to die fur book coverReviewed by Caleb Shadis

To Die Fur is the second book in the Whiskey Tango Foxtrot Mystery series.  As the name suggests there is a lot of silliness that goes on. Whiskey is an ectoplasmic ghost dog that can switch to different breeds and has access to an encyclopedia worth of smells he can identify. Tango is a reincarnated cat and “pet” of Foxtrot. Foxtrot is the personal assistant to Zelda “ZZ”  Zoransky, a slightly eccentric billionaire.

In this book ZZ is given custody of a large white liger–the only one in existence and a truly magnificent specimen. What ZZ is planning on doing is finding a new home for Augustus the liger. She has vetted several different candidates and invited them all to her place to hear their proposals.

Half the guests turn out to be something other than what they claimed. Some were a little more honest about their identities than others. The first night with everyone in residence the liger is poisoned. The rest of the book is spent trying to find who was responsible, at least on the mortal side of the equation.

Augustus turned into a ghost and Foxtrot gets to work her other “job”. She can see animal ghosts and ZZ’s property butts up to one of the largest pet cemeteries, which also home to spiritual crossroads for dead pets and their owners–or something like that. Foxtrot gets to help keep things running smoothly and is a bit of a fixer for the dead as well. In this case Augustus has caused two deities to appear at the crossroads, both claiming his soul belongs in their afterlife. These deities can cause many problems for the crossroads, and maybe even destroy them if things get out of hand.

This was a humorous book and it was a lot of fun. I gave it four stars but I did round up a bit. I didn’t think it was a great book but it was very entertaining and a very fast read which weighed much in its favor. Sooner or later I will find the first book and read that as well. Some of the best parts were Whiskey (dog) and Tango (cat) discussing things back and forth and shooting witty remarks at each others’ expense. If the book tried to take itself more seriously I’d find it too much of a Mary Sue, but as it is, it was a lot fun.

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Caleb is a software engineer and amateur woodworker living in southern Minnesota. He has more hobbies than he has time or money for, and enjoys his quiet time reading.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Macmillan. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.