A Canine Confections Mystery: Book 3
Publication Date: January 20, 2022
Two murders on the same strip of Worth Avenue in Palm Beach means dog bakery owner Samantha Armstrong and her fellow shopkeepers have reached their quota of bad stuff. Right?
They should be so lucky…
Samantha is thrilled that life in her new hometown has finally settled into a fun, peaceful rhythm. Canine Confections’ business is on the upswing, and her days are filled with jogs on the beach with her pooch Sweet Pea, cozy time with Aunt Mary on her aunt’s estate, and yummy treats at her upscale dog bakery. But things are not peaceful for long when Donna from the local gossip magazine, Pulse on Palm Beach, winds up dead at Samantha’s first foray into catering a millionaire dog’s birthday party.
Once again, Samantha finds herself smack dab in the middle of the investigation. But this time, it’s another reporter from Pulse that’s making her center-stage. With the aid of her precious Sweet Pea, Samantha pads around the splashy Worth Avenue sniffing out clues. Unfortunately, the more she searches, the more suspects she finds. And it doesn’t help that Angelina from Mystic Dreams has hired a psychic who warns that trouble in Palm Beach isn’t about to end anytime soon.
Includes an original recipe from the world-famous Three Dog Bakery!
Paws of Death was a nice continuation of the Canine Confections Mystery series by Amy Hueston but was very repetitive throughout. The clues were mentioned every time Samantha discussed the murder and other crimes or even thought about it. Of course, the local police wish she would let them do their job without her interference. She figures she has a track record to keep up with since she’s an amateur sleuth and has done well in helping solve the other murders in town.
There are twists and turns to the story, along with some levity. There is an interesting cast of characters among the small business owners, and some of them seem very shallow. I liked the addition of all the dogs and her aunt’s cat to the story. There were vivid descriptions of the stores, the businesses, her aunt’s house, and the beach area. Although this is said to be the third and final book in the series, there seem to be more stories to tell. There is some closure with solving the latest murder but some loose ends.
If you like cozy mysteries with amateur sleuths who always seem to be in the thick of things, Canine Confections Mystery might be a series you’ll enjoy.
Amy Hueston’s Canine Confections mystery series has an abundance of dogs and pastries, two of her favorite things. When she isn’t writing her latest mystery or suspense, she can often be found either singing professionally or petting the nearest dog.
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