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Dial Meow for Murder

(Lucky Paws Petsitting Mystery #2)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  524 ratings  ·  122 reviews
Even an experienced pet sitter like Daphne Templeton can be fooled by animal behavior: how can an adorably tiny fuzz ball named Tinkleston be capable of sudden flying leaps with cat claws bared? But human behavior remains even more mysterious, especially when Tinkleston s owner is murdered on the night of a gala fundraiser for Fur-ever Friends Pet Rescue.
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Published September 26th 2017 by Kensington Publishing Corporation
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A wonderful story for pet lovers! Spooky happenings provide entertainment and chills with it Halloween time of year and a possible haunted house. The characters—both human and pets—are likeable and loveable. The mystery is really, REALLY good!
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2017
Dollycas’s Thoughts

Daphne Templeton arrives at Flynt Mansion just a little late to set up for the Fur-ever Friends Pet Rescue fundraiser but she and Socrates look darn good in their costumes. Wait, why isn’t anyone else wearing costumes? Daphne is going to kill her sister, Piper, okay not actually kill her but scream at her maybe.

Some screaming does occur and there is a dead body, but it is not Piper. It is Lillian Flynt, owner of the mansion where the fundraiser is taking place. It is also a pr
Oct 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Daphne Templeton knows she's in for a bad night when she shows up to the annual gala fundraiser for Fur-Ever Friends Pet Rescue dressed as a witch....only to discover nobody else is dressed in Halloween costumes. The Flynt Mansion is elegantly decorated with twinkle lights, black chandeliers and jack o'lanterns. Everything is perfect for a great fundraiser to benefit charity....until Lillian Flynt's body is discovered. The eccentric woman has been electrocuted in an upstairs bathroom. The invest ...more
Aug 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-books, arc, cats, dogs, cozy
A fast, stimulating and funny read from the Lucky Paws Pet Sitters series. Daphne Templeton still has her Volkswagen, her cell phone doesn't always work and she is moving into the cottage. This book brought smile and laughter throughout as Daphne manage to get herself in trouble by acting fast.
At a fundraiser, a career volunteer is murdered and Daphne takes procession of her wild destructive cat, Tinkleston, a pedigree black cat. Maeve Templeton has a motive in the killing and Daphne looks into
Feb 14, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Daphne Templeton was pressed into helping out at the Fur-ever Friends Pet Rescue gala at the Flynt mansion by the formidable Miss Flint herself. When Daphne arrives at the scene of the party she spies chaos: her always put-together sister is drenched, the town librarian and historian (a married couple) are arguing, Miss Flynt is nowhere to be seen and her cat is missing. To make matters worse, Daphne's mother is in the house waiting for a client who wants to buy the Flynt mansion! While searchin ...more
Sep 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I read Dial Meow for Murder over the long weekend and I loved it. Bethany Blake has a strong second in series with Dial Meow for Murder. I really like that the main character Daphne is a free uncomplicated spirit with a knack for working with animals and a soft spot for solving the murders of the dead bodies she finds. She is purposeful in her investigations and clumsy, she is overly carrying and wears her heart on her sleeve. She is kind and curious to a fault and all of this makes for a great ...more
It's getting close to Halloween and the Fur-Ever Friends Pet Rescue gala event is underway. Daph Templeton is helping her sister and friends put the finishing touches on the evening. When she goes looking for the woman usually in charge of the event inside her mansion, she finds that her mother, Maeve, is also putting the final touches on selling the mansion. In trying to chase down the owner's elusive cat, Tinkleston, Daph finds the body of his owner, Lillian Flynt, in the bathtub.

Evidence of
Barbara Sousa
Nov 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dial Meow for Murder, the second book in Bethany Blake’s Lucky Paws Petsitting Mysteries, is a cute cozy mystery that fits nicely into the Halloween season.

Daphne Templeton and her sister Piper are getting set for a Fur-Ever Friends Pet Rescue fundraiser at the Flynt Mansion, a property that her realtor-mother, Maeve, has listed for sale. Unfortunately, the event – and potential sale – are marred by the death of the mansion’s owner, Lillian Flynt. Left behind is Lillian’s cantankerous cat, Tink
Terri Wino
Sep 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: year-2019
Book two is the third book in this series that I've read. After winning one in a giveaway, I decided to go back and start at the beginning of the series.

