Nick Trout’s novel, The Patron Saint of Lost Dogs has it all – humour, intrigue, a touch of romance and a splash of drama. Dr Cyrus Mills has returned to his hometown after his estranged father, the beloved veterinarian Doc Cobb, dies and leaves Cyrus his veterinary practice, The Bedside Manor for Sick Animals. He takes over the practice, determined to sell it and return to his normal life back south as a veterinary pathologist. But there are a couple of obstacles, number one being Cyrus has never treated a live animal before and number two his interstate licence is currently suspended, pending a hearing.
Reluctant to reveal either his relationship to Doc Cobb or his shaky qualifications, Cyrus prepares to step up as the town’s newest veterinarian. When he discovers the practice has mountains of debt and the bank will only give him until the end of the week to come up with the first payment, things are not looking good for Cyrus. His first patient Frieda Fuzzypaws, is also his first complication, followed by a black Labrador with a penchant for swallowing underwear, an unwell Persian with a kidney problem, and a female dog named Clint. As the days pass, Cyrus becomes caught up with his patients and their owners, not to mention the pretty waitress at the diner with the unusual eyes who quotes Shakespeare to him. But someone knows more about Cyrus’ past than he is willing to share, will the truth come out and ruin everything?
Great characters, of both the two and four-legged kind. I was hooked from the first chapter.
Allen & Unwin
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