Thursday, June 21, 2018

Barkside of the Moon Mysteries by Renee George

Fall in love with Lily Mason, the shifter who only wants to live as a human, and her pit bull Smooshie, a rescue dog who has a nose for murder, as they solve crimes.

Pit Perfect Murder (Book 1) 
(Re-Release of Pit Perfect)

When cougar-shifter Lily Mason moves to Moonrise, Missouri, she wishes for only three things from the town and its human population. . . to find a job, to find a place to live, and to live as a human, not a therianthrope.

Lily gets more than she bargains for when a rescue pit bull named Smooshie rescues her from an oncoming car, and it’s love at first sight. Thanks to Smooshie, Lily’s first two wishes are granted by Parker Knowles, the owner of the Pit Bull Rescue center, who offers her a job at the shelter and the room over his garage for rent.

Lily’s new life as an integrator is threatened when Smooshie finds Katherine Kapersky, the local church choir leader and head of the town council, dead in the field behind the rescue center. Unfortunately, there are more suspects than mourners for the elderly town leader. Can Lily keep her less-than-human status under wraps? Or will the killer, who has pulled off a nearly Pit Perfect murder, expose her to keep Lily and her dog from digging up the truth?

Fall in love with Lily Mason, the shifter who only wants to live as a human, and her pit bull Smooshie, a rescue dog who in the end may be the one doing the rescuing!

Pit Perfect Murder, Book 1 of the Barkside of the Moon Mysteries from USA Today bestselling paranormal cozy mystery author Renee George, is an exciting tale of mystery and suspense that will have you on the edge of your seat. A clean read full of humor and small town charm.

An amazing start to an exciting cozy series, featuring an exuberant pitbull and a therianthrope.
(A new word to me.)
After the death of her family by murder, Lily Mason decides to leave the paranormal community she has always lived in and drive 700 miles in search of her last living relative.
As "luck" would have it, when she arrives, her truck dies and she discovers a dead body in the yard behind her temporary home. The person who has been the nicest to her is arrested, the sheriff convinced he is a murderer because he, Parker, a veteran, suffers from PTSD. The victim, a malicious, self centered woman just happens to have more people happy to see her dead than alive.

Lily can't allow Parker to take the fall so takes it upon herself to discover the truth.
Since the sheriff has told her not to leave town, and Lily feels she'll find the truth quicker than the local law, she is determined to reprieve Parker and bring a killer to justice. All while hiding her true identity from this human community.

An exciting conclusion perfectly sets us up for the next book!

Murder & The Money Pit (Book 2)
(Re-Release of The Money PIt)’

Shifter Lily Mason and her pit bull Smooshie are once again on the trail of a murderer and this time close to home!

Sometimes, trying to be part of the human world can be a real killer. . . Cougar-shifter Lily Mason is ready to put down roots in the human town of Moonrise, Missouri. She only has two problems: her attraction and proximity to Parker Knowles, her boss at the Pit Bull Rescue Shelter, and her need to shift into animal form more than once a month.

When she gets the opportunity to buy a “fixer-upper” outside of Moonrise with plenty of room to get wild without running into easily freaked-out humans, Lily jumps at the chance. Smooshie, Lily’s lovable pit bull and partner in chaos, is eager to participate with the home improvements. Unfortunately, Smooshie’s help includes digging out a mummified body from the living room wall.

Lily is still recovering from the last murder investigation she got involved in–and she’s not looking forward to being in the middle of another one. The case gets even stickier when Lily’s landlord is murdered, rumors of a heist gone wrong run rampant, and Parker’s old high school buddies have returned to Moonrise, thus increasing the suspect pool. Lily’s attempts to become a bona fide citizen of Moonrise might well be thwarted by this newest complication–especially when the murderer sets sights on her.

Murder & The Money Pit, Book 2 of the Barkside of the Moon Mysteries from USA Today bestselling paranormal cozy mystery author Renee George, is a gripping murder mystery that keeps you guessing from beginning to end!

