Cold Drip (Barks & Beans Cafe Cozy Mystery)
6th in Series
Setting – West Virginia
WoodHaven Press (May 18, 2022)
Paperback : 160 pages
ISBN-10 : 1735565180
ISBN-13 : 978-1735565187
Kindle ASIN : B09G94PLYX
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.
Thanksgiving is on the way, and Macy’s thrilled when her boyfriend Titan says he’s coming to town for a week-long visit. She plans to take him to some of her favorite haunts, including the sprawling caverns nearby.
But when the lights go out during their underground tour and a local society darling plunges to her death, Macy can’t shake the feeling that the cave’s slippery floors weren’t entirely to blame. She taps into the admittedly limited skills of her upscale barista, Milo, to do a little snooping in the moneyed circles he moves in. When he unearths a sinkhole of lies, Macy slides straight toward a killer who’s not about to stop until every leak is sealed…permanently.
Macy and Bo Hatfield own and operate the Barks & Beans Cafe where you can stop in for a cup of coffee and fall in love with a dog from the local shelter. You can also catch a glimpse of Macy’s lovable Great Dane, Coal.
It’s almost Thanksgiving and Macy’s boyfriend and FBI Agent, Titan has come for a week-long visit. Macy plans to take him around like a tourist to see some local sights. Their first stop is the local caverns where Macy had a big scare as a child. Soon after their arrival, the lights go out and they hear a scream. When the lights come back on they learn a young socialite fell into the cavern while trying to get the perfect selfie. Or maybe she was pushed. After a lengthy search and rescue, no body is found. Macy decides to do some investigating herself and her best source may be her best barista, Milo. Together they may find the body and a killer.
Anyone that has been in a cave or cavern will agree they can be very eerie. I haven’t been to one in years, way before the arrival of social media tweets, instas, TikToks, and selfies. I can just imagine how places have had to add a lot of new safety measures to keep people from getting hurt while they strive to get the perfect picture. I loved the author’s detailed descriptions of the stalagmites and stalactites and the wondrous beauty they create and the danger of one false step. They opened my eyes to the places I take my grandchildren and how much they have had to change from my old days.
The core characters in this story are so genuine and engaging. I became invested in their lives while reading the first book of the series, No Filter and they have continued to grow in each new installment. Bo and Macy have a close relationship and their significant others Summer and Titan fit right in. I really enjoy the friendships that are built within this series. People watch out for each other and that makes this series shine.
It is always the animals that make me smile and grab my heart. I love Coal but a dog like him would be too big for me. Some members of our family have a Great Dane and it is amazing to see how fast he is growing and what a great breed they are.
This mystery was different because until a body is found you don’t know if you are searching for a missing person or a killer but someone or several someones are lying and Milo uncovers a lot to help Macy. I stuck with Macy through the twists and turns and was keen to know I was right about so much. The ending was chilling though, the coldness wasn’t just in the caverns. Brrr!
Cold Drip is another entertaining story from Heather Day Gilbert. She always delivers a flawless blend of intrigue, drama, romance, and humor. Her characters are exceptional and feel like old friends. Set around Thanksgiving makes this a great time to read this book. Plus the next book in the series, Roast Date will be released on December 20th.
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About Heather Day Gilbert
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 often be found hanging out with her husband and four children, playing video games, or reading Agatha Christie novels.
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