Caturday Reads: Death by Chocolate Lab is Pawsitively Delicious
Death by Chocolate Lab by Bethany Blake Kensington Books Mystery & Thrillers Pub Date 28 Feb 2017
Bethany Blake gets a blue ribbon for her “paw”sitively charming dog cozy, Death by Chocolate Lab. From the get-go, the pets steal the show. It is hard to decide who was more appealing, Artie, the one eared bulging eyed chihuahua with a weak chin, overbite and a tendency to drool or Socrates the philosophical basset. Bethany Blake’s love for dogs shines through every page of this fun mystery.
Daphne has a PhD in philosophy but spends her time doing what she loves most, taking care of dogs. When her sister Piper’s ex turns up dead at the agility trial she is hosting, not long after Piper was seen arguing with him, Daphne decides to prove Piper’s innocence. After all, there is no guarantee that the handsome and irritating Detective Jonathan Black will look further. Also, Axis, Steve Beamus’s black lab is missing, and the police don't have the time or the inclination to search for him.
Adorable dogs, a good murder mystery and a dash of romance make Death By Chocolate Lab a delicious concoction that mystery and dog lovers alike will adore.
Death by Chocolate Lab is available for preorder and will be released February 28, 2017.
I received a copy of Death by Chocolate Lab from the publisher and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.
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! “When murder is unleashed in the idyllic town of Sylvan Creek, it's up to spunky pet sitter Daphne and her darling duo of misfit mutts to catch the killer. A doggone charming read from start to finish!” —Cleo Coyle, New York Times bestselling author