Book Review: Pawprints & Predicaments

I like Bethany Blake books. She writes an amusing main character and overly anthropomorphizes her animal characters in a way that is almost believable. You can’t go wrong with a basset hound that thinks he’s actually Socrates reincarnated.

Basic Summary (Courtesy of Goodreads):

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 . . .

My thoughts:

Daphne is as amusing as ever. We get a bit of character growth, she leases a building to open a store, thus putting down some roots, big step for the perpetual rolling stone.

I didn’t like this book as well as the last two. And I think I know why. There is a new “love” interest for Daphne. And anyone who’s read the first two books knows she belongs with the Detective. Bethany wrote out Daphne’s lame previous boyfriend in book two and now in book three rather than move Daphne closer to a satisfying relationship, she hooks her up with another idiot. sigh.

Also, the murder motive was pretty weak. I won’t give it away though.

I still really enjoyed the book and I wanted to know how it would end bad enough that I brought my ipod in from the car, where I had been listening while driving about, so I could finish the story.

Book Review: Dial Meow for Murder

A while back I reviewed Death by Chocolate Lab. Dial Meow for Murder is the amusing second book in that series by Bethany Blake.

Poor Daphne, once again she finds a dead body. That girl should never go anywhere alone. She finds bodies every time she does. She says she is trying to stay out of this investigation, but she’s not. LOL.

The murder felt super low key in this book. The focus seemed more on the complications in everyone’s lives, which I can’t say made the book any less enjoyable.I’m kind of invested now and I want to see where things are going.

The series also makes me think I’d like to live in a small town. Just maybe not Sylvan Creek, people keep dying there. LOL.

℘℘℘℘ – Four Pages. I can’t wait to get my hands on Pawprints and Predicaments.

Book Review: Death By Chocolate Lab

I know, another cozy mystery. What can I say, people keep writing them. Death by Chocolate Lab by Bethany Blake is the first in a new series. That usually doesn’t bode well but in this case was completely adorable.

Daphne is a wandering soul. She is currently crashing with her financially successful older sister while she walks dogs and pet sits to try to keep a few dollars of gas in her old van. Daphne is quirky and amusing. She has fun friends, including her basset hound Socrates, who is written as though he interacts. It’s hard to describe but quite entertaining.

As per usual, someone unpleasant is killed. The list of possible suspects is long but Daphne’s sister heads the list and so Daphne springs into action to figure out the murderer before her sister gets arrested. It doesn’t hurt that the new cop in town is smokin hot.

℘℘℘℘℘ – Technically five pages, as I did read it in one day. However, that might have been due to the kiddo being sick. It was a good read though and I will grab the next one in the series when it comes out. So let’s say 4 and a 1/2 pages.