Review of Spilled Milk

Spilled Milk

Barks and Beans Cafe Cozy Mystery, Book #4

Heather Day Gilbert

5 Stars

Welcome to the Barks & Beans Cafe, a quaint place where folks pet shelter dogs while enjoying a cup of java…and where murder sometimes pays a visit.

The fall flea market has arrived in Macy’s small mountain town, and she’s taking a day off work to check out the local wares. As she and her Great Dane, Coal, wander through the booths, Macy’s more than a little taken aback to discover that her enigmatic tattooed barista, Kylie, is selling antique weapons at the event.

She’s even more shocked when Coal sniffs out a dead body…and the man appears to have been struck down by one of Kylie’s swords.

As rumors begin to circulate, the Barks & Beans Cafe also takes a hit. Customers are reluctant to order their mochas from a murderess. Macy stands by her employee, but even she believes there’s a whole lot more to Kylie’s history than the woman lets on. To make matters worse, Macy’s brother Bo is out of the country, leaving the cafe’s future in her hands.

And then her ex-husband Jake shows up, begging to make amends.

With the past rearing its ugly head, Macy has to ignore Jake’s distractions, appease the angst of her nervous customers, and convince Kylie to trust her, all before an elusive killer strikes again.

Join siblings Macy and Bo Hatfield as they sniff out crimes in their hometown…with plenty of dogs along for the ride! The Barks & Beans Cafe cozy mystery series features a small town, an amateur sleuth, and no swearing or graphic scenes. (Goodreads)


The characters are well rounded and well developed.  The Barks and Beans Cafe is doing well and Macy’s life is going pretty well.  She goes to a flea market and sees her barista there selling antique weapons, she did not know she was so knowledgeable about them.  When she and Cole find a dead body with one of the barista’s knives nearby Macy knows she has to find out who really killed him because she knows that her barista did not do it.

The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and through most of the book I could picture things in my mind’s eye  as they were happening.  The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read.  The mystery is well plotted and there were enough clues to sift through and suspects to consider.  You need all your detective skills to solve this one.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  I cannot wait to see what happens next.

Spilled Milk (Barks & Beans Cafe Cozy Mystery Book 4) by [Heather Day  Gilbert]

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