No Filter review

When I had seen this book for pre-sale on Amazon, it sounded so intriguing, and I’m really glad now that I got it and decided to read it right away. I just had to write a post about it and am so anxious now to read the next book.

The new series is called Barks & Beans which is also the name of the cafe where customers can get coffee and go hang out with some shelter dogs. The author is Heather Day Gilbert who from what I can tell, isn’t normally a cozy mystery author, but she definitely did a great job with this first entry.

My Goodreads review:

No Filter (Barks & Beans Cafe Cozy Mystery, #1)No Filter by Heather Day Gilbert

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Oh do I love this new series! Siblings Bo and Macy Hatfield were such awesome characters who definitely used their brains before proceeding into possible danger. Most of the time Macy was very good about keeping her brother in the loop about her investigating until she found out a reason why it was extra dangerous, even to him. I don’t want to give away any of the fun details, but after learning more about the brother and sister duo, I kind of suspected there would be an ongoing story line which was actually a mini cliff hanger, but that makes me all the more anxious to read the next book.

Dogs and a cafe, win-win to me, and it ended up helping the local animal shelter so much that they nearly ran out of dogs to adopt out. I really liked the character of Summer, the girl who ran the shelter and was glad to see that she and Macy hit it off as good friends. Hopefully she’ll get together with Bo. Macy had a couple of possibilities for guys who seemed to like her, so it’ll be interesting to watch that play out in future books. There were some great red herrings, and I hadn’t guessed the killer. The showdown was absolutely awesome with Coal, the Great Dane saving the day. Macy couldn’t have adopted a cooler more intelligent dog!

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Apple Cider Slaying review

This is the first book in a brand new series called Cider Shop Mysteries by Julie Anne Lindsey who also has written as Julie Chase, Jacqueline Frost (The Christmas Tree Farm mysteries) and Bree Baker, the Seaside Cafe series. I really love everything I’ve read by her, and this book was definitely no exception to that. The characters were amazing, and I was drawn in right from the start.

My Goodreads review:

Apple Cider Slaying (A Cider Shop Mystery #1)Apple Cider Slaying by Julie Anne Lindsey

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was a such an awesome beginning for a new series! I just love the characters of Winnie, Granny, Dot and Colton! What’s not to love about Granny, a feisty lady who’s not afraid to protect herself, and Dot is just an amazing best friend. I was happy to see that Winnie and Colton eventually hit it off and will be interested in seeing their friendship and hopefully more develop. I could tell that he was interested in Winnie, since he seemed to have incredible patience with her investigating.

I loved how everything came together by Christmas. I definitely hadn’t guessed the killer and was fairly surprised at who it was. It was really cool how a little ginger kitten helped save the day! Maybe Dolly was giving back to her new owner for adopting her! 😉 I’m super anxious now for the next book in the series, but was happy that this was set at Christmas and came out just now.

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