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Summer Snoops and Cozy Crimes: 12 Mysteries for the Dog Days of Summer

(Wagging Tail Cozy Mystery 0.5)

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  302 ratings  ·  86 reviews
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Have a howlingly good read during the dog days of summer with a dozen cozy mysteries from Wall Street Journal, USA Today and Amazon best-selling authors. Murder lurks in every corner during the dog days of summer. Solve the mystery as our snoops leash the criminals – at the beach, at the farm, on the mountain – everywhere! All profits from this pack go t
Kindle Edition, 1292 pages
Published July 24th 2018 by Bluestone Valley Publishing
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RO G'ma
I love reading anthologies. They give me the opportunity to meet new authors and I’ve added a couple to my “must read” list. While I haven’t read all of the stories in this compilation, I’ve enjoyed the ones that I’ve read so far. This is a great collection of stories written by some very talented authors and they have all generously agreed to donate all their profits to no kill animal charities.

A Body on Fitzgerald’s Bluff by Anna Celeste Burke is a quick and easy read. The storyline is well pl
Jul 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
A Body on Fitzgerald's Bluff by Anna Celeste Burke was a great beginning to what I hope will be a long running series. Ms. Burke's descriptive writing had me want to move to Seaview Cottages and meet the residents. Each one of the senior women of the Grand Old Lady Detectives are vibrant, active and quirky as they bring their own special talents to discovering who murdered the victim. The swiftly paced plot kept me turning the pages. 5*
Gawd Almighty and the Corn by Judith Lucci was an interestin
This book contains 12 stories. I will review each one individually. My reviews are long so I will put them in spoiler boxes just to save space.

Gawd Almighty and the Corn: An Artz Chicks Mystery Book 1 by Judith Lucci DNF
I didn’t care for any of the human characters in this novel or the setting. The protagonist seems to be based on the author. There was WAY too much in the beginning about wine slushies and a very unpleasant woman who runs the winery. Then it descended into farce with a ridiculou
Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
While I haven't read all of the stories in this compilation, I have enjoyed what I have read so far. I think my favorite was Toxic Death by Sam Cheever. I was totally surprised when the murderer was revealed, did not see that one coming at all! And of course there were dogs involved and I love any story involving dogs.

All of these shorter stories gave me a taste of what the authors normally write and if I haven't picked up their books before, I'm adding them to my towing TBR pile because I got c
Laura Thomas
Jul 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-mystery
I’m working my way through this fun collection and wanted to share a review of one of the featured books.. I’ll be sure to share reviews of the rest as soon as I get done reading them.

A Body On Fitzgerald’s Bluff

by Anna Celeste Burke

My Review

While performing their ritual morning walk, the group known as The Seaview Cottages Walkers Club spot a dead woman’s body at the bottom of Fitzgerald’s Bluff. Having no faith that their lazy Deputy Sheriff, Darnell Devers, will sort it out, they hitch their
Judy Johnson
Aug 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If any or all of the authors aren't enough to draw you to this box set, the wonderful cause it is supporting should. I have read stories by almost all of these authors before, and the all of the contributions here are NO letdown. Such an abundance of talent all in one place! If you have to pick a story to read first, or are looking for a quick, fun read, open to Toxic Tech by Sam Cheever. (No Spoilers) The Blaise Runa and Dolphe Honeybun team (and the pets) are together again to solve a murder a ...more
Jul 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sam Cheever, Toxic Tech - Another interesting story with the added bonus of a large amount of animals, and even a reptile as a major character. Intriguing with suspense and the usual humor found from this author blend well with the characters to keep the reader immersed in the story.

Another good addition to the Honeybun and Runa series. There's a overview to let the reader know what the story is about, which I always appreciate. I purchased this set to support the authors' cause since they did s
Jul 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Action humor fans
Recommended to Molly by: Booksprout, AXP, Judith Lucci, Amy VanSant
A super sleuth collection of animal themed stories from some of my favorite authors!

I really enjoyed another tale from Judith Lucci.

Blaise and Dolph seem like an adorable couple.

The perpetual temp Blaise and her ex cop, now PI fiance Dolph are a strange match, but a total power couple.

Super sleuths when united, and the rest of his family has the muscle.

This time, the adventure is set, unfortunately, at a veterinary office.

The victim was a talented tech, who was apparently a short on funds fo
Debi Paglia
Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great boxed set! I really enjoyed all of these, but my favorite was “Just Lost and Found” by Anne R. Tan. This is #1.5 of her new series with Lucy Fong, who has gone back to her hometown to help her estranged mother. The setting is a small town off the California coast. The characters are interesting. The storyline is fast-paced and intriguing with a lot of humor. There are a lot of hints for discovering the villain, but then there’s the surprise ending! If you like good, clean, intelligently wr ...more
Jul 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Just Lost and Found - Lucy Fong Mystery by Anne R Tan
A short novella - Lucy is pet sitting her sister's cat Raspberry when she gets roped into the town's historical society possible restoration of the old lighthouse. There has often been legends of pirates and treasure being that Morro Cliff Village is on the coast so it was no surprise that when a possible treasure chest turns up, the excitement in town is palpable. And Raspberry is missing...….

