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Death by Chocolate Lab (Lucky Paws Petsitting Mystery) by [Blake, Bethany]
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Pet sitter Daphne Templeton has a soft spot for every stray and misfit who wanders into the quaint, lakeside village of Sylvan Creek. But even Daphne doesn’t like arrogant, womanizing Steve Beamus, the controversial owner of Blue Ribbon K-9 Academy. When Steve turns up dead during a dog agility trial, Daphne can think of a long list of people with motives for homicide, and so can the police. Unfortunately, at the top of the list is Daphne’s sister, Piper—Steve’s latest wronged girlfriend.

Certain that Piper is innocent, in spite of mounting evidence to the contrary, Daphne sets out to clear her sister’s name—and find Axis, Steve’s prize-winning chocolate Labrador, who went missing the night of Steve’s death. Aided by Socrates, her taciturn basset hound, and a hyperactive one-eared Chihuahua named Artie, Daphne quickly runs afoul of Detective Jonathan Black, a handsome and enigmatic newcomer to town, who has no appreciation for Daphne’s unorthodox sleuthing.

Can a free-spirited pet sitter, armed only with a Ph.D. in Philosophy and her two incompatible dogs, find the real killer before she becomes the next victim?

Includes recipes for homemade dog treats!

“When murder is unleashed in the idyllic town of Sylvan Creek, it’s up to spunky pet sitter Daphne and her darling duo of misfit mutts to catch the killer. A doggone charming read from start to finish!” —Cleo Coyle, New York Times bestselling author

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1485 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington (28 February 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01GBAG2T0
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #416,501 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.0 out of 5 stars First book in a new cozy mystery series! 1 March 2017
By Kris Anderson - The Avid Reader - Published on
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Death by Chocolate Lab by Bethany Blake is the first book in A Lucky Paws Petsitting Mystery series. Daphne Templeton lives in Sylvan Creek, Pennsylvania with her sister, Piper (their mother, Maeve lives in the town as well). While Daphne has a PhD in philosophy, she runs Daphne Templeton’s Lucky Paws Pet Sitting (now many job opportunities for someone with a degree in philosophy). Her sister, Piper owns Winding Hill Farm (and is the local veterinarian) and is hosting a dog agility trial competition the next day. Late that night, various vendors show up to set up their tents. Steve Beamus, owner of Blue Ribbon K-9 Academy arrives to set up the course. Steve is not well-liked because of his condescending, superior attitude and womanizing ways. The next morning, Daphne is out early with her dog, Socrates and her foster dog, Arnie (a little Chihuahua with an overeager personality and an unfortunate overbite). Arnie enters the course and dives in a red tunnel. When he does not exit, Daphne crawls in to get him. She gets a shock when she discovers the body of Steve Beamus. The new to town Detective Jonathan Black is in charge of the case and happens to hear a private conversation between Daphne and Piper that puts Piper at the top of the suspect list. Daphne is determined to prove her sister’s innocence to the detective. There is no shortage of suspects for the murder of such an unlikeable victim. Daphne, with the help of her canine sidekicks, starts questioning her list of suspects. When Daphne is out late one night for a clandasdine meeting, she discovers the body of Virginia Lockhart in the park. Virginia must have stumbled upon the killer and paid the ultimate price. Daphne will need to up her game if she is to find the killer before he strikes again (and she stumbles across another body)!

