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When is a murder not a murder find out in A Deadly Tail

A Deadly Tail: A Whiskey, Tango & Foxtrot Mystery

by Dixie Lyle

St Martin’s Press

Mystery & Thrillers

Pub Date: February 2, 2016


When is a murder not a murder?

Readers will find the answer in Dixie Lyle’s newest Whiskey, Tango, & Foxtrot mystery, A Deadly Tail. These paranormal mysteries are delightfully whimsical, filled with remarkable animals, eccentric humans, and “Foxtrot”, a woman whose job is to efficiently manage anything and everything that arises. For Foxtrot, the unexpected and the unusual are an everyday occurrence. Apart from her job managing Z’s estate, Foxtrot is responsible for ensuring all is well at the animal crossroads.

Her two companions, Whiskey and Tango are a trip. Whiskey is able to transform himself into just about any dog breed that has ever existed, and Tango, her cat, is able to speak the language of every animal alive. Their unique talents come in handy, as does their perceptive commentary.

A few of the wonderful and exciting things you can expect to encounter in A Deadly Tail

  1. Tango directing her own motion picture with an amazing array of spectral animals

  2. A zombie movie in the making, pitting Sherlock Holmes against a shambling Moriarty

  3. Special effects and an unusual and complicated murder plot

  4. The ultimate game of lawn billiards

  5. Spectral animal celebrities, and yes once again a Cat directing her own movie - definitely worth mentioning more than once

I absolutely adored A Deadly Tail - so much that I read it in pieces just to make it last longer. As I read, I frequently singled out phrases and paragraphs to share with my husband, who loves animals as much as I do. While both Whiskey and Tango are able to communicate telepathically with Foxtrot, they retain the qualities that make them unique as animals. The good-natured cat vs dog competition is fun to watch. I loved the part where Foxtrot is talking Tango down from a catnip trip, and the whole movie making experience with Tango at the head - simply amazing. Dixie Lyle imparts a great deal of humor to her writing, and she frequently uses just the right turn of phrase to turn giggles into bellows of laughter.

If you love animals, paranormal mysteries with a heavy dose of humor, or both, you will love Dixie Lyle’s newest mystery A Deadly Tail.


I received a copy of A Deadly Tail from St Martin’s Press in exchange for an honest review.



Deirdre "Foxtrot" Lancaster returns-with her otherworldly animal companions Whiskey and Tango-to shine a light on the dark side of fame...

Foxtrot has seen a lot of strange things as assistant to billionaire Zelda Zoransky at her wacky mansion. And that includes her telepathic cat Tango and ectoplasmic pooch Whiskey. So it's no surprise to find a horde of zombies lurching across the lawn-even if they are just actors in a horror movie that's filming on the mansion grounds. The special effects look pretty convincing. But all that fake blood doesn't fool Whiskey, who quickly sniffs out the truth: one of those corpses is real...


Before you can say, "Lights, camera, murder," Foxtrot and her furry partners-in-crime-solving are caught up in the drama of who-killed-who...and why. With a crazy cast of characters including a neurotic director, a star-hungry diva-even with an appearance by Lassie's ghost-it's bound to have one hell of a twist ending. But first, Foxtrot and her supernatural sidekicks have to find a killer amongst them-before the whole case is a the next Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot novel from Dixie Lyle.


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