I am so delighted today to provide a review for you at my blog stop for A Midwinter’s Tail by Bethany Blake on the Great Escapes Virtual Book Tour.
A Midwinter’s Tail (Lucky Paws Petsitting Mystery)
4th in Series
Kensington (November 27, 2018)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
Digital ASIN: B07B7C8XQY
To bark or not to bark . . .
Professional pet sitter Daphne Templeton loves the holidays in Sylvan Creek, Pennsylvania. And nothing gets her into the spirit more than the town’s annual Bark the Halls Ball. The whole community will be there to wag their tails, especially this year’s special guest—Celeste “CeeCee” French, founder of a national chain of pet care franchises, who’s returning home to announce plans for a bright new flagship store.
But not everyone’s celebrating CeeCee’s homecoming. Daphne’s friend Moxie Bloom, owner of Spa and Paw, a unique salon for people and their pets, has plenty to growl about. So when CeeCee is found face down under Sylvan Creek’s town Christmas tree, stabbed with a distinctive pair of professional-grade pet shears, suspicion lands squarely on Moxie. Despite Daphne’s promises to Detective Jonathan Black, she quickly reprises her role as amateur sleuth. Ably assisted by her basset hound sidekick, Socrates, she must hurry to prove her friend’s innocence before a killer barks again . . .
Includes recipes for homemade pet treats!
It’s Christmas time in beautiful Sylvan Creek, Pennsylvania and pet sitter Daphne Templeton is gearing up by providing lots and lots of treats for the community yearly event Bark the Halls Ball. She will be taking her basset hound Socrates and accompanied by BFF Moxie and possible romantic interest Detective Jonathan Black. It is a very pet-friendly town and she is a proud owner of storefront Lucky Paws Pet Sitting Service and Flour Power. She also has a surly black Persian named Tinkleston, whom she calls Tink.
At the annual showing of “It’s a Wonderful Life,” a successful local graduate, CeeCee French, comes back to town to make the announcement that she will open a large outlet of her pet supply franchise in town. The announcement is shocking and not met with a lot of excitement and she is later found murdered and left under the town Christmas tree. As the owner of the Spa and Paw, it is Moxie who is the first person of interest and as the well-plotted and even paced story is laid out, several others later as well all with equally plausible motives.
This is an amazingly well projected anthropomorphic narrative with Daphne frequently speaking to her animals and their obvious telegraphed responses. I’ve often looked at my own Bichon Frise and thought I knew looking into those eyes just what she was thinking and sure I knew her response as well. We’ve often commented, she may not speak English, but she certainly has no problem communicating. In this case, Daphne certainly had a dog whispering touch with those animals left in her care.
I enjoyed the well-developed characters and although this is apparently the fourth in the series had no problem following the protagonist or the support characters. Also noted the many cliffhanging chapter endings, necessitating the reader jump to the next chapter. I did, however, have a small problem with Moxie and Sebastian, her white rat allowed a bit too much freedom. Additionally, I am not usually a fan of romantic tension in a well-executed mystery.
I received this ebook download from the publisher and NetGalley for a book tour and greatly appreciated the opportunity to read and review what appears to be a delightful cozy mystery series with some engaging characters. Recommended for the younger set who enjoy a cozy mystery they’ll have to work to solve and then may not guess correctly.
Bethany Blake lives in a small, quaint town in Pennsylvania with her husband and three daughters. When she’s not writing or riding horses, she’s wrangling a menagerie of furry family members that includes a nervous pit bull, a fearsome feline, a blind goldfish, and an attack cardinal named Robert. Like Daphne Templeton, the heroine of her Lucky Paws Mysteries, Bethany holds a Ph.D. and operates a pet sitting business called Barkley’s Premium Pet Care.
Thank you for visiting my stop on the tour and please visit the other stops listed below!
November 26 – Island Confidential – SPOTLIGHT
November 26 – Reading Is My SuperPower – REVIEW, GIVEAWAY
November 26 – A Wytch’s Book Review Blog – CHARACTER INTERVIEW
November 27 – Here’s How It Happened – CHARACTER GUEST POST
November 27 – Brooke Blogs – SPOTLIGHT, GIVEAWAY
November 27 – Cozy Up With Kathy – GUEST POST
November 28 – A Blue Million Books – AUTHOR INTERVIEW
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November 29 – Laura’s Interests – REVIEW
November 29 – Mystery Thrillers and Romantic Suspense Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
November 29 – View from the Birdhouse – REVIEW
November 30 – StoreyBook Reviews – GUEST POST
November 30 – Babs Book Bistro – SPOTLIGHT, RECIPE, GIVEAWAY
November 30 – MJB Reviewers – REVIEW, AUTHOR INTERVIEW, GIVEAWAY
December 1 – My Devotional Thoughts – REVIEW
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December 3 – Carla Loves to Read – REVIEW
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December 4 – I’m All About Books – SPOTLIGHT
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December 5 – Sneaky the Library Cat’s Blog – CHARACTER INTERVIEW
Thanks to Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours for the opportunity to read and review this cozy mystery!
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