I always enjoy Anne's stories, they are run and he
Jul 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So far I've only read Just Lost and Found, a Lucy Fong hysterical mystery by Anne R Tan. Trying to do a favor for her sister, Lucy is pet sitting for the cat despite being highly allergic. Enter Mel Brooks/Marx Brothers/Chevy Chase. First she falls through the floor of a local landmark and is injured but finds a historic Chinese artifact, then she gets a ransom note from catnappers. And the laughs just keep on coming. I wish I weren't having The Summer of Reading As Many of TBR as possible! Then ...more
Jeanie Jackson
Jul 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: x2018-read
I had to stop and share before I went any further!

For fans of Shelby Nichols and Colleen Helme, Midsummer Night’s Murder is an exciting bonus visit with a set of characters that we have come to love. For readers new to the series, what an opportunity the cozy collection offers to get to know this awesome series and fantastic author. Naturally this novella was the first thing I read but I look forward to checking out all the other books in the new twelve-book anthology, Summer Snoops and Cozy Cri
Aug 02, 2018 rated it really liked it

Overall, I give the book 4 Stars. The entire anthology needs a good proofreading.

**Gawd Almighty and the Corn by Judith Lucci--- 4 Stars

A new series set on Massanutten Mountain, VA. I liked Lily and LauraLea, the two main characters in the Artzy Chicks series. Gawd Almighty was an interesting character as was Vino. It was nice to see Kenzie and Benson from The Golden Rings of Christmas. I look forward to reading more books in this series.

**Murder at Pawprint Creek by Cindy Bell---3 Stars

This was
Tara Brown
Jul 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I pre-ordered "Summer Snoops and Cozy Crimes: 12 Mysteries for the Dog Days of Summer." When release day finally arrived, I was ready! Yayayy! Not only is this amazing set of mysteries filled with new goodies from all our favorite best-selling authors, but our purchases also support No-Kill animal shelters. C’mon! Let's show some love! Jam-packed with lovable sleuths and man's best friends, there's something here for all to enjoy! So, put on your detective cap, we've got some puzzling mysteries ...more
Andrea Stoeckel
Jul 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Although I haven’t read the whole box set yet, I have read Anna Celeste Burke’s contribution and find my review below:

“Things don’t always work out as you plan, do they?”

Just ask Miriam Webster, widow of Pete Webster, who had invested in a small resort near the water in California. In order to clear her husband’s debts and estate, Miriam, a bookkeeper for a now defunct bakery, left after downsizing and selling ther house, and she and her Dalmatian fur baby Domino moved into Hemingway Cottage aft
Sharon Grow
Jul 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A Midsummer Night’s Murder (Shelby Nichols Adventure) by Colleen Helme – In Summer Snoops & Cozy Crimes: 12 Mysteries for the Dog Days of Summer

Shelby Nichols is your average American housewife, one husband, two children…oh, except for the fact that she can read minds! Shelby was injured when she was on her way to the store to buy carrots (which is the appropriate name of the first book in this wonderful series). She interrupted a robbery at the bank, in the store, and a bullet grazed her he
Jul 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am working my way through this box set, but had to review the first read - Just Lost and Found by Anne R. Tan. I have read all of Anne's mysteries so far and she continues to come up with fun story lines for the amateur sleuths leading the story. This is the second book in the Lucy Fong mystery series. Lucy comes across treasure that can help save the town while losing her sister's cat Raspberry in the process. Feeling guilty about losing her sister's beloved pet, she knows she has to solve th ...more
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This review is for one of the books in this set. Toxic Tech by Sam Cheever.

Great fun read. Read it in hours, was surprised. it moved so fast. Had no inkling who was responsible. Noe job when I have to wait till end to see who it is. We all read mysteries to see if we can figure it out. You got me.

This is obviously part of a series since the characters are well developed and know each other. However, the since this is my first in this series , I can honestly say that the book can be read as what
Gracie Bradford
Sep 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
MY 4-STAR REVIEW. I like the plots in the books. Fair warning! When my iPad showed the length of 16781 pages, I freaked. The cute cover grabbed my attention with the dogs wearing the red sunglasses. I am an author that writes about dogs. However, the beauty of this box is that you can click on each book separately, and they aren’t necessarily about dogs, but there are character pets in some of the stories. A huge bargain. The bundle/box is a collection of about 13 books by different authors. Eac ...more
Jul 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Can a reader fall in love with a book? With a series of books?

