Wednesday, May 27, 2020

No Filter by Heather Day Gilbert: Review & Giveaway!

No Filter

Barks & Beans Cafe Cozy Mystery

by Heather Day Gilbert

About No Filter 

Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Publisher: WoodHaven Press (May 26, 2020)
Number of Pages: ~280 Pages
Digital ASIN: B085BX4N96
Welcome to the Barks & Beans Cafe, a quaint place where folks pet shelter dogs while enjoying a cup of java...and where murder sometimes pays a visit.

Fed up with her go-nowhere job, newly single Macy Hatfield moves back to her small hometown in West Virginia. She joins forces with her brother Bo in his crazy new venture—the Barks & Beans Cafe, which caters to dog lovers and coffee drinkers alike.

When a golf instructor is murdered at the nearby spiritual center, Macy winds up adopting his Great Dane. Just after Macy finds a mysterious message sewn under the dog's collar, her Dane is dognapped. She launches into a relentless search for her newfound canine friend, but along the way, she digs up a cruel and confident killer.

Join siblings Macy and Bo Hatfield as they sniff out crimes in their hometown...with plenty of dogs along for the ride! The Barks & Beans Cafe cozy mystery series features a small town, an amateur sleuth, and no swearing or graphic scenes.
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About Heather Day Gilbert

HEATHER DAY GILBERT, an ECPA Christy award finalist and Grace award winner, writes contemporary mysteries and Viking historicals. Her novels feature small towns, family relationships, and women who aren't afraid to protect those they love. Like her amateur sleuth heroines, she enjoys reading Agatha Christie, playing video games, dogs, and coffee.
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My Summary

No Filter by Heather Day Gilbert has Macy Hatfield moving back to her hometown of Lewisburg, West Virginia after receiving a phone call from her brother, Bo.  The brother and sister duo are opening the Barks & Beans Café which caters to coffee and dog lovers.  They will be bringing in dogs from the local animal rescue in the hopes that customers will want to adopt them. Customers can enjoy their coffee with a tasty treat and cuddle a cute dog.   A golf instructor at the Ivy Hill Spiritual Center for Healing is murdered and his Great Dane, Coal ends up at the shelter.  It is love at first sight for Macy and Coal.  Macy finds a metal tag sewn onto the back of Coal’s collar with a message on it.  When Coal is dognapped, Macy knows the person is after the tag.  Macy and Bo set out to get Coal back.  Unfortunately, they catch the attention of the killer who is not about to let a witness live. 
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My Thoughts

No Filter is the debut of A Barks & Beans Café Cozy Mystery series.  No Filter has two great protagonists with Macy and Bo.  I enjoyed the interactions between this brother-and-sister duo.  They get along well and have started an interesting new venture.  Bo handles the business side of the café since he has the background in coffee while Macy takes care of the dog area.  Dogs make her happy and she is thrilled to have a job where she can interact with canines all day.  Summer Adkins, owner of the local animal shelter, is another good character. There are sparks between Summer and Bo.  I liked that the author took the time to establish the characters.  The café idea is fun.  I wish there was one in my area.  It is a great way to help shelter dogs find forever homes.  There is more than meets the eye to one of our main characters.  Coal stole the show, though, in No Filter.  Coal is a sweetie, but he is protective of his new owner (a bit of a bed hog as well).  The mystery was intriguing.  There are multiple suspects, a red herring, and clues for readers to find.   I enjoyed reading No Filter and I am looking forward to reading Iced Over.  No Filter is a charming cozy mystery with a clever canine named Coal, deafening drums, a gone golfer, Brazilian beans, and a despicable dognapper.
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No Filter can be purchased from Amazon*.  The next A Barks & Beans Cafe Cozy Mystery is Iced Over which releases July 27.  Both books are available through Kindle UnlimitedThe title of the third tale in A Barks & Beans Cafe Cozy Mystery is Fair Trade.  As part of the tour, the author is hosting a giveaway.  You can click here to enter or use the Rafflecopter form below.  Leave a comment on my blog for an extra entry.  Good Luck!  Heather Gilbert also writes An Exotic Pet Sitter Mystery series starring Belinda Blake. Thank you for stopping by today.  I will be back tomorrow with my review of The Railway Girls by Maisie Thomas.  It is the first novel in The Railway Girls series featuring Mabel, Joan and Dot.  I hope that you have a lively day.  Take care, stay safe and Happy Reading!

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1 comment:

  1. I enjoyed reading your delightful review! Thanks for sharing!