Death By Chocolate Lab by Bethany Blake


Cozy Mystery New Series Kensington (February 28, 2017) 
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1496707383 

Pet sitter Daphne Templeton has a soft spot for every stray and misfit who wanders into the quaint, lakeside village of Sylvan Creek. But even Daphne doesn’t like arrogant, womanizing Steve Beamus, the controversial owner of Blue Ribbon K-9 Academy. When Steve turns up dead during a dog agility trial, Daphne can think of a long list of people with motives for homicide, and so can the police. Unfortunately, at the top of the list is Daphne’s sister, Piper—Steve’s latest wronged girlfriend.
Certain that Piper is innocent, in spite of mounting evidence to the contrary, Daphne sets out to clear her sister’s name—and find Axis, Steve’s prize-winning chocolate Labrador, who went missing the night of Steve’s death. Aided by Socrates, her taciturn basset hound, and a hyperactive one-eared Chihuahua named Artie, Daphne quickly runs afoul of Detective Jonathan Black, a handsome and enigmatic newcomer to town, who has no appreciation for Daphne’s unorthodox sleuthing.
Can a free-spirited pet sitter, armed only with a Ph.D. in Philosophy and her two incompatible dogs, find the real killer before she becomes the next victim?
Includes recipes for homemade dog treats!

This is going to be a new favorite series for me. So much to love! A good sibling relationship, with its inherent complications but mutual attitudes towards mom,  strong friendships,  and of course the fantastic canines. You will love Socrates.  A handsome, strong, silent detective, new to town, with his own secrets, even buildings with an abundance of character!
The town womanizer has already hurt Daphne's sister and red flags are raised when she thinks Piper may be giving him a second chance. Other people in town also think Steve is knocking on other forbidden doors. When he ends up dead, there are plenty of people with all three: means. motive and opportunity.  However Daphne's opportunities keep being interrupted (or created) by her vintage VW bus.  Secrets from the past refuse to stay hidden and Daphne refuses to stop investigating until she is sure her sister's name is cleared.

Set aside a good block of time and find a comfy spot. Curl up with your favorite hound. Once you begin to read you won't want to put this book down.


About The Author

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.

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