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Belinda Blake and the Snake in the Grass

(An Exotic Pet-Sitter Mystery #1)

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When exotic pet-sitter Belinda Blake moves into a carriage house in tony Greenwich, Connecticut, she’s hoping to find some new clients. Instead she discovers a corpse in the garden—and a knack for solving murders . . .  
 
Pet-sitter Belinda Blake doesn’t rattle easily, but move-in day has been eventful, to say the least. The python in her care tried to slither to freedom—j
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Kindle Edition, 194 pages
Published June 25th 2019 by Lyrical Underground (first published June 2019)
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Holly  B
The first book in a new exotic pet sitter cozy mystery series.

Belinda Blake is a quirky, delightful character who works as an exotic pet sitter in Greenwich, Connecticut. She has just rented a carriage house next to a huge estate which is the home of the Carrington family.  It won't be long until she meets Stone Carrington the Fifth, the adult son of the family. She immediately melts a little bit.

Belinda is pet sitting a ball python for the moment and this made for some fun encounters. There i
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Carrie
Jun 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Belinda Blake and the Snake in the Grass by Heather Day Gilbert is the first book in the new cozy Exotic Pet-Sitter mystery series. As with most cozy mysteries readers will get a fully solved mystery within each book with only a bit of character building carrying over to the next.

Belinda Blake has taken up a rather unusual job in pet sitting, but not only the average dog or cat, Belinda specializes in exotic pets so that she can expand her business. Along with her business Belinda has just rente
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PamG
May 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
I won this kindle e-book version in a Goodreads Giveaway. It is the first in a series by Heather Day Gilbert. Belinda Blake has two jobs. She is an exotic pet-sitter and a video game reviewer and has just arrived at her new rental; a carriage house on an estate in Connecticut. Before she is finished unpacking, she finds a dead body in a flowerbed at the back of her house. With this start, we are off and running.

The cozy mystery has quirky characters, humor, a ball python, murder, a little romanc
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Jocelyn Green
What a fun new cozy mystery from Heather Day Gilbert! Belinda Blake is the kind of heroine we all wish could be our friend. The story kept me guessing to the end. I'm ready to tag along for Belinda's next exotic pet-sitting/murder mystery adventure.
Anjana
Jun 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am always game to try the first book in a cozy mystery but of late have not had much luck with them. This book might be the indicator of a change in that trend. It remains to be seen.

I need to say that the title does not accurately describe the story but is a play of words which all separately play a part in the narrative. This does not take anything away from the tale itself. Belinda Blake is completely aware of the alliteration that is her name and is in the job of pet-sitting for exotic pet
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Kristina
Belinda Blake and the Snake in the Grass is a lighthearted cozy mystery. Belinda Blake earns her living minding exotic animals (no dog or cats for her) while their owners are out of town and writing video game review articles. She wanted to expand her pet sitting business and thought Greenwich would be the perfect locale. Belinda was looking forward to a quieter life and getting her hands dirty in the gardens surrounding her cottage. While doing a little weeding, Belinda finds a body. She is sud ...more
Gloria
May 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Belinda Blake has an unusual career, one of pet sitting exotic pets and another one of writing reviews for video games. She wanted to move out of Manhattan and found the perfect spot in a carriage house on a family estate in Greenwich, Connecticut. Things start off bad when she discovers a body of a young woman in her back flower bed as she is moving in. It turns out to be that of a friend of the family. Margo was at a billiards party thrown by the son, Stone Carrington the fifth. In between tak ...more
Anne Rightler
Apr 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: launch-team
Belinda Blake and the Snake in the Grass is the first book in Heather Day Gilbert's new series, An Exotic Pet-Sitter Mystery and I can not wait to read book #2. Having read several of this author's books before I knew I could expect a good book and I wasn't disappointed. Gilbert is a skilled storyteller and she has crafted a story that moves quickly with several unpredictable twists and interesting situations, drawing the reader in right from the start. The characters are great--colorful and a t ...more
Susan Snodgrass
Jun 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Once again Heather Gilbert shows her readers that she is a dab hand at cozy mysteries. A pet sitter babysitting a huge snake doesn’t deter Belinda Blake one bit. She is living in a small apartment on the estate of a super rich family when she finds a dead body in her yard. From then on, Belinda is in a mission to discover the killer. Readers are as well and Gilbert leads us on a merry chase, for I was completely surprised at the identity of the culprit.

