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Death by Chocolate Lab (A Lucky Paws Pet Sitting Mystery #1) by Bethany Blake

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I rated this book 4 out of 5 stars

I won this book as part of a Goodreads First Reads giveaway.

Daphne Templeton is a free spirit. With a mother who puts her career first and a sister, Piper, who’s life has to always be in order, it’s a wonder that Daphne is such a carefree individual. She’s also an animal lover. Running a pet sitting business in the quaint little village of Sylvan Creek, Daphne’s biggest concern is usually what not to call her relationship with her not really but kind of sort of boyfriend, Dylan. That all changes when her sisters ex, Steve Beamus, is found dead and Piper is the main suspect. Can Daphne and her furry entourage find the real killer or will the new easy on the eyes detective, Jonathan Black, arrest her sister for murder?

Score one for Miss Blake because this book is a winner! I can’t say enough how much I loved it. Full of wonderful characters, a cute little town, and a shocking ending, I enjoyed this tale from start to finish. Daphne is great as the protagonist with just the right amount of quirkiness to make her antics humorous without being ridiculous and silly. Her sister Piper, who is an uptight veterinarian, did initially annoy me but the farther I got into the story, the more it worked for me. But best of all was the dogs! I have to admit they were my favorite part. Each one with a distinct personality, they were fun and entertaining right from the beginning.

For those that enjoy a little romance with their mystery, there is a love triangle. Or at least the beginning of one and these two men could not be more different. Dylan is the laid back surfer/hippie/vegan type whereas Jonathan is intimidating, a meat eater (something Daphne is not), and also happens to be the new detective in town investigating the crime. Him and Daphne are pretty much polar opposites but their chemistry is obvious and their banter was a lot of fun. Although Daphne does have somewhat of a relationship with Dylan, I think he would be more suited for her sister. Someone needs to loosen that one up. As far as the murder, there were plenty of potential suspects to keep you guessing. When the big reveal came, I was both surprised and a bit sad at the same time. I definitely plan on adding the next installment to my “to read” pile and recommend this for any cozy fan who loves dogs.

Total pages: 343, paperback

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