Foul Play by Janet Evanovich is a standalone novel that was written under the pen name Steffie Hall.
This book was released in 1989 and was one of her earliest novels.
Foul Play book description
When Amy Klasse loses her TV job to a dancing chicken, handsome veterinarian Jake Elliott rescues her with an offer to be his receptionist.
Jake just can’t resist a damsel in distress, and Amy certainly doesn’t mind Jake’s charming sincerity.
Then suddenly the job-stealing chicken disappears and Amy is suspected of foul play. Amy and Jake search for clues to prove her innocence.
But will Jake be able to prove to Amy that love, too, is a mystery worth solving?