Pawprints & Predicaments (Lucky Paws Petsitting Mystery) by Bethany Blake
About the Book
Cozy Mystery 3rd in Series
Kensington (February 27, 2018)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
Digital ASIN: B071SK3VF9
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 . . .Includes recipes for homemade pet treats!
I predicted from the first book in this series that this was going to become a favorite and still at book three I have not changed my mind. The relationship between Daphne and her sister, mom and friends is still prone to ups and downs that keep things interesting. In the previous book we learn that a television network is interested in sharing how pet FRIENDLY Sylvan Creek is, but the producer of that program has a different slant or view.
Much of the action again centers around a festival and it is fun to see how the pets are as involved as the people. There are romantic moments and jealousy rears its head more than once, but the romance is far behind the fun of sleuthing keeping this a fun and clean series. Socrates adds his own charm and expertise to the tale. I totally relate to how Daphne holds conversations with him.
I enjoy the way Bethany Blake uses words and turns a phrase. At the end of each chapter she makes us eager to continue. A difficult to put down book.
About the Author
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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