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A Midwinter's Tail

(Lucky Paws Petsitting Mystery #4)

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To bark or not to bark . . .

Professional pet sitter Daphne Templeton loves the holidays in Sylvan Creek, Pennsylvania. And nothing gets her into the spirit more than the town's annual Bark the Halls Ball. The whole community will be there to wag their tails, especially this year's special guest--Celeste "CeeCee" French, founder of a national chain of pet care franchise
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Paperback, 352 pages
Published November 27th 2018 by Kensington Publishing Corporation
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Eve (Between The Bookends)
Sep 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
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3.5 Stars

This was a fun holiday-themed cozy. I am not usually huge of pet-themed books, but this one wasn't too bad in that regard. I haven't read any of the previous books, so I was a bit lost with who all the characters were and their past connections. However the further I got into the book the less confused I was. The mystery aspect was well done and kept me guessing until the end. I thought there was an awful lot of "romance" angst both with Daphne and Moxie. Hopefully, though Daphne and Jo
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Chatting About
My name is Snowdrop. I’m a spoiled toy poodle who adores wearing fancy, sparkling pet clothes❣️ My human was murdered, and I had no place to go until Daphne Templeton took me home to stay with her wise basset hound, Socrates, and her haughty cat, Tink. Thanks to Daphne’s detective friend, Jonathan; her best friend, Moxie; and some other nice humans; the crime’s been solved, and I found my furever home with Daphne and her pets. It’s a very happy ending and a Merry Christmas now!
Kirsti
Sep 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the chance to read this book!

I have read every one of the Petsitting Mysteries, and I have to say that they are one of my favorite themed series going. Daphne is a wonderful sleuth, who doesn't leave any stone unturned, even if she trips over them first. Her quirky personality, combined with her love for the animals under her care, make this one of the better pet themed cozy series going. Her on again off again romance situation is frustrating but als
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LORI (Dollycas) CASWELL
Dec 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2018
Dollycas’s Thoughts

The people of Sylvan Creek, Pennsylvania are wild about their pets. A pet bakery, a pet clothing store, a hair salon that has human and pet clients, and right now they are getting ready for the Bark the Halls Ball where people and their pets deck out in their finest attire to dance the night away and enjoy each other’s company. Former resident, Celeste “CeeCee” French is coming home to be the special guest for the affair. She has taken her love of pets nationally with her pet
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Barb (Boxermommyreads)
Nov 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
There are so many things I love about this series and this installment that I don't know where to start. Once again readers are quickly immersed into Sylvan Creek, the quaint small town that adores its pets. This time, the town is in the middle of their Christmas preparations which include a rather unique play and a Bark the Halls Ball. Unfortunately, once again Daphne has discovered a dead body beneath a park tree and it just happens to be a visitor from the past who was working on opening a fa ...more
Chatting About
My name is Snowdrop. I’m a spoiled toy poodle who adores wearing fancy, sparkling pet clothes❣️ My human was murdered, and I had no place to go until Daphne Templeton took me home to stay with her wise basset hound, Socrates, and her haughty cat, Tink. Thanks to Daphne’s detective friend, Jonathan; her best friend, Moxie; and some other nice humans; the crime’s been solved, and I found my furever home with Daphne and her pets. It’s a very happy ending and a Merry Christmas now!
Lisa Morin
If you are looking for a fun, fast paced cozy mystery, filled with holiday cheer, mystery, murder and mayhem, then A Midwinter's Tail is the book for you.
Daphne Templeton is a great character, who loves her pets and family, and doesn't hesitate to get involved in police investigations if the need arises.

When an old high school bully makes a sudden appearance in Sylvan Lake, it causes some residents to relive harsh events that drastically changed their lives.

When someone decides to take matters
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Patty
Nov 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A Midwinter's Tail by Bethany Blake is the 4th book in the Lucky Paws Petsitting Mystery series, and another great addition. Daphne Templeton keeps busy with her pet sitting business, Lucky Paws, and her pet bakery, Flour Power. The town is getting ready for the annual Bark the Halls Ball, with CeeCee French as the special guest. CeeCee is the founder of a national chain of pet care franchises, who grew up in Sylan Creek, announces she is building a store there, which will hurt all the small bus ...more
Betty
Oct 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-books, arc, cats, dogs, cozy
The fourth installment of the Lucky Paws Petting series finds that is winter as the town preparing for the Christmas events. One of the most important is The Deck the Hall ball for pets and their owners. Daphne Templeton and her BFF, Moxie Bloom are at a kick-off event when an old high school nemesis appears and announce she is building her flagship pet supplies to the area. to the area. This means that all the pet business as in the area will surface. Daph's relationship with Detective Jonathan ...more
Annarella
Sep 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This one those book that you don't want to end. When I saw on my kindle I was at 80% I felt sad.
It's heartwarming, makes you feel good and it's lovely.
I was happy to meet again the cast of characters, Socrates the philosophical dog above all, and read about the changes in their life and the evolution in their relationships.
The mystery was very good and it was full of twists and turns. I cannot say it kept me guessing till the end but I was curious to understand why and how.
I hope there'll be a n
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Lola
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through Netgalley and voluntarily reviewed it.