I found Death by Chocolate Lab to be easy to read. I like the various dogs included in the story (can you tell I am trying to list the positive attributes first) and there are some good recipes for dog treats included at the end of the book (I will have to try them out). I enjoyed the mystery that Bethany Blake created in Death by Chocolate Lab. I do not think that many readers will guess the identity of the murderer. You will need to utilize deductive reasoning to identify the perpetrator (really think about all the people in the book). I give Death by Chocolate Lab 3 out of 5 stars. I thought that Daphne was too quirky (nicest word I can use). Daphne has a PhD in philosophy (she is also a vegetarian). It takes intelligence and time to get a doctorate degree. But the author then made her out to be a babbling idiot who cannot remember to keep gas in her car. Daphne has not managed to get her life together and lives with her sister who likes to remind her of this frequently (that she does not pay rent). She drives a 1960s era VW bus that breaks down as frequently as it runs out of gas (she puts in $5 and then drives 10 plus miles and is shocked there is no gas). The car has the worst paint job on the planet. It is supposed to depict a dog (for her business), but it looks like a horse (of course). I wish the author would have let Daphne be an intelligent, confident woman. It would have made for a more appealing story. Then there is the situation with Jonathan Black. It seems he is very handsome and Daphne cannot help but notice him. A reader is subjected to the many fine attributes of Detective Black several times throughout the novel (every single time Daphne and Black encounter each other). I like a little romance in cozy mysteries, but I do not feel the reader needs to be hit over-the-head with it (and we do not need the main character to be drooling over him). Detective Black is not the only hunky man in the book (there are two others). While Death by Chocolate Lab is not the right book for me, I believe others will enjoy the humor. The next book in the series is Dial Meow for Murder.
5.0 out of 5 stars First book in a great cozy mystery series 9 April 2017
By Ryan Hoffman - Published on
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Death by Chocolate Lab is the first book in the Lucky Paws Petsitting Mysteries series. A great debut and Good start to cozy mystery series!

Daphne Templeton has a PhD in Philosophy, but owns a dog sitting/ dog walking business in her hometown, a small idyllic town in Pennsylvania called Sylvan Creek. Her sister, Piper is the local vet in the town. The own is known for a few characters owning dogs, and the main event in the book is a dog show at the farm where Piper and Daphne live. There expecting a good turnout at the event, until Steve Beamus, a local dog trainer who is as the town jerk that broke her sisters heart, is found dead on the property. When Daphne sister piper becomes the main suspect. Daphne along with her canine companion's start there own investigation, and sniffing where there noses don't belong, meddling in the case. With new to town cop Detective Jonathan Black frowning on her meddling in the case.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Clever and engaging mystery 3 April 2017
By Deb Slade - Published on
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I was sucked into this little mystery from page one. The cast of human and canine characters will bring a smile, sigh, or groan, to readers who love dogs, and who are familiar with the dog training and rescue community. The dogs are described with a knowing eye ~ I’ve met these pooches walking around my own little town. The human characters were cast with humor, their relationships dynamic ~ and the ending was a complete surprise. Had no trouble following this intriguing mystery in short order … started in the afternoon, then stayed up all night to see it to its conclusion. Am looking forward to the next book in the series, hoping that I might meet some of the same characters again in Dial Meow for Murder. Until then, guess I’ll go back to watching Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries or the occasional old film noir.
4.0 out of 5 stars A Doggone Good Debut Cozy! 1 March 2017
By Linda Langford at Chatting About Cozies - Published on
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A doggone good start to a new cozy series! Sisters, Daphne (a free-spirited pet sitter), and Piper (a veterinarian), live in the quaint, lakeside village of Sylvan Creek, PA, in a cozy farmhouse belonging to Piper. Daphne has a wise, meditative basset hound, aptly named Socrates, plus is fostering Artie, a feisty, teeny one-eared Chihuahua. After the suspicious death of a K9 trainer at the farm property; a handsome detective, one Jon Black, who's caught Daphne's interest, singles out Piper as his likeliest suspect. There are plenty of other notable frenemies, however, and Daphne and pals just have to narrow down motive, means, and opportunity. Great plot--To say the least, the killer reveal caught me by surprise.

A treat for animal lovers--a slow, easy, and entertaining way to wile away some downtime hours and relax. The characters are flawed and likeable, and I'll be looking forward to seeing them polished up and what's in store for them in future stories. There are also numerous laugh-out-loud moments throughout the book. Little Artie, the Chihuahua, has the larger dogs charmed and in the palms of his teeny tiny paws! LOL! Pet and people recipes included.

I voluntarily reviewed an advanced copy of this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 11 March 2017
By gamemaster - Published on
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Good read, worth the price of the book