Talk to the Hoof

A Kallie Collins Cozy Mystery

Fiction - Mystery - Sleuth
182 Pages
Reviewed on 11/29/2020
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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

Talk to the Hoof: A Kallie Collins Cozy Mystery, Book 2 is a sleuth murder mystery novel written by Lisa Shay. Kallie and her two best friends, Gracie and Sam, had had enough of murder investigations. Granted they did all love a mystery, but the last one came with repercussions that hit a little too close to home. Sleuthing was the last thing on their minds when Gracie called Kallie with the invitation for an afternoon’s horseback ride with Sam and her new love interest, Mike. Kallie’s gift for communicating with animals held her in good stead as a vet and had been instrumental in her assisting the police with an investigation, but she was at the stables for a ride, nothing more. That was until she met Ravi, a bay mare whose troubled eyes had immediately drawn her attention. The resulting vision of a terrified woman running desperately from a shadowy figure whose voice was filled with rage was an unforgettable one. When she told her friends about it, they were dismayed at the thought of another investigation but adamant that she let her contact at the police department know something was up.

Lisa Shay’s Talk to the Hoof is a marvelous romp that will especially appeal to animal lovers as Kallie’s gift for communicating with furry companions is a major focus of the story. While this is the second book in her Kallie Collins Cozy Mystery series, the author provides sufficient background information for it to be enjoyed as a standalone, while not giving out spoilers for those who will want to backtrack to Book 1. Her characters are finely honed and seeing Kallie and her friends work as a team is grand fun. Shay provides plenty of thought-provoking moments and red herrings for armchair sleuths to mull over as they read her book. Talk to the Hoof is well-written and fast-paced, and well worth checking out. It’s most highly recommended.

Edith Wairimu

In Talk to the Hoof: A Kallie Collins Cozy Mystery, Lisa Shay develops a captivating mystery involving the disappearance of a woman and the discovery of a dead body. Kallie Collins is a veterinarian with a special skill. Her ability to communicate with animals previously helped solve another mystery. While on a horse-riding trip, Kallie receives a petrifying vision from one of the horses in the stable that shows a woman screaming as she runs from her attacker, whose heavy steps follow close behind her. After getting involved in the last mystery which almost turned tragic, her two best friends are reluctant to join her on this one. When a dead body is found and the list of suspects keeps growing, Kallie knows she has to help in the investigation.

In Talk to the Hoof, Kallie’s supernatural ability adds a fascinating strand to the plot. As other people in the area know about her ability, this makes things even more complicated for her. Apart from the main story, the plot also covers Kallie's and her friends’ personal lives, presenting them as real characters with other things going on in their lives. The book’s turns are unpredictable as the suspects keep changing. It is made more suspenseful by Kallie’s chilling visions which reveal the presence of a dangerous murderer who is careful in covering their tracks. The book is fast-paced. In every chapter, something happens or a new revelation is made which kept me engaged. Talk to the Hoof by Lisa Shay is a thrilling mystery with many unforeseen turns and a determined heroine.

Lisa McCombs

Dr. Kallie Collins is not the average veterinarian. Sure, she loves animals. That’s the biggest reason she does what she does. And animals love her. Just not always for the expected reasons. Kallie is a living, breathing Dr. Doolittle in her ability to talk to the animals when they are in need of expressing themselves to human counterparts. In Talk to the Hoof, Kallie Collins finds herself involved in a murder mystery that could possibly rob her of her own life. With help from her faithful companion, corgi mix Ariel, and human female friends Grace and Samantha, Kallie embarks on solving the disappearance of a fellow horse lover as well as the murder of a man who knew too much. As Kallie uses her superhuman sleuthing skills to gain the trust of two key witnesses, that happen to be thoroughbred horses, she is forced up against a brick wall more than once.

Talk to the Hoof: A Kallie Collins Cozy Mystery Novel, Book Two by Lisa Shay is a unique take on the cozy mystery genre. With enough humor to surprise the reader and the prospect of love for the hopeful romantic, this is comfort food for any reader. Author Lisa Shay effortlessly weaves a fun story that addresses themes across the genre. By incorporating strong friendships with solid story characters, Shay creates a get-away for any occasion. Believable narration and convincing dialogue keep the plot moving and the action suspenseful. I’m anxious to read the next installment in this cozy mystery series.