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Death by Chocolate Lab (Lucky Paws Petsitting Mystery) Kindle Edition
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I found Death by Chocolate Lab to be easy to read. I like the various dogs included in the story (can you tell I am trying to list the positive attributes first) and there are some good recipes for dog treats included at the end of the book (I will have to try them out). I enjoyed the mystery that Bethany Blake created in Death by Chocolate Lab. I do not think that many readers will guess the identity of the murderer. You will need to utilize deductive reasoning to identify the perpetrator (really think about all the people in the book). I give Death by Chocolate Lab 3 out of 5 stars. I thought that Daphne was too quirky (nicest word I can use). Daphne has a PhD in philosophy (she is also a vegetarian). It takes intelligence and time to get a doctorate degree. But the author then made her out to be a babbling idiot who cannot remember to keep gas in her car. Daphne has not managed to get her life together and lives with her sister who likes to remind her of this frequently (that she does not pay rent). She drives a 1960s era VW bus that breaks down as frequently as it runs out of gas (she puts in $5 and then drives 10 plus miles and is shocked there is no gas). The car has the worst paint job on the planet. It is supposed to depict a dog (for her business), but it looks like a horse (of course). I wish the author would have let Daphne be an intelligent, confident woman. It would have made for a more appealing story. Then there is the situation with Jonathan Black. It seems he is very handsome and Daphne cannot help but notice him. A reader is subjected to the many fine attributes of Detective Black several times throughout the novel (every single time Daphne and Black encounter each other). I like a little romance in cozy mysteries, but I do not feel the reader needs to be hit over-the-head with it (and we do not need the main character to be drooling over him). Detective Black is not the only hunky man in the book (there are two others). While Death by Chocolate Lab is not the right book for me, I believe others will enjoy the humor. The next book in the series is Dial Meow for Murder.
Daphne Templeton has a PhD in Philosophy, but owns a dog sitting/ dog walking business in her hometown, a small idyllic town in Pennsylvania called Sylvan Creek. Her sister, Piper is the local vet in the town. The own is known for a few characters owning dogs, and the main event in the book is a dog show at the farm where Piper and Daphne live. There expecting a good turnout at the event, until Steve Beamus, a local dog trainer who is as the town jerk that broke her sisters heart, is found dead on the property. When Daphne sister piper becomes the main suspect. Daphne along with her canine companion's start there own investigation, and sniffing where there noses don't belong, meddling in the case. With new to town cop Detective Jonathan Black frowning on her meddling in the case.
A treat for animal lovers--a slow, easy, and entertaining way to wile away some downtime hours and relax. The characters are flawed and likeable, and I'll be looking forward to seeing them polished up and what's in store for them in future stories. There are also numerous laugh-out-loud moments throughout the book. Little Artie, the Chihuahua, has the larger dogs charmed and in the palms of his teeny tiny paws! LOL! Pet and people recipes included.
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced copy of this book.
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