Bethany Blake returns to the blog today with the fourth in her Lucky Paws Petsitting Mystery series, narrated by Elise Arsenault
A Midwinter’s Tail
It’s been a few books span between my read of the first in this series and this title, and Daphne has built her Lucky Paws Petsitting into a thriving business in the pet-indulgent town of Sylvan Creek. The little town has several pet-centric businesses and events, and they are currently gearing up for the Bark the Halls Ball where everyone (man and beastie) will be decked out in their finest attire and dance the night away. This year plans to be even more special than usual as former resident Celeste French is returning to visit having made a big national name with her pet care franchises. But word leaks out that Sylvan Creek just may be her next new site, and people aren’t happy as her national store would increase traffic and notice, but more than likely take trade from the many pet-themed businesses in town already.
Soon, discussion moves from the potential of a national big-box chain in town to ‘who did it’ as Celeste is found murdered and left under the town’s Christmas tree, discovered by Daphne and her current ‘flame’ Jonathan, a detective. Stabbed through the heart with a pair of shears, shears that seem to match a pair stolen from the Spa and Paw, a local groomer owned by Daphne’s friend Moxie. Daphne is warned off the case by Jonathan, but she’s intrigued, she keeps finding clues left at her feet, and just how does anyone expect her to not puzzle things out, particularly when she knows her friend Moxie is innocent, yet still a suspect? Of course, Socrates is always there to listen and provide his feedback, mostly consisting of adoring looks, a solid warm body to cuddle with and a sympathetic ear – how could Daphne not talk things over with him. And that is everything – from the day’s scenedule to her moving at a snail’s pace relationship, to this latest mystery. Full of twists, a couple of red herrings and always the pets – new dogs to meet, old ones to renew the relationship and everyone in the story caring for, if not catering to, their pets.
Narration for this story is provided by Elise Arsenault, I seem to encounter her work with the ‘animal-involved’ tales. Here she presented a voice and speaking style for Daphne that felt appropriate and was nuanced with emotion, with tone and volume adjustments that fit the events. Her ability to provide distinct voices for the characters as well as allow the story to take center stage helped to keep me engaged and following along with the story.
Stars: Overall 4 Narration 4 Story 4
Title: A Midwinter's Tail
Author: Bethany Blake
Series: Lucky Paws Petsitting Mystery #4
Also in this series: Death by Chocolate Lab
Genre: Contemporary Cozy Mystery, Small Town
Narrator: Elise Arsenault
Published by: Kensington, Tantor Audio
Published on: 28 February, 2019
Source: Tantor Audio
Audio Length: 10 Hours: 10 minutes
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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 . . .
A copy of this title was provided via Tantor Audio for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.