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Spilled Milk

(Barks & Beans Cafe Cozy Mystery #4)

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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.

The fall flea market has arrived in Macy's small mountain town, and she's taking a day off work to check out the local wares. As she and her Great Dane, Coal, wander through the booths, Macy's more than a little taken aback t
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Published April 19th 2021 by WoodHaven Press
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May 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries
Spilled Milk is the fourth book in the Barks and Beans Cafe Cozy Mystery. I can't say enough good things about this series things except that I missed Bo in this book since he was in South America getting rid of the bad guys! This series keep getting better, and I just want it to continue forever which I know isn't realistic... but I digress. ...more
Apr 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
“Someone else just showed up dead—and this time, the body was in my front yard."

“To be forewarned is to be forearmed.”

“The Barks & Beans Cafe must go on!"

Another fantastic Heather Day Gilbert cozy mystery featuring Macy Hatfield. Heather Day Gilbert has such an authentic voice in her books; she makes you feel like you are in the mountains of West Virginia. Great new characters in this one as well as more storylines for existing characters. I loved all the red herrings in this one and I spent all
Apr 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"It was a person. And that person was most likely dead, because he was lying flat on his face, with a sword protruding from a bloody wound in his back."

Dead body number one. Unfortunately for the little town of Lewisburg, West Virginia the count would continue to climb; each and every one with loosely or tightly connected to Bo and Macy Hatfield's barista, Kylie Baer. But a frazzled employee isn't Macy's only dilemma; her brother has to make an extended trip out of town, her ex-husband, aka Jake
Shawna Shaheen
May 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Love these series. This is the 4th book. Macy and Bo sister and brother own a a coffee and dog adoption cafe. Barks and Beans Where you can adopt dogs and drink coffee while making a match of the dog you choose or the dog chooses you. No had to go away on a DEA suspicion but Macy told him no that he was retired but No wanted to find out this mafia type man Leo that wanted No and Macy dead. But Leo wife ratted him out. Kylie and coffee barista (Barks and Beans cafe)has secrets and she always had ...more
Susan Snodgrass
Apr 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
‘Celebrating a man’s death seemed a little extreme.’

I just love this cozy mystery series! Sibling duo Bo and Macy Hatfield are quite good at solving crimes. They have opened up a wonderful cafe with a section for shelter dogs to hang out in. Hence the name Barks and Beans Cafe. By the way, I would really enjoy having lunch there one day.

Things are going along fine when Bo and Macy’s best barista falls under suspicion of murder (there always is a murder or two involved), and then Macy’s ex-husba
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I thoroughly enjoyed this cozy mystery! Yummy coffee drinks, and dogs everywhere, and happy endings are what I love. The main characters are great people, and most of the secondary characters are loyal and good help, or friends. I absolutely adore the intelligent Great Dane. And, Smoky, Bo’s kitten is a mischievous little imp! I look forward to reading the next exciting story in this series.
Janet Sketchley
Apr 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A feel-good cozy mystery!

The Barks & Beans Café—small-town Lewisville’s place to gather for fantastic coffee and the chance to mingle with (and perhaps adopt) lovable dogs from the nearby animal shelter.

In the middle of plans for the café’s one-year anniversary, Macy Hatfield’s brother and business partner, Bo, is called away for “one last duty” for his former drug enforcement boss.

Macy can handle this on her own, right? Her loyal staff members, and her friend Summer from the animal shelter, a
Anne Rightler
May 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: contest-gift
Spilled Milk is another excellent addition to Heather Day Gilbert's Barks & Beans Cafe series. I love cozy mysteries and the setting of the cafe where one can get a cup of java and a puppy fix at the same time is so inviting. With her brother Bo out of the country on a fairly secret mission, Macy is pretty much on her own when the cafe's best barista is the main suspect in not just one murder but two. And then a third body shows up. How is Macy going to prove Kylie's innocence? Lots of action--a ...more
Apr 18, 2021 rated it really liked it
More mystery in the life of Macy Hatfield
Full review to come
Linda Rainey
Apr 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Another Interesting Barks &Beans

This was another interest ing Barks & Beans filled with plenty of suspense twists and turns.
I loved the storyline and cast of characters.
I was eager to get my hands on the newest Barks and Beans book, Spilled Milk, and I was not disappointed! In this book, it feels like Macy Hatfield is going it alone a bit, since her brother, Bo, is out of town on some rather dangerous business. This time the mystery surrounds one of her very own employees at the café, Kylie, whose collectible sword was found in the back of someone at the local flea market. Things go from bad to worse when Macy’s ex Jake shows up.