I love this cozy mystery series and this book again reminded me why this is one of my favorite cozy mystery series. A Midwinter's Tail was again a great read, with lots of story, a touch of romance, a great mystery and an awesome cats of both human and animal characters. I really had a great time reading this book and had fun trying to solve the mystery alongside Daphne and spend some time in Syl
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Tari
I guess I just can't let go of Christmas stories just yet, and I'm really glad I didn't let this one wait to read at the end of this year! It was a perfect Christmas cozy mystery!

Sylvan Creek was getting ready for Christmas and the annual Bark the Halls ball. When a former resident and now CEO of a chain of pet supply and service stores arrived in town and was killed, Moxie became the prime suspect. It was no secret that she hated the woman who was killed, but so did a lot of others in town. Dap
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Lynn
Dec 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
The characters of Sylvan Creek are at it again and I couldn't be more joyous! While getting ready for the annual holiday festivities, Daphne, Piper and Moxie look forward to an uneventful season, filled with friendship, hot chocolate and warm puppy company! Unfortunately, a quiet time just isn't in the cards for Daphne as she stumbles across another dead body at the local viewing of It's a Wonderful Life. Along with a dead body is a surprise dog, wearing a Christmas bah-humbug sweater, leaving t ...more
Nicole
I loved this book. I loved, loved, loved it! Bethany Blake's Lucky Paws Petsitting series is charming, funny, clever, and very cozy indeed. In A Midwinter's Tail, the fourth book in the series, pet sitter/pet bakery owner Daphne Templeton strives to discover who killed her former classmate at Sylvan Creek's annual Bark the Halls Ball. When her best friend, Moxie, is suspected of the dastardly deed, Daphne, along with her faithful sidekick, Socrates, is determined to use her sleuthing skills to d ...more
Terri Wino
I won a copy of this book from the publisher through a Goodreads giveaway. Thank you to both.

This was cozy, light mystery of the type that would normally take me a couple days to get through. However, since it was my secondary book that I only read a few pages from each day, it took me longer to get through.

This was my first book by this author and I found it enjoyable and quirky and loved the inclusion of the animals throughout. I do have to say that there was a touch of too much of a good thi
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RO G'ma
Holiday Cheer, Mystery, Murder, and Mayhem
A Midwinter's Tail is the fourth book in Bethany Blake’s Lucky Paws Pet Sitting Mystery series. The storyline is well plotted, and the characters are well developed. This book held my attention from beginning to the end and has plenty of twists and turns, and red herrings that keep the reader guessing. This steadily paced book is an enjoyable, clean read, with an interesting mystery and touches of humor and romance. Ms. Blake provides sufficient backgrou
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Carla Johnson-Hicks
I have read all the books in the Lucky Paws Pet-Sitting Mysteries and each one seems to be better than the one before. The village of Sylvan Creek is a quaint small town that adores its pets, and includes them in all parts of their lives. This time, the town is in the middle of their Christmas preparations which include a local take on The Christmas Carol, and a ball for pets, the Bark the Halls Ball. Daphne, our protagonist, meets up with the handsome Detective Jonathan Black at the local park ...more
Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
I really enjoy the Lucky Paws Petsitting books and find the main characters all endearing, but Socrates the basset hound totally makes this series for me. It’s already cute and a little campy but his almost-human antics and personality takes it from almost-a-smidge-too-campy to just plain adorable instead. His sighs, his helpful (and timely) nudges and his meaningful looks… and the plot line in this book with the diva poodle … I am Socrates’ biggest fan, I think.

