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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Death by Chocolate Lab

Death By Chocolate Lab
by Bethany Blake

Death by Chocolate Lab (Lucky Paws Petsitting Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
New Series
Kensington (February 28, 2017)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1496707383

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?
Includes recipes for homemade dog treats!

What I Thought:

This was a good start to a new series.  I enjoyed meeting Daphne, who is a laid-back pet sitter, and her sister Piper, who is veterinarian and more serious than Daphne.  This was also set in a great location.  The story started off interesting and it just kept getting more interesting as it went along.  The writing was superb, therefore, the story flowed really well.  There was not a shortage of suspects in this mystery, in fact it was hard to narrow down who actually committed the crime.  Daphne, of course has to get involved to help clear her sisters name. Then there ends up being two murders to solve, so Daphne really has her work cut out for her.  I hope to enjoy more in this series in the future.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. 

About The Author

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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  1. Death by Chocolate Lab sounds like a wonderful book! I would love to win a copy. Thanks for featuring it and Bethany Blake on your blog!

  2. This looks like another new author for me to read. Thanks for the intr