Friday, July 19, 2019

Book Review and Giveaway - Summer Snoops Unleashed: 14 Furr-ocious Mysteries and Cozy Crimes by Judith Lucci, Anna Celeste Burke, Colleen Mooney, Fiona Quinn, Maria Grazia Swan, Kelly Hashway, Kim Hunt Harris, Susan Boles, Lisa B. Thomas, Emily Selby, Ava Mallory, Chelsea Thomas, Sam Cheever, and Joanna Campbell Slan

Book Synopsis
Summertime Murders are RUFF -- ALL BRAND NEW STORIES! 

Looking for cool cozies for hot summer days? Then you’ll love this purr-fectly paw-some cozy mystery boxed set from fourteen USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and Amazon best-selling authors.We’ve pulled out all the stops with Summer Snoops Unleashed! Enjoy hours of fun sniffing out clues on sandy beaches, shimmering waterways, and at small-town celebrations in these brand-new stories full of wily sleuths, cagey plots, and un-fur-gettable tails!Fetch your copy now to get these furr-ocious new cozy mysteries and woof it up with us!

They’re howlingly good reads!


My Review 

Summer Snoops Unleashed is a cozy mystery anthology.  There are 14 short animal theme cozy mysteries included, by authors Judith Lucci,  Anna Celeste Burke,  Colleen Mooney, Fiona Quinn, Maria Grazia Swan,  Kelly Hashway, Kim Hunt Harris, Susan Boles, Lisa B. Thomas, Emily Selby, Ava Mallory, Chelsea Thomas, Sam Cheever, and Joanna Campbell Slan.  The mysteries are short -- novella to short novel length.


I am reviewing the first mystery in the collection, The Most Glittery Crime of The Year - The Jewel Heist.  It is An Artzy Chicks Mystery (Book 1) by Judith Lucci.  This mystery takes place in the Shenandoah Valley.  Lily works at the Artisans Gallery in a restored 1700's log cabin.  The Gallery is also home to a possum, a yellow lab, and a calico cat.  The ladies who work at the gallery are all pet people, and Lily also has four little Shih Tzu dogs at home.


When an ornery customer from the gallery turns up dead, Lily becomes involved in trying to solve the mystery.  There is another murder and word of an old, unsolved crime -- a jewel heist from the 1930's.


The mystery is a fast paced read, with charming place descriptions (I would love to visit the gallery!) and some witty dialogue.  For example, Lily describes one of her friends who works at the gallery:  "Nobody should ever want to mess with the Diva.  There's nothing worse than a Yankee woman who wants to be a Southern belle" (Kindle location 1859).


The mystery was suspenseful.  I guessed the killer, but enjoyed reading the denouement.  I loved that one of the gallery pets even helped as the mystery unraveled.


This is a fun collection and I think other animal lovers will enjoy it as well!   Nice for a summer read with lots of mystery stories included!

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