There are so many fun pieces to
Robin E. Mason
May 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
“Ms. Gilbert’s writing is brilliant, her characters real and fun, her stories a delight to read, and I look forward to the next book in this series, Spilled Milk.” (from my review of Fair Trade, 10 November 2020, )

Macy Hatfield has become a good friend by now, practically family. I always enjoy going along for the ride on one of her adventures. Her tenacity, her sense of justice, her knack for reading people. And of course her love of dogs! (Although this
Chloe Flanagan
Apr 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Spilled milk, spilled secrets...spilled blood! Macy Hatfield just may have to face all three when Kylie, the talented but tough barista at her coffee shop/dog parlor becomes a suspect in a murder investigation.

Thanks to her compassionate and caffeinated crusade to clear her young barista’s name, Macy is more endearing than ever in this latest adventure in the Barks & Beans Cafe Mystery Series. The cast of colorful secondary characters—including art dealers, drug dealers, and a knife-wielding ba
Jun 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This review will not do justice to how good Heather Gilbert’s books are. I was hooked the from her first book and now I’m obsessed. The characters feel like real people who I’ve come to love. The mysteries in these books pull you in and wrap around your mind so that your so caught up in them your heart is pounding and your gasping out loud! I have to say these books are my favorite above all books I’ve ever read in any genre. I seriously feel so lost when I read the end and I’m no longer part of ...more
Suzie Waltner
Apr 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
Macy and Coal are back, but with Bo out of town, they are on their own when murder comes to their small West Virginia town.

As we’ve learned in the previous books, Macy has a good heart and cares about her employees, so when stand-offish Kylie is the prime suspect in the murders, she naturally defends the girl.

Heather Day Gilbert kept me guessing in this one. Add in the arrival of Macy’s ex, and things were most definitely tension filled and the story moved quickly.

And that ending? Let’s just say
Apr 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
this is another great story in the series. who is killing people and will her brother comes home soon. she is left to run everything since he is out of the country, then her ex shows up . and poor waffles is back but who will want and lover her? will she go back to Jack or will it be Dylan or will Titan show up. looking forward to the next story
Alesha  Kuechler
Apr 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Fun, believable story!

Ms. Gilbert is a great storyteller. I love Macy, Bo, and the rest of the Barks & Beans crew. It was great getting to know Kylie better in this book. My only wish is that the next one would come out sooner!
Jocelyn Green
May 28, 2021 added it
Shelves: mystery
I love this cozy mystery series! As with the previous installments, Spilled Milk served up plenty of action, twists, colorful characters, and a briskly-paced plot that kept me turning the pages to the end. This time, I had no clue who the villain was, not even a guess! I can't wait for the next book in the series to release. ...more
Jennifer Cagle
Apr 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Excellent cozy mystery

This was a superb mystery that was interesting, a real page turner!I read it in one day. So glad there is more in this series, full of romance, excitement and fun!
Apr 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Great book

This is a great series. I love the characters especially Coal and Stormy. I can't wait to see what happens next.
May 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this!

What a great story!! The author really has a way with her characters and story line! This is a great series and I am looking forward to the next one!!
Apr 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book and the entire series! This is a well written book that hooks you on the first page. It is full of suspense, drama and a mystery to solve. If you like cozy mystery's grab this book! You will love it.
I received a complimentary copy and all opinions expressed are my own.
Ginny Berkey
Jun 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Fascinating weaving of characters from previous books in the series without detracting from the current mystery.
Apr 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I just love this book and this series! I read the whole thing in one sitting! I’m always looking forward to reading what kind of adventures Macy and Bo end up getting into. I can’t wait to read the next book!

I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.
Donna M.
Apr 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Great series to enjoy
June Price
Jun 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Friends, Family, Dogs, Romance and Danger

I am seriously loving this series. We are getting to know the characters better with each book and come across as someone we might know. It was interesting to see main character Macy navigate a frightening and complex situation without Bo being right there for her to confer with and have her back. Macy and her friends face a harrowing danger head on, dealing with a startling and unexpected dangerous twist. Oh, and the ending was one I’ve been waiting on.
Andrea Králová
Jun 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
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Wilani Wahl
Jun 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Loving this series so much. This book did not disappoint. Can't wait for the next book to come out. ...more
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Award-winning novelist Heather Day Gilbert enjoys writing mysteries and Viking historicals. She brings authentic family relationships to the page, and she particularly delights in heroines who take a stand to protect those they love. Avid readers say Heather's realistic characters—no matter what century—feel like best friends. When she's not plotting stories, this native West Virginia gal can ofte ...more

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