A Midwinter's Tail
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

A Midwinter's Tail Details

TitleA Midwinter's Tail
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseNov 27th, 2018
PublisherKensington Publishing Corporation
ISBN-139781496717337
Rating
GenreMystery, Cozy Mystery, Holiday, Christmas, Adult Fiction, Animals, Cats

A Midwinter's Tail Review

  • Kirsti
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the chance to read this book!I have read every one of the Petsitting Mysteries, and I have to say that they are one of my favorite themed series going. Daphne is a wonderful sleuth, who doesn't leave any stone unturned, even if she trips over them first. Her quirky personality, combined with her love for the animals under her care, make this one of the better pet themed cozy series going. Her on again off again romance situation is frustrating but als Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the chance to read this book!I have read every one of the Petsitting Mysteries, and I have to say that they are one of my favorite themed series going. Daphne is a wonderful sleuth, who doesn't leave any stone unturned, even if she trips over them first. Her quirky personality, combined with her love for the animals under her care, make this one of the better pet themed cozy series going. Her on again off again romance situation is frustrating but also one of the tantalizing parts of the series; will they or won't they? I am personally in camp YES!This mystery is really well thought out and goes back many years, but it also hints at things to come for the characters involved. I can't wait to read more and find out what happens next in Daphne's crazy life. Five stars!
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  • Lisa Morin
    January 1, 1970
    If you are looking for a fun, fast paced cozy mystery, filled with holiday cheer, mystery, murder and mayhem, then A Midwinter's Tail is the book for you.Daphne Templeton is a great character, who loves her pets and family, and doesn't hesitate to get involved in police investigations if the need arises.When an old high school bully makes a sudden appearance in Sylvan Lake, it causes some residents to relive harsh events that drastically changed their lives.When someone decides to take matters i If you are looking for a fun, fast paced cozy mystery, filled with holiday cheer, mystery, murder and mayhem, then A Midwinter's Tail is the book for you.Daphne Templeton is a great character, who loves her pets and family, and doesn't hesitate to get involved in police investigations if the need arises.When an old high school bully makes a sudden appearance in Sylvan Lake, it causes some residents to relive harsh events that drastically changed their lives.When someone decides to take matters into their own hands, it leaves Daphne's best friend, Moxie, at the top of the suspect list. With the help of a mischievous pug, Daphne sets her sights on clearing Moxie's name.Fans of this series will be delighted with this addition, as it brings humor, romance and mystery into play.I really wanted the book to go on and was sad when I had reached the last page.I am looking forward to reading more in this terrific series by Bethany Blake.I volunteered to read and review an ARC of this book provided by the publisher and NetGalley.
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  • Eve Recinella (Between The Bookends)
    January 1, 1970
  • Betty
    January 1, 1970
    The fourth installment of the Lucky Paws Petting series finds that is winter as the town preparing for the Christmas events. One of the most important is The Deck the Hall ball for pets and their owners. Daphne Templeton and her BFF, Moxie Bloom are at a kick-off event when an old high school nemesis appears and announce she is building her flagship pet supplies to the area. to the area. This means that all the pet business as in the area will surface. Daph's relationship with Detective Jonathan The fourth installment of the Lucky Paws Petting series finds that is winter as the town preparing for the Christmas events. One of the most important is The Deck the Hall ball for pets and their owners. Daphne Templeton and her BFF, Moxie Bloom are at a kick-off event when an old high school nemesis appears and announce she is building her flagship pet supplies to the area. to the area. This means that all the pet business as in the area will surface. Daph's relationship with Detective Jonathan Black is heating up. One night while walking the find the body of CeeCee French under the town's Christmas tree. Daphne ends up with all the dogs including CeeCee spoil pet poodle. Socrates fall in love with Snowdrop. Moxie is the main suspect in the killing. Daphne decided to help clear Moxie. Can she find the answer before Moxie ends off in prison? I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK AND SERIES. Pet treat recipes are included.Disclosure: Many thanks to NetGalley and Kensington Books for a review copy. The opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Annarella
    January 1, 1970
    This one those book that you don't want to end. When I saw on my kindle I was at 80% I felt sad.It's heartwarming, makes you feel good and it's lovely.I was happy to meet again the cast of characters, Socrates the philosophical dog above all, and read about the changes in their life and the evolution in their relationships.The mystery was very good and it was full of twists and turns. I cannot say it kept me guessing till the end but I was curious to understand why and how.I hope there'll be a n This one those book that you don't want to end. When I saw on my kindle I was at 80% I felt sad.It's heartwarming, makes you feel good and it's lovely.I was happy to meet again the cast of characters, Socrates the philosophical dog above all, and read about the changes in their life and the evolution in their relationships.The mystery was very good and it was full of twists and turns. I cannot say it kept me guessing till the end but I was curious to understand why and how.I hope there'll be a new instalment soon, please don't make me wait another year.Highly recommended!Many thanks to Kensington Books and Netgalley for this ARC
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  • Kristin Cochran Schadler
    January 1, 1970
    Loved this book! I always love reading about the adventures of Daphne and her gang...they never fail to entertain and this book is no exception. Great mystery keeps you guessing. Can't wait to see where this series leads.
