I love the Paw series! The characters are interesting and Paw makes me want a St Bernard.. But it’s hot where I live!! Storyline was good. Took me longer to read it because I got busy. But once I picked it up again I couldn’t put it down!
This book is a true cozy in all pure sense. It is a delightful, light, airy and relaxing read. The storyline and characters are realistic and of the everyday variety. The story begins normally enough but soon it takes a slight turn, then another slight turn and another to form the makings of a truly classic story of a murder mystery weekend game gone all too real. The individual characters are well...individual, but yet somewhat familiar to someone in our memory, either fictional or real, past or present. This is not a hard-boiled, thriller of a psychotic murder mystery. This is a quick read that resembles how the everyday person can be in a situation that is unexpected, for the good and the bad of it, and/or be pushed to the brink of their being that they find only one solution to their difficulties or are forced to take unremarkable action. Where the everyday person takes action "in the moment" and a plan suddenly comes into being.
This story does have some classic mystery themes like pets, a bit of romance, a bit of humor, a bit of murder, a bit of people gathering in a kitchen over food, and can seem somewhat "classically" predictable, but can also be a bit unexpected in that predictability in a "right idea, wrong character" sort of way. While it is not formulalic in its predictability, it is familar and comfortable. The cover does a wonderful job of suggesting the contents of the story, if you don't like the cover or it doesn't speak to you, then this isn't the story for you, but if you find the cover a bit of a fun and pleasant read, then it is exactly for you.
I was a beta reader for this story and hope my feedback did touch its shape in some way as we all pray our reviews shape an object for someone somewhere.