Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Pawprints & Predicaments

A year ago, I don't think I would have read a mystery featuring dogs (Please don't hate me), but then I met Beau and things changed. You'll learn more about Beau on Friday on MapYourMystery.com.

In the meantime I dove right into Pawprints & Predicaments Bethany Blake. Daphne Templeton runs a petsitting business and is now in the process of open a bakery shop for pet treats. Right in the middle of her planning is the Sylvan Creek Winterfest highlighting her pet-friendly Pocono Mountain town.

TV producer Lauren Savidge decides she needs to film her show "America's Most Pet Friendly Towns" at various locales in town and also the Polar Bear Plunge during the Winterfest. Lauren's intrusive ways have rubbed many residents the wrong way and it is no surprise that she doesn't survive the polar plunge.

Daphne and a phantom St. Bernard dog drag a limp Lauren from the water. Once on land the dog escapes into the woods. He is the embodiment of the legendary St. Bernard known throughout Sylvan Creek. At first it appears she drowned in the confusion, but Detective Jonathan Black discovers blood on her head and calls it suspicious.

Of course there are many suspects including some of the town's quirkier residents as well as Lauren's own staff.  Although Daphne is warned by Detective Black to keep away from investigating. especially after her previous close calls. Daphne, not one to be quieted or controlled, continues investigating.

Pawprints and Predicaments has a little dog that loves to dress up in costumes; another dog, Socrates, who is the reincarnation of the great philosopher; and of course, the elusive St. Bernard.

The Lucky Paws Petsitting Mysteries are a fun series and I will have to go back and read the earlier ones. I'm looking forward to the next one and to see how Daphne manages the pet bakery.

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