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.A Midwinter's Tail by Bethany Blake
Length: 10 hours and 10 minutes
Published by Kensington Publishing Corporation on November 27, 2018
Source: Tantor Audio
Narrator: Elise Arsenault
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Also by this author: Death by Chocolate Lab, Dial Meow for Murder , Pawprints & Predicaments
To bark or not to bark . . .
Professional pet sitter Daphne Templeton loves the holidays in Sylvan Creek, Pennsylvania. And nothing gets her into the spirit more than the town's annual Bark the Halls Ball. The whole community will be there to wag their tails, especially this year's special guest--Celeste "CeeCee" French, founder of a national chain of pet care franchises, who's returning home to announce plans for a bright new flagship store.
But not everyone's celebrating CeeCee's homecoming. Daphne's friend Moxie Bloom, owner of Spa and Paw, a unique salon for people and their pets, has plenty to growl about. So when CeeCee is found face down under Sylvan Creek's town Christmas tree, stabbed with a distinctive pair of professional-grade pet shears, suspicion lands squarely on Moxie. Despite Daphne's promises to Detective Jonathan Black, she quickly reprises her role as amateur sleuth. Ably assisted by her basset hound sidekick, Socrates, she must hurry to prove her friend's innocence before a killer barks again . . .
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
Here I am reading a Christmas book…lol. I never have been a season themed reader and wanted to catch up one one of my favorites as a new book comes out this year.
Daphne loves the holiday season and the excitement of going to the Bark the Halls Ball, but everything gets a damper put on it when CeeCee French a former resident comes back to tell them she is opening a huge pet store chain there. That doesn’t make a lot of people happy since it’s a pet friendly town with lots of local pet stores, including Daphne who owns a pet sitting service as well as Flour Power a pet treat store. Then CeeCee is found dead on the night of Bark the Halls under a Christmas tree like a morbid present.
When Moxie is considered the prime suspect because of a mishap that happened in their youth with the deceased and how much Moxie still can’t stand her, and the fact that Moxie’s scissors are missing which could be the murder weapon. Even though Daphne wants to stay out of things she can’t because it’s her best friend in trouble and even Detective Black knows she won’t stay out of things and is really trying to help Moxie because she is her friend.
I love the characters in this series though I must admit Daphne drives me crazy at times! She does things without thinking and it gets on my nerves but I like her nonetheless as she grows on you. I love her sister, friends and of course Detective Jonathan Black! It’s a fun pet friendly town that I wouldn’t mind living in.
Though there were a lot of characters that could have done it I didn’t find the mystery to hard to solve and had it figured out early on, though I will admit there was a few times I thought maybe I was wrong. Still a good mystery and really when it comes to cozies I am all about the characters and the town and having fun! 🙂
I would recommend this to any cozy lover!
Elise Arsenault is one of my favorites so I always know it’s going to be a good narration!
Audio rating: 4