The mystery in A Midwinter’s Tail
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Rebecca
Nov 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A Midwinters Tail is the fourth book inBetgany Blake’s Lucky Paws Petsitting series.
I always look forward to spending time with Daphne and friends, this book has them preparing for Bark The Halls, the annual town ball. Everything is going well until former high school mean girl,CeCe French, shows up and makes an announcement that could effect everyone
I really enjoyed this book, it may just be my favorite in the series. I loved reading about the holiday outfits for the dogs,and Socrates and his
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PugMom
Dec 31, 2018 added it
This is my favorite book in the series so far!! Not only did it contain a naughty pug (like my own) but I am coming to love the characters more and more with each new book. The mystery was well planned and I really enjoy the pet bakery aspect of the series. I will be looking forward to reading more books by this author!!
QNPoohBear
Pet sitter and baker Daphne Templeton and her Basset Hound buddy Socrates are looking forward to Sylvan Creek's annual Christmas showing of It's a Wonderful Life on the big screen and the Bark the Halls Ball. Daphne's best friend Moxie always enjoys the ball but wants to sit this one out since her high school rival, Celeste "CeeCee" French is returning to town. CeeCee and her poodle Snowdrop create a sensation in town when they arrive. CeeCee not only insults Daphne and Moxie, she makes an impor ...more
Kristin
Oct 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! I always love reading about the adventures of Daphne and her gang...they never fail to entertain and this book is no exception. Great mystery keeps you guessing. Can't wait to see where this series leads. ...more
Mary Brown
Dec 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A Midwinter’s Tail
Lucky Paws Petsitting Mystery, Book #4
Bethany Blake
5+ Stars


Synopsis:

To bark or not to bark . . .

Professional pet sitter Daphne Templeton loves the holidays in Sylvan Creek, Pennsylvania. And nothing gets her into the spirit more than the town's annual Bark the Halls Ball. The whole community will be there to wag their tails, especially this year's special guest--Celeste "CeeCee" French, founder of a national chain of pet care franchises, who's returning home to announce plans
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Gaele
AudioBook Review:
Stars: Overall 4 Narration 4 Story 4

It’s been a few books span between my read of the first in this series and this title, and Daphne has built her Lucky Paws Petsitting into a thriving business in the pet-indulgent town of Sylvan Creek. The little town has several pet-centric businesses and events, and they are currently gearing up for the Bark the Halls Ball where everyone (man and beastie) will be decked out in their finest attire and dance the night away. This year plans t
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Cozy Cat Reviews
Nov 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I adore this series and was thrilled to receive this Christmas Themed next in series for review. My opinions are my own. As a long time fan of this series I recommend the entire series to new readers and for all animal lovers that enjoy cozy mysteries featuring pets !
A Midwinter's Tale is the fourth book in the Lucky Paws Petsitting Mystery series by Bethany Blake. The cover drew me in immediately and has the perfect Christmas time theme. This next in series does feature a festive atmosphere an
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Kozmomo
Nov 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-read, favorites, arc
A Midwinter's Tail is the fourth book in the Lucky Paws Petsitting Mystery series! We meet up again with Daphne Templeton during the holiday season. Daphne and Moxie’s high school nemesis is back in town and wants to open a large-chain pet-store in town, which rubs many people the wrong way. When their nemesis is murdered, Moxie is the prime suspect. So, once again, Daphne and Socrates must catch the real killer and prove Moxie’s innocence.

I LOVE this series! Like I LOVE IT!! This series has ma
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The Cozy Review
Nov 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Pet sitter Daphne Templeton loves the holidays in Sylvan Creek, Pennsylvania. And nothing gets her into the spirit more than the town’s annual Bark the Halls Ball. The whole community will be there to wag their tails, especially this year’s special guest—Celeste “CeeCee” French, founder of a national chain of pet care franchises, who is returning home to announce plans for a bright new flagship store.

But not everyone’s celebrating CeeCee’s homecoming. Daphne’s friend Moxie Bloom, owner of Spa a
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Jessica Robbins
Dec 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own-kindle, blog-tour
*I received a free copy of this book which I voluntarily chose to write an honest review for.

I was dying to get my hands on this book and I was not disappointed once I did. It is Christmas time in Sylvan Creek which comes with a slew of traditions. This town is so full of charm and life you will wish you were there. The pet friendly attitude is the cherry on top of the cake. Daphne is enjoying the festivities when a blast from the past rolls into town making an announcement the rattles them all
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Linda
Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A deliciously twisty tale of murder and trickery blended with a healthy dose of cats and dogs! Daphne Templeton has become one of my favorite protagonists. A devoted animal lover with a head for details, she has a sharp nose for sniffing out the truth, especially when her best friend’s liberty is at risk. The touches of romance warmed me to the core, and the ending offered a promise of future delights. The next book looks equally enticing, so I’m adding it to my list!
Amy
Nov 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed A Midwinter's Tail. I had won it through a goodreads giveaway. The characters are unique and the town is small, but there is no lack of excitement! I wish all towns were like Sylvan Creek, and allowed you to take your dogs (or in Moxie's case rat) everywhere. Budding romance, old highscool friends and enemies, a couple of murders, and man's best friend, what more could you want from a book? ...more
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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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