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Cold Drip (Barks & Beans Cafe Cozy Mystery) by Heather Day Gilbert #Review

Cold Drip (Barks & Beans Cafe Cozy Mystery)
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.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

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.

Author Links – Website – Facebook Author Page  – Bookbub  – Goodreads

Twitter@heatherdgilbert    Instagram: @heatherdaygilbert



Coming December 20, 2022
Also written by Heather Day Gilbert


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of this book. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #45 – 2022

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be traveling to Pennsylvania, Idaho, and California!!

Here’s what I read and what I have planned for this week.

Escapes Completed


How to Frame a Fashionista (A Resale Boutique Mystery)
by Debra Sennefelder
Release Date – November 24, 2020
Setting – New York
My Flashback Friday Read! – My Review


Cold Drip (Barks & Beans Cafe Cozy Mystery)
by Heather Day Gilbert
Release Date – May 24, 2022
Setting – West Virginia
I don’t know how I missed this one.
My Review will be up tomorrow. 


Gavels, Tinsel and Murder: A British Cozy Mystery with a Female Amateur Sleuth (A Dotty Sayers Antique Mystery)
by Victoria Tait
Release Date – November 4, 2022
Setting – England
The Great Escapes Tour stops here for Cozy Wednesday this week!


A Trip with Trouble: The Mountain Lodge Mysteries
by Diane Kelly
Release Date – October 25, 2022
Setting – North Carolina
My Review will be up Thursday.

Scheduled Escapes


Death on a Deadline (A Homefront News Mystery)
by Joyce St. Anthony
Release Date – November 8, 2022
Setting – Pennsylvania
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next Tuesday!


Three Tainted Teas (Kitchen Witch Mysteries)
by Lynn Cahoon
Release Date – April 26, 2022
Setting – Idaho
I will feature next week on Cozy Wednesday.


The Case of the Amorous Assailant
by Terry Ambrose
Release Date – October 18, 2022
Setting – California
For Review

Future Escapes

November 6 – 12, 2022


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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #44 – 2022


Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be traveling to West Virginia, England, and North Carolina!!

Here’s what I read and what I have planned for this week.

Escapes Completed


Dead of Winter (A Mattie Winston Mystery)
by Annelise Ryan
Release Date – February 26, 2019
Setting – Wisconsin
My Flashback Friday Read – Review


A Doomful of Sugar (Maple Syrup Mysteries)
by Catherine Bruns
Release Date – October 25, 2022
Setting – Vermont
My Review will be up tomorrow. 


It Came upon a Midnight Shear (A Riverbank Knitting Mystery)
by Allie Pleiter
Release Date – November 1, 2022
Setting – Maryland
The Great Escapes Tour stops here this week for Cozy Wednesday!


A Book Club to Die For (A Beloved Bookroom Mystery)
by Dorothy St. James
Release Date – November 1, 2022
Setting – South Carolina
The Great Escapes Tour stops here this Thursday!

Current Escape


How to Frame a Fashionista (A Resale Boutique Mystery)
by Debra Sennefelder
Release Date – November 24, 2020
Setting – New York
My Flashback Friday Read!

Scheduled Escapes


Cold Drip (Barks & Beans Cafe Cozy Mystery)
by Heather Day Gilbert
Release Date – May 24, 2022
Setting – West Virginia
I don’t know how I missed this one.
For Review


Gavels, Tinsel and Murder: A British Cozy Mystery with a Female Amateur Sleuth (A Dotty Sayers Antique Mystery)
by Victoria Tait
Release Date – November 4, 2022
Setting – England
The Great Escapes Tour stops here for Cozy Wednesday next week!


A Trip with Trouble: The Mountain Lodge Mysteries
by Diane Kelly
Release Date – October 25, 2022
Setting – North Carolina
For Review

Future Escapes

October 30 – November 5, 2022


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Cozy Wednesday featuring Trouble Brewing (Barks & Beans Cafe Cozy Mystery) by Heather Day Gilbert #Review / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour @heatherdgilbert


Trouble Brewing (Barks & Beans Cafe Cozy Mystery)
by Heather Day Gilbert

Welcome to Cozy Wednesday!

