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!
A Midwinter's Tail is a cozy mystery set in a small town in Pennsylvania. Daphne Templeton has a pet sitting business and a reputation for solving mysteries. When one of her old high school classmates returns and ends up dead, Daphne becomes involved in solving the mystery.
This is my first read in the Lucky Paws Petsitting Mystery series. I have been missing a really fun series! I've put the other books on my reading list at Goodreads. After a chapter or so, I felt caught up with the characters and enjoyed this novel as a standalone read.
There was so much that I particularly enjoyed about A Midwinter's Tail:
The author, Bethany Blake, loves animals and does such a great job writing about them. A Midwinter's Tail features a basset hound, a spoiled poodle, a cat, a playful chihuahua, a lab, a naughty pug, and a pet rat. The animals in this book absolutely stole the show for me -- great fun!
There is a wonderful small town setting. Sylvan Creek, Pennsylvania was depicted in detail and was such a cozy small town.
There was a fun romantic triangle. Daphne has two single men interested in her -- police detective Jonathan and small town newspaper writer Gabriel. I enjoyed seeing this triangle play out.
There is an emphasis on friends and even a flashback to their high school years. Since much of the storyline involves the murder of CeeCee, who returns to Sylvan Creek after many years away, part of Daphne's detection involves researching old high school yearbooks.
A Midwinter's Tail is such an enjoyable cozy holiday mystery. I recommend it highly to other cozy fans, and especially to anyone who loves pets.
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.
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I received a copy of this book from Netgalley and Great Escapes Book Tours.