Tuesday, August 11, 2020

ICED OVER by Heather Day Gilbert, Reviewed by Rebecca Maney

"Let's just say that we lucked out when we hired a sweetie like her."

The Barks and Beans Cafe's new hire, Bristol Goddard, is a perfect fit for the cafe's combination of "cups and canines". She's a hard worker, obviously loves dogs and gets along well with the establishment's owners and fellow employees. Unfortunately, Bristol's struggling family life takes a turn for the worse, when her uncle is seriously injured in a suspicious armored security truck accident- turned- heist, pulling kindhearted cafe co-owner Macy Hatfield into the fray.
Macy's nose for investigative work takes her down one disappointing path after another. She's anxious to help the Goddards, but exactly how much do they already know? She's on a very slippery slope, especially when it appears that outside forces are working overtime to thwart her efforts.

What a fun continuation of a very creative series of cozy mysteries!
*I purchased this book and was under no obligation to provide a positive review. 3.5 stars

BackCover Blurb:
BOOK TWO in the ALL-NEW BARKS & BEANS CAFE cozy mystery series!!

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.

Black Friday turns fatal when an armored security truck hits an icy patch and runs over an embankment near the cafe. With one driver dead and the other in a coma, police are baffled by the discovery that $500,000 is missing from the truck's cache.

When strangers show up at Barks & Beans asking nosy questions about a young cafe employee, Macy's mama bear instincts kick in. She can't ignore what her gut is telling her—that things aren't all they seem on the surface—and with a little help from her brother, Bo, and her Great Dane, Coal, Macy follows up on a few leads of her own. But if the ruthless thief beats her to the stash, the thin ice she's been skating on might just crack.

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

Woodhaven Press, July 2020
Available in digital ebook and paperback:
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