"Bells, Tails & Murder" By Kathy Manos Penn: Review/Giveaway

by Daisy Pettles

Details on how to win an ebook copy of this book at the end of the review and a link to purchase it. Both this book and the second in the series are currently on sale for only .99 each for an ebook copy.

Fans of Agatha Raisin are sure to be delighted by this new cozy animal mystery from author Kathy Manos Penn. Well-crafted and delightfully developed, this new series promises to be one of the best American-penned indie Cotswold cottage cozies of the 2020 season.

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The series, subtitled A Dickens & Christie Mystery, in honor of our heroine’s crime-cracking dog-cat duo. Dickens, a dwarf, white Great Pyrenees, and Christie, a cat with—who would have guessed it—an attitude, is cute and quaint, just the thing for any reader tired of the hum-drum of daily life, ready, as most of us are, to curl up in a chair with a pot of tea and a cast of English villagers.

The action takes place in the fictional Cotswold Cottage village of Astonbury, but pivots around the actions of recently-widowed, retired American banker, Leta Petkas Parker, who’s moved from the American South to the village hoping to propel herself into a fresh stage of life as a widow.

Leta is barely settled into her quaint schoolhouse cottage when Dickens and she, on a walk across a cricket field, stumble across her cleaning lady, face-down, lights-out dead. Leta, who has the Dr. Doolittle gift of literally being able to converse with her animal companions, gets light-hearted sleuthing and stalking assistance from her beloved pets. (Not that any of us really talk to our pets, eh?)

This charming who-done-it weaves an intriguing tale of rare books involving real-life Peter Pan author J.M. Barrie. Barrie, who once summered in the area with his literary enclave, has left behind some precious mementos that keep popping up in the most unusual places. Could the vanishing and reappearing items be related to the cleaning lady’s murder? What would anyone want with moldy old letters?

This debut cozy features a quick and snappy set-up, an enchanting cast of village characters, superb editing, a rare book plot that bibliophiles will doubly enjoy, and a pair of lovable pet junior detectives. Relax into a truly cozy world; download your copy today. Book Two in the series, Pumpkins, Paws and Murder, is coming out as I type, so read fast, and enjoy your trip to Astonbury. I hope to be making another trip there soon, via Book 2, myself.

You can check out the book trailer on YouTube.

To enter to win an ebook copy of Bells, Tails & Murder, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line "tails,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen May 16, 2020. US residents only and you must be at least 18 years old to enter. You can read our privacy statement here if you like.

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Daisy Pettles' humorous cozy series, the Shady Hoosier Detective Agency, set in fictional southern Pawpaw County, won the 2019 Gold Medal as Best Humor Book from the Indie Reader and The Next Generation Indie Book Awards. Book 1: Ghost Busting Mystery, is available as a free audiobook podcast at daisypettles.podbean.com. She invites you to listen and laugh along online..

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  3. This book sounds absolutely wonderful! Thanks for the giveaway and the review. ckmbeg (at) gmail (dot) com

  4. Sounds like a book I would love to read. Thanks for the chance.

  5. I'm won over just seeing the cover. It's definitely been added to my want to read list.

  6. thanks for the review. New to e author. kckendler at gmail dot com


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