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A Taste Fur Murder (Whiskey, Tango & Foxtrot Mystery #1)

3.85  ·  Rating Details  ·  449 Ratings  ·  114 Reviews
Introducing an animal-loving Gal Friday with a telepathic cat, a shapeshifting dog, and a ghost of a chance of solving supernatural crime…

Meet Deirdre “Foxtrot” Lancaster. Trusted employee of eccentric zillionairess Zelda Zoransky, Foxtrot manages a mansion, a private zoo, and anything else that strikes her boss’s fancy. Her job title is Administrative Assistant, but chaos
Paperback, 323 pages
Published February 25th 2014 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
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Mar 04, 2014 Yodamom rated it liked it
I love a good paranormal cozy read. How could I resist this book, the cover alone won me over. The story follows a personal assistant who spends her down time in her bosses pet cemetery. Well it was a peaceful spot till something dark lurks in the graveyard. it gets even more loud when her childhood cat returns from the dead, 9 lives you know, and has a ghost dog co-worker. They are her guides/ helpers to try to stop a murder. The cat and dog go at it well like cats and dogs and it was hysterica ...more
Kimberly Yates
May 31, 2015 Kimberly Yates rated it it was amazing
This was one of the most delightful, most humorous, most unique cozies Ive read.
I was laughing out loud on page 2 and hooked from there!
There is non stop action, non stop mystery throughout the whole thing and you quickly learn to care and love each character and all of the amazing animal spirits that fill the book. I cant wait to read book 2.
I give this book a 5 stars on all levels.
Nov 02, 2014 Stephanie rated it liked it
Deirdre Lancaster, AKA “Foxtrot,” works as a personal assistant and all-around house manager for an eccentric old millionaire, Zelda Zoransky (“ZZ”). After Foxtrot spots a terrifying and huge animal-like ghost in ZZ’s on-property pet cemetery, things take a turn for the weird… and spooky! Suddenly, her dead cat, Tango, appears… and she’s talking. Along with Tango is a talking, ectoplasmic dog, Tiny, who can also change breeds on a moment’s notice. When one of Foxtrot’s coworkers dies under suspi ...more
Really 4.5 stars, but I rounded up.

A wonderfully unique beginning to a series that I'm sure I'll read more of; A Taste Fur Murder was a winsome first book.

The characters were eccentric in a great way; ZZ was everything a crazy millionaire should be, Foxtrot was appropriately shocked and amazed at her new abilities and the rest of the characters were great. I really like how the author incorporated so much detail about Foxtrot's abilities. I feel like I understood the book better thanks to that.

Mar 02, 2014 Melliane rated it it was ok

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It’s been some time since I read a cozy mystery novel, but it is true that this is something that I love, so when I saw the novel, I thought that this was an opportunity to try it. I had something in this novel that I had never read about before, and it is… talking animals. I confess that I have often avoided this kind of novels, because it is a little too abstract for me. I saw some very good books over the years like that, so I knew I had to try it. Fi
Tammy Ingham
Mar 07, 2014 Tammy Ingham rated it it was ok
This book lacks continuity; most especially regarding the heroine's name. In the first chapter she is introduced as Deidre F. Lancaster, her middle name being Foxtrot, while near the end of the book she explains that Foxtrot is a nickname bestowed on her by her father- a reader can't help but to ask, which is it? Another scene describes Tiny (her ghostly sidekick) as having gone off on his own, only to have him make a reappearance on the next page in order to scout a room using his olfactory sen ...more
I've just finished reading A Taste Fur Murder , a wonderful and pretty original paranormal mystery. The idea of the talking dead animals really appealed to me and I loved the main protagonist, Foxtrot, a reliable assistant with a great sense of humor and a special bond with dead animals' spirits. A clever plot and plenty of zaniness made the book pretty interesting. Finally, Topsy's story was heart-wrenching and indicative of the cruelty humans are capable of. The story's main message: love conq ...more
William Bentrim
Jan 27, 2014 William Bentrim rated it really liked it
You might consider this book a normal "who done it" if there weren't supernatural beings, ghosts and ectoplasmic beings. The pet cemetery is threatened and it needs a protector. The eclectic guest list at ZZ's soiree provides a wealth of potential miscreants. This ended as quite an entertaining mystery.

