Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Review Tour & Giveaway: The Icing on the Corpse (A Pawsitively Organic Mystery, Book 3) by Liz Mugavero

Welcome to my review of 

The Icing on the Corpse
by Liz Mugavero

Book Information:

The Icing on the Corpse 
A Pawsitively Organic Mystery, Book 3
Series: A Pawsitively Organic Mystery
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Kensington (March 31, 2015)
ISBN-13: 978-0758284822

About Icing on the Corpse:

Kristan “Stan” Connor is thrilled to be invited to the Groundhog Day festivities in quirky Frog Ledge, Connecticut. Her organic, home-baked pet treats are a big hit at the annual celebration, though an important guest is curiously absent . . .

When Helga Oliver, the town’s elderly historian, is found crumpled in the basement of the Historical Museum, the close-knit town is devastated. But after some tenacious digging, Stan discovers Helga was pushed down the stairs–and that this picture-perfect New England town may hide some dark secrets . . .

Stan’s dogged determination reveals Helga’s ties to an unsolved death in 1948 . . . but how does that connect to Adrian Fox, who’s just arrived in town to shoot an episode of Celebrity Ghost Hunters? Stan is going to have to be very careful in chasing down the killer–if she wants to live to see another winter . . .

Includes Gourmet Pet Food Recipes!

My Review:

Here are links to my reviews of the first 2 books in the series:

Book 1 ~ Kneading to Die:

Book 2 ~ A Biscuit, A Casket:

Stan has been in Frog Ledge for about a year and it's time to celebrate Groundhog's Day.  This is a big deal to the sleepy little town but the groundhog is overshadowed by the sudden death of local historian, Helga Oliver.  Found at the bottom of the stairs in the museum, at first glance her death doesn't appear to be suspicious.  Clues that speak otherwise begin to reveal themselves, forcing a grieving town to endure a murder investigation.  A too-eager resident becomes suspect number 1 in Stan's mind as he does anything he can to slide into Helga's place in the Historical Society.

In the meantime, well-know ghost hunters show up at the door of the building that Izzy and Jake co-own and are in the middle of renovating.  This surprise visit, spurred on by an "anonymous" tip, reveals a secret revolving around the mysterious murder of a boxer in 1949.  A secret that the majority of the town would like to stay buried.  Stan finds herself in the middle of not only the investigation into Helga's death but the paranormal investigation, as well.  What's a girl to do when she just can't tell people no!?

Stan is acclimating very well within the town of Frog Ledge.  Her organic pet treats are all the rage and everyone wants them.  She gets hired to plan a doggy wedding for two pets in town owned by an older resident and she also gets to make all of the food, including a doggy wedding cake. She continues to make friends with long-time residents and her relationship with is continuing to blossom; although, there are some bumps in the road to bliss in Icing on the Corpse.  

The twists and turns in Icing on the Corpse definitely keep the reader guessing.  There are several townsfolk that fit the bill of murder suspect.  Every time someone is suspected, the author has written the case so well that you can't help but believe you've figured out who was behind the murder. The perfect murder mystery, whether it's a cozy novel or not, is the author's ability to not give away any clues to the actual person involved. I find that Liz Mugavero does just that in all of the books in this series thus far. 

Book 3 is a wonderful cozy mystery that is fast paced and totally engages the reader. The plot is pretty solid and very unique. I love the organic pet food angle, giving this book a nice change of pace. I'm a huge fan of cozy mysteries, especially if there are animals involved in some positive way. 

I love the animal rescue plugs that are inserted throughout the book.  My husband and I have a dog we rescued from the local humane society 4 years ago.  We also have 2 cats, ages 10 and 11, that he rescued off of the street when they were just babies.  One kitten was tossed in a ditch and left to die when he found her.  

The Pawsitively Organic Mystery series just keeps getting better!

Review copy courtesy of the publisher, at no cost, in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating:

Praise for Icing on the Corpse:

The story had me turing the pages as I got sucked in to this wonderful Cozy and did not want it to end.

This was a book that caught my attention and kept it.

There are several mysteries and storylines going on that twist and turn into each other. Enough to keep you guessing for days.

Author Liz Mugavero has penned another winning story. The opening paragraph alone insured I would spend more time reading at one sitting than I should…and I did!

This tasty whodunit will get the dogs barking for the yummy treats as you go along with Stan to solve the case all in time for the festivities to happen

I loved everything about this book…

Meet the Author:

Liz Mugavero is a corporate communications consultant and animal lover from the Boston area, whose canine and feline rescues demand the best organic food and treats around. Her short stories have been published in the UK and Australia, and her essays have appeared in national publications Skirt! and Sassee Magazine for Women.

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Patricia T said...

Wonderful review and a great way to end the book tour!

Sapphyria said...

Thank you so much, Patricia!!

Glad you enjoyed the review.

Janel Flynn said...

Love the chance to read this series. Great Review too. Thank you for the chance.

Sapphyria said...

Thanks Janel!

Good luck in the contest!

Mama Cat said...

Very nice review, a great way to wrap up the tour! Thank you for the chance to win!

Grandma Cootie said...

I just love this title! Sounds like a good read.

Sapphyria said...

Thank you so much, Mama Cat!

Glad you and Grandma Cootie were able to stop by for a visit today!

cyn209 said...

congrats & continued success, Liz....
would love to win this book!!!