Flashback to May of 2016 and book 2 in the Barkey and Biscuits Series, ” To Catch A Treat.” Carrie Kennersly, owner of the delightfully named Barkery and Biscuits Bake Shop is hot on the trail of a dognapper. There are now five books in the series with the latest, “For a Good Paws,” released in May of this year.
To Catch a Treat (A Barkery & Biscuits Mystery)
Carrie Kennersly, veterinary technician and owner of the Barkery and Biscuits bake shop, agrees to a day of hiking with her brother Neal mostly because she wants to meet—and critique—his latest romantic interest, Janelle Blaystone. But instead of judgment, Carrie has only sympathy for Janelle, whose beloved black Labrador, Go, was recently dognapped along with many other purebred pets.
Janelle thinks the culprit is Ada Arnist, a wealthy homeowner spotted at the dog parks where Go and the others were stolen. Soon after Janelle confronts her, though, Ada is found dead. With Janelle and Neal on the suspect list, Carrie must solve the mystery before the police bark up the wrong tree.
Carrie Kennersly, the owner of a dual bakery serving both fresh dog treats and baked treats for the humans who love them, has once again gotten involved in a murder investigation. This time her brother’s new girlfriend has been implicated after the woman she accused of stealing her dog is found dead.
Sometimes it seems that being an animal lover is a prerequisite for enjoying a good cozy. This story is proof that dog lovers can hold their own as the furry best friends are the real stars of the book. Carrie lands herself in the middle of this investigation by rationalizing that her brother may be in the crossfire, but it is obvious that her love of dogs and her indignation over the dognappings is what fuels her fire. I do have to admit that this didn’t feel much like a cozy as the investigation took an extreme backseat to Carrie’s businesses. There seemed to more information about part-time workers schedules than actual clues, but I have to admit that the concept of a canine bakery is an interesting one and the treats as described sounded too mouth-watering to go to the dogs.
The story does offer suspects galore and Carrie’s unsophisticated investigation style keeps the story moving. I have to admit the end was a bit of a surprise as I couldn’t tell which of the suspects I was leaning more toward being the bad guy. This was a quick entertaining read with characters I would love to visit with again.