Foxtrot is a fixer. She handles all of the eccentric ZZ's guests and their miscellaneous and often bizarre requests. However Foxtrot has a lonely job. She can't get too close to the guests nor ca
Shelley Giusti
Mar 10, 2014 Shelley Giusti rated it it was amazing
what a fun read! I enjoyed this book and the humor was great! Laugh out Loud Funny!!!
Mar 05, 2014 Sara rated it really liked it
I highly enjoyed this book! I always like some "woo-woo" in my mysteries and this definitely fit the bill.

I mean, you have Foxtrot...a woman who works for a wealthy woman who hosts various people from all walks of life for "salons". Oh, and there's a pet cemetery on the estate which has always been a place Foxtrot has enjoyed spending time. Then one day while she sits in the cemetery trying to relax she senses flashes of light and a large, dark, menacing form that sends her fleeing from the ceme
Carol Stanley-Snow
Sep 19, 2014 Carol Stanley-Snow rated it it was amazing
Wow!! How have i never read DIXIE LYLE?? Sooooo funny!! I loved this book and now i must get all her previous books!!

Like a good mystery with lotsa humor thrown in and a cast of characters that will live on in your psychie forever?? This book is for you!!
Oct 17, 2014 Benjamin rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, mystery
(2.5 stars out of 5)

...So, this book may be a mildly diverting read for the casual reader, or someone looking for something a little different with a bit of humor. However, more discerning readers may want to look elsewhere.
Feb 27, 2015 Julia rated it liked it
I liked this story, with one caveat: it seemed to over-do the supernatural elements. Every time I thought I had a handle on the parameters of this "world", the author threw me another curve. I reserve judgement, though, knowing that a first-in-series often suffers from the need to info-dump on a reader to lay the groundwork for upcoming installments. I noticed a few editing problems - missing words, etc. as well.

Still, I like the uber-capable Foxtrot, I appreciate Tango (in all her snarky cat g
Beverly Laude
Dec 17, 2014 Beverly Laude rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, mystery, animals, 2014
Enjoyable book.....combines 3 things I enjoy reading.....paranormal activities, animals & murder. What more could you ask for? I look forward to reading more in this series!
Nancy Haddock
Mar 31, 2014 Nancy Haddock rated it really liked it
I REALLY enjoyed this book! Lots of different ghosties, and a very good mystery! I'll be watching for the next installment!
Mar 18, 2014 Kate rated it really liked it
3.5 starts- this was a fun start to a new mystery series with a little woo woo and a lot of animals! The main character works for an excentric millionaire, managing her massive estate, which includes an animal graveyard and a zoo. I liked that I learned a lot about zoo animals in this book (I was constantly putting down the book to google hippos and honey badgers, etc.!) all the different animals, and the mansion setting, made this a really fun read. I also appreciated the unique murder weapon. ...more
Jul 15, 2014 Samantha rated it liked it
Deirdre "Foxtrot" Lancaster is the Administrative Assistant for an eccentric heiress known fondly by all as "ZZ". Foxtrot does everything on ZZ's sprawling estate, from scheduling daily events to keeping up with ZZ's alcohol-pickled son. Foxtrot is excellent at all her job entails. She is detail-oriented, can remember minutia about ZZ's many guests and contacts, and never fails to deliver on any promise. Her well-managed world is quickly turned upside down when she has a brush with the spirit wo ...more
Apr 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: joanne

Brought to you by OBS reviewer JoAnne

*Beware of possible Spoilers*

Well, let me tell you, this book is certainly different. I’ve read books where people communicate with dead animals, but not quite like this one. It begins well enough; Foxtrot is an Administrative Assistant extraordinaire, and ZZ, her employer, depends on her completely to keep her place running like clockwork. That includes knowing everything about the workings both inside and out, and mak
Alice Liu
Feb 16, 2014 Alice Liu rated it really liked it
3 stars for the first half/5 stars for the second half. I had some trouble with the first half of the book. When Foxtrot met her formerly dead (now reincarnated) cat Tango and spirit dog Tiny, I felt like the relationships were rushed. Tiny proving himself a spirit seemed contrived and there wasn't a lot in terms of character development for the animals. Consequently, dialogue that was meant to be witty, came across as slapstick and shallow. The animal dialogue was also inconsistent, which is wh ...more
Kathy Martin
Feb 10, 2014 Kathy Martin rated it really liked it
A TASTE FUR MURDER was a fun mystery that introduced an intrepid heroine. Foxtrot Lancaster is an administrative assistant to and extremely wealthy and eccentric woman. Nothing throws Foxtrot. She always keeps her cool. The events of this story will severely test her aplomb.

