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Last But Not Leashed–veterinarian story

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Last But Not Leashed

by Eileen Brady

Dr. Kate has taken on the practice at Oak Falls Animal Hospital while the owner is on a year long vacation. She lives in a small, connected garage apartment which is very convenient in snowy weather. Dr. Kate has been well accepted and supported by the locals including Mari, her veterinary assistant, and Cindy, her office manager. Even her next door neighbor, Pinky, makes sure she is safe since she lives alone, and he keeps the snow plowed regularly in gratitude for her life saving veterinary services to his dog.

So many threads in this book! The plot involves rescue services for a sweet pit bull used as a “bait dog” but abandoned outside the hospital. Mari convinces Dr. Kate to attend organizing workshops with her where events turn deadly. Dr. Kate and Mari take their veterinary skills to customers who are unable or unwilling to bring their animals to the hospital including one wealthy film star tucked away in a a gorgeous but almost unreachable setting on a mountaintop. Why would she need two bodyguards inside her remote, gated compound? Even Bitcoins come into play in Last But Not Leashed.

The reader meets Oak Hills locals, and there are lots of interesting characters. Romantic standouts are Luke who is Kate’s boyfriend across the miles where he attends law school and Colin, an artist with enough charms to attract all the ladies of Oak Hills. Kate relies on her Gramps by phone for support and advice. Judy owns the town’s only café which makes it a favorite hang out and a good place to gather information. Posey, a night clerk at a convenience store, is writing a “kind of Edwardian, sci-fi vampire novel,” but could it hold clues to the crazy, real life murder plots?

This cozy mystery was a fun read and author Eileen Brady is a good storyteller. As an added benefit, Brady who is a veterinarian herself shares lots of interesting tidbits about various animals, their needs, care, and health issues. These facts are included non-intrusively and never overshadow the plot. Her character Dr. Kate is likable and has a genuine compassion for her patients and their owners. I recommend this mystery for those readers who love cozies, animals, and stories centered around veterinary medicine.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Rating: 5/5

Category: Fiction, Mystery

Notes: #2 in the Dr. Kate Vet Mystery Series. I had not read #1 in the series so I can attest that it works well as a standalone.

Publication: September 6, 2022—Poisoned Pen Press

Memorable Lines:

“People love all the shapes and sizes of dogs. It’s only with our fellow humans that we are so judgmental and critical in unproductive ways.”

My food choice for lunch had hit a new low—a pint of fudge ripple ice cream and a diet soda. Both of my coworkers watched sympathetically as I tried to eat my way to a little happiness. We all knew that never worked, but it sure tasted good.

After working in an animal hospital for twenty years, Cindy had an iron stomach, nerves of steel, and could charm a frightened cat from a tree.


  1. This sounds like a good one, thanks Linda!

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    • lghiggins says:

      It was good. Eileen Brady is another author that our blogging buddy Betty in Idaho introduced me to. Even in her eighties and despite a hard life, she was a role model and the best kind of “influencer.”

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  2. Gretchen says:

    I have enjoyed the Kate Turner, DVM series by Eileen Brady. This series, Dr. Kate, Vet, is really a continuation of that series. For some reason, it has been marketed as a new series. But, from what I have heard, they have done a good job with getting the reader up to speed so you don’t have to have read the first series. All that to say, if you are able to get your hands on the first series – Muzzled, Unleashed and Chained – they are definitely worth the read. I am looking forward to picking up with this series.

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    • lghiggins says:

      I’m so glad you brought that up, Gretchen. I had read Chained and Penned quite a while back, and I gave both 5 star reviews. I didn’t realize this was the same protagonist. I think you are right about Brady bringing the reader up to speed. I didn’t feel I had missed out on anything.


  3. Carla says:

    Great review, Linda. I love cozy mysteries that centre around animals. I looked at my library and it has the first and second both in ebook and audiobook. I may read the four in the older series or maybe not. I did put these two on my wishlist for the library though. Thanks for a new series.

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