The Tail Waggin’ Winterfest is the highlight of the season in the famously pet-friendly Pocono Mountains town of Sylvan Creek. But despite attractions like an ice sculpture display, a dogsled race, and gourmet hot chocolate, Daphne Templeton finds herself annoyed by TV producer Lauren Savidge, who’s filming the festivities. She’s critical, controlling, and as chilly as the January air. Daphne would like to tell her to go jump in a lake–and as a matter of fact, that’s exactly what they’re both going to do . . .
It’s the first-ever polar bear plunge in Lake Wallapawakee, and Daphne and Lauren are among the eighty or so people who charge into the frigid water to raise funds for animals in need. Daphne makes it back to shore–with the help of a mysterious St. Bernard–but Lauren is dragged out stone cold dead. Now, with her trusty basset hound Socrates at her side, Daphne intends to assist Detective Jonathan Black in his investigation–whether he wants her to or not…
Includes recipes for homemade pet treats!
SERIES: Lucky Paws Petsitting Mystery #3
GENRE: Cozy Mystery
RELEASE DATE: February 27, 2018
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Pawprints and Predicaments is full of humor, delightful pets (especially the dogs) and a great plot!
You will find yourself chuckling often throughout this read. At the vivid personalities that Bethany Blake gives the animals (Artie the one-eared Chihuahua and Socrates the basset hound slay me). At Daphne’s eccentrically endearing personality (she was banned from Kenya & accidentally took Krav Maga classes in Israel). And just at the witty way in which the author weaves her words – wry & sometimes a little bit snarky.
I gotta admit that I thought I had it figured out right from the beginning. Nope. Not even close. Blake constructs the mystery in such a way that you anticipate the predictability, are even fine with it because the story is so delightful… and then you’re pleasantly surprised by the actual unpredictability of the story when all is said and done.
Bottom Line: If you have ever insisted your dog was laughing at you, tried to force his appalled self into a cute doggy sweater and/or talked to him like he was human, then Pawprints and Predicaments by Bethany Blake is right up your alley! A dash of romantic possibilities (#teamJonathan), loads of quirky humor, and a well-plotted murder mystery round out the tale. A great choice for fans of cozy mysteries, clean reads and dogs!
(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)
My Rating: 4 stars / love it!
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.
There are three things I love: Eating. Telling and reading stories. Eating some more. Snuggling with my dog. And laughing.
Okay, maybe that’s more than three. But the thing I want to focus on today is my love of laughter. If you pick up any of my Lucky Paws Petsitting Mysteries, I can guarantee that you will, at the very least, chuckle mildly.*
I come from a long line of very funny people. When I was a kid, a local radio station ran a feature called “create a joke.” The dj would set up a gag, and listeners would call in with punchlines. One summer, my dad won almost every day for three months running. That’s my legacy.
Yet, I once had this existential crisis about writing light, humorous books. I felt like a “serious” writer should write “serious” things. Books like War and Peace were important, right? This bothered me enough that I spoke to my husband about it. And he offered me some very sage words.
“In this troubled world, where there’s so much sadness, making people smile is an act of mercy.”
That comment has always stuck with me, and I think it’s infused my subsequent writing with even more joy. I hope that everyone who reads PAWPRINTS & PREDICAMENTS or any of my books finds herself or himself transported to a quaint town, filled with wonderful food, and people they’d like to befriend, and pets they’d like to adopt. Oh, and there’s always a mystery, too, because solving puzzles is number four on my list of favorite things. Or maybe number five. Or six?
And if you read one of my books, and it does make you smile, please reach out to me, because I forgot the top item on my list of things I love: friendship. (And eating. With friends.)
* This is not a money-back guarantee, and not valid at any participating stores, because none are participating.
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