Monday, March 20, 2017

My Nails and My Book Review - Death by Chocolate Lab by Bethany Blake


Title: Death by Chocolate Lab
Series: Lucky Paws Petsitting Mystery #1
Author: Bethany Blake

Goodreads Summary: Pet sitter Daphne Templeton has a soft spot for every stray and misfit who wanders into the quaint, lakeside village of Sylvan Creek. But even Daphne doesn’t like arrogant, womanizing Steve Beamus, the controversial owner of Blue Ribbon K-9 Academy. When Steve turns up dead during a dog agility trial, Daphne can think of a long list of people with motives for homicide, and so can the police. Unfortunately, at the top of the list is Daphne’s sister, Piper—Steve’s latest wronged girlfriend.

Certain that Piper is innocent, in spite of mounting evidence to the contrary, Daphne sets out to clear her sister’s name—and find Axis, Steve’s prize-winning chocolate Labrador, who went missing the night of Steve’s death. Aided by Socrates, her taciturn basset hound, and a hyperactive one-eared Chihuahua named Artie, Daphne quickly runs afoul of Detective Jonathan Black, a handsome and enigmatic newcomer to town, who has no appreciation for Daphne’s unorthodox sleuthing.

Can a free-spirited pet sitter, armed only with a Ph.D. in Philosophy and her two incompatible dogs, find the real killer before she becomes the next victim?

My Review: **I voluntarily reviewed this ARC**

Oh I loved this one! So much going on, and so many twists! Socrates and Artie were awesome sidekicks for Daphne, and the contrast between Daphne and Piper was interesting. The mystery was great, and I was seriously shocked by the murderer.

My Manicure: Instead of going for the obvious dog theme, I went for a slight hippy vibe since there are some hippyish characters. The base is ILNP Bikini Bottoms. The stamping is done with Bundle Monster + sloteazzy and Straight Up Black. I'm loving the slight tie dyed look that it has, and hot pink and black is a color combination that I love.


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