Barks & Beans Cafe Cozy Mystery, Book 1
Heather Day Gilbert
BOOK ONE in the ALL-NEW BARKS & BEANS CAFE cozy mystery series!!
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.
Fed up with her go-nowhere job, newly single Macy Hatfield moves back to her small hometown in West Virginia. She joins forces with her brother Bo in his crazy new venture—the Barks & Beans Cafe, which caters to dog lovers and coffee drinkers alike.
When a golf instructor is murdered at the nearby spiritual center, Macy winds up adopting his Great Dane. Just after Macy finds a mysterious message sewn under the dog’s collar, her Dane is dognapped. She launches into a relentless search for her newfound canine friend, but along the way, she digs up a cruel and confident killer.
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.
The Barks & Beans Cafe cozy mystery series in order:
Book 1: No Filter
Book 2: Iced Over (Goodreads)
The writing style flows smoothly and defines the characters very clearly by their actions and words. The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and these descriptions pulled me into the story from the very beginning. In my mind’s eye, I could picture the Barks and Beans and all of the animals inside there.
The characters are well developed and well rounded. Macy and Bo are siblings and I thought they got along really good. They cared about each other and they tried to watch out for each. They have both been hurt, but they try to help each other through their heartache. Bo has a secret that he finally reveals to Macy and she is not sure what to do with the information. Macy cannot seem to help herself, she has to figure out who killed the golf instructor, after all, she got his dog.
The mystery was well plotted and carried on well throughout the book. There were enough clues to sift through and suspects to consider. The mystery was intriguing and not easily solved.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. This was a good first book in the series and I am looking forward to reading the next one.
I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by Bookfunnel, which I greatly appreciate.