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Publisher's Summary

Some people would kill for coffee....

Olivia Rickard would kill to keep everything just the way it is. She’s got a gorgeous boyfriend who loves her, a supportive sister to lean on, and a dog walking business that’s briskly barking away. But just as she’s getting comfortable, her sister suddenly wants to buy an entire brownstone with her, and her boyfriend looks like he’s going to pop the question at every opportunity. Changing the status quo has always been disastrous for Olivia, and now everything is changing at once....

What Olivia needs is a distraction, and she’s found one in stumbling upon Yvette Dunn dead in her coffee food truck - drowned in a vat of fresh coffee. Olivia starts out as an unlucky bystander to the crime, but she’s forced to dig in deeper when it looks like her sister could be involved in Yvette’s death.

Olivia is running out of time in regards to the mystery, the mortgage, and the marriage. She’s going to have to solve all three problems - and quick - or face a future most foul.

©2017 Relay Publishing (P)2017 Relay Publishing

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Cozy Mystery

This was a great whodunit cozy mystery. The narrator Machelle Williams did a great job. I am looking forward to the next in the series. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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An Awesome Listen

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, and found it very entertaining. The characters are very interesting and well written. Life in a small town, may seem quiet to most, but it's never boring for the local dog walker. Olivia manages to discover a body, just trying to get her morning coffee. Olivia not wanting to deal with her own life, decides to solve this murder. Chaos and humor is the result in this delightful tale with a sneaky ending. I'll definitely will be listen to book 2.

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Who done it?

This was a cute book. Love the characters and Olivia trying to avoid being proposed to and trying to find clues to who murdered Yvette. Olivia seems to have trouble with commitment but loves to be nosy even when the police tell her to leave the case alone. I look forward to more in this series. The narrator, Machelle Williams, did a great job. I was gifted this audio book in exchange for an honest review.

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Quirky whodunnit not-the-marrying-type romance

What did you love best about Barking up the Wrong Bakery?

The characters were all well drawn and I felt a connection with them and on top of that, the story was engaging, unusual and kept me guessing

Who was your favorite character and why?

I loved all the descriptions of the dogs but the main character kept me rooting for her too

What does Machelle Williams bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She has a voice that brings life to the characters while simultaneously making you feel like you're wrapped up with hot cocoa listening to a good storyteller

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No, but It kept me listening, finding times to squeeze in a chapter more

Any additional comments?

An enjoyable listen - charming story with more than enough intrigue to keep a whodunnit fan happy

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  • Pam C
  • Wolfforth, TX
  • 02-13-18

Enjoyed this very much!

I enjoyed this story very much. I found myself chuckling out loud several times, but the mystery was well written, as well. Side note of the romance was really good. I loved how Olivia, although she loved her boyfriend, came to really appreciate his love for her. The fun stories of her pet walking business and her need for listening to audiobook mysteries were a boost for who Olivia is. Machelle Williams did a fantastic job of narrating this story.

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Not what I expected

Normally I enjoy this sort of thing.
What looked like a cozy mystery turned out to be somewhat convoluted.
I appreciate the lengths taken to show how happy everyone is and how tough and level headed our protagonist is. I just found the narrator to be a bit wooden and almost too sweet. Like maybe her real voice would be suited for something villainous. She did a fine job, it just seemed she was trying too hard.
I struggled to finish and sped up the play time, doing my best not to skip.

I received this audiobook for free in exchange for an honest review.

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What a great cozy mystery

This is my first experience with both the author and narrator, and I love them both. The book starts out with the murder, and we can't tell who it is, of course because then we wouldn't have the mystery. The author takes us on a journey of discovery as our mystery-loving dog walker gets herself into hot water pursuing a crime she's been warned to stay out of. While all this is going on, her boyfriend is trying to propose and she ruins it every time. The plot is well-constructed, the story has just the right amount of humor in it, and the narrator does a great job with a crisp, clear, voice and professional processing. I highly recommend this book to readers (or listeners) who like a cozy mystery. *I was offered a free copy of the book for the purpose of giving an honest review.

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  • Heather
  • ABERDEEN, MD, United States
  • 01-27-18

A perfect mystery for me.

I love the main character, Olivia. And I love the fact that she is a dog walker and has a quirky dog if her own. The story kept me guessing as to what was going to happen next and the narration was excellent. Can’t wait to hear more in the series!!!

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Quirky mystery!

Stella St. Claire weaves a "tail" of intrigue with twists and turns that keeps you guessing to the end.

Machelle Williams has good diction and a great sense of the characters she portrays.

I was given a free review copy of this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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the book was enjoyable

this book reminded me a little of chocolate chip cookie murder by Joanne fluke. however I was a little put off by the main character, I guess I just couldn't relate very well. she was hit and cold about a of things, purchasing the store, getting married, etc. it was entertaining, but there was no mystery, I knew who the killer was very early on.

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  • Anniiiiiiiitttttaaaaaa
  • 03-10-18

Warming cozy mystery

There is something magical about Machelle's voice - it's sooo comforting and perfect for a cozy mystery. I really enjoyed this cozy, it's my first audiobook cozy and it was easy to pick up and listen to through the week. Perhaps it's because it centres around dogs and I love dogs! lol! I thought the plot with Andrew and Olivia was amusing, especially the lengths she went to avoid a 'proposal'. But I really enjoyed the mystery, I didn't guess who dunnit from the beginning.