Kathy: Dr Kate Turner and you have something in common – you’re both veterinarians. In Unleashed, Kate unexpectedly has to examine a pet pot-bellied pig. What’s the most “unusual” animal you’ve had to treat?
EB: I’ve examined a pregnant llama, given an injection to a pet iguana, put together the shell on a turtle with surgical glue and given first aid to a homing pigeon on its way back to the coop.
Kathy: I have a full house. At the moment, 4 cats, 5 rats and a horse. Do you have a furry family (or feathered, scaled, etc.)?
EB: My husband and I live with our 2 dogs, one a mixed-breed mostly beagle rescue dog and the other a bossy Pomeranian plus 3 cats. (one of whom is very good at opening doors with her paw) At one time, I confess, we had 3 horses, 6 cats, 3 dogs, 2 budgies and a parrot along with an aquarium full of fish.
Kathy: Setting is very important to a story. Your series is set in Upstate New York. How did you choose this location?
EB: I lived in upstate New York for many years. We were in the Hudson Valley near the town of Woodstock. The many small towns in the area all contributed something to my fictional town of Oak Falls.
Kathy: What first drew you to cozy mysteries?
EB: My favorite writer is Agatha Christie. All during veterinary school I would reread her books at night before going to bed. It was interesting seeing how she spread her clues and red herrings in the story. I liked Miss Marple in particular.
Kathy: Do you write in any other genres?
EB: Yes. I’ve written and illustrated a children’s picture book which I will be submitting soon. I also like writing poetry and I’m thinking about tackling a thriller.
Kathy: Tell us about your series.
EB: My series is the Kate Turner, D.V.M. Mysteries, which mix real veterinary medicine with murder. I take the reader behind the scenes in a veterinary hospital and on hilarious house-calls. My books are packed with plenty of humor along with a challenging mystery.
Kathy: Do you have a favorite character? If so, who and why?
EB: Well, it would have to be the overworked Dr. Kate Turner, who looks a little like a young Meryl Streep. She’s smart and dedicated to her patients, someone who would be fun to hang out with.
Kathy: Did you have a specific inspiration for your series?
EB: I have so many stories after being a veterinarian in private practice for over 20 years, that I thought I would share them in fictional form.
Kathy: What made you decide to publish your work?
EB: In 2013 I entered the Poisoned Pen Discover Mystery contest and won. The prize included a publishing contract.
Kathy: If you could have a dinner party and invite 4 authors, living or dead, in any genre, who would you invite?
EB: I’d love to meet Agatha Christie, William Shakespeare, Emily Dickinson and Michael Crichton. Now – that would be a party!!
Kathy: What are you currently reading?
EB: I’m a book reviewer for Mystery Scene Magazine and just finished the new Lee Child book, Make Me. Believe it or not it is the 20th in the Jack Reacher series. On my nightstand I’ve also got the latest Mary Higgins Clark mystery and the non-fiction book, Travels, by Michael Crichton.
Kathy: Will you share any of your hobbies or interests with us?
EB: Sure. I garden, cook (especially Italian and Thai), take yoga classes and paint. I’m interested in everything. My latest fun thing was taking a glass class.
Kathy: Name 4 items you always have in your fridge or pantry.
EB: Pasta, Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Garlic. I lived in Italy for a while and love to eat and cook Italian food.
Kathy: Do you have plans for future books either in your current series or a new series?
EB: Yes, I’m busy working on the third Kate Turner mystery as we speak.
Kathy: What’s your favorite thing about being an author?
EB: The excitement and joy you feel when you’ve written something good!
by Eileen Brady
on Tour September 2015
Dr. Kate Turner is happy with her new life in Oak Falls, upstate New York. Working as a relief veterinarian at a small house-call practice, she truly enjoys helping her patients.
All that changes when client Claire Birnham is found dead, an apparent suicide. A talented artist, Claire had everything to live for: new job, Manhattan apartment, her Cairn terrier Toto. As feisty as the Wizard of Oz Toto, he and Claire were devoted. Kate can’t imagine Claire simply abandoning her pet. Was her death murder?
Questions end in the police arresting young kennel helper Eugene. The fragile friendship between Kate and police officer Luke Gianetti frays as she ignores his advice and keeps asking questions. House calls provide gossip and clues, some helpful, some not so much, as she treats her animal patients. Did Claire’s recent insurance windfall prove too tempting for her hard working and hard drinking mother? What does trouble in the art gallery where Claire worked signal? How huge a grudge did heavy metal rocker A.J. hold against high-school sweetheart Claire after she dumped him? Was Claire a threat to AJ’s rich new girl?
Dr. Kate mixes real medicine with murder as she risks her life over Claire’s death, aided by insights from a former fire investigator, aka her Gramps. Unleashed is as irresistible as Muzzled.
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Published by: Poisoned Pen Press
Publication Date: August 4th 2015
Number of Pages: 272
Series: Kate Turner, DVM #2
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Eileen Brady is a veterinarian living in Scottsdale, Arizona. She is a wife and mother of two daughters and often has to chase her six cats and two dogs away from her laptop keyboard. The Kate Turner, DVM Mysteries is her first series.