I adored the Honeybun men, and their women, from previous books, and this novel was no different.

The book blurb, description and synopsis give enough detail about the story to get a reader interested, without giving too much away. The depth of the story comes from a well researched background, supportive of wonderfully written charismatic and realistic characters. As with all Ms Cheever’s works, this book is extremely well written a
Jul 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The fact that the proceeds from this set of cozy mystery stories go to No Kill shelters made me even more excited about reading them and I honestly wish I could purchase it over and over again. I was lucky enough to adopt a senior who was days away from being put down because no one wanted to adopt an older dog with medical issues. The two and half extra years we had together was filled with lots of fun and love and she made all the difference in my life.

For readers who enjoy Cindy Bell's other
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a review of One of the books in the series. Murder at Pawprint Creek by Cindy Bell. Nikki is a dog walker/sitter. She got a call from out of the area for dog sitting. She went to spend a week in pawprint creek looking after two dogs and spending time with her friend that lives there. She learns of a murder and finds out the guy she is sitting dogs for is a person of interest in murder. Nikki does a little investigating on her own and finds out all sorts of things about her employer. It s ...more
Cinda Inman
Jul 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I haven't read all of the books in this box set, I would like to leave a review for Murder at Pawprint Creek by Cindy Bell.
Nikki Green leaves her hometown of Dahlia for a short visit to Pawprint Creek to see her old friend, Hannah, and dog sit two pugs (Sunny and Stormy) for Jackson Nule. She is enjoying catching up with her friend when the owner of a local restaurant is found dead.
Nikki finds some inconsistencies in Jackson's story of where he is going and what he is up to. When the local dete
Misty Goan
Jul 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
A enjoyable collection of 12 unique authors and their stories of pets and saving them from various different situations.

Sam Cheever Toxic tech a story in the collection

A well written short Intriguing and suspenseful drama with added humor as Blaise working at the front desk of a veterinary clinic finds herself caught in the eyes of a killer. Trying to solve the mystery of who is poisioning the animals. I was so surprised at the murder making all the more enjoyable.

I received a free copy of this
Jul 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have read and loved books from many of the author's below. I'm in the midst of reading them all and I can already tell you that this is a box set you don't want to miss!! I love that all the proceeds are going to go to 2 animal shelters (see pic above for the names). In addition there is a giveaway being graciously given by one of the authors for all of you. One winner will receive a $25 Amazon GC or a $25 PayPal. Two additional winners will win a copy of the box set (e-book). A win for the an ...more
Jul 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Blaise works in a veterinarian's office as the receptionist and her friend Alicia gets killed so her and her boyfriend pi dolfe honeybun decide to in investigate the crime. More information comes to light and more suspects come to the front but none that fit the bill. One of the perks of Blaise's job is she gets to take Ms Ivy to work with her and ivy likes the snake but the snake sees dinner. I loved this book and I hope there is more.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am vo
Jul 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Mystery Fans
So far, I have read 2 books from this collection, 'Toxic Tech' by Sam Cheever and 'Murder of the Bandera Bandito' by Kim Hunt Harris. both are excellent short mysteries which have been written specially for this collection. Toxic Tech is a fun mystery which features guest appearances by characters from her Silver Hills series. I had never read anything by Kim Hunt Harris before, but I will certainly read more of her work now.
Either of these books would be worth the cost of this collection on the
Shana Bae
Jul 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Good deeds and good reads! What is better than reading fun mysteries while helping pet shelters? Sometimes a box set of quick read cozy mysteries is exactly what you need to relax... and what a bonus that proceeds will go to help shelter animals! Thank you to these authors for giving such a generous and fun gift.
Jul 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ancient Treasure

This was a quick, great read. Lucy is wanted by the town to help build tourism. The old lighthouse is a point to consider. She is also babysitting her sister's cat. When the cat is catnapped, her cousin Stella and her are on the case.
I voluntarily agreed to review this book. My review is my own honest opinion.
Janet Graham
Jul 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Exception Collection of Cozy Mysteries
This is an exceptional anthology of cozy mysteries by an excellent group of authors. The stories have humor and wit. The romance is clean. The characters are well developed. The plots are well thought out and tight. I love mysteries that keep the reader guessing the culprit until the author reveals it. The proceeds of this set benefit no-kill animal shelters. It is no surprise that the stories all feature animals. I bought this book and this is my honest rev
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Dr. Judith Lucci is an Amazon bestselling author who writes what she knows. She is the author of the Alex Destephano Medical Thriller Series and the soon to be released Michaela McPherson, Private Eye, a series centered on a retired homicide detective from Richmond, Virginia who really can’t retire.

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