These are light mysteries that are perfect for my secondary book that I only read a few pages from each day. The plots are just complicated enough that the culprit isn't immediately apparent, even if you are able to figure it out by the book's end. I continue to enjoy the inclusion of the animals in these books, who each have their own distinct
Carla Johnson-Hicks
This is a wonderful series for pet lovers, as well as cozy mystery lovers. When Daphne shows up at a Hallowe'en fundraiser for Fur-ever friends, she should have known it was going to be a tough night. She was the only person in costume having lost her invitation. When Lillian Flynt's body is found electrocuted in the upstairs bathroom, the party is off and Maeve Templeton, Daphne's mother is the prime suspect. Of course Daphne gets involved in trying to solve the crime as well as getting the opp ...more
Jessica Wilhoite
Sep 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Daphne Templeton is back! Another murder has occurred in the small town of Sylvan Creek and Daphne is determined to unmask another killer with the help of her Basset Hound, Socrates, despite objections from the handsome detective, Jonathan Black.

This was a good, fast-paced read and you are quickly immersed in the small-town of Sylvan Creek and all of the characters in it. A new cat, Tinkleston, disrupts the Templeton household (poor Socrates) and a new face in town could possibly threaten the (
Sep 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
**I voluntarily read this ARC**

I really enjoyed the mystery, but there was too much relationship drama for me to fully enjoy the book. There were some great twists throughout the book, and the reveal surprised me. Daphne also surprised me with her decisions at the end. I'm looking forward to seeing more of Daphne and Socrates.
Jessica Robbins
Sep 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own-kindle, netgalley
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Barb (Boxermommyreads)
Sep 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
After enjoying "Death by Chocolate Lab" so much I knew I had to request this installment the minute I saw it offered on Netgalley. In "Dial Meow for Murder," the main character, Daphne, once again finds herself in the wrong place at the wrong time when she finds the body of a wealthy philanthropist during a Halloween gala at the woman's home. Despite the objections from Jonathan Black, the local detective, Daphne continues to look into the murder and gets into all kinds of predicaments along the ...more
Jessica  Sinn (Books and Trouble)
What worked: Oh where to begin? Like a pillowcase full of trick-or-treat candy—so much goodness is packed into this book. Despite her shortcomings (which I will mention below) Daphne is a loveable protagonist. Her life revolves around dogs, cats, books and yummy pastries. Funny--mine does too!

I’m also very thankful that there aren’t a bazillion characters to keep track of, which is a rare treat in the cozy mystery genre. I especially loved the atmospheric Halloweenie scenes that immersed me into
Stormi (BMReviewsohmy)
Feb 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Daphne ends up with a nasty cat when Tinkleston’s owner is murdered on the night of a gala fundraiser for Fur-ever Friends Pet Rescue. Socrates is not very happy with their new roommate and even Daphne is not sure about it as that cat don't seem to like her much but she feels sorry for it.

Daphne is determined to find out what happened to Tinkleston's owner especially when it looks like her mother could be a suspect. This means bumping heads with Detective Jonathan Black who doesn't enjoy her sno
Roberta Franklin
Jul 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Daphne Templeton works as a pet sitter in a quiet little town in Pennsylvania; she helps out at a ‘Fur-ever Friends Pet Rescue’ gala to raise money for dog and cat care, on the biggest estate in town, Flynt Mansions, which belongs to Lillian Flynt, a spinster who is big on charity. To her surprise, she finds her estate agent mother in the mansion who’s just about to show it to a possible buyer – and to her horror, she finds Miss Flynt dead in her bathtub, electrocuted by a CD player!

Detective Jo
Susan Johnston
Oct 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Princess Fuzzypants here:
We cats are quite sensitive so it is no wonder Tinks was upset when his human was found murdered in a bathtub in their mansion on the night of a big pet fundraisers on the grounds of the estate. Her human, MIss Flynt, was not only the doyenne of charitable good deeds, she was also the keeper of many secrets that she strove to keep hidden.
So, as Daphne, Tinks' new human, tries to figure out who would electrocute Miss Flynt, while trying to help Tinks adjust to his new and
Sep 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the chance to read this book!

