Friday, June 10, 2022

COLD DRIP by Heather Day Gilbert, Reviewed by Rebecca Maney

"I was feeling quite safe and enjoying the earthy, cool smells of being underground when all the lights went out."

Following a couple of jarring screams, the cave lights came back on, but there was one less visitor in the subterranean cavern that day. Macy Hatfield and her boyfriend Titan McCoy carefully moved towards the two frightened young women ahead of them on the walkway, only to learn that the third one in their trio of friends was missing. Darby Whitmore had simply vanished over the side of a deep, dark precipice.

Leaving Titan behind to lend his F. B. I. credentials to the local search and rescue team, Macy returns home, a cozy apartment behind the Barks and Beans Cafe, which she co-owns with her brother Bo, and shares with her jet black Great Dane, Coal. One of the cafe's baristas happens to know quite a bit about Darby Whitmore and the story isn't what you might consider very pretty. Does Macy really want to get involved?

Of course she does.
Enjoy all the ups and downs, twists and turns, not to mention the hot and cold leads in this nothing-is-what-it-seems-to-be addition to a most delightful series!
*I purchased a copy and was under no obligation to provide a positive review. 3.5 stars 

BackCover Blurb:
BOOK 6 in the bestselling 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.

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.

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. Find all the books at!

The Barks & Beans Cafe 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

Available in digital ebook and paperback from Woodhaven Press, May 2022:

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