I am excited to share my thoughts
about Trouble Brewing today!

About Trouble Brewing 


Trouble Brewing (Barks & Beans Cafe Cozy Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
5th in Series
Publisher ‏ : ‎ WoodHaven Press (October 18, 2021)
Print length ‏ : ‎ 200 pages
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0916DR5WL

Convinced that the elderly lady in her care didn’t die of natural causes, Macy’s friend Della determines to look into the broken relationships surrounding the woman. She books a Halloween-themed getaway at a local inn and talks Macy into coming along with her to spy on her prime suspect.

As they join a ghost tour of the candlelit town, Macy and Della feel their guide is a little too fanatical as he shares his spooky tales. He tells the story of the Greenbrier Ghost, a newlywed who supposedly came back from the grave to tell her family that her husband murdered her.

When a disturbing apparition makes its presence known, guests at the inn become apprehensive…and for good reason, because soon after, a young bride turns up dead. Although everything points to a copycat killer replicating the historical Greenbrier murder, Macy has her doubts. She’s discovered that the inn harbors secrets of its own, and when she pokes into one darkened corner too many, she might not stand a ghost of a chance.

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.

The Barks & Beans Cafe cozy mystery series in order:
Book 1: No Filter
Book 2: Iced Over
Book 3: Fair Trade
Book 4: Spilled Milk
Book 5: Trouble Brewing
Book 6: Cold Drip

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Macy’s friend Della has been caring for Lorraine Rossi for a few months and sadly Lorraine passed away when Della wasn’t present. Della feels there was just something off about the death. The woman’s family was around but they may have ulterior motives. Lorraine told Della about one of her valuable possessions that she had hidden away. She wanted Della to have the item instead of it going to her “greedy” children and she has put her wishes in her will too. So Della talks Macy into going to a Halloween event being held at the Greenbrier Inn owned by Lorraine’s daughter to see if they can keep an eye on members of the family and maybe even find the valuable possession left to Della.

The weekend is filled with spooky events including a ghost tour with stories about the Greenbrier Ghost and other notable ghouls. The Greenbrier Ghost appears back at the inn and frightens the guests but when a young newlywed is found dead the next morning killed in a similar fashion as the ghost Macy knows she needs to dig in the guests herself. One of them is a killer. She realizes the inn and its guests all seem to be harboring secrets but what drove one of them to kill. She hopes to find out before her haunted weekend comes to an end.


This series is so much fun. While the mystery takes place away from Barks & Beans we still get to check in with the adoptable pooches and the beaming baristas. This time Bo is taking care of Macy’s Great Dane Coal returning the favor of Macy’s taking care of his kitty Stormy when he was recently out of town.

The author creates such marvelous characters, humans, canines, and felines. They are all well developed. I enjoyed the introduction of Della. It takes a special person to care for people at the end of their lives and it was easy to see that she has a huge heart and was well-suited to be a caregiver. She is also ready to open her heart in another way and that little subplot added to the intrigue and touched my heart too.

We were also introduced to Lorraine’s family. Wow, what a group. Ms. Gilbert did an excellent job with those characters as well. Some got my hackles up early, others took a little time but all had me questioning their motives regarding the deaths that occurred. I loved all the twists and turns.  The Greenbriar Inn and its grounds was a fantastic setting for this story.  I had a great time tagging along with Macy even into some really spooky places.

The author does an admirable job of blending everyday activities, special events, and stellar mysteries together for a well-rounded read. In Trouble Brewing readers are treated to a subplot that features a very special adoption. I challenge you not to have a tear in your eye.

