Gwen and Nora are infiltrating a long list of dirty deeds, including fraud and illegal gains. — Playing Possum (The 2 Sisters Pet Valet Mysteries) by @mccaslin_daneTweet
Thanks to the baking show craze, America now has a plethora of great places to sample specialty items such as cupcakes, macaroons, and cookies.
Yes, I know that doughnut shops have been around for eons. Winchells, Dunkin, and Bosa come to mind. In fact, you don’t even need to add the descriptor word “doughnut” after each name. Just say Winchells and we’ll know you mean a lemon-filled or glazed.
But what about Voodoo Doughnuts?
It’s hard for me to imagine that this Portland original has only been around since 2003. Since then, it’s become a cult classic up and down the West Coast, making appearances from Universal Studios Hollywood to Buffalo Heights in Houston. It’s been featured on The Amazing Race and The Travel Channel, and it holds weekly Swahili lessons as well as legal weddings. (Yes, you can get married between a case of Voodoo Doll Doughnuts and Bacon Maple Bars, standing under the shop’s “holy” doughnut.)
If you decide to search out the original Voodoo Doughnuts Portland site, be prepared for long lines. In fact, I call it the Disneyland of Donut Shops. The lines, though, are worth waiting in to have a chance to sample a Captain, Oh My Captain (topped with Cap’n Crunch Cereal) or the Memphis Mafia, a delectable concoction of fried dough, bananas, chocolate chips, and peanut butter drizzle.
How about you? What food is your town’s signature taste? Do some research and tell me about it: I might use it in an upcoming book (Gwen and Nora need to travel)! Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I’d love to hear from you.
In book three of this series Nora and Gwen have made a fairly successful go at their Pet Valet business. They are comfortable leaving their young employees on their own and even contemplating hiring more help. Things seem to be going great until Nora gets a letter from a lawyer. She has been named the executor of her third ex husband’s will. Upon further investigation she discovers that he has been missing for years and his kids (whom she not so affectionately calls step monsters) want to declare him dead. Since there seems to be not much corroboration of the man’s death and not trusting her former stepkids, Nora drags Gwen (or does Gwen convince Nora) into snooping out the truth of the situation. They are led into twisty subplots, a money laundering laundry service and shifty bad guys.
The ladies are dogged in their pursuit of answers and take risks that maybe they shouldn’t take. It is easy to see how they have been friends since kindergarten. Their friendship even through irritation and annoyance shines through brilliantly. The little spurts of romance here and there in the book are fun, but I just don’t get the relationship between Marcus and Nora. Obviously with so many exes she has a bit of a man issue, but their relationship seems toxic and unnecessary. I do think Roger is a doll who is perfect for Gwen.
This is a solid story that is going to appeal to fans of the series.
I received an advance review copy for free through Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours, and I am leaving this review voluntarily
The 2 Sisters Pet Valet Service is purring along, thanks to the entrepreneurial talents of retired schoolteacher Gwen Franklin and her bestie and business partner, Nora Goldstein. But whenthe fur starts to fly, they become partners in crime detecting as well . . .
At Nora’s request, Gwen is happy to accompany her to a meeting with ex-hubby #3’s lawyer. Much to Nora’s surprise—and dismay—she’s been named executor of said ex’s will. The fact that the man has been missing for years and was just declared legally dead only makes an already complicated process more so. And besides, is he really dead? What’s not a surprise is that Nora’s twin ex-stepchildren are pressing for access to their father’s dry cleaning fortune . . .
With Gwen’s assist, it’s time for Nora to do a little digging. It turns out that the twins’ catering business is failing—and that their dad’s business was laundering more than clothing. Soon, Gwen and Nora are infiltrating a long list of dirty deeds, including fraud and illegal gains. And the perpetrators are all too close to home. The police may want Gwen and Nora to stick to their own line of work, but the pair are determined to make sure the truth comes out in the wash—before someone ends up in the discard bin . . .
McCaslin began a life-long love of mysteries at a very young age. She bypassed Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden and went straight for Agatha Christie, thanks to her mother’s library books. Dane is retired from a twenty-plus-year career in teaching high school and college English, and she uses her newfound freedom to read for pleasure, write mysteries, and smell the roses.
Website – https://www.danemccaslinbooks.com/
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