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5.0 out of 5 starsLions, & Tigers, & Puppy Dogs, Oh My!
Reviewed in the United States on March 4, 2018
A huge drooling St. Barnard, a Persian with an attitude, a Chihuahua that loves to play dress up, & a Bassett Hound with an old soul. What do they have in common? They all play a part in this intriguing murder mystery! Daphne is back with her pet sitting business & on the brink of opening her new business venture, a Pet bakery. Unfortunately she seems to be a bit of a dead body magnet, stumbling over another victim at the Polar Plunge. Due to her natural curiosity Daphne finds herself entangled in all sorts of hidden secrets. Because of her sleuthing, she is becoming more involved with two of the town’s eligible bachelors, newspaper owner Gabriel, & police detective Jonathan. I enjoyed Daphne’s philosophical quotes & her love of animals, even little Sebastian. However, my heart belongs to little cutie pie, Artie. I found myself chuckling over his little costumes & enthusiasm. To sum up, a very entertaining cozy mystery with some very delicious pet treat recipes at the end.
There was too much of the please don't investigate, you are not professional. Also, there were too many cliff hanger chapter endings. I don't like Daphne because she was so silly. She is supposed to be running one business and starting another but is doing nothing much in the way of working. She is freeloading on her family, friends and acquaintances. The mystery is basically good with clues developed and worked out. The end was understandable but very rushed considering the slow pace of the rest of the book. I was bored and annoyed reading it so it took a while to finish. But, I did finish it so it was OK in the end.
5.0 out of 5 starsWinterfest at Sylvan Creek wouldn't be complete without a dead body showing up at the polar plunge--loved this!
Reviewed in the United States on June 19, 2018
I always love returning to Sylvan Creek to visit with Daphne and her dog Socrates that lives up to his philosopher name.
It was January and the annual Tail Waggin' Winterfest was underway along with Daphne trying to get her pet bakery grand opening set up. When she discovered the body of a TV executive in the water during the polar plunge, there was no shortage of suspects and Daphne was worried that she'd be tossed into that mix if she didn't do something to help find the real killer. It wasn't much help when her friend Jonathan the detective removed himself from the case since his ex-wife happened to be one of the suspects. There were a lot of great twists and turns to get to the killer, which in this case I definitely hadn't guessed. I love how Socrates got to help at the end, which wrapped up with the eventual pet bakery grand opening.
As always, Artie the hyper chihuahua stole my heart with his adorable love of clothes and how he is always so happy. That little guy just seems so cute, I want to hug him, slobber and all. He had a very interesting costume this time for the Cardboard Iditarod parade at the Winterfest. I liked the new dog character, Bernie, too. He was St. Bernard that just happened to show up and pull the body from the lake which carried the legend of a ghost St. Bernard. Bernie was definitely real, all 10 gallons of slobber and probably 200 pounds of dog. I love how his story turned out as well. Tinks, the badly behaved cat that Daphne adopted in the last book was not too thrilled with her fostering Bernie for awhile.
I've heard there are definitely more books coming in this series but I'm happy to be caught up for now and (not so) patiently wait for the next! If you love pets...and some great recipes for them which can be found at the end of the book...you'll love this series.
5.0 out of 5 starsClever Murder Mystery With Clever Recipes For Our Pets.
Reviewed in the United States on March 31, 2018
What do you do when you are brave enough to take a 'Polar Plunge' in the Poconos? You come up entangled with a dead woman. Yikes!
Local pet sitter and soon to be baker, Daphne Templeton is not too sure about this 'plunge' but it is for an animal cause, and that is what Daphne excels in. What she also seems to have is a innate ability to solve crimes and also become a killer's focal point.
There is a festival in Sylvan Creek and everyone is attending, especially the visiting television team. The producer of the series isn't a very nice person as the town is quickly learning. Adding to the unease is the new, but handsome, owner of the only newspaper in town. He has a fondness of catching our Daphne at her worst!
Why or why not, has the television producer been found dead and then rescued by a 'ghost' Saint Bernard? How come the St. Bernard dog suddenly become flesh and bones?
This is a fun, and clever murder mystery. It seems a great many persons in town have secrets and that leads to a killer you wouldn't have thought of, or at least I didn't.
Luckily, for me, the author is busy penning the next installment. I don't think I can last long without a 'Lucky Paws Petsitting Mystery.' Complete with recipes for pet goodies.
5.0 out of 5 starsExcellent character development through the series. Very enjoyable. One of my favorites.
Reviewed in the United States on March 2, 2018
I absolutely enjoy this series, this is the 3rd book and I do recommend that they be read in order. I love the way the characters are growing and I cannot wait for the next book to come out to see what happens next. 4 out of 5 cats love the Reel-y Good Tuna Tidbits recipe (I made them while reading the book) one of my cats is very picky and you can't trust his judgement, the cat I sit for loves them. I have not tried the dog treats yet but based on the other books recipe results they will be a big hit.
Reviewed in the United States on February 28, 2018
In Pawprints & Predicaments, Daphne Templeton certainly has her hands full with the impending opening of her pet bakery, Flour Power, and running her pet sitting service, Lucky Paws. When a murder occurs during the Polar Bear Plunge that's kicking off the Annual Sylvan Creek Tail Waggin' Winterfest, she needs to solve it quickly so that she can get back to business. Enter a ghostly and legendary St. Bernard, mysterious Detective Jonathan Black, and all the excitement of the Winterfest, and author Bethany Blake has gifted the reader with another wonderful cozy mystery! I really like Daphne and her upbeat, positive attitude, and especially her very philosophical relationship with her canine partner in crime, basset hound Socrates. Love this series, and I hope there will be many more books. I highly recommend Pawprints & Predicaments! :-)