Dachshund To Death: A Dog Lover's Cozy Mystery

Barkview Mysteries Book 7

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Pub Date 10 Nov 2023 | Archive Date 22 Dec 2023

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In one of life’s great ironies, cat-person Cat Hawl has somehow ended up as the resident canine foster mom of Barkview, the dog-friendliest town in the country. But even Cat isn’t prepared to take on the double dachshunds of a murdered pastry chef.

It’s Christmas, the season of good cheer, so naturally Barkview’s having its annual gingerbread house competition— for dog houses only, made entirely of dog-friendly ingredients. The only possible Yule festival for Barkview! This year it’s a little different—Cat, the editor-in-chief of TV Station KDOG has unwittingly made it a national sensation, drawing pastry chefs from all over the country.

But the holiday mood takes a jarring downturn when a prominent local chef—a contestant of course, and previous winner —is found dead, leaving adorable Ginger and Spice in need of a temporary home and a murder in need of solving.

Cat’s up for both, but she has no idea how devilish two eight-pound balls of fur can be, and how complicated this case is. It’s no jealous chef or family feud or simple recipe theft—more like a twisty puzzle going back to the Civil war, with a hefty pile of money at the end of a treasure map—which happens to be a coded gingerbread recipe.

Dachshunds can be moody, as she learns from a Doxie fancier. Cat thinks Jekyll and Hyde might be more like it—one minute they’re as playful as kittens and as loving as labs, the next, as menacing as a a pair of mini-dobermans. But she has help-- unexpectantly, her usually allergic shiny new husband kind of falls for them.

As always, Wilson weaves an intricate tale that will bring joy to the world of dog lovers, and mystery fans will be right there with them. Admirers of Neal S. Plakcy, David Rosenfelt and Krista Davis will howl with delight.



In one of life’s great ironies, cat-person Cat Hawl has somehow ended up as the resident canine foster mom of Barkview, the...

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Who knew a gingerbread recipe could lead to murder?

Not sure how I've missed this series until now but it was a quirky, fun read. The premise seems to focus around Catalina/Cat, the only cat person in a town seemingly dedicated to dogs. It's probably no surprise that Cat winds up fostering two feisty, adorable dachshunds after their chef owner is murdered. Cat has apparently had some bad experiences with dogs, so she's anxious but FBI consultant and new husband Russ, who is said to be allergic to dogs, jumps right in without hesitation and they somehow make it work. I ultimately liked them both.

Perhaps it was because I was new to the series, but the beginning seemed slow, even after the murder. It wasn't until later that the pace seemed to really pick up. That said, the slow build gave me time to sort out the new-to-me characters, not to mention all their dogs (and they are lots of them) as well as connections between them all. I definitely appreciated the town map provided as the book opened as well as two lists of characters, one human, the other canine. Yep, Barkview is dog focused. The characters themselves were intriguing and the dogs seemed to have individual personalities, too, adding to the fun. Don't make the same mistake Cat did, though, and underestimate small dogs. I happen to own a short legged corgi and know that for a fact. Loyalty and courage isn't limited to big dogs.

As for the murder, though the suspects seemed somewhat limited, the inter-connections were intriguing. Even Cat's friend Sandy's sister is a suspect. But, seriously, would someone kill for a recipe, even an award winning one? I just knew there had to be more to this mystery and, boy, was there. Voodoo? Confederate gold? And, whoa, World War II? None of it quite makes sense initially, true, but Cat is doing her best to get to the truth while running the town's annual gingerbread dog house competition. The twist here is that it's ultimately judged by dogs. Hey, fair is fair, right? Toss in two feuding sisters and two now homeless dogs and, well, the story was fun with enough twists and turns to capture my interest. Even if I hadn't been into figuring out whodunit, the canine antics of the story were entertaining, especially seeing non-dog-person Cat deal with them in the midst of the contest and ongoing investigation.Thanks #NetGalley and #BooksGoSocial for introducing me to Cat and Russ. I'll definitely be back and hope to hear more, much more about Skye.

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Dachshund To Death is a delightful cozy mystery, part of a series that I have never read before. I will check them out after this books.