I have become a big fan of Heather Day Gilbert. This cozy series is one I find so entertaining and I highly recommend them all. Wonderful characters, lively mysteries, and a big Great Dane that had me from the moment he entered the scene keep me coming back for more.  Cold Drip hits bookshelves May 24, 2022. I can’t wait for my next visit to Barks & Beans.

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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.

Author Links – Website – Facebook Author Page  – Bookbub  – Goodreads

Twitter@heatherdgilbert    Instagram: @heatherdaygilbert

Purchase Link: Amazon


Also by Heather Day Gilbert


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. . . the best thing about Trouble Brewing is the mystery! There are lots of clues for us to follow through many lead to dead ends. Quite literally on occasion. I didn’t know who the culprit was until almost the very end! It’ll keep you guessing.
~Christy’s Cozy Corners

I really enjoyed this book! I have not read any of the Barks and Beans series prior to this and it did not affect my read of this book. In some cases, it can be difficult to jump in mid-series, but I did not find that to be the case with this book.
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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #43 – 2021

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be traveling to Texas and Massachusetts!

Here’s what I read and what I have planned for this week.

Escapes Completed


Let Her Be (Hush collection)
by Lisa Unger
Release Date – July 30, 2020
Setting – ??
My Flashback Friday Read and
for my Alphabet Soup – Author Edition Challenge
My Review


Getaway With Murder: The Mountain Lodge Mysteries
by Diane Kelly
Release Date – October 26, 2021
Setting – North Carolina – Blue Ridge Mountains
My Review Will Be Up Tomorrow.


Trouble Brewing (Barks & Beans Cafe Cozy Mystery)
by Heather Day Gilbert
Release Date – October 18, 2021
Setting – West Virginia
The Great Escapes Tour stops here this week for Cozy Wednesday.

Current Escape 


Dark Night: A Mystery (Alaska Wild)
by Paige Shelton
Release Date – December 7, 2021
Setting – Alaska
For Review

Scheduled Escapes


The Girl You Killed
by Leslie Wolfe
Release Date – October 19, 2021
Setting – Texas
The Great Escapes Book Tour stops here next Tuesday!


An Eggnog to Die For (A Cape Cod Foodie Mystery)
by Amy Pershing
Release Date – November 9, 2021
Setting – Massachusetts
The Great Escapes Tour stops her for Cozy Wednesday next week!

Future Escapes

October 24 – 30, 2021


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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #42 – 2021

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be traveling to North Carolina, West Virginia and Alaska!

Here’s what I read and what I have planned for this week.

Escapes Completed


Howloween Murder (A Melanie Travis Mystery)
by Laurien Berenson
Release Date – August 25, 2020
Setting – Connecticut
My Flashback Friday Read and my book for
the Alphabet Soup Mini Challenge. My Review


A Brush with Murder: A Paint by Murder Mystery
by Bailee Abbott
Release Date – October 21, 2021
Setting – New York
The Great Escapes Tour stops here this Tuesday.


The Enemy You Gnocchi: A Christmas Cozy Mystery
(Italian Chef Mysteries)

by Catherine Bruns
Release Date – October 26, 2021
Setting – New York
I will feature this book this week for Cozy Wednesday.


Mistletoe Cake Murder (All-Day Breakfast Cafe Mystery)
by Lena Gregory
Release Date – October 12, 2021
Setting – Florida
The Great Escapes Tour stops here Thursday.

Scheduled Escapes


Let Her Be (Hush collection)
by Lisa Unger
Release Date – July 30, 2020
Setting – ??
My Flashback Friday Read and
for my Alphabet Soup – Author Edition Challenge


Getaway With Murder: The Mountain Lodge Mysteries
by Diane Kelly
Release Date – October 26, 2021
Setting – North Carolina – Blue Ridge Mountains
For Review


Trouble Brewing (Barks & Beans Cafe Cozy Mystery)
by Heather Day Gilbert
Release Date – October 18, 2021
Setting – West Virginia
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next Wednesday.


