A Midwinter’s Tail (Lucky Paws Petsitting Mystery)

 by Bethany Blake

 

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A Midwinter’s Tail (Lucky Paws Petsitting Mystery)
by Bethany Blake

About the Book

A Midwinter’s Tail (Lucky Paws Petsitting Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
4th in Series
Kensington (November 27, 2018)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-10: 1496717333
ISBN-13: 978-1496717337
Digital ASIN: B07B7C8XQY

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!

Character Guest Post – Maeve Templeton’s Holiday Letter

Realtor Maeve Templeton is the mother of pet sitter and amateur sleuth Daphne Templeton. Maeve is not fond of Daphne’s habit of finding bodies in their hometown of Sylvan Creek, and she’s venting a bit in her annual holiday letter!

Dear friends and family,

Well, this has certainly been an eventful year in Sylvan Creek!

Most notably, property values continue to remain heartwarmingly high, in spite of my younger daughter Daphne’s discovery of yet another body, this time under the town Christmas tree, of all places.

Honestly, I wouldn’t mention Daphne’s latest murder mix up at all, if it weren’t already heavily covered by the local media. I keep hoping that Daphne’s “relationship” with the editor of the Weekly Gazette will stave off some bad press, but Gabriel Graham seems determined to make us all look terrible. I really don’t know what Daphne sees in him when Detective Jonathan Black is clearly smitten — although I have no idea why. The man is not only a Navy SEAL, he is the benefactor of family wealth and a shrewd investor in his own right. What, pray tell, is the attraction?

Fortunately, my older daughter, dear Piper, remains the family rock, building her veterinary practice and dating suitable, sensible Roger Berendt, a professor at Wynton University. One could hope for a more financially ambitious potential son-in-law, but I suppose there is something to be said for intellectual pursuits that yield modest dividends.

Speaking of which, Daphne’s new bakery, Flour Power, seems to be doing well. She now spends only half her time driving around in a ramshackle VW hippie van, watching other people’s pets — when not caring for her own menagerie, including that basset hound, Socrates, whom I swear holds a grudge against me, and the violence-prone cat, Stinkle-something.

My holiday wish? That next year’s letter will contain fewer mentions of pets, and no mentions of bodies.

But with a daughter like Daphne, I don’t hold out much hope. That said, rest assured that property values remain unaffected.

Yours, sincerely,

Maeve

P.S. Maeve Templeton Realty will be open Dec. 26 to Jan. 30. Please stop by!

About the Author

Bethany Blake lives in a small, quaint town in Pennsylvania with her husband and three daughters. 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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