Cat is hosting an annual gingerbread competition when a murder takes place. Cat takes in the victims two dachshunds who help her find the answer to who the killer is.

It turns out the main clue stems from a stolen recipe, that can lead to a 1930s stolen treasure.

Suspects galore and the connections between the people is interesting in and of itself.

I enjoyed this book

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I absolutely adore a good cozy mystery! And add dogs to the mix? Perfect!

This book was such a fun read! An interesting mystery (that had me fooled most of the way through). A unique setting filled with quirky, fun (while also believable) characters. A pair of Doxies in danger!!

And it all starts with a gingerbread doghouse competition! (Don't forget the dog-friendly ingredients!)

Looking for a cute holiday read? This is it!

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'Dachshund to Death' by C.B. Wilson.
I mainly picked this book because of the cover and the title. I love dogs and murder mysteries and a good pun, so what a perfect book.
This book kept me guessing till near the end, so that is always good with a murder mystery. I love Ginger and Spice the two Dachshunds. I would definitely read more by the author, it was a lovely simple read, perfect for fans of cozy mysteries.
Thankyou to NetGallery UK, the publisher and the author for letting me read this in return for an honest revies.

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This was a great cozy mystery. The dogs were an added bonus!

Cat is hosting the annual gingerbread competition when a murder takes place.

I just love cozy mysteries this time of year. I can’t wait to read the rest of the books in this series. Very entertaining and I highly recommend.

Thank you NetGalley for the arc of this book.

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I gotta admit I did jump ahead in the series because the featured dogs were dachshunds and oh my, were they ever the typical little mischief makers dachsies can be. But they were fiercely loyal even to their foster mom and dad, Cat and Russ.

Cat’s sure come a long way since that very first book in how she interacts with dogs. I was really hoping she’d be adding two dachshunds to her life but eventually could see someone else was better suited. Since Jack from the very first book’s still around, I’m hoping Ginger and Spice make an appearance in some future books.
What a showdown! I always love a good takedown done by the main character that involves some amazing pet friends. The side mystery of a family recipe was resolved but there’s still another question or two about it I have no doubts Cat’s gonna look into at some point.

I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book, and my opinions are my own.

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I received this as an ARC from NetGalley, the author and publisher. Thank you to them and this will be an honest review.

This book has some really cute elements to it and I enjoyed the Gingerbread Dog House baking competition as well as the fact that the whole town is dog related.

When the owner of Ginger and Spice, two rambuncious dachshunds, is killed; Cat Hawl is in for a surprise when she is tasked with looking after them. She is really more of a cat person. She is also in charge of the competition and she needs to find the killer. She really has her hands full.

The story has a lot of heart, however, I found some of the plot a little hard to follow and I'm not a big fan of the author's style of writing.

That said though, it has all the cozy Christmas feels and lovers of this series will be over the moon with a new Barkview Mystery.

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well plotted, solid and entertaining cozy mystery. I had fun and it kpet me guessing
Highly recommended.
Many thanks to the publisher for this ARC, all opinions are mine

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Just loved this! Believable characters and plot. Nice easy read to escape and relax for a few hours. Ideal read for mystery lovers of all ages.

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This is an excellent read, especially for animal lovers! Cat Hawk lives in Barkview where the annual gingerbread house contest, featuring dog houses only is being held. Pastry chefs are coming from all across the country. When a previous winner is found dead, Cat takes in Ginger and Spice, a duo of dachshunds who are constantly up to mischief. Filled with likeable characters and an engaging plot, this cozy is perfect for reading with your fur baby by your side. Thanks#Netgalley and #BooksGoSocial for the eARC in exchange for a honest review. All opinions are mine.

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This was completely ridiculous and exactly what I expected. I just really love the dogs, and the dog forensics team was so ridiculous that it was fun. Was this actually insane? Honestly yeah. But it was fun and full of dogs and that's really all one can ask for.

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This was a strong seventh entry in the Barkview Mysteries series, it had everything that I was looking for from the other books in this series. I loved the use of dogs in this mystery series. It was a fun mystery and I was invested in what was happening. The characters were interesting and I enjoyed getting to go through this story with them.

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This was an amazing dog story I would recommend to every dog lover out there. It was a fun Christmas story.

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