Pru Marlowe is a pet consultant -- she works walking and training dogs, giving owners advice and helping out the local vet. But more than that, she's a pet psychic, and her animal clients can communicate with her, sometimes in words, sometimes in images and feelings. Pru's newest client is a guide dog-in-training, focused completely on protecting his walker until he finds something strange in the nature preserve. It's the body of a young woman, maulled by some large animal that isn't native to the area. Pru knows her animals, and something about the attack is off, but her strained relationship with the police detective in the small town makes it difficult for Pru to know as much about the investigation as she'd like. On top of that, the guide dog seems unusally stressed and his owner is acting strange everytime the incident comes up.
This isn't the first book in the Pru Marlowe mystery series, but it is the first one I've read. It was a quick, light-hearted mystery, and wasn't difficult to follow even without reading the previous books. The mystery drew me in and I plan on picking up more from this series.