I received this book for free from Tantor Audio in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Dial Meow for Murder by Bethany Blake
Length: 8 hours and 37 minutes
Source: Tantor Audio
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Also by this author: Death by Chocolate Lab, Pawprints & Predicaments , A Midwinter's Tail
Even an experienced pet sitter like Daphne Templeton can be fooled by animal behavior: how can an adorably tiny fuzz ball named Tinkleston be capable of sudden flying leaps with cat claws bared? But human behavior remains even more mysterious, especially when Tinkleston s owner is murdered on the night of a gala fundraiser for Fur-ever Friends Pet Rescue. Accompanied by her unflappable basset hound, Socrates, Daphne plans to take charge of Tinks the Terror and leave the crime-solving to handsome detective Jonathan Black. But while luring the prickly Persian out of hiding, she uncovers clues that might take suspicion off her own mother. Maeve Templeton already has a reputation as a killer in real estate. How far would she go to bag Sylvan Creek s most coveted property, the Flynt Mansion? To expose the truth, Daphne finds herself donning a deranged clown costume on an autumnal adventure that might just be crazy enough to work if it doesn t get her killed. Includes recipes for homemade pet treats! Doggone charming from start to finish! Cleo Coyle, New York Times bestselling author on Death by Chocolate Lab"
Here is what I thought
Daphne ends up with a nasty cat when Tinkleston’s owner is murdered on the night of a gala fundraiser for Fur-ever Friends Pet Rescue. Socrates is not very happy with their new roommate and even Daphne is not sure about it as that cat don’t seem to like her much but she feels sorry for it.
Daphne is determined to find out what happened to Tinkleston’s owner especially when it looks like her mother could be a suspect. This means bumping heads with Detective Jonathan Black who doesn’t enjoy her snooping around in his crime scenes, especially when she always seems to muck something up like accidently take something that could be a clue.
Jonathan’s ex is in town and thinking about buying a home and staying a while and even though Daphne is not dating Jonathan a part of her is not thrilled with this news. Meanwhile, the man that Daphne has been seeing wants to talk to her about something and it has her worried.
Daphne is real good and accidently finding things even a killer! I think Daphne is growing on me a bit more from the first book even though she really needs to start thinking before she messes with things she shouldn’t even if it doesn’t seem like a clue. That drove me crazy in the first book but she wasn’t as bad this go around. I am a fan of Detective Black so I hope the romance moves towards Daphne and him, but I guess time will tell. I love some of the side characters like her sister, mom and best friend.
Even though I am not a cat person I really enjoyed Tinkleston and he made me laugh a few times. Poor Socrates though as he has to put up with that little cat. I miss Daphne having Artie even though we do get him a little in this one as Detective Black owns him now but he about stole the show in the last book so I was bummed when she gave him to Black.
I really enjoyed this one and it has a good solid mystery and I didn’t figure it out so that is always a bonus for me. 🙂 Can’t wait to get to Pawprints and Predicaments!
Elise is one of my favorite narrators and she does such a great job with this series!
Audio rating: 4