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Barking up the Wrong Bakery

(Happy Tails Dog Walking Mysteries #1)

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Some people would kill for coffee…

Olivia Rickard would kill to keep everything just the way it is. She’s got a gorgeous boyfriend who loves her, a supportive sister to lean on, and a dog walking business that’s briskly barking away. But just as she’s getting comfortable her sister suddenly wants to buy an entire brownstone with her and her boyfriend looks like he’s going t
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Published May 18th 2017 by Relay Publishing
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Jan 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
A tail waggingly good start to this new dog centric cozy.

I had such a fun time reading, BARKING UP THE WRONG BAKERY. The dogs featured made for some moments of levity that were pleasant breaks from the mystery portion of the story.

I related so much to protagonist, Olivia Rickard. Totally hooked on mystery novels, a dog lover, and someone who doesn’t do well with change, I could have been reading about myself in some scenes. Though I will say, Olivia can get a little too intense with how she han
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Babs
May 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-mystery

Oiliva’s sister is trying to get her to buy a building as she owns a dog walking business. She also has Andrew who would love to propose to her.

Oivlia loves mysteries she soon she is the one in trouble as she comes across a truck with Yvette dead.

The author does a great job with the plot. The characters are funny and you can feel the love.


I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book
FangirlNation
Feb 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Barking Up the Wrong Bakery by Stella St. Claire opens with us witnessing a murder. The only problem is that we don’t get to see who commits it. Olivia, a professional dog walker in the small town of Lexinberg, comes upon the body of Yvette inside the food truck Yvette runs, and immediately Olivia is certain that someone has murdered Yvette. Against the advice of her boyfriend, Andrew, and her sister, Janelle, Olivia gets involved in investigating on her own. In the meantime she can see that And ...more
Lisa Morin
May 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a good start to a new series. Working as a dog walker has its benefits, but not when a dead body gets in the way.
There were some bits that felt like they were dragging, otherwise it was an interesting story with several twists and turns to keep the reader guessing.

I voluntarily read an ARC of this book provided by the publisher and NetGalley.
Rachael
May 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A wonderfully written sweet and funny mystery that keeps you guessing until the end. While Olivia spends most of her time trying to avoid her boyfriend Andrew’s proposal of marriage, she is endearing, if a bit clumsy, and we want nothing more than a happy ending for her. I thoroughly enjoyed reading.
Mary Brown
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Barking Up The Wrong Bakery
Happy Tails Dog Walking Mystery, Book #1
Stella St. Claire
5 Stars

Synopsis

Some people would kill for coffee…

Olivia Rickard would kill to keep everything just the way it is. She’s got a gorgeous boyfriend who loves her, a supportive sister to lean on, and a dog walking business that’s briskly barking away. But just as she’s getting comfortable her sister suddenly wants to buy an entire brownstone with her and her boyfriend looks like he’s going to pop the question at ever
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Carolyn Vandine west
Jun 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was such a fun book featuring my favorite animal, dogs! I think this is a first time for me never read Stella St. Claire books, but won't be the last. Have already bookmarked the next in the series that is supposed to be published this month.
Olivia is a professional dog walker who somehow gets involved in the middle of a suspicious murder. Her sister s pressuring her to buy a brownstone with her. If that isn't enough her long time boyfriend is trying to get her to commit to marriage. She i
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Susan Foulkes
May 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is an entertaining, fun read.

The heroine, Olivia, is so steeped in mystery novels that she fancies herself as a detective. Yes, she uncovers some clues, but only at risk to herself.

She also hates change, so when she realises that her boyfriend, Andrew, is going to propose, and her sister wants her to commit to buying a brownstone, she uses distraction techniques. This is where the fifth * was deducted. I can understand not liking change, but Olivia takes it to ridiculous levels. So much so
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Sabrina
May 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received a ARC for a honest review.

A fun and entertaining read.

Olivia loves mystery novels but all of a sudden she is knee deep in a real whodunit.

Fun characters, lighthearted but with twists and turns and laugh out loud moments.
Fleur
May 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
This was such a great read, it was light hearted but with some good twists and turns that kept you needing to know where things were going to go. I absolutely loved Olivia's character and how she totally can't see when she is in over her head! she is very lucky she has such patient friends lol
I can not wait to read more in this series as I think it will be great :D

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book
Lauren
Jul 23, 2018 rated it liked it
i wasn't a fan of the writing in this one. it was a lot of "telling". But i did read the preview for #2, and it seemed it had improved.
Melissa Basnight
May 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a cozy mystery about a dog walker named Olivia that does not like change and her boyfriend Andrew wants to marry her and her sister wants her to buy a building with her so they can have the bakery and her business in one building. She keeps trying to avoid making decisions.

