In this second installment of Jacqueline Vick’s Pet Psychic series, Frankie Chandler’s flaky Aunt Gertrude becomes the prime suspect after the newly appointed (and newly dead) Blue-Ribbon Queen turns out to be Auntie’s former rival in love and baking. Does a cranky cockatoo hold the key?
Frankie Chandler is feeling frazzled. Ever since the night she lost her ability to communicate with animals (and wound up reading the minds of two potential dates), things have gone downhill. Clients aren’t flocking to her new animal behavior business, and her love life is as dry as the Arizona desert. To top it off, Frankie’s assertive Aunt Gertrude is in town to attend the premiere of Blue Ribbon Babes, the Baking Channel’s latest show. When Frankie and Auntie stumble over the body of the newly appointed Blue Ribbon Queen, the police suspect that Auntie knows more about the victim than she’s admitting. The only witness to the murder is an unfriendly cockatoo that’s obsessed with cats. Frankie scrambles to revive her talent for talking to animals before the police arrest Aunt Gertrude, but the more she find out about the victim, the more she wonders if Auntie is guilty.