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(Barks & Beans Cafe Cozy Mystery #1)

4.39  ·  Rating details ·  308 ratings  ·  95 reviews
Welcome to the Barks & Beans Cafe, a quaint place where folks pet shelter dogs while enjoying a cup of java...and where murder sometimes pays a visit.

Fed up with her go-nowhere job, newly single Macy Hatfield moves back to her small hometown in West Virginia. She joins forces with her brother Bo in his crazy new venture—the Barks & Beans Cafe, which caters to dog lovers an
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Published May 26th 2020 by WoodHaven Press
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Jocelyn Green
Jul 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
As soon as I finished this book, I pre-ordered the next in the series, and my 14yo daughter and I look forward to racing each other again to see who can get through it faster.

I knew I'd love this book, as I'm a big fan of Heather Day Gilbert, and I was confident it would be clean enough for my young teen. I love this book for how much I enjoyed it personally, and for how it lifted my daughter's spirits during a summer of stress and disappointment. The characters are all so colorful and vividly
May 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
New beginnings bring brother and sister duo, Macy and Bo together in new business venture in their hometown, that combines their expertise and passions. The Barks and Beans Cafe is a cozy coffee shop where patrons can sip on their drinks while hanging out with furry friends from the local humane society. When Macy adopts new dog, they find themselves in the crosshairs of a murderer.

A thrilling cozy mystery, filled with colorful characters, and a great small town feel. This book was well paced, a
Apr 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Heather Day Gilbert writes some of the best cozy mysteries! She has such a wonderful way of creating characters that make you want to be friends with. I loved Macy and Bo! I even loved Coal! I loved the way they interacted together. This made me wish that I could stop by their coffee shop and enjoy a nice drink and pet some dogs. I loved this one so much! This is one that I plan on reading again! I know that I will enjoy it just as much the next time! I really can’t wait for the next book!

I was
Susan Snodgrass
Apr 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Heather Day Gilbert starts off a new cozy mystery series with No Filter and it totally works. A coffee shop with a dog petting area. I didn't even need the coffee. Just the dogs would do it for me.

Macy Hatfield has come out of a divorce and moves back to her West Virginia hometown and goes in with her big brother on an odd new venture, the Barks and Beans Café. Soon, though, a murder happens and Macy ends up adopting the victim's Great Dane. Now, let me tell you: I love a good mystery and Gilbe
Chloe Flanagan
May 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Heather Day Gilbert brings her signature talent for creating stories with clever and endearing heroines, sweet family bonds, and cunning conundrums to a brand new cozy mystery series.

No Filter, Book 1 in the Barks and Beans Cafe series introduces Macy, a funny, middle-aged dog lover and Bo, her huggably heroic brother, who also happens to be a coffee connoisseur. They pool their passions to create a coffee shop and dog petting parlor, quickly proving that cappuccinos and canines are an irresist
Jun 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2020
Dollycas’s Thoughts

Bo Hatfield invites his sister Macy home to West Virginia to be his partner is his new venture, the Barks & Beans Cafe. A cafe for coffee and dog lovers complete with shelter dogs to adopt. Shortly after opening Macy makes a huge adoption of her own, a Great Dane previously owned by a golf instructor who had been murdered. Macy finds something interesting attached to the dog’s collar and shortly thereafter her new pet is stolen.

Macy starts a frantic search for her dog and that
Karin Kaufman
Jul 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I’ve enjoyed all of Heather Day Gilbert’s mysteries, but this may be my favorite yet. It combines dogs and coffee, a great cast of characters, an engaging mystery, and a terrific amateur sleuth.

There are so many things to love about this book. First, the amateur sleuth, Macy Hatfield, grabbed my attention right away. She has a good relationship with her brother Bo (who came up with the idea for Barks & Beans), something that’s different and refreshing in a mystery, and I love how her last name p
Jun 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: cozy mystery fans who love dogs
Shelves: 2020-ebooks
Oh do I love this new series! Siblings Bo and Macy Hatfield were such awesome characters who definitely used their brains before proceeding into possible danger. Most of the time Macy was very good about keeping her brother in the loop about her investigating until she found out a reason why it was extra dangerous, even to him. I don't want to give away any of the fun details, but after learning more about the brother and sister duo, I kind of suspected there would be an ongoing story line which ...more
May 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"Barks and Beans was a grand experiment for both of us, and it simply had to work."

