Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Horse of a Different Killer {+Giveaway}

Horse of a Different Killer by Laura MorriganIt’s a pleasure to welcome author Laura Morrigan to Thoughts in Progress today to talk about her new release, HORSE OF A DIFFERENT KILLER, and cute animals.

Laura’s latest release is the third installment in her Call of the Wilde Mystery series. With a protagonist that is an animal behaviorist, Laura joins us today to talk about cute animals. In addition, thanks to Laura and the delightful Danielle at Penguin Group, I have a print copy of HORSE OF A DIFFERENT KILLER to giveaway. Please see the end of the post for more details.

Please join me in giving Laura a warm welcome to Thoughts as she tells us about five adorable animals.

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Laura, thanks for visiting with us today and sharing this look at those cute animals. I’ve not heard of these before so it fun learning about them.

Now for those who aren’t familiar with Laura, here’s a brief background on her.

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. For more on Laura and her writing, visit her website and connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Here’s a description of HORSE OF A DIFFERENT KILLER:

Animal behaviorist Grace Wilde’s psychic ability gives her insight into the minds of all kinds of creatures. If only humans were as easy to read…
        Dead men may tell no tales, but they can screw up your life with a few phone calls. Grace’s abusive ex-brother-in-law, Anthony Ortega, needs her help—at least that’s what he said on the messages he left before his sudden death. Grace is inclined to let the matter rest in peace, but when her sister is named a suspect, Grace decides to get to the bottom of the cryptic calls.
        Her only lead is Ortega’s fiancée, who believes that he had arranged to surprise her with the purchase of a Frisian gelding named Heart. The horse was being stabled at the R-n-R Ranch—but was taken in the middle of the night. Now, with her sister in trouble and a missing horse on her hands, Grace hopes the information harnessed from her psychic skills will be enough to rein in the killer…
Now for my thoughts on this fun new cozy….

Stories involving animals quickly draw me in and author Laura Morrigan’s HORSE OF A DIFFERENT KILLER is a good example of just such a tale.

Morrigan’s protagonist, Grace Wilde, has a deep connection with animals. The author conveys that respect and love Grace feels through her writing so the reader also feels it. While you don’t have to be an animal lover to enjoy this book (and series), those who appreciate animals will feel the connection.

The characters are charming and likable. The secondary characters enhance the story and form an interesting group of friends for Grace.

Moving at a good pace, HORSE OF A DIFFERENT KILLER is an intriguing mystery that will hold you spellbound as you follow this unwavering amateur sleuth on her journey to find a killer.

Horse of a Different Killer by Laura Morrigan, Call of the Wilde Mystery Book #3, Berkley (Prime Crime), @2015, ISBN: 978-0425257210, Mas Market Paperback, 304 Pages 

FTC Full Disclosure – A copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. The thoughts are completely my own and given honestly and freely.


This giveaway is for one print copy of HORSE OF A DIFFERENT KILLER. The giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end at 12 a.m. on Thursday, March 26. 

To enter, just click on the Rafflecopter widget below and following the instructions. The widget may take a few seconds to load, so please be patient. The winner from this giveaway will have 72 hours to respond after being contacted or another winner will be selected. The email will have ‘Thoughts in Progress Laura Morrigan’s Tour’ in the subject line, just so you know what to watch for (in case it goes into your spam folder).

I appreciate you stopping by today during Laura’s visit. Do you sometimes you can talk to your pets and understand what’s going on with them?

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  1. The raccoon dog was new to me, but I knew the others.
    Animal obsessed is a fair description of me.
    And yes, if only people were as easy to read...
    Horse of a Different Kiler sounds fascinating. Thank you for yet another introduction to a book I would love to read.

  2. Sounds like an intriguing read—thanks for the chance to win a copy!

    skkorman AT bellsouth DOT net

  3. Must be the ten year old in me that finds the name dik-dik amusing. It really is tiny though.
    Good setting for the series.
    And both cats and dogs on the cover. Well done.

  4. An animal behaviorist is a really interesting idea for a protagonist! Thanks for sharing this, Mason.

  5. i like the animal behaviorist character in this book; thanks for the chance to win

  6. They are all really cute. I love animals and the book sounds great.

  7. These animals are the cutest ever. My daughter likes the genets. She has seen them before wants one. I like the dik dik he is adorable. The character in this book sounds interesting. Thank you for the chance to win.

  8. Great idea for a character. Cut animal pictures.

  9. Laura, thanks again for visiting with us. Including animals in a story is also a plus for me. Wishing you much success.

    Hi, all. Thanks ever so much for stopping by today. Good luck to those entering the giveaway. :)

  10. That is seriously the cutest title and looks like a great read. And yes, the animals are darling.

  11. I no longer have any pets, but my last pet was my cat Opie, and he and I had a very deep connection.

    lag110 at mchsi dot com

  12. Those animals are beyond cute. They are charming. Especially the Dik-dik. It looks like a fairytale creature. This series also sounds so interesting.

  13. Cozies with animal - what could be better?

  14. Thank you so much for having me, Mason! And good luck to the entrants.
    Woof-woof- Meow!

  15. Thank you so much for having me, Mason! And good luck to the entrants.
    Woof-woof- Meow!

  16. This cozy is wonderful, unique and very special. Animals are sweethearts. thanks. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  17. Definitely cute overload, I love the flying squirrel, and yes I talk to my pets all the time and my cats actually meow back at me like we are having a conversation (I have no idea what we are talking about and I really don't know if I want to know or not, LOL) I think the more you talk to them more personality pops out.

  18. I knew of a couple of those animals by name but wouldn't have recognized their pictures.

    I'm not very crafty so a lot of "cozy" themes don't do much for me, but animals? Oh yeah, I'm drawn right in.

  19. I never have heard of a racoon dog before! Good to have an author and cozy character so interested in animals. Thank you for the chance.

  20. I most definitely talk to my pets and the parrot talks back. Bobbipad at gmail dot com

  21. your covers are great,, but i love, love, love, this one!

  22. Good book to add to the reading list.

  23. I definitely talk to my pets. However, I have cats and they pretty much ignore me.

  24. a definite 'must-read' for me!!
    thank you for the giveaway......

  25. I talk to my dogs all the time. They are pretty demanding


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