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Death by Chocolate Lab

(Lucky Paws Petsitting Mystery #1)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  901 ratings  ·  248 reviews
Pet sitter Daphne Templeton has a soft spot for every stray and misfit who wanders into the quaint, lakeside village of Sylvan Creek. But even Daphne doesn’t like arrogant, womanizing Steve Beamus, the controversial owner of Blue Ribbon K-9 Academy. When Steve turns up dead during a dog agility trial, Daphne can think of a long list of people with motives for homicide, and ...more
Paperback, 343 pages
Published February 28th 2017 by Kensington
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A doggone good start to a new cozy series! Sisters, Daphne (a free-spirited pet sitter), and Piper (a veterinarian), live in the quaint, lakeside village of Sylvan Creek, PA, in a cozy farmhouse belonging to Piper. Daphne has a wise, meditative basset hound, aptly named Socrates, plus is fostering Artie, a feisty, teeny one-eared Chihuahua. After the suspicious death of a K9 trainer at the farm property; a handsome detective, one Jon Black, who's caught Daphne's interest, singles out Piper as hi ...more
Mar 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2017
Dollycas’s Thoughts

A Chocolate Lab names Axis, a Chihuahua named Artie, 3 huge rottweilers named Macduff, Iago and Hamlet and a Basset Hound named Socrates are all on a walk with pet sitter, Daphne Templeton and her sister Piper as the book starts out. Piper is a veterinarian and with the exception of her love life things are going well for her. Daphne lives with her rent free as she tries to get her new pet sitting business started. Piper’s ex Steve Beamus, is also part of this animal world in
Barb (Boxermommyreads)
Feb 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
I knew I had to request this book when I saw it on Netgalley because my Canine ADHD kicked in after seeing the basset hound on the cover. I'm glad I did because I found "Death by Chocolate Lab" to be a quick-paced cozy mystery and a strong start to a new series. Daphne is a pet sitter and since she has a Ph.D in philosophy, she doesn't quite see things as many around her would. She lives with her sister and kind of strikes me as a jack of all trades because although she pet sits, I don't think h ...more
Janet Robel
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Ok, this was cute, but honestly, the best thing about it were the dogs, especially Artie, who has the biggest personality. The first book in the Lucky Paws Petsitting series is a quick read, and Daphne Templeton is a pet lover who ends up investigating a murder. Since this didn't grab my attention, I may pass on the next book. Overall, I liked it though. Readers of cozies may like this if they're looking for some
Lisa Ks Book Reviews
A good start to a new series.

I very much enjoyed DEATH BY CHOCOLATE LAB during the first several chapters. It was a very quick read, (I love short chapters in a book), and I found myself flying through the pages, learning about protagonist Daphne Templeton, and her sister Piper, Daphne’s petsitting business Lucky Paws (thus the name of the series), and meeting canine characters, Socrates and Artie, as well as a few townsfolk.

As I mentioned above, during the first eight or so chapters, things m
Lisa Morin
Jan 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
As a first in a new series, Death by Chocolate Lab was fantastic.
Daphne Templeton is a fun, down to earth character who will be loved by all readers.
Getting her business off the ground as a pet sitter is a bit of a struggle, but her companions make it worth it.
Artie is a Chihuahua who only has one ear, drools and wants to be the center of attention. Socrates is a basset hound who enjoys keeping a stiff upper lip.
These lovable canines live with Daphne and her sister Piper, a veterinarian who bel
Feb 26, 2017 rated it liked it
I am a sucker for both lab dogs and cozy mystery novels. When I saw the title to this book -- Death by Chocolate Lab -- I knew it was one I had to read. The cover is cute as well...featuring the aforesaid chocolate lab and a sad-faced basset hound.

For the most part I enjoyed this book. Let me talk about what I enjoyed first....then I will mention a couple things that bothered me.

Daphne Templeton is a professional pet sitter and dog walker. She lives with her sister Piper, a veterinarian. Also l
Terri Wino
Apr 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: year-2019
I had won the fourth book in this series in a giveaway and enjoyed it, so I decided to go back and read the series from the beginning. This was a fun "cozy" mystery with just enough red herrings to keep you wondering if you had the right character pegged as the culprit. The characters are likeable for the most part, and I love that the four-legged characters are included throughout the book.

