||Port Town Publishing
||Feb 1 2002
Port Town Pubishing
Port Town Publishing
VetCop is a hilarious romantic suspense. A veterinarian is sucked into a murder investigation surrounding a mynah bird and a beautiful scientist from M.I.T.
Veterinarian Paul Conner lived a simple life--until the day Detective George Christensen called with a very puzzling problem. He needed Paul's help--for what? To catch a mynah bird named Treasure and to solve a murder.
To complicate matters, into Paul's life walks Dr. Veronica Mason, a researcher from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is beautiful, smart, and witty, and she knows a heck of a lot more about mynah birds than Paul does. In fact, she trained Treasure to actually communicate with humans and her DNA altered offspring--if they can just find the stolen eggs--promise to be even more intelligent.
A rollicking tale of suspense, love, and intrigue, mingled with a delightfui humor, VetCop takes the reader from the eastern coast of the U.S. to the untouched beauty of the New Frontier.
I was barely a year out of school and a junior partner in a promising veterinary clinic when I finally asked my girlfriend to marry me. A year later, she was dead.
Now, Fate had dumped a beautiful doctor into my ho-hum life. She was cute, shapely--oh, yes, definitely shapely--and, most important, she was actually friendly. She was the first woman to make my blood boil in ten long years--and she did it in the first ten seconds."
A delightful, humorous romance combined with real page-turning suspense, VET COP is a real keeper! I loved it!
--Linda Morelli, author of the historical romance, FIERY SURRENDER
Gotta Write Network
When Mark and Susan Baker and Mark's mother, Martha, are stabbed to death in their home, the police realize that robbery wasn't the motive. It was the guest they were after, a very valuable mynah bird named Treasure.
Veterinarian Paul Conner was operating on a pet warthog when Detective George Christensen called for his assistance. Conner, having treated Christensen's Akita, was the only man he could trust to go to the scene of the murder, recover the mynah bird and see to its safety. After earning Treasure's trust, Conner takes the bird home with him. When he returns from an emergency house call, he learns that someone made a second attempt to steal Treasure. She is alive, but afraid. Now Conner wants to know what he's up against. Who wants the bird and doesn't care who he has to kill to retrieve it? Because he's entitled to know why his life is in danger, Detective Christensen tells him that Treasure was in the custody of a M.I.T. researcher. She was stolen three days ago, but escaped her kidnappers. M.I.T. reps were able to track her down to Martha's home in Brewster, Massachusetts because of a device planted under her skin. Someone may have been paid to steal the bird because she! was of prime egg-laying age. Apparently, a feature article about the bird landing in Franklin's backyard drew the attention of the kidnappers, telling them exactly where to locate her. Not wanting to be identified, they killed the family.
When Veronia Mason, a researcher from M.I.T. shows up on Conner's doorstep he's instantly attracted to her, yet painfully reminded of his first wife's death. Feeling that Treasure is no longer safe in Conner's clinic/home, they head out to her parents' home in Woodstock, Vermont. Veronica's mother and Officer Brent Michaels, who was sent by Christensen, immediately greet them. A dangerous request is then made for Conner and Mason to take part in a sting operation at an animal warehouse. Will it insure that the animals bred for pet shops are adequately cared for? That exotic animals won't be sold illegally? Will Treasure ever be safe? With all the danger at every twist and turn, can two people fall in love and have a life together? Will Conner's interest lead to a new career in law enforcement? Read the book and find out.
VETCOP centers briefly on increasing animal intelligence. Though this book is considered a contemporary romantic suspense, I was hungry for more information on the scientific nature of such research. The cutting back and forth from Massachusetts to Conner's father's home in Alaska was a bit distracting. All in all, the storyline draws you into poor Treasure's struggle to survive and Conner's own decision to go on with his life. Secondary characters add to the charm of the book, but have little effect on the outcome of the story. They were there for moral support. Had I room for Treasure in my home filled with pets, I would have put out the "welcome" sign.
All About Murder.com
Paul Conner is a veterinarian who enjoyed his animal contacts, until Detective George Christensen called and asked for his help. Why Paul, what could he do to solve a murder case? To catch a mynah bird named Treasure. Why was Treasure such a special bird? To make matters worse Paul meets Dr. Veronica Mason, a beautiful, smart, witty single researcher from M.I.T, who has more knowledge about mynah birds than Paul could ever imagine. Veronica or “Ronnie” as she liked to be called had trained Treasure to talk with humans and her DNA altered offspring if they could find the stolen eggs?
VetCop is a good easy reading mystery. Donna Conger makes you feel as if you are Paul Conner with such great attention to description and detail.
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