Review of The Squawking Dead by Erin Johnson

Jolene, Peter and the gang are getting ever closer to figuring out a way to nail that good for nothing Ludolf, and I can’t wait to see just how they do it.

When the owner of an animal sanctuary is found dead inside one of the cages, Jolene teams up with her hot cop boyfriend and his lie sniffing dog to catch the killer. But with rumors that the victim axed her millionaire husband, a second body, and a missing phoenix thrown in the mix, it’s turning into a zoo of a case.

On top of everything, the animals are giving her the silent treatment, and Jolene fears the sanctuary is hiding a dark secret. 

Will this cursed witch be able to find the fire bird before it combusts, and bring the truth of the murders to light? Or will Jolene get burned as the whole thing goes up in flames?

The Squawking Dead is the seventh novel in the hilarious and enchanting Magic Market paranormal cozy mystery series. If you like talking animal sidekicks, delicious riddles, and cheeky female leads, then you’ll love Erin Johnson’s enchanting tale.

Available on Amazon and via Kindle Unlimited.

Author Erin Johnson promised a Tiger King-esq read and boy did she deliver! Instead of large cats we were treated to wild and mythical animals. When the grand Night of the Phoenix party abruptly ends with the discovery of two dead bodies, Jolene and Peter are on hand to start investigating the case.

While one victim remains unidentified for quite some time, the other is quickly revealed to be sanctuary owner, Malorie Rutherford, a woman with a colourful past and one who owes her wealth to a husband who disappeared under mysterious circumstances. The suspect range includes the current husband, the zookeeper, the former zookeeper, the animal protection agency and a former stepdaughter too. Each suspect has motive and opportunity. Clues are dropped at a good pace and the red herrings make the reader doubt their conclusions.

The main mystery intersects with Jolene’s over arching series investigation into Ludolf Caterwaul, king of the shifter underworld. In this installment, Jolene gets ever closer to revealing the truly evil machinations of the man who cursed her. She knows much of the truth behind the man but discovers just how truly deep his prejudices run.

The next book in the series will be the last and promises to be a grand finale with appearances from the stars of the Spells and Caramels series. I can’t wait to ‘see’ them again and look forward to how they all bring Ludolf down.

I give The Squawking Dead 4/5 espresso shots.

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