This is book two in the series, but like with most cozy mysteries, it doesn't take long to immerse yourself in the small town world. Daphne blazes through, sprouting out introductions and situations with ease. Obviously with a title like that we're going to see pets, but I was surprised to see the Petsitting barely featured. Mainly we saw Socrates and Tinkleston (whom I loved BTW, who doesn't love a grumpy cat?)

I felt like
Debra Jo (Room of Required Reading Book Reviews)
I had read book one some time ago and enjoyed it, I am not sure why I waited so long for book two. This is such a fun book, its light and humorous with a touch of mystery and of course, murder.

Daphne Templeton is a free-spirited pet sitter, armed only with a Ph.D. in Philosophy and a stubborn Basset Hound, who has become an amateur sleuth.

In this installment of the series, an old and wealthy woman is found dead during a Halloween Fundraiser in her old "haunted" mansion. With more questions than
It's Halloween in Sylvan Creek, Pennsylvania - and the ghosts are real! Dial Meow for Murder, the second book in the Lucky Paws Petsitting Mystery Series by author Bethany Blake is a funny, riveting and suspenseful cozy mystery. This well-crafted story takes us back into the history of Sylvan Creek....and hidden secrets which may have some bearing on the cause of the recent murder of "professional volunteer" Lillian Flynt. Daphne's philosophical take on life, and her unwavering love of all anima ...more
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
Does an inherited cat or a philosopher dog have the answer to the latest murder case in Sylvan Creek? Well, I'm not going to tell you as this book is plain fun to read and I never tire of the main character, Daphne Templeton.

Daphne is a Philosopher herself. Holding a doctorate degree. However, she lives in a cottage on her sister's property and cares for animals as her living. Daphne has the soul of a philosopher but the cunning of a detective. To the great dismay of her family, friends, and th
Mar 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Quite Enjoyable!

Second book in an extremely enjoyable cozy mystery. I love the main character Daphne. She is so guileless, such a breath of fresh air. The fact that she has a PhD in philosophy means she is deep & quite bright. She doesn’t care about money or material things. I think that’s what Detective Jonathan Black finds interesting in her. Her love for animals shines brightly. While she is quite klutzy & a magnet for trouble, she, with the help of her trusty sidekick Socrates, always seem t
Lisa Morin
Sep 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is such a fun cozy mystery. Daphne Templeton is a strong, lovable character, and her sidekick Socrates is just adorable.
Halloween is fast approaching in Sylvan Lake, and when Daphne once again discovers a dead body, everyone tells her not to get involved.
Naturally, Daphne can't help but ask questions and do some digging, especially when her mother is a suspect!

This book is sure to get the attraction of all cozy mystery lovers, after all, who can resist the cast of colorful characters.

I volu
Nov 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
Can't really put my finger on it but I just didn't love this book. I skimmed half of it honestly :/ it just didn't draw me in and I didn't care for the characters much and didn't care what happened to them. Partly may have been a mood thing, partly because I hate love triangles, even potential ones and if I knew that, I wouldn't have bothered. I don't seem to be a big pet person in my books either (in real life I have 6) ...more
Oct 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fun series with good characters. Love the emphasis on pets and pet shelters. The bad guy is usually the one who doesn't care for dogs or cats. :-)
Oct 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This cozy mystery series is really hitting the spot for me right now, like comfort food! Great characters, interesting and creative mystery. I look forward to reading more.
May 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In Dial Meow for Murder by Bethany Blake, Daphne Templeton, a dog walker and sitter with a Ph.D. in philosophy, goes to the house of Lillian Flynt for the Fur-Ever Friends Pet Rescue annual fundraiser. Daphne’s veterinarian sister, Piper, is frustrated because Miss Flynt, who is the organizer, isn’t to be found. Further, the power is out, requiring the use of many candles, and in addition, Miss Flynt’s prize-winning black Persian cat managed to escape the house. As Daphne stares at the house, sh ...more
Nov 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
it was a bit comfusing at the start but i worked it out
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Intriguing Mystery
Dial Meow for Murder is the second book in Bethany Blake’s Lucky Paws Pet Sitting Mystery series. The storyline is well plotted and the characters are well developed. Although the book started out a little slowly, it turned into a page-turner. There are lots of twists and turns and potential suspects to keep the reader engaged. I was quite surprised by the final reveal. This book was an enjoyable, clean read, with an interesting mystery and touches of humor. Ms. Blake provides
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