Fair Trade (Barks & Beans Cafe Cozy Mystery)
by Heather Day Gilbert
About Fair Trade
Fair Trade (Barks & Beans Cafe Cozy Mystery)
3rd in Series
Setting – West Virginia
Publisher: WoodHaven Press (October 27, 2020)
Paperback: 152 pages
Kindle: ASIN: B08C69SN7L
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.
With the one-year anniversary of the now-successful Barks & Beans Cafe approaching, siblings Macy and Bo Hatfield set up an iced coffee booth at the state fair. Taking a break from brewing, Macy bumps into Carolina, a long-lost childhood friend who’s now sitting pretty as a country superstar. Macy tries not to fangirl too hard when her old friend extends an invitation to meet the rest of the Carolina Crush band before their opening show.
But when Carolina falls victim to not one, but two near-death experiences, Macy takes it upon herself to find out who has it in for her old friend. Fortified with plenty of roasted corn, cinnamon rolls, and her brother’s signature iced maple latte, Macy takes to the Ferris wheel to get the lay of the land from the air. She discovers too late that this year’s fair isn’t all fun and games…but she’s already locked in for the ride.
Join siblings Macy and Bo Hatfield as they sniff out crimes in their hometown…with plenty of dogs along for the ride! The Barks & Beans Cafe cozy mystery series features a small town, an amateur sleuth, and no swearing or graphic scenes.
Macy and her brother Bo take their cafe on the road all the way to the state fair. While Macy isn’t excited to learn to make the perfect latte she is excited to see her childhood friend turned country superstar. Carolina is the lead singer of Carolina Crush and is delighted to give Bo and Macy VIP tickets to their show.
Someone isn’t happy with Carolina though as evidenced when there are two attempts on her life. Macy not only gives her friend a safe place to stay, but she also vows to do her best to find out who wants her dead. Is it a crazed fan? or someone in the band? maybe even her husband?
All my favorite characters are back in Fair Trade. I just love Macy and Bo and the way they work together, each with their own strengths. They always have each other’s back. We continue to learn more about Bo’s past as it pops up a little more in each story. I also love Macy’s Great Dane Coal. He is very protective of his person. Makes me long for one of my own but maybe a smaller breed. Waffles also returns in this installment. He is very energetic and mischievous pup and still looking for just the right owner.
I really enjoyed the drama-filled mystery. I was all over the place as to who the guilty party was and then the author threw out a corkscrew twist and turned everything upside down. The author really keeps her readers on their toes and totally entertained.
Each Barks & Beans Cafe Cozy Mystery delivers a wonderful cast of evolving characters, an intriguing mystery, along with animals that will steal your heart. They can each be read on their own but to really get to know the characters you should read the series from the start.
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About Heather Day Gilbert
,HEATHER DAY GILBERT, an ECPA Christy award finalist and Grace award winner, enjoys writing contemporary mysteries set in her home state of West Virginia. Her novels feature small towns, family relationships, and women who aren’t afraid to protect what they love.
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