Dark Night: A Mystery (Alaska Wild)
by Paige Shelton
Release Date – December 7, 2021
Setting – Alaska
For Review

Future Escapes

October 10 – 16, 2021


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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #41 – 2021

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be traveling to Connecticut and back to New York!

Here’s what I read and what I have planned for this week.

Escapes Completed


Spilled Milk (Barks & Beans Cafe Cozy Mystery)
by Heather Day Gilbert
Release Date – April 19, 2021
Setting – West Virginia
My Review


Verse and Vengeance: A Magical Bookshop Mystery
by Amanda Flower
Release Date – December 10, 2019
Setting – New York
My Flashback Friday Read – My Review


Deep Green Envy (Deep Lakes Cozy Mystery Series)
by Joy Ann Ribar
Release Date – September 21, 2021
Setting – Wisconsin
The Great Escapes Tour stops here this week from Cozy Wednesday.

Scheduled Escapes


Howloween Murder (A Melanie Travis Mystery)
by Laurien Berenson
Release Date – August 25, 2020
Setting – Connecticut
My Flashback Friday Read and my book for
the Alphabet Soup Mini Challenge.


A Brush with Murder: A Paint by Murder Mystery
by Bailee Abbott
Release Date – October 21, 2021
Setting – New York
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next Tuesday.


The Enemy You Gnocchi: A Christmas Cozy Mystery
(Italian Chef Mysteries)

by Catherine Bruns
Release Date – October 26, 2021
Setting – New York
I will feature this book next week for Cozy Wednesday.

Future Escapes

October 10 – 16, 2021
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Spilled Milk (Barks & Beans Cafe Cozy Mystery) by Heather Day Gilbert #Review


Spilled Milk (Barks & Beans Cafe Cozy Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
4th in Series
Setting – West Virginia
‎WoodHaven Press (April 7, 2021)
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 220 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1735565148
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1735565149
Kindle ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08JS228FZ

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 to discover that her enigmatic tattooed barista, Kylie, is selling antique weapons at the event. She’s even more shocked when Coal sniffs out a dead body…and the man appears to have been struck down by one of Kylie’s swords.

As rumors begin to circulate, the Barks & Beans Cafe also takes a hit. Customers are reluctant to order their mochas from a murderess. Macy stands by her employee, but even she believes there’s a whole lot more to Kylie’s history than the woman lets on. To make matters worse, Macy’s brother Bo is out of the country, leaving the cafe’s future in her hands.

And then her ex-husband Jake shows up, begging to make amends.

With the past rearing its ugly head, Macy has to ignore Jake’s distractions, appease the angst of her nervous customers, and convince Kylie to trust her, all before an elusive killer strikes again.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Macy had planned a quiet day for herself and her Great Dane Coal checking out the wares at the local flea market. She is totally surprised to see her barista, Kylie, has a booth selling antique weapons. After visiting with her for a few minutes she moves on to a few more booths and then wanders into the antique car show. She is almost run over by a guy in a hoodie going somewhere in a hurry. As she ventured further into the car show Coal starts to whine and pulled Macy toward one of the cars. When she peered through the windows she noticed something in the backseat. She quickly figured out it was a person . . . a very dead person . . . with a bloody sword stuck in his back.

Could Kylie be involved in the death? The sword looks like one she had at her booth. She is high on the police suspect list and people are hearing rumors. So much so that customers are avoiding Kylie at Barks and Beans. They have a big event coming up at the cafe and with her brother Bo out of town she needs all hands on deck. She also has a huge thorn in her side, her ex-husband has come to town to make amends but she is sure he is up to something.

So Macy has a lot of things brewing in her life. The cafe, her ex, and the murder. Can the killer be caught before more blood is spilled?


I am so captivated by this series and its characters.  Macy and Bo have a strong bond. In this installment, though he is away on a secret assignment. More little crystals of knowledge about his other job are dropped in this story.  I was happy he could check in with Macy a few times by phone. She was comforted by those calls and didn’t mention the murder but he does have other sources. Macy did an excellent job of keeping everything running at the cafe. Her employees are well-trained and she trusts them which gives them the confidence to do their jobs well. Kylie though is a tough nut to crack but Macy worked hard to bring down some walls. Meeting her sister answered many questions.