My one complaint is how bumbling Daphne is portrayed a lot of the time. I get that she's a "free spirit,"
Dawn Frazier
Feb 25, 2017 rated it liked it
This is the first book in the new Petsitting series, Daphne and her sister Piper live in Sylvan Creek, PA. Daphne is starting her business as a petsitter, and Piper is a veterinarian, so any animal lover is bound to like this book. Daphne turns to investigating when she finds the body of Pipers ex boyfriend on their property, because Piper is the number one suspect.
Although the characters are very likable, I was little disappointed that the story seemed to revolve more around Piper than it did D
Carla Johnson-Hicks
Daphne and Piper Templeton are sisters who live together, but are opposites in nature. Piper is an organized veterinarian who owns a farm, Daphne has a doctorate in Philosophy and can't even keep gas in her vehicle. She lives rent free with her sister while trying to start up her Pet Sitting business. When the book opens we meet Socrates, the philosopher basset hound, Artie, the chihuahua that is so ugly he is cute and three huge rottweilers named Macduff, Iago and Hamlet all on a walk with Daph ...more
Jan 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Isn't it odd? I read book two in this series earlier in the year, and while I liked it, I did have some issues. Going back and reading book one (it was a Christmas present!) and I really liked this one! The issues I had in book two haven't appeared yet, and I felt like this was a really strong start!

The chemistry between Daphne and Jonathan was strong here too, and I'm definitely team Jonathan. Dylan's nice and all...but eh. Plus this one had way more Petsitting and dogs, so that was definitely
Aug 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Really enjoyed this new cozy! Loved the characters and all the pets. Can't wait to read what happens next. ...more
Feb 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, cozy, dogs, e-books
A delightful and funny cozy mystery featuring Daphne Templeton and her two dogs, Artie, a Chihuahua and Socrates, a basset hound. Daphne's temperament is laid back and is forever getting her trouble. Her sister, Piper's boyfriend Steve Beamus has been murdered and his chocolate lab, Axis is missing. Daphne decides to look for Axis and this allows her to look into the murder as Piper is the leading suspect. I like the interaction between Daphne and Homicide detective. Jonathan Black. Will Inspect ...more
Jan 20, 2017 rated it it was ok
I read Death by Chocolate Lab, A Lucky Paws Pet-sitting Mystery by Bethany Blake yesterday. This is a first in series about an unlikely armature sleuth and over qualified pet sitter that dog lovers are sure to enjoy. I will be absolutely honest it took me a really long time to get into this book, though the first half is very slow moving I did enjoy the second half. I did not find the mystery in the book plausible but I did appreciate the back story for the detective.
May 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Pet Sitter Daphne Templeton enjoys living a vegetarian lifestyle with her dog Socrates, living rent free on her sister's farm and earning occasional money dog walking and pet sitting. She's currently hanging on to an awkward Chihuahua, Artie, who is need of a good home. When her sister's ex-boyfriend suddenly pops up in Piper and Daphne's lives again, Daphne thinks no good can come of it. Though Steve Beamus is a noted animal trainer, Daphne doesn't like his style. That doesn't mean she wants th ...more
Daphne Templeton owns a pet sitting/pet walking business in small town Sylvan Creek, Pennsylvania. Her sister Piper is the town veterinarian. Piper's ex-boyfriend, Steve, is found dead on the agility course which Piper was hosting. Piper becomes the prime suspect when the lead detective learns that she argued with Steve in the early hours of the morning of the event.

This is an excellent start to a series. I love the characters, the dogs and the town. All the characters come to life in the writin
Yvonne Taylor
Aug 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Sylvan Creek, Pennsylvania is becoming one of my favorite towns to visit. The characters in this book are so much fun. I really love the banter between Daphne Templeton (owner of Lucky Paws Pet Sitting) and the new Detective in town Jonathan Black.
Daphne's sisters EX-boyfriend Steve Beamus ends up dead on her sister Piper's property it doesn't look good. Daphne must try and find the killer before her sister is charged with the murder. When she starts asking around it seems there no shortage of
Jessica Wilhoite
Aug 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book, it was well written and I loved the fact that the chapters were so short. I actually was able to guess the who, but not the why - usually I get neither lol. Great book, Bethany Blake, can't wait to read the next one. ...more
Stormi (BMReviewsohmy)
Feb 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Daphne is a pet sitter while her sister Piper is a vet, two extremes but they both have a love of animals. Daphne's mother would prefer her to have a more stable income like her sister, but she likes what she is doing.

