Sunday, March 16, 2014

Spring Fling with Kensington - Liz Mugavero's A BISCUIT, A CASKET


Let's celebrate St. Patrick's Day with A BISCUIT, A CASKET, Book Two in the Gourmet Pet Food Mystery series.   This cozy mystery features an Irish bar, McSwiggs, with a Irish proverb proudly posted:

An áit a bhfuil do chroí is ann a thabharfas do chosa thú.
Your feet will bring you to where your heart is.

Who can resist an Irish pub in a cozy mystery?

The small town of Frog Ledge, Connecticut, has wholeheartedly embraced Kristan "Stan" Connor's new business--preparing quality organic treats for dogs and cats. On a healthy diet, the animals may live longer. . .but one local farmer won't be so lucky. As Halloween approaches, Stan is asked to cater a doggie costume party hosted by the Happy Cow Dairy Farm. Part of a local co-op, Happy Cow specializes in organic dairy products, and farmers Hal and Emmalee Hoffman have started opening up the farm for parties, offering a "haunted" corn maze as an added attraction.

When Hal's lifeless body is found in the maze, the police at first suspect his wife, but Stan soon learns the dairy farmer had plenty of enemies--from bitter family members to shady business associates. If Stan can't extract a kernel of truth from the labyrinth of lies, she may be the next one to buy the farm. . .

Biscuit or the beach?

If you think dogs can't count, try putting three dog biscuits in your pocket and then giving Fido only two of them. - Phil Pastoret

I requested to review A BISCUIT, A CASKET because the amateur detective is an animal lover - turned - biscuit maker for beloved pets. Although I had not read Book 1, KNEADING TO DIE, I quickly fell into step with this small town in Connecticut's farming community.   In fact, I felt I was part of Stan's integration as she made new friends, new customers, and perhaps a new love.   Mugavero delivers a lighthearted mystery intertwined with quirky characters who truly care about animals.   Mugavero offers recipes for gourmet pet treats at the end of the book.  

I received an ARC from Kensington for an honest review.  I am giving away my ARC to one randomly selected commenter.  To enter the giveaway,

1.  Leave a comment about pets - do you have any?

2.  Comments are open through Saturday, March 23, 10 pm in Baltimore.

3.  I'll post the winner on Sunday, March 24.


Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City

To learn more about Liz and her books, check out her website at



  1. does an older brother count as a pet?!?!?!? LOL!!
    I had a cockatiel, Pepper, many years ago.......
    but realistically, I'm not really an animal person........

    thank you for the giveaway!!!

  2. At the moment I have 5 inside cats but have had two wonderful dogs and had many more cats plus the ferals/strays that I take care of :)

  3. I am without pets right now. I don't know how that happened.

  4. I don't have any pets. I used to have a lovely little Yorkie who died when he was almost 17. It broke my heart, and I vowed never to have a pet again.

  5. I have two cats right now. They are brother and sister and are turning seven this month. I take the male cat in for fluids twice a week because he is in kidney failure. He is such a sweet cat and just thinking about losing him really hurts.

  6. I have four dogs and I wouldn't trade them for the world. They are definitely part of the family.

  7. I have my 13+ year old white shepherd mix Sandy. Adopting her from the animal shelter was one of the best decisions I have ever made in my life.

  8. I no longer have pets since I moved to a small condo on the beach. For years I had many dogs and cats and even a bird.

    lag110 at mchsi dot com

  9. No pets at the moment. The cats we had chose to move to Arizona with my daughter!

  10. We have two cats who are pretty spoiled.