"Murder Always Barks Twice" A Chatty Corgi Mystery By Jennifer Hawkins: Review/Giveaway

 Review by Sandra Murphy

Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win a copy of the book and links to purchase it.

Emma Reed left her job as an accountant and opened Tea and Cakes within her friend’s B&B in Cornwall. She loves the job, the creativity involved with new recipes, and finding the right tea and cake matches. One benefit is Oliver, her Corgi, can be with her instead of at home alone. They have a special relationship; Oliver speaks Welsh-accented English. He and Emma understand each other, with a little dog-human translation needed now and again, with Oliver not so good with human names and relying more on smells than looks.

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Emma’s been asked to cater the annual Daphne Du Maurier festival after another catering company bowed out just weeks before the event. In addition to the short notice, there was a problem of checks not clearing, the group’s in-fighting, possible sabotage, and problems with the family as some think the festival is demeaning to their status. 

When the festival’s organizer is found dead, her family tells everyone it was suicide. Even the coroner is pressured to go along with that ruling. Emma, having found the body, isn’t so sure. Oliver, with his super-sniffer nose, agrees with Emma. The worst part is, the whole thing is so mismatched, it doesn’t make any sense. There’s embezzlement, but where’s the money? Suicide, but wrong injuries. Heirs fighting, but no will. It’s a mess Emma’s logical mind should be able to figure out. Oliver is sure about that. 

This is book three in the series. Emma has settled into her rental house, has a huge vegetable garden, takes long walks with Oliver, loves the tea parties, and although she tends to deny it, there’s a romance brewing as well. Oliver is a complete joy as any Corgi lover would expect. His ability to speak never takes away from the storyline but adds clues for Emma to follow and a great deal of fun for the reader. I can’t wait for book four.  

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Sandra Murphy lives in the shadow of the Arch in St. Louis Missouri. She writes about eco-friendly topics, pets and wildlife for magazines and reviews mysteries and thrillers for KRL. A collection of her short stories, published by Untreed Reads, From Hay to Eternity: Ten Tales of Crime and Deception can be found at all the usual outlets. Each one is a little weird and all have a twist you won't see coming.

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  1. This sounds so good. Thanks for the giveaway. ckmbeg (at) gmail (dot) com

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  3. Love that the book features Corgis. Can't wait to read.

  4. Sounds like a fun read. Would like to see what the "Chatty Corgi" has to say. Thanks for the chance.

  5. Sounds like a fun read. Love the
    interaction between the dog and the human.
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  6. The talking dog idea is really neat. Wish I could communicate with mine like that!



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