Of course, there are some 4 legged characters too. The lovable Coal stole my heart a long time ago. Summer brings in a group of pups each day in hopes they will be adopted. The success rate has been really good. The exception being Waffles, a unique dog that has been placed and returned several times. It was nice to see him again in this story and this time might just be the charm. Bo’s kitten is staying with Macy while Bo is out of town and he is none too happy about it.

This mystery was excellent. The body count does rise and there are twists on top of twists. I was pulled deeply into the story honing in on a few suspects but I was wrong, wrong, wrong. The ending was very exciting, I truly was on the edge of my seat.

Heather Day Gilbert wraps her awesome characters in a story with a perfect balance of intrigue, drama, romance, and humor. Spilled Milk is a great addition to this series. I do recommend you read them all in order but each story is written to stand on its own. The next book in this series, Trouble Brewing will be released on October 18.

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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.

 

Author Links – Website – Facebook Author Page  – Bookbub  – Goodreads

Twitter@heatherdgilbert    Instagram: @heatherdaygilbert

The Barks & Beans Cafe cozy mystery series in order:
Book 1: No Filter
Book 2: Iced Over
Book 3: Fair Trade
Book 4: Spilled Milk
Book 5: Trouble Brewing
Book 6: Cold Drip


Also by Heather Day Gilbert


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of this book. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #40 – 2021

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be traveling to New York and Wisconsin!

Here’s what I read and what I have planned for this week.

Escapes Completed

It Cannoli Be Murder: A Culinary Cozy Mystery (Italian Chef Mysteries)
by Catherine Bruns
Release Date – July 28, 2020
Setting – New York
My Flashback Friday Read!


Twisted Tea Christmas (A Tea Shop Mystery)
by Laura Childs
Release Date – October 5, 2021
Setting – South Carolina
The Great Escapes Book Tour stops here next Tuesday!


A Perfect Bind (A Beloved Bookroom Mystery)
by Dorothy St. James
Release Date – September 28, 2021
Setting – South Carolina
The Great Escapes Book Tour stops here for Cozy Wednesday next week!

Current Escape


Spilled Milk (Barks & Beans Cafe Cozy Mystery)
by Heather Day Gilbert
Release Date – April 19, 2021
Setting – West Virginia
For Review

Scheduled Escapes


Verse and Vengeance: A Magical Bookshop Mystery
by Amanda Flower
Release Date – December 10, 2019
Setting – New York
My Flashback Friday Read


Deep Green Envy (Deep Lakes Cozy Mystery Series)
by Joy Ann Ribar
Release Date – September 21, 2021
Setting – Wisconsin
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next week from Cozy Wednesday.

Future Escapes

October 3 – 9, 2021 


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Fair Trade (Barks & Beans Cafe Cozy Mystery) by Heather Day Gilbert #Review / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour


Fair Trade (Barks & Beans Cafe Cozy Mystery)
by Heather Day Gilbert

About Fair Trade


Fair Trade (Barks & Beans Cafe Cozy Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Setting – West Virginia
Publisher: WoodHaven Press (October 27, 2020)
Paperback: 152 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1735565118
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.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

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.

Heather Day Gilbert has done it again. In Fair Trade, she has given readers another Perfect Escape. I can’t wait to read Spilled Milk set to release April 19, 2021.

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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.

Author Links – Website – Facebook Author Page  – Bookbub  – Goodreads

Twitter@heatherdgilbert    Instagram: @heatherdaygilbert

Purchase Link – Amazon 

The Barks & Beans Cafe cozy mystery series in order:
Book 1: No Filter
Book 2: Iced Over
Book 3: Fair Trade
Book 4: Spilled Milk


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