Summary

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.

3.5-STAR REVIEW: PAWS OF DEATH by Amy Hueston

The Description

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!

The Review

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.Buy Links

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About The Author

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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JoAnne Weiss
JoAnne Weiss
JoAnne Weiss, nee Montalbano, was born and raised in NYC until moving to CT with her family when she was 16 and she's never left. Married for 41 years with one grown son, she works in an elementary school office where she's been since it opened in 2003. Prior to that, she was an accountant in several corporations before becoming a stay at home mom for 12 years. JoAnne enjoys reading, traveling, spending time with her family, and extended family as well as with friends. She enjoys cooking and rarely uses a recipe the way it was intended but instead uses them and cooking shows to give her new ideas and suggestions. JoAnne has a huge bucket list of places she'd like to visit but has been lucky enough to travel to England, Italy, the Caribbean, Mexico, Canada, and many states in the U.S. including Hawaii, California, Nevada, Arizona, and Maine among others. Some of JoAnne's favorite genres include contemporary romance, chick-lit, romantic suspense, and historical romances including regency and those set in the west. JoAnne is on several author's street teams and enjoys interacting with many of them on Facebook as well as reading their newsletters. She has been lucky enough to meet some of her favorite authors among them Susan Mallery, Debbie Macomber, Nora Roberts, Meg Tilly, Beatriz Williams, and Marie Bostwick. JoAnne took a road trip with her sister in the fall of 2019 and visited Nora Roberts' bookstore in Boonsboro, Maryland for an authors' signing. She hopes to do more of this in the future. JoAnne leaves reviews for all books she reads on Goodreads and her reviews can be found at https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/5001736?ref=nav_mybooks JoAnne currently reviews for two sites - NovelsAlive.com and RomanceJunkies.com Previously she reviewed for Romancing-the-Book.com which has since closed. Payment is in the form of receiving free books to read and review. Her mantra is too many books and not enough time!

3 COMMENTS

  1. Thank you so much for reading this and no, it’s not necessarily the final in the series at all! In fact, the characters are behind the big velvet curtain backstage telling me what stories they want to share. NEW stories, with maybe snippy Bethany showing a softer side (or not? Hmmmmm…..) and Aunt Mary getting together with her chef instead of Detective Trumble? And we still haven’t delved into the Rick/Samantha lack-of-relationship yet. Plus a new character or two to throw everyone for a loop. This time, Samantha just might stay the heck out of it, that is if there IS a next murder…. oh of course there will be, this is a cozy mystery after all.
    Thanks again for reading and reviewing. I appreciate your time and effort and a place on your fabulous website.
    Amy

    • Glad to hear the series will continue. There is so much more for these characters. Thanks for the hints of what may or may not happen.

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3.5-STAR REVIEW: PAWS OF DEATH by Amy HuestonIf 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.