Macy Hatfield, and her brother Bo, have both returned to their hometown of Lewisburg, West Virginia following deep personal disappointments. Repurposing their Aunt Athaleen's lovely home by dividing it into a trendy cafe/ residence for Macy, they expectantly launch their combination coffee-and-canines business with the area's eclectic community in mind. It never entered their minds that murder and mayhem would ap
Jul 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
First of three books in Heather Day Gilbert's new Barks & Beans Cozy Mystery series, No Filter opens with Macy Hatfield joining her brother Bo's new Cafe/Dog petting venture in their West Virginia hometown. With both siblings still reeling from the end of their relationships, their cafe and it isn't long before Macy is a bit distracted by a local murder and Bo is joining in on the investigation.

Written with an emphasis on characters, No Filter features an interesting murder plot that has Macy ad
No Filter utterly charmed this reader! Coffee + dogs + a cozy mystery = pure happiness in book form. Macy Hatfield joins her brother in a new business venture - Barks and Beans Cafe. One side is a coffee shop, while the other side allows guests to visit with (and possibly adopt) shelter dogs. As the owner of one shelter dog and one foundling, I adored this idea and feel it makes a delightful set-up for the series.

Macy Hatfield's character is a fun character to me. She's a little jaded and prickl
May 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
No Filter by Heather Day Gilbert has Macy Hatfield moving back to her hometown of Lewisburg, West Virginia after receiving a phone call from her brother, Bo. The brother and sister duo are opening the Barks & Beans Café which caters to coffee and dog lovers. They will be bringing in dogs from the local animal rescue in the hopes that customers will want to adopt them. Customers can enjoy their coffee with a tasty treat and cuddle a cute dog. A golf instructor at the Ivy Hill Spiritual Center for ...more
Becky Lewis
I am excited to share with you a new cozy mystery series by Heather Day Gilbert. While I love cozies, I start a new one with much trepidation. Will there be sex on the page or a lot of innuendoes? Will there be bad language? I am thrilled to say No Filter , #1 Barks & Beans Café Cozy Mysteries, fits every category I am looking for in a cozy:
1. Small town setting
2. No bad language
3. No sex
4. Amateur sleuth
5. Murder not presented in gory manner
6. Bit of Romance (my addition)

In No Filter, we find M
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Great debut cozy! I loved the plot of a coffee shop/dogs for adoption set-up. A brother and sister team work well together to make the business a success. There are interesting twists and turns during the story that kept me entertained. The mystery is a puzzler. I recommend this story to cozy mystery and dog lovers!
Robin E. Mason
May 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
What a delightful new story and series. Murder notwithstanding.
Another impetuous closet sleuth, Macy (love that name!) just can’t stop herself from trying to figure out the murder at Ivy Hill. Then again, some people just can’t leave a puzzle with gaps. And an unsolved murder is nothing if not a puzzle with gaps.
Scorned and heartbroken, Macy Hatfield stumbles into her new role in life, co-owner of Barks & Beans, and in a twist, ends up with a dog of her own. As one clue tumbles onto another, sh
Suzie Waltner
Jul 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
If I had more time in my days, I’d definitely add more cozy mysteries to my tbr. Why? Because books like No Filter by Heather Day Gilbert are a delight.

In the first book of her Barks & Beans series, Gilbert introduces Macy and Bo and their coffee shop/dog petting business. Even though I don’t like coffee and rarely visit coffee shops, this is one I’d hang out at. Not only because of the dogs but because Macy, Bo, the employees at the shop, and Summer are all people I would love to hang out with.
May 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What an incredible read! I absolutely loved the characters and feel in love with Coal. This story will keep you glued to its pages. I was on the edge of my seat so much, Macy was one brave character. The author does a fantastic job of keeping the reader guessing as to who the murderer is. I thought I had it figured out and then a new twist throws you in a tail spin. I loved reading about the teas and coffees Barks and Beans made, I swore I could smell the aroma. This is a new author and series t ...more
Kristina Seleshanko
May 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a light, clean mystery featuring a very likeable, everyday woman as the heroine. I liked the variety of characters: the protective, bad-ass brother, the slightly hippy-ish animal shelter keeper, the mysterious and charming art dealer...and yes, the adorable - and giant! - dog. Can't wait to read the next book in the series. ...more
Jul 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
No Filter by Heather Day Gilbert is truly a cozy little mystery, the first in the Barks and Beans Cozy Mystery series.