  • Brenda
    January 1, 1970
    A Midwinter's Tail is the fourth installment in the Lucy Paws Petsitting Mystery series set in the small town of Sylvan Creek, PA featuring pet sitter/pet bakery owner, Daphne Templeton. It's Christmas season and everyone is looking forward to celebrating the towns festivities that include the annual Bark the Halls Ball.The Bijoux theater is showing It's a Wonderful Life, and Daphne and best friend Moxie Bloom have arrived with their arms full of food donations. At the conclusion of the movie th A Midwinter's Tail is the fourth installment in the Lucy Paws Petsitting Mystery series set in the small town of Sylvan Creek, PA featuring pet sitter/pet bakery owner, Daphne Templeton. It's Christmas season and everyone is looking forward to celebrating the towns festivities that include the annual Bark the Halls Ball.The Bijoux theater is showing It's a Wonderful Life, and Daphne and best friend Moxie Bloom have arrived with their arms full of food donations. At the conclusion of the movie they are approached by Celeste "CeeCee" French, whom Moxie had been desperately hoping to avoid. In high school Celeste had broken up Moxie and boyfriend Mike Cavanaugh by claiming that Mike had cheated on Moxie at the Senior Ball, and Moxie has never recovered from her broken heart. To add insult to injury, Celeste announces that she will be building the flagship store for her franchise French's Poodles & More in Sylvan Creek. The new store has the potential to destroy Moxie's business, Spa and Paw as well as Daphne's Flour Power bakery.Receiving an unexpected call from hunky detective Jonathan Black to meet at the town green, Daphne is wondering what is on his mind. A romp with their dogs ends in the discovery of CeeCee dead under the town Christmas tree and it's no surprise when Moxie becomes the prime suspect.Determined to clear her friend's name and against the wishes of Johnathan and newspaper reporter Gabriel Graham, Daphne sets out with the help of her faithful sidekick, the delightful basset hound Socrates to track down a killer. Her investigation soon reveals that not only do several other high school classmates have it in for CeeCee but it seems that perhaps the members of her corporation weren't too happy with her either.A delightful romp from page one filled with well-developed characters. The author delivers another fast paced mystery that transports the reader right into the heart of the Christmas season in Sylvan Creek. I will admit that I am totally in love with Socrates - I can't wait for each new addition to this series just so I can spend time with the philosophical pup.I received an advanced copy of A Midwinter's Tail from NetGalley via Kensington Books. While not required to write a review I am more than happy to offer my honest opinion.