While on a walk with her boyfriend and her dogs she discovers Yvette dead in her food truck. She gets involved in trying to solve the murder mystery and enlists the help of her friends.

Fun book and many great support
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Marzena
May 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute, funny read with romance and mystery. Interesting story with excellent storyline which kept me guessing. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book
Katherine Paschal
Dec 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook, mystery
**Review posted at https://smadasbooksmack.blogspot.com/ **

I am always looking for fun cozy mysteries that mix endearing realistic characters, humor and a twisty enough mystery to keep me guessing (Janet Evanovich and Gemma Halliday set pretty high bars for my expectations). This sounded like a perfect new series for me to jump into so I was excited to start listening.

Olivia was kind of a hot mess. Her life is perfect (in her eyes) but she is on the verge of change in multiple aspects and it co
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Katherine (KWBookReviews.com)
I received a free copy of the book from Relay Publishing via Netgalley in exchange for my honest review. Make sure to read more reviews at Katherine's Book Reviews.

Barking up the Wrong Bakery is a mystery chick lit novel by Stella St. Claire. It is the first book in the Happy Tails Dog Walking Mysteries series. Olivia is the type of woman who hates change. So when Olivia is asked to buy a brownstone so that her and her sister can do business together, and when she discovers her boyfriend Andrew
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DelAnne Frazee
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Title: Barking Up the Wrong Bakery - Happy Tails Dog Walking Mystery Book 1
Author: Stella St. Claire
Publisher: Relay Publishing
Published: 5-18-2017
Pages: 266
Genre: Mystery, Thrillers & Suspense
Sub-Genre: Cozy Mystery; Animals; Amateur Sleuths; Culinary Mystery
ISBN: 9781546783466
ASIN: B0714VYM6
Reviewed For NetGalley and Relay Publishing
Reviewer: DelAnne
Rating: 4.5 Stars


Some people would kill for coffee…
Olivia Rickard would kill to keep everything just the way it is. She’s got a gorgeous boyfr
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RO G'ma
May 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Barking up the Wrong Bakery is the debut installment in Stella St. Claire’s Happy Tails Dog Walking Mysteries series. This is an entertaining and fun read with likeable characters. The storyline is interesting and kept me guessing until the reveal. I found it a little distracting when sections of the audiobook the protagonist is listening were included. Overall, this is a good start to a new series.

Olivia Rickard is a dog walker in Lexingburg, has a wonderful boyfriend, Andrew Patterson, who she
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Kate ★
Oct 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, netgalley
I received a free digital copy from the author/publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest feedback.

I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. I love mystery books but not much of an animal lover and initially thought that you should be a dog lover to appreciate it. That's not the case, however, and I can't put the book down!

Olivia Rickard has been looking forward to strengthening his relationship with his boyfriend, but she felt that they are falling apart. He's always bu
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Crittermom
May 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Dying for a coffee? Or simply dying for a cute cozy to pass the time with? Olivia Rickard is a dog walker who is as disorganized and flighty as many of her furry clients. Change is a four letter word in her book, but murder on the other hand...Fleeing from potential commitment, Olivia manages to stumble across the body of Yvette Dean in the back of her coffee truck. The chance to solve a murder like the heroine in her favorite mystery series is as tempting as one of her sister Janelle’s deliciou ...more
Mary Lou Hoffman
BARKING UP THE WRONG BAKERY is the first book in the Happy Tails Dog Walking Mysteries series. It is unclear as yet if they will need to be read in order, but usually the first book needs to be read first because it establishes the characters and setting.

I was hooked from the beginning. Being in the mind of the murderer (told from their point of view), I wondered if there would be more chapters from that mind. It was a wonderful and unique way to introduce me to the crime scene and the motive.

Af
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Kirsti
Jul 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'm on a bit of a cozy kick at the moment, so when amazon recommended this as my next Kindle book and the price was right I thought, why not? As I expected, the story was fun, fresh and involved dogs and baking, two things I definitely enjoy reading about. I loved the small town atmosphere, and some of the quirky characters will hopefully make an appearance in book two.

