A Biscuit, A Casket (A Pawsitively Organic Mystery) by Liz Mugavero is the second book in the series and it is fantastic. I read the first book in the series and I cannot decide which one I like better, they are both really good.
Stan Connor has moved to Frog Ledge, Connecticut, and is working at opening a new business. She makes healthy organic treats and dinners for animals and she is getting a positive response from the community. She is asked to cater a doggie costume party at Halloween time that is being held at Happy Cow Dairy Farm. Not only is the farm the site for the costume party , it is also the site for a haunted corn maze. On opening night, the body of Hal, owner of the farm, is found in the maze, with a hook stuck in his chest. Who would do such a thing and why?
As Stan gets pulled into the workings of the farm (she really needs to learn to say no when people ask her for help) she realizes that there are quite a few people who might want to see him dead. His wife, Em, because he spent more time out drinking and carousing than helping on the farm. One of his teenage children, one of his unsavory business partners,someone within the co-op, or possibly a mistress. Stan wants to try to find the killer before one of her friends get charged with the crime.
Stan is a character that is very likable and easy to relate to. She is totally dedicated to her career of making organic healthy pet food and you can tell how much she loves her animal family, as well as the pets in the community. I really enjoyed the inner thoughts and feelings of Stan and I thought the way she related things happening around her to songs was very funny.
All of the characters in the book are very realistic and three dimensional. They are people that I would like to be friends with. All of the animals are adorable and added a lot to the story.
The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read. The mystery is carried on throughout the story and there are many suspects to consider. I did not figure out the killer until it was revealed at the end. I like when that happens. The author is very descriptive and it was very easy to picture the community, the corn maze and the Halloween activities as I read the book.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy, especially one involving animals. Both books in the series are fantastic and I would suggest reading both of them.