A new receptionist. A mysterious death. A talking cat. A haunting. A village in disguise with dark secrets.
The Woodend Cottage Hotel has stood at the end of Millerfield Village, Kent, for as long as anyone remembers. Miss Laura Howcroft has been receptionist for only three months. The naturally suspicious villagers eye her with suspicion as a “foreigner”. Fortunately, the villagers don't know just how unusual Laura is.
While in every other respect she is an ordinary, if beautiful, receptionist, she has an extra-special ability: she can talk to animals. Especially Monty, her cat. And she can understand what they say back.
When small items start going missing from the hotel, the cook pleads insanity and Farmer Hogarth takes a funny turn, level-headed Laura is the first person anyone asks for help. Laura tends to treat the village goings-on with humor. But then a visitor from London is found dead, and she must take it seriously.
Then, the finger of suspicion points at her, and she must do something to clear her name.
Braving dangerous threats, ghostly sightings and stale apple pie, Laura delves into the dark side of village life. By her side is Howard Lucas, a gentle and soft-spoken doctor with a black-belt in karate, and the indomitable Monty.<br style="color: #333333; font-family: Arial, sans-s