’s not helping out at the zoo by comforting agitated lemurs, she’s listening to the woes of annoyed house pets. Grace’s life gets even more complicated, though, when the cops summon her to a crime scene to help deal with the murder victim’s terrified Doberman.

The pooch turns out to be the only one who saw what happened the night of the shooting—and only Grace can get the information out of him. The problem is, how will Grace tell the distractingly gorgeous Sergeant Kai Duncan that it’s the dog who’s giving her the intel without spilling her big secret or sounding crazy? Left on her own, Grace will have to follow the pup’s lead to track down the killer. But she’ll have to be careful—or curiosity may end up killing the cat whisperer.

If you could talk to the animal, you would learn so much about their humans. That is what happens to Grace Wilde, animal behaviorist, when she is called in to calm Jax, a Doberman, who witness the death of his master and as he gets closer to opening up his mind to the killer’s identity, the closer it puts Grace in a killer’s sight.

This was a wonderful read that captured my attention immediately as this quickly became a page turner as I wanted to know more about Grace and her ability to commune with animals. This was a good nail-biting mystery as I had to know who was behind the murders, and boy was I surprised when the killer was revealed. The author did a good job in keeping me in suspense with plenty of suspects and several twists, that I didn’t see coming. I like Grace who is a strong heroine, yet vulnerable who along with Moss, her half-wolf dog, her sister Emma, best friend Sonja and potential love interest Kai Duncan, rounded out this superb cast of characters which also provided engaging conversations and non-stop action. I look forward to spending more time with Grace and her friends in this terrifically likable new debut series.

FTC Full Disclosure – The publisher sent me a copy of this book, in hopes I would review it.

previously posted on the Cozy Chicks blog

A Day In The Life of Grace Wilde by Laura Morrigan

Woof At the doorHungry.
The thought drifted into my mind with enough urgency to make my stomach grumble. I opened my eyes and blinked up at the ceiling. For a few seconds I couldn’t remember where I was. Morning brain fog is nothing new for me, my body needs a specialized fuel called “coffee” to get all the cylinders firing.

Hungry.
Another low growl- this time not from my stomach. I looked over to find the source of the sound and my eyes met the golden eyes of a wolf.

My wolf, thankfully. Though, technically, Moss is only part wolf, he’s the spitting image of his timber wolf mother- only bigger.

Hungry. Up!
Moss punctuated the thought with a muzzle-nudge to my cheek and a well aimed trio of rapid-fire licks. Right on the mouth.

“Ick!” I pushed him away and tossed the sheets back. “Okay. I’m up. See?”

My stomach growled again. I couldn’t really be sure if I was actually hungry or if Moss’s thoughts had bombarded me long enough to take root. It happens from time to time. Just one of the many joys of being an animal telepath. Sometimes, when I’m asleep or just really tired the shields I have around my mind fade away and I’m left unsure whether my feelings are my own or belong to the animal closest to me.

Having a telepathic ability might sound fun or intriguing. It’s not. Try waking up with the urge to hoard food for winter. That happened when I was three and a squirrel had moved into the tree outside my bedroom window. My poor parents- they found pecans stuffed all over the house for months.

I’m not saying my ability doesn’t have its perks. It does. I’ve become the go-to animal behaviorist who can get results when no one else can. Something I would not be able to do if I couldn’t have a two-way conversation with my clients- or rather, my client’s pets.

In case you’re wondering, my business cards do not read: Grace Wilde, animal psychic. I don’t tell people about that quirk. I’m pretty sure they’d think I was nuts.

As I shuffled into the bathroom- large canine in tow, grumbling about his breakfast- I glanced at the clock. If I didn’t suck down some coffee and get a move on, I was going to be late for my first appointment. Luckily, I’m a low maintenance kind of girl and in twenty minutes, I was showered, fueled and ready for the day.

Though my clients had me zig-zagging all over Jacksonville, everything was going smoothly until the last appointment of the day. That was when I hit a snag.

Even after in-depth conversation with a Quarter Horse named Biggun, I was stumped at his sudden aversion to the horse trailer.

My ability has limits- I can’t just look into an animal’s brain and flip through it like you would a picture book. I only know their thoughts when they’re thinking them. And if their mind is clouded with an emotion like fear- I get a big dose of that, too. I understood Biggun was afraid. I knew what he was afraid of. I just didn’t know why because the horse wasn’t clear on it, either.

I wasn’t about to give up, though. Tenacity is stamped in my DNA right next to stubbornness and determination.

One thing I’ve learned – the answer is there if you look hard enough, even if it means crawling under a horse trailer. And wouldn’t you know it, that’s how I found the broken support beam. It wasn’t visible from anywhere else but Biggun, being true to his name, was heavy enough to feel the floor wasn’t quite stable.

Case closed.

I was actually getting good at solving mysteries. Just ask Sergeant Kai Duncan with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. But that’s a story for another time…


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You can read more about Grace in Woof at the Door, the first book in the new “Call of the Wilde” mystery series. Click here to read the first chapter of the book.

Meet the author
Spending the first years of her life on a Costa Rican coffee farm blessed Laura Morrigan with a fertile imagination and a love for all things wild.

Later she became a volunteer at a local zoo, helping out with everything from “waste management” to teaching an elephant how to paint. Drawing from her years of experience with both wild and domestic animals and her passion for detective novels, Laura created the Call of the Wilde series. She lives in Florida with her husband and far too many cats, loves the Blue Angels, wearing flip flops in November, and thunderstorms.

You can reach Laura on her website, Twitter or on Facebook.

Books are available at retail and online booksellers.