Thursday, February 25, 2016

Book Review & #Giveaway ~ Murder Most Finicky (A Pawsitively Organic Mystery, Book 4) by Liz Mugavero

Welcome to my review for Murder Most Finicky

by Liz Mugavero

Book Information:

A Pawsitively Organic Mystery
4th in Series
Cozy Mystery
Kensington (December 29, 2015)
Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1496700179

About the Book:

The dog days of summer have arrived in the small town of Frog Ledge, Connecticut, and business is booming for Kristan “Stan” Connor. Her Pawsitively Organic pet food has even caught the attention of celebrity pastry chef Sheldon Allyn, who helps Stan open a fancy pet pastry shop in Frog