Piper is hosting a dog competition but it comes to a halt when her ex-boyfriend is found dead in one of the tunnels. Steve was supposed to be setting up all the equipment and Piper was upset that he didn't have it done, but he had a good reason for not finishing.

The new detective h
Megan W. (pnwbookworm)
I wanted to like this book. I really did. The problem was that hardly anything, from the plot points to the main character, was believable. When I read the majority of the time I am able to suspend disbelief and sink into the story. That was not the case here. I was constantly jerked out of the story by the thought “that doesn’t make any sense” which means I wasn’t able to enjoy this read at all.
The story is about a pet sitter named Daphne, who sets out to solve the murder of a local dog traine
Daphne Templeton has a nice little business in Sylvan Creek, PA walking and sitting for dogs. Her own basset hound, Socrates, usually looks a little like he's being a philosopher. Daph is also keeping Artie, a one-eared Chihuahua rescue dog. Her favorite clients are McDuff, Hamlet and Iago, three Rottweilers who definitely show her more appreciation than their moody owner, Virginia Lockhart, wife of Senator Mitch Lockhart.

Daph has a nice life with her business and being able to stay at her siste
Feb 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
**I voluntarily reviewed this ARC**

Oh I loved this one! So much going on, and so many twists! Socrates and Artie were awesome sidekicks for Daphne, and the contrast between Daphne and Piper was interesting. The mystery was great, and I was seriously shocked by the murderer.
May 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Daphne Templeton has a Ph.D. in philosophy and works as a pet sitter, living without rent with her veterinarian sister Piper in Death by Chocolate Lab by Bethany Blake. Piper once dated the arrogant Steve Beamus, who works as a dog trainer and has very few fans in their small town of Sylvan Creek. Piper has arranged for the local dog agility group to hold a competition at Winding Hill, the farm she owns, and the only one who owns the equipment is Steve, so late the night before the competition, ...more
I enjoyed this first in a series, it's off to a good start. Daphne is a pet sitter who lives with her sister. When she finds the dead body of her sister's ex boyfriend dead on her sister's property when setting up for an agility trial, the police look at her sister as suspect.
Daphne is described as a free spirit however I did find her immaturity a like not putting enough gas in her van (twice) a little annoying. Other than that she is likable enough, I did love her interaction with Detective Bl
Apr 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozies
This is the first in a new series. Daphne is a pet sitter and lives with her sister Piper, who is a veterinarian. Piper's ex runs the K9 academy in town. All three are set to attend a dog agility event on Pipers farm. Piper's ex is found dead on the farm and the police immediately suspect Piper because of an argument they had the night before. Daphne investigates the murder to help Piper, butting heads with the lead detective.
This was a fun start to a new series. I am excited to see more of the
Dec 11, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Death by Chocolate Lab (Lucky Paws Petsitting Mystery #1)” is another book that was played during a road trip adventure, so don’t expect this to be lesfic.

The narration was pretty good, but the heroine is dimwitted, there are lots of plot holes to the story and general stumbling around. 3* - meh
Jamie Keck
Sep 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun read. I’m a sucker for anything with a basset hound in it. The ending was a little out of nowhere, but I enjoyed it overall.
May 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
An interesting start to a Pet Sitter Series where Daphne lives with her sister and at this time is a pet sitter. The beginning was good, some interesting twists. The plot started off ok however I believe we are missing some pieces especially with the husband who's wife was murdered and the only thing he wanted was his wife's phone back that Daphne had taken to call the police when she found Veronica. There is an interesting interaction between her and Detective Black.
Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
I thought this was a great start to a new contained one of my favorite things, dogs! There is a basset hound named Socrates and a chihuahua named Artie that is so ugly he is cute. There are a few other dogs including 3 rottweilers named after Shakespearean characters and a retriever named Axis.

The murder doesn't happen right off the bat, but I will say I guessed who was killed before it was revealed. Now I'm sure you are thinking - but the synopsis says who was killed. Ok this is tru
Apr 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Excellent. A great debut!
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Bethany Blake lives in a small, quaint town in Pennsylvania with her husband and three daughters. When she's not writing or riding horses, she's wrangling a menagerie of furry family members that includes a nervous pit bull, a fearsome feline, a blind goldfish, and an attack cardinal named Robert. Like Daphne Templeton, the heroine of her Lucky Paws Mysteries, Bethany holds a Ph.D. and operates a ...more

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