You can read this as a stand alone, but I appreciated how the characters are growing and changing in each book. The excitement level also escalates in this second book.
Parker's high school football coach is retiring and his old team mates and high school friends are gathering to honor him. 
Lily buys a haunted dilapidated old house which offers her privacy, well, in theory, and some distance from Parker. After all, it wouldn't be fair to him, as a human, for her to pursue a relationship and deny him of life joys she doesn't feel she can provide. It doesn't stop her from becoming jealous of an old girlfriend of Parker's who returns.
Besides being haunted, is the house cursed? It seems owners have a tendency to die. Will Lily be next?

I enjoyed how the strong female characters grew their friendship in this second book.

Fur will fly as Lily has to report another body found and secrets are revealed. 
The story is wrapped up in the end, but will Lily and Parker's friendship survive?

The Pit List Murder (Book 3)
(New Release)

Lily Mason and her adorable pittie Smooshie both have a nose for murder, but this is one cougar-shifter who would give her left paw to never find another dead body. All she wants is to enjoy a simple life in her new town, her fixer-upper house, while working a job she loves. Besides, the mystery of whether Parker Knowles, her boss at the rescue shelter, will or won't finally ask her out gives Lily plenty to keep her guessing.

But when an abandoned pit bull puppy leads Lily and Smooshie to the corpse of a local Lothario, she is once again drawn into the seedier side of small town living. Even though she's warned off the case by the local sheriff, Lily is determined to find the killer. It doesn't help matters that more nasty notes are showing up around town, making Lily wonder if the two things are connected.

Lily and Smooshie need to crack the case of the dead Don Juan, while navigating what it means to live in an all human town, before the secrets of the people she cares for are exposed.

The PIt List Murders, Book 3 of the Barkside of the Moon Mysteries from USA Today bestselling paranormal cozy mystery author Renee George, is a gripping murder mystery that keeps you guessing from beginning to end!

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I don't know how many bodies one person (or werecougar) can believably discover over the course of a few months, but I am hoping this is not the end of a very enjoyable series. 
So much is revealed in this book that I don't want to give it away in my review.

Originally I never expected to enjoy this series as much as I do but it has become one of my favorites.
I am so happy I was able to read three books one after the other. I did not want to put them down.
There is so much potential here for further adventure.

Lily is not your typical shifter. She is, in fact, trying to hide her identity from those she cares most about. While some of her difficulties in this book relate back to prior stories in the series, i.e. she is called to testify against a man who tried to kill her, and all of the conflicts actually do entangle each other, after all it is a small town where everyone likes to gossip about and stick their noses into other people's business, you can read this book alone and understand what is going on. I just feel you are missing some really great story lines if you do not read the entire series.

Lily is also trying to hide the fact that she did not graduate from high school. She needs allies as she prepares to take her G.E.D. exam. Once again I am so happy about the strong female bonding and friendship that is formed in this series. It is a contrast to the other deceptions in the plot.

The pace is quick and the mysteries intriguing. It fits all the characteristics I enjoy in a cozy series and has more! I believe it appeals to a wider audience and will not put off traditional cozy readers who give it a chance.

About Renee:
USA Today Bestselling author Renee George writes paranormal mysteries and romances because she loves all things whodunit, Otherworldly, and weird. Also, she wishes her pittie, the adorable Kona Princess Warrior, and her beagle, Josie the Incontinent Princess, could talk. Or at least be more like Scooby-Doo and help her unmask villains at the haunted house up the street.

When she’s not writing about mystery-solving werecougars or the adventures of a hapless psychic living among shapeshifters, she is preyed upon by stray kittens who end up living in her house because she can't say no to those sweet, furry faces. (Someone stop telling them where she lives!)

She resides in Mid-Missouri with her family and spends her non-writing time doing really cool watching TV and cleaning up dog poop.

Author note: 10% of all royalties are donated to Proud to be a Bully Hero. If you can’t adopt or foster, donating to help help no-kill rescue centers take care of these lovable furbabies is next best!

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