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  • K.A. Davis
    January 1, 1970
    A MIDWINTER’S TAIL, the fourth book in the Lucky Paws Petsitting Mystery series by Bethany Blake has an adorable cover that invites the reader in and with the very first pages, the holiday spirit continues with the festive atmosphere and special foods. But don’t be lulled into a comfortable sense of wellbeing because murder is right around the corner. Tender-hearted petsitter and pet bakery owner, Daphne Templeton, finds herself in the middle of another mystery and it’s up to her to prove her be A MIDWINTER’S TAIL, the fourth book in the Lucky Paws Petsitting Mystery series by Bethany Blake has an adorable cover that invites the reader in and with the very first pages, the holiday spirit continues with the festive atmosphere and special foods. But don’t be lulled into a comfortable sense of wellbeing because murder is right around the corner. Tender-hearted petsitter and pet bakery owner, Daphne Templeton, finds herself in the middle of another mystery and it’s up to her to prove her best friend, Moxie’s innocence. Daphne is such a well-developed character that brings humor to each scene. She is incredibly intelligent, having earned a PhD in Philosophy, yet the craziest incidents seem to always happen to her that had me laughing out loud. I also adore the characters of the animals that surround Daphne. They are every bit as developed as the human characters… each pet displays individual mannerisms, attitudes, and expressions that captured my imagination. I’ll have to admit that Daphne’s Basset hound, Socrates, is my favorite and steals most of the scenes he’s in… but his little Chihuahua pal, Artie, is a close second. The town of Sylvan Creek revolves around pets and I greatly enjoyed all the pet-themed store names and events that the author creates, such as the Bark the Halls Ball. Ms. Blake weaves a tight plot with the town’s holiday festivities as the backdrop. With numerous people disliking Daphne and Moxie’s high school nemesis (both from years before and currently) there are plenty of viable suspects when the woman is murdered. There are also heart-warming subplots that add to the holiday good cheer and leaves the reader with a delightful feeling of satisfaction. I was provided an advance copy with the hopes I would review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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  • S.K. Smith
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Kensington and Goodreads for a free copy in exchange for a fair and honest review. Readers who enjoy cozy mysteries that are funny, festive, warm, and full of furry friends will really love this book. It is narrated by the upbeat and quirky main character, Daphne Templeton, Pet Sitter Extraordinaire. The setting is the extremely pet-friendly town of Sylvan Creek, PA during Christmas time. The author uses a lot of descriptive language to make you feel the atmosphere in the story. I t Thank you to Kensington and Goodreads for a free copy in exchange for a fair and honest review. Readers who enjoy cozy mysteries that are funny, festive, warm, and full of furry friends will really love this book. It is narrated by the upbeat and quirky main character, Daphne Templeton, Pet Sitter Extraordinaire. The setting is the extremely pet-friendly town of Sylvan Creek, PA during Christmas time. The author uses a lot of descriptive language to make you feel the atmosphere in the story. I thought the plot was nicely carried throughout the book. There were plenty of suspects, including Daphne herself at one point. There was even a little romance thrown in - both for Daphne and her beloved investigating partner, Socrates the Basset Hound. Very nice book to read by the fireplace with a cup of hot cocoa.
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  • Kareemah
    January 1, 1970
    Pretty average 'cozy' mystery. Ibread it because dogs :)
  • Jenn
    January 1, 1970
    Professional pet sitter Daphne Templeton is getting ready to attend Sylvan Creek's annual Bark the Halls Ball. Everyone will be there including special guest CeeCee French, founder of a national chain of pet care franchises. But not everyone is excited to see CeeCee. Daphne’s friend Moxie Bloom is one of those people. When CeeCee is found stabbed to death, Moxie is the prime suspect. But Daphne knows her friend is innocent and she's going to prove it with the help of her basset hound sidekick So Professional pet sitter Daphne Templeton is getting ready to attend Sylvan Creek's annual Bark the Halls Ball. Everyone will be there including special guest CeeCee French, founder of a national chain of pet care franchises. But not everyone is excited to see CeeCee. Daphne’s friend Moxie Bloom is one of those people. When CeeCee is found stabbed to death, Moxie is the prime suspect. But Daphne knows her friend is innocent and she's going to prove it with the help of her basset hound sidekick Socrates.Another fun installment in the Lucky Paws Petsitting series. I love this series and was so happy to be able to get my hands on A Midwinter's Tail early. I enjoyed catching up with Daphne and the gang and seeing who got into trouble this time around. I wasn't disappointed. Lots of cozy holiday vibes. Lots of love for animals. I have lots of love for that cute little pug on the cover! So cute. I'm looking forward to the next book!Thank you to Netgalley and Kensington for an ARC.
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