To Fetch a Felon by Jennifer Hawkins has Emma Reed relocating to Trevena, Cornwall to open a tea shop with her Pembroke Welsh corgi, Oliver. Oliver and Emma have a special relationship in that she can understand and speak with the curious little pup. Unfortunately, the pair manage to get on the bad side of the town curmudgeon, Victoria Roberts who also happens to own the property Emma wishes to rent for her tea shop. To get on Victoria’s good side (if she has one), Emma takes over some scones from her grandmother’s recipe and finds Victoria dead on her kitchen floor. Emma and Oliver set out to round up the killer.
To Fetch a Felon by Jennifer Hawkins is the debut of A Chatty Corgi Mystery series. This is a cute story with some unique elements. Emma Reed has been in finance in London and she is now ready to realize her lifelong dream of opening a tea shop. She visited Trevena in Cornwall with her family as a child which is why she picked the charming Cornish town. I liked that Emma is an older protagonist at forty-five. She can also talk to and understand her corgi, Oliver. Oliver is an inquisitive dog with good sniffer. I enjoyed the chapters from his point-of-view. They were amusing and I thought the author captured the dogs’ personality. There are some nice secondary characters who become Emma’s friends and help her solve the crime. The mystery was multifaceted. There are a couple of suspects along with good clues. There is misdirection and then a second death. There is a forty-year mystery as well. Emma soon discovers that a small village like Trevena is rife with rumors and secrets. I enjoyed how Oliver contributed to the investigation. I like how everything tied together in this whodunit and the resolution. The author provided vivid descriptions of Cornwall. She brought the area alive for me with her word imagery. I am glad the author took the time to develop our main character, Emma and establish the setting. It makes for a richer story. To Fetch a Felon is an entertaining cozy mystery with a curious corgi, rampant rumors, scrumptious scones, tasty tea, a cozy cottage, and startling secrets.
To Fetch a Felon is available from Amazon*. The next A Chatty Corgi Mystery is Murder Always Barks Twice which publishes August 3. Thank you for reading my review today. It is hard to believe that this is the last day of January. I am a stop on the Celebrate Lit Bloggers tour for The Moonlight School by Suzanne Woods Fisher tomorrow. I do hope that you will join me and that you have a relaxing day. Take care, be kind, and Happy Reading!
The Avid Reader
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