Probably the only two things I disliked was the way EVERY character treats Olivia like a child, even when thinking they want to
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Elinda Williams
This cozy mystery was a bit difficult for me to get through, I guess because I never really became a fan of Olivia. She likes reading (and trying to solve) mysteries, has a successful dog walking business and a wonderful, loving boyfriend. Okay. This is a cozy mystery, after all. Maybe I wish she would have committed to... something! Her boyfriend or buying the brownstone with her sister or something. So after reading the first 8 or 9 chapters, I skipped to the end and read chapters 19 and 20. B ...more
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I adore cozy mysteries and dogs so when I saw the title I was excited to check out Barking Up The Wrong Bakery. Unfortunately, it did not live up to my expectations. I found the MC, Olivia, to be annoying. She is avoiding a proposal from her boyfriend, Andrew, but at the same time, she gushes about have great he is and how lucky she is. I get that she has commitment issues but it was overkill. As far as the story itself goes, I enjoyed and I was surprised by the reveal of the killer. It
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Em__Jay
Apr 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was such a fun book to listen to.
Olivia Rickard is an accidental sleuth trying to take her mind off an impending proposal she is expecting. She is set on solving the mystery, especially when one of her friend’s is considered a suspect.

I really enjoyed Olivia’s internal thoughts. Her friends and the other supporting characters – with plenty of quirky habits - provide lots of entertainment. There are plenty of quick-witted people in town.

I did not guess who the killer was but that’s never be
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Victoria Schwimley
Jan 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is my first experience with both the author and narrator, and I love them both. The book starts out with the murder, and we can't tell who it is, of course because then we wouldn't have the mystery. The author takes us on a journey of discovery as our mystery-loving dog walker gets herself into hot water pursuing a crime she's been warned to stay out of. While all this is going on, her boyfriend is trying to propose and she ruins it every time. The plot is well-constructed, the story has ju ...more
Helen Callahan
May 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Barking up the Wrong Bakery is book 1 in the new Happy Tails Dog Walking Mystery series. Stella St Claire has the beginning of a 'put your feet up', 'belly laughing' great series. Olivia Rickard's dog walking business is doing well. Life is good. But she feels like her life is in a whirlwind. She likes things consistent, without change. Her sister thinks they should buy a brownstone, yikes (!). And boyfriend, Andrew Patterson is proposing (?!?). Olivia and Andrew come across a dead body. Being a ...more
Lynn
Jul 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Olivia is quirky and funny, sweet and lovable. The perfect character for a light hearted mystery. She has a dog walking business and is happy with her life. Why does her sister want her to buy some space to expand her business? She is happy as she is! Why does her boyfriend act like he wants to propose? She loves him and their relationship just as it is. Olivia needs a break, and boy does she get one. Finding Yvette dead in her coffee truck quickly has Olivia in the heart of the murder. Can she ...more
Misfits farm
Jun 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Olivia has her own dog walking business and a boyfriend whom she loves. Her sister runs a bakery and wants them to buy with her the building she is currently renting. Her boyfriend is making moves on her and this is all getting a little much for Olivia when she finds her morning coffee stand person drowned in the coffee. As you can ascertain from the scenario this is a lighthearted “cozy” type mystery. Well written characters give this book a smile whilst holding a story -line. A great change fr ...more
Laura
May 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a great book; this is the first book in the Happy Tails Dog Walking Mystery series written by Stella St. Claire.This is a great book with a wonderful story and well developed characters. This book will keep you reading long into the night and you will not want to put this book down until you finish. This was such a great read and full of surprises. I am looking forward to reading the next book by this great author. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader’s copy of this book. The free b ...more
Ashley
Oct 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I adored this book. I didn't expect it to have the romance line that it did but I was pleasantly surprised. It was adorable and quirky and the main character was just a treat! It had spurts of laugh out loud funny and parts where you just can't wait to find out who did it! You can't go wrong with a nice mystery novel and a pet storyline is just adorable like this. I loved it and book was just a treat in all aspects.
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Stella lives and breathes cozy mysteries! With her head always buried inside these books, it’s no wonder that she would put pen to paper to bring her own cozy mysteries to life. The words flew onto the page, and she’s already teeming with ideas for the next series.

With her trusted canine by her side, it seemed only natural to be inspired by her beautiful beagle Doogle and the many hours they spent
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Other books in the series

Happy Tails Dog Walking Mysteries (6 books)
  • Till Death Do Us Bark
  • One Bark And Stormy Prom Night
  • All Bark and No White Knight (Happy Tails Dog Walking Mysteries Book 4)
  • Kept in the Bark (Happy Tails Dog Walking Mysteries, #5)
  • Without Missing a Bark (Happy Tails Dog Walking Mysteries Book 6)
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