Foxtrot starts seeing things in the pet cemetery including a huge black elephant who has lightning surrounding her and masses of other deceased pets. She is told that her boss is in danger and that she has to protect her. Whe
Gokce ~Muslin Myst~
Well, hello, new series that I will follow closely until the very end. I picked up this book for the fun pun of the title, and the pretty blue cover, and of course, the fact that the plot was an interesting one with a lot of promise, and let me tell you, sometimes, it is okay to judge a book by its cover and its title.

For those of you who want me to skip the fangirling and go straight to the point, let me introduce you to Deidre 'Foxtrot' Lancaster. She's the executive assistant of one eccentri
Equal parts paranormal pet story and cozy mystery with a female sleuth.
Linda at Chatting About Cozies
Feb 25, 2014 Linda at Chatting About Cozies rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
4-1/2 Stars! A paranormal cozy mystery so cleverly plotted and written, it's a page turner! Foxtrot (Deidre F. Lancaster) is Gal Friday to an extremely wealthy and eccentric woman, ZZ (Zelda Zoransky). ZZ loves animals of all kinds, and has a huge animal graveyard on her estate. ZZ also loves human company, and always has people she finds intriguing staying at her home as guests. Foxtrot is amazed to discover the graveyard is a mystical portal, reminiscent of the legendary Rainbow Bridge, and an ...more
Mar 12, 2014 Jessica rated it liked it
Every once in a while I like to pick up a book that's simply fun. This cozy mystery is exactly that, while combining several of my favorite elements - animals, ghosts, and mysteries - into one entertaining book filled with interesting characters and loveable sidekicks. I enjoyed the witty banter these characters exchanged on a regular basis, especially Keene's (I'm keeping my fingers crossed that he shows up in a later addition to the Whiskey, Tango, & Foxtrot series). One problem was contin ...more
Apr 05, 2014 Vilia rated it really liked it
Review from Backchatting Books

This book is the very definition of a wacky paranormal mystery with pachyderm ghosts that can use electricity, an ectoplasmic dog that can change breeds and a heroine whose job is to corral all manner of crazy. When a person is murdered, our intrepid Administrative Assistant Deirdre “Foxtrot” Lancaster decides to do a little digging around to make sure her eccentric boss Zelda Zoransky is okay.

Foxtrot is used to dealing with odd situations but having her dead cat Ta
Jan 21, 2014 Anne rated it really liked it
I like pets (I have three cats), but am not fond of most mystery series with animals such as Rita Mae Brown's or Carole Nelson Douglas' series. I did, however, enjoy A Taste Fur Murder (the punny title drew me in, I'm a sucker for them). Deirdre "Foxtrot" and the staff and guests of the uber rich Zelda Zoransky "Z.Z." make for an amusing read with an unexpected paranormal twist. Foxtrot is Z.Z.'s admin. assistant by profession and Nexus guardian as Foxtrot finds out in the story. She has the abi ...more
Rabbit {Paint me like one of your 19th century gothic heroines!}
This was a cute cozy mystery. Not usually my kind of mystery novel, but this was ok.
Apr 19, 2016 Yvonne rated it really liked it
Very enjoyable
Dharia Scarab
Apr 07, 2016 Dharia Scarab rated it it was amazing

Since I don't normally write reviews unless I have something specific to say, here's the break down of how I rate my books...

1 star... This book was bad, so bad I may have given up and skipped to the end. I will avoid this author like the plague in the future.

2 stars... This book was not very good, and I won't be reading any more from the author.

3 stars... This book was ok, but I won't go out of my way to read more, But if I find another book by the author for under a dollar I'd pick it up.

4 sta
3.5 Stars

A Taste Fur Murder was a fun mystery with paranormal elements. Featuring Foxtrot (administrative/ personal assistant, Gal Friday of ZZ), Tango (a not-so-dead Cat) and Mr. Tiny (view spoiler) (an ectoplasmic dog) along with a whole other host of both eccentric and normal characters. I enjoyed this book. I didn't get to read it all the way through in one go like I usually do (and prefer) but I still liked it. There were a few inconsistencies (like her name,
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Dixie Lyle loves animals, mysteries, books, reading, words, bad puns (are there any other kind?) and once had a torrid summer romance with an entire library. Did I mention the books? Oh, and definitely doesn't believe in the supernatural. Nope, not me. Hey, what was that sound? Where's that spooky green glow coming from? Oh, hello, didn't see you standing there in the corner, what with you being a ...more
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