If you tend to talk to the animals you encounter before the people with them, Bethany Blake and her Lucky Paws Petsitting Mystery series is just for you – full of creatures with big personalities and a dash of murder, please read on for my review of
Death by Chocolate Lab
Opening during a walk with Axis, Artie, MacDuff, Iago, Hamlet, Socrates and their person Daphne introduce us to the story. See Daphne lives with her veterinarian sister Piper as she tries to get her business off the ground Fully grounded in her animals, if a touch out there for humans, Daphne’s degree is in Philosophy, which while great fodder for stories and unique thinking doesn’t necessarily pay the bills out of an academic setting. Laden with personality – the dogs steal the show and provide a clever bit of humor and ‘only a dog person’ could understand. While Daphne has her mind on the business end of things, Piper’s practice is solid, but her love life is in shambles, even though she is trying to keep a civil working relationship with her ex Steve, a K-9 trainer in town. But, when Steve is found dead, the clearest suspect for detective Jonathan Black is Piper, and Steve’s dog Axis, a chocolate lab is missing.
Poor Daphne – she knows that her sister didn’t kill Steve, but poor Axis is out there, somewhere, alone and she presumes scared, and perhaps he can help her find the real culprit.
Early on, the book was quick reading and clever, jumping nicely from one scene to the next with plenty of doggie hijinx in the mis. While slowing and dragging a bit after that, the story is clever and twists aplenty even as I often wished for more answers sooner without so many twists. Still, this was a wonderful story that is sure to please animal lovers, and shows great promise for future installments.
Title: Death by Chocolate Lab
Author: Bethany Blake
Series: Lucky Paws Petsitting Mystery #1
Also in this series: A Midwinter's Tail
Genre: Animals, Contemporary Cozy Mystery, Recipes
Published by: Kensington
Published on: 28 February 2017
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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Pet sitter Daphne Templeton has a soft spot for every stray and misfit who wanders into the quaint, lakeside village of Sylvan Creek. But even Daphne doesn’t like arrogant, womanizing Steve Beamus, the controversial owner of Blue Ribbon K-9 Academy. When Steve turns up dead during a dog agility trial, Daphne can think of a long list of people with motives for homicide, and so can the police. Unfortunately, at the top of the list is Daphne’s sister, Piper—Steve’s latest wronged girlfriend.
Certain that Piper is innocent, in spite of mounting evidence to the contrary, Daphne sets out to clear her sister’s name—and find Axis, Steve’s prize-winning chocolate Labrador, who went missing the night of Steve’s death. Aided by Socrates, her taciturn basset hound, and a hyperactive one-eared Chihuahua named Artie, Daphne quickly runs afoul of Detective Jonathan Black, a handsome and enigmatic newcomer to town, who has no appreciation for Daphne’s unorthodox sleuthing.
Can a free-spirited pet sitter, armed only with a Ph.D. in Philosophy and her two incompatible dogs, find the real killer before she becomes the next victim?
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.