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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 franchises,
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Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Published November 27th 2018 by Kensington
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Eve Recinella (Between The Bookends)
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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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Kirsti
Sep 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 CASWELL
Dec 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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)
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
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 i
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Patty
Nov 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, cats, cozy, dogs, e-books
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  ·  review of another edition
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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Lynn
Dec 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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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Rebecca
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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Kristin Cochran Schadler
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.
Mary Brown
Dec 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Cozy Cat Reviews
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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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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Anisaa
Nov 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, cozy-read, favorites
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  ·  review of another edition
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 an
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Amy
Nov 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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?
Nancy Baker
Nov 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A cozy winter themed story with quirky characters and a clumsy, kind-hearted and intelligent protagonist. An animal menagerie including dogs, a cat and a rat add a special touch too. I love this series and am anxiously awaiting book #5 in the Lucky Paws Petsitting Mystery series.. Thanks to Kensington and NetGalley for an ARC. The opinions expressed are my own.
Kathleen Gray
Nov 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cece was a bully in high school and it looks like she's going to be a bully now that she's back in Sylvan Creek. Except she's dead. Yep, dead and unfortunately, Daphne's friend Moxie is the prime suspect! This is classic cozy territory elevated by the animals (let's face it- who can resist a dog named Socrates, among others). This is Christmas themed and occasionally wanders a bit into the too-too category but it's also quite delightful. Daphne's relationship with Jonathan continues to befuddle. ...more
Brenda
Oct 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
A Midwinter's Tail is the fourth installment in the Lucy Paws Petsitting Mystery series set in the small town of Sylvan Creek, PA featuring pet sitter/pet bakery owner, Daphne Templeton. It's Christmas season and everyone is looking forward to celebrating the towns festivities that include the annual Bark the Halls Ball.

The Bijoux theater is showing It's a Wonderful Life, and Daphne and best friend Moxie Bloom have arrived with their arms full of food donations. At the conclusion of the movie th
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K.A. Davis
Oct 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A MIDWINTER’S TAIL, the fourth book in the Lucky Paws Petsitting Mystery series by Bethany Blake has an adorable cover that invites the reader in and with the very first pages, the holiday spirit continues with the festive atmosphere and special foods. But don’t be lulled into a comfortable sense of wellbeing because murder is right around the corner. Tender-hearted petsitter and pet bakery owner, Daphne Templeton, finds herself in the middle of another mystery and it’s up to her to prove her be ...more
Karen
Nov 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another fun story in this pet-themed cozy series. Of course Daphne is in the thick of things when she yet again discovers a body during the holiday season and the evidence is pointing to her good friend Moxie. There are some fun and quirky characters like Daphne and Moxie, and some not so nice characters like the victim. I am also not a fan of Daphne's mom. The pace is quick and lively and there were a few red herrings which kept me guessing. And it was nice to see Daphne and Detective Black rec ...more
Teri Griffis
Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This is a fantastic cozy mystery. Daphne will make you laugh and possibly make you feel a little sorry for her (she's always finding dead bodies). This book is very well written, entertaining, and fun to read. The characters are a hoot. You will definitely enjoy this book, which is part of a series. Enjoy!
S.K. Smith
Thank you to Kensington and Goodreads for a free copy in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Readers who enjoy cozy mysteries that are funny, festive, warm, and full of furry friends will really love this book. It is narrated by the upbeat and quirky main character, Daphne Templeton, Pet Sitter Extraordinaire. The setting is the extremely pet-friendly town of Sylvan Creek, PA during Christmas time. The author uses a lot of descriptive language to make you feel the atmosphere in the story. I t
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Jenn
Sep 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, mystery, four, cozy
Professional pet sitter Daphne Templeton is getting ready to attend Sylvan Creek's annual Bark the Halls Ball. Everyone will be there including special guest CeeCee French, founder of a national chain of pet care franchises. But not everyone is excited to see CeeCee. Daphne’s friend Moxie Bloom is one of those people. When CeeCee is found stabbed to death, Moxie is the prime suspect. But Daphne knows her friend is innocent and she's going to prove it with the help of her basset hound sidekick So ...more
Carole Jarvis
Reviewed at The Power of Words: https://bit.ly/2PXSMzo

This series by Bethany Blake is one of my favorites, and A Midwinter Tail carries on the clean, joyful entertainment. From the quaint shops of Pennsylvania’s Sylvan Creek and its Pocono Mountain backdrop, to the appealing ensemble cast, this story has all the essential elements for the best of quality cozy reading. The well-written narrative is filled with the most delightful gentle humor, and I’m pretty sure I had a smile on my face the whol
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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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