After a divorce she really didn’t want, and a dead end job that, well, dead ended, Macy Hatfield moves back to her small hometown in West Virginia. Having inherited a large house with her brother Bo, Macy takes up residence in part of the large home to lick her wounds and figure the rest of her life. Bo, already a successful business man who made tons of money from his first bus
May 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful debut to a new cozy series.
Macy, Bo and Coal form an excellent sleuthing pair and I cannot wait to see what's next in store for this trio.
The mystery behind the murder piques the reader's curiosity. The plot to story development is excellent. As a debut in the series, we are given some background on the main characters and also introduced to a few more characters whom we might see in the future books of this series. Bo's secret forms the background of this series.
No Filter is
May 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
This first novel in a charming new cozy mystery series from Heather Gilbert. Is absolutely delightful.
Macy is such a sweet heroine, and I couldn't help liking her and all her unique characteristics.
In some ways, I was reminded of Tess in Ms. Gilbert's earlier series, Murder in the Mountains.
Macy is a gal that is determined to chase after clues and search for answers without stopping to think about the danger she might be putting herself in. (and no, she's not a detective, or law enforcement, or
Aug 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
this is a wonderful story. Macy and her brother Bo open up a coffee shop and part of it is where the dogs come from the shelter for adoption , she takes in a great dane if you like animals and mystery you will want to read the book well written looking forward to the next story
Lady Delacour
Swell Start to a New
Cozy Mystery Series.
Animals, Coffee and
Lovely New Friends.
Very Quick Setup
and Mystery begins.
3.5 Enjoyable Stars.
Listened with TTS.
Clean with Some Slang.
Mary Brown
Jul 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
No Filter
Barks & Beans Cafe Cozy Mystery
Heather Day Gilbert
5 Stars


BOOK ONE in the ALL-NEW BARKS & BEANS CAFE cozy mystery series!!

Welcome to the Barks & Beans Cafe, a quaint place where folks pet shelter dogs while enjoying a cup of java...and where murder sometimes pays a visit.

Fed up with her go-nowhere job, newly single Macy Hatfield moves back to her small hometown in West Virginia. She joins forces with her brother Bo in his crazy new venture—the Barks & Beans Cafe, which caters to
May 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
NO FILTER by Heather Day Gilbert
The First Barks & Beans Mystery

After a massive betrayal, newly divorced Macy Hatfield is ready for a change. So when her brother, Bo, suggests she comes home to West Virginia and help in his new business venture, she's more than willing to agree. The siblings open Barks & Beans, a coffee cafe where people can also mingle with shelter dogs, with Bo in charge of the coffee aspect and Macy concentrating on the dogs. Macy soon meets and makes a connection with a very
Fee (Ebook Addicts)
Jun 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2020, arc
No Filter is the first in the new series The Barks & Bean Cafe cozy mystery series, and it got off to a great start. I am loving cozy mysteries that feature animals and Coal the Great Dane was just a great sidekick for Macy.

Following her divorce Macy has returned to her hometown and setup a cafe with her brother Bo - the Barks & Beans which features the very popular idea of a petting cafe allowing people to drink their coffee and potentially adopt a dog at the same time. I don't think Macy plann
May 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
No Filter by Heather Day Gilbert is a delightful beginning to The Barks & Beans Cafe Cozy Mystery book series. I appreciate the fact that this is a completely clean book with neither swearing nor sexual innuendo…what I’d love to say about all cozy mystery books. It’s a quick, easy read with quirky characters, a mysterious murder, adoptable dogs, and delicious coffee.

Brother and sister team, Bo and Macy Hatfield are going into business together. Macy just went through a messy divorce. Being the g
Tera Bradham
May 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a fantastic read! This one is a page turner, but the part I appreciated most is that this is a clean mystery with no cursing or graphic scenes. I had to walk away from this genre awhile ago because mysteries gave me nightmares, but this one was thrilling without being traumatizing. I loved the character development of the humans and the dogs, and Gilbert kept me guessing as to who the true murderer was! Great read and I’m looking forward to the next one in the series!
Andrea Chatman
Jul 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A fun new series from Heather Day Gilbert. A brother and sister take on an adventurous new gamble -a coffee shop where one can hang out with shelter dogs. That is only the beginning.

Macy Hatfield is looking for a new start and this venture with her older brother seems like just the thing to put her life back on track. But when someone kidnaps her new dog Coal, she is thrown into a mystery that might just change her life forever.
Patricia H. Phelps
Aug 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I Love It!

This is a great series! Macy is divorced, having learned her husband cheated many times over the years of their marriage. When she gets a call from older brother, Bo, she moves back to their home town in West Virginia to work with him at Barks and Beans. No had retired from his job in California and moved back and had already been building out the cafe. He would run the coffee bar and she would run the dog petting, using dogs from the shelter with the plan to get them adopted. Then the
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