* My thanks to the publisher and author fo
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Karin Kaufman
Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This fast-paced, fun, and well-written cozy mystery was thoroughly enjoyable. I loved Belinda Blake, the book's original and endearing amateur sleuth, I liked the setting (Greenwich, Connecticut), and the identity of the killer came as a total surprise. All major pluses that make this a great mystery. Now I'm dying to read book 2 in the series!
Miss W Book Reviews
May 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, giveaways
Snake in the Grass is the first book in the Exotic Pet Sitter Cozy Mystery Series.
This is the first book I have read by this author.

In this book we meet Belinda Blake who has two jobs, she is an exotic pet-sitter and a video game reviewer. Yes I said EXOTIC PET SITTER! I love this unique job for the protaganist. Belinda has just gotten to her new rental house in Connecticut and next thing you know, she disocvers a body.

I really enjoyed this cozy mystery. Did I mention the ball python? I will let
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Erin Laramore
May 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars for this clean cozy mystery. I first discovered this author with her Murder in the Mountains series and expected a similar dynamic in this one. They are not at all the same (just in case anyone else goes in with the same expectation). This one, while a clean read, is not one I would classify as Christian Fiction. It also reads more like a young adult novel (though the main character is in her 20s).

Belinda Blake has finally found her wings and has moved in to the perfect little carriag
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Melissa Henderson
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Interesting story. I have never read a story that included a snake. The author kept me turning the page with details of the mystery and the relationships. I will read more by this author.
Jeanie
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, obs
As a fan of the author’s mysteries, I couldn’t miss her first cozy. It is even better than I anticipated! Heather Day Gilbert begins with a young woman who many readers can identify with and moves her to Greenwich, CT, where she rents a carriage house. Include the mixed blessing of petsitting a ball python and a murder just outside the carriage house, and the elements are in line for a perfect read.

Belinda has taken her time finding what she enjoys doing for a living. After being in remote, inte
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Lola
I received a free copy of this book through Netgalley and voluntarily reviewed it.

I was sold on the premise of this one. A cozy mystery with an exotic pet sitter as main character. I hit request almost immediately after I read the blurb on Netgalley. Sadly this is one of those books that didn't quite hit the mark for me. It had a lot of potential and parts I did like, but the story as a whole failed to fully grab my attention and keep it. In the end I was curious who had done it, so I continued
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Becky Lewis
I love cozies. Cozies that meet the original definition as near as I can tell can be hard to come by, but Heather Gilbert’s newest had me smiling. Belinda Blake and the Snake in the Grass by Gilbert is a new favorite in this category. I don’t know that Greenwich is considered a “small town,” but the setting of a carriage house on the grounds of a mansion worked. The main character is an exotic pet-sitter. So no kittens or dogs. In this case, the snake Belinda is caring for plays an important rol ...more
Katreader
Jun 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
BELINDA BLAKE AND THE SNAKE IN THE GRASS by Heather Day Gilbert
The First Exotic Pet-Sitter Mystery

Belinda Blake has moved from NYC to a carriage house apartment in tony Greenwich, Connecticut hoping to garner some new clients for her exotic pet-sitting business. With her current charge, a ball python named Rasputin, Belinda meets the hunky son living in the mansion next door. Her next encounter isn't nearly as pleasant, as she discovers the dead body of a young woman in her flowerbed! Now Stone
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Bridget
Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Readers of Mysteries, Cosy Mysteries
This was a fabulous beginning to a brand new series!

Belinda Blake, an exotic pet-sitter, has recently relocated to Greenwich, Connecticut to develop her business looking after peoples’ exotic pets in their absence. On her first day in her new rented accommodation, a carriage house located in the grounds of a mansion belonging to the Carrington family, she discovers a corpse – the body of a young woman who is still wearing one of her Louboutins. Can Belinda and the detective on the case find the
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Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
What a way to start a new series - red herrings galore, hidden killers, and mysterious motives.  All of these lead to an unexpected ending.

Exotic pet sitter - someone has to do it and Belinda is up to the task.  While we learn a little bit about her past, she seems quite happy not being stuck in a traditional type job and is building up a pet sitting business for those pets that traditional pet sitters may not want to take on, like a ball python snake.  I can't even imagine taking care of  snake
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Yvonne
Jun 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Belinda Blake is quite excited to get her new exotic pet-sitting business off the ground. Her first client is a python, of all things. She sets the python up in her new Connecticut home in a carriage house on the Carrington’s estate. As Belinda checks out her new garden, she discovers a dead body.

Belinda decides to investigate on her own and discovers the victim had quite a few enemies. Even her landlords seem to have a reason to want the young woman dead. When Belinda receives threats and anoth
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Rel
Jul 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Cosy mysteries have never been a go-to read for me. I much prefer the faster pace and thrilling edge to a suspense novel, but as I know Heather Day Gilbert's talent as a writer, I couldn't pass on the opportunity to try the first book in her Exotic Pet Sitter Mysteries. For starters the cover is super fun, the series title unique, and the premise holds lots of appeal, and having turned the last page, I'm delighted to say it has endeared me a little more to the cosy mystery genre. Gilbert's writi ...more
Patty
Jun 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Belinda Blake and the Snake in the Grass by Heather Day Gilbert is the 1st book in the Exotic Pet-sitter mystery series, and it is off to a great start. Belinda Blake has recently moved to a carriage house in Greenwich, Connecticut and is hoping to find new pets to watch. While walking a python at her new home, she runs into her landlord's handsome son, Stone Carrington the 5th. After getting the snake settled in his cage, Belinda heads outside to garden, when she discovers a body wearing design ...more
Elizabeth
May 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Belinda Blake and the Snake in the Grass ( Exotic Pet-Sitter #1 )
By: Heather Day Gilbert
Belinda Blake and the Snake in the Grass is the first book in a new series Exotic Pet-Sitter . Wow, a snake. I stopped reading a few times , because I do not like snakes. Belinda is an Exotic Pet-sitter and is sitting a Ball Python snake. There is murder, mystery, suspense, and romance in this cozy mystery. The story and the characters both are a little quirky. There are twist and turns by the author that wi
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Yvette (bookworlder)
Belinda Blake and the Snake in the Grass is the first in author Heather Day Gilbert's new Exotic Pet-Sitter cozy mystery series. When I first heard of the series, I was drawn in by the description, warmed up to it a bit more by the fantastically fun cover, but hooked because of the author. Having thoroughly enjoyed her Viking historical novels, I was definitely up for giving her new cozy contemporary mystery a try. And what fun I had "trying" it, right up to the very end.

Belinda isn't the happil
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Carol
Apr 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Received a Kindle copy as a GoodReads giveaway. I like it overall, kept me guessing. Belinda was a little reckless for my taste, but it wasn't excessive and it was in character for her. I'd like to read the next book in the series.
Karen
May 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: won
Really wanted to like this cozy mystery but didn’t understanding why Belinda would rush into an investigation with a total stranger. Stone was the son of the people who Belinda rented her carriage house from. When she finds a body in her flower beds she and Stone start looking for her killer. All her friends and family say she should not trust Stone but who wouldn’t trust Stone when the victim died at his party. Stone of course has all the time in the world to help her investigate. So I just cou ...more
Ami
Jun 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Originally posted on the book blog Creature From the Book Lagoon.

* 3.5 or a low 4 star*

"When exotic pet-sitter Belinda Blake moves into a carriage house in tony Greenwich, Connecticut, she’s hoping to find some new clients. Instead she discovers a corpse in the garden—and a knack for solving murders . . . "

* I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*

I really wanted to like this book. It starts out a little bit rough though. Just about as soon as the book be
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The Cozy Review
Jun 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Series: An Exotic Pet-Sitter Mystery - Book 1
Author: Heather Day Gilbert
Genre: Cozy Mystery/ Pet
Publisher: Kensington
Page Count:192

Publishing Date: June 25, 2019

From Kensington Books, comes book one, Belinda Blake and the Snake in the Grass in a new series from award-winning author, Heather Day Gilbert. The “An Exotic Pet Sitter Mystery” will be a delightful, fun cozy series with interesting characters and unusual plots.

The main character, Belinda Blake is young, hip and full of brilliant idea
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Laura Reading
Is it OK to call a mystery including murder light and fun? I enjoyed my time spent with Belinda Blake.
Belinda has found her own calling and path in life. Her mom is a free spirit, doing her best to live off-the-grid, homesteading, while Belinda's father is a veterinarian. Her sister, on the other hand, has chosen a more powerful lifestyle. I tell you this because all of their personalities come into play as Belinda is figuring out her independent way of life.
Belinda enjoys video games and review
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Wade
Apr 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
“Maybe they’re all hopelessly flawed.”

Belinda Blake, a quirky exotic pet sitter in Greenwich, Connecticut will hook you into her life and (mis)adventures from the get-go. Per usual, Heather Day Gilbert does a remarkable job striking a nice balance between character development, storyline, and mystery. She takes a slight detour from her Christian mystery series featuring Tess Spencer into the Cozy Mystery genre and readers who enjoyed that series should enjoy this one as well. My personal opinion
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HEATHER DAY GILBERT, an ECPA Christy award finalist and Grace award winner, writes contemporary mysteries and Viking historicals. Her novels feature small towns, family relationships, and women who aren't afraid to protect those they love. Publisher's Weekly gave Heather's Viking historical Forest Child a starred review, saying it is "an engaging story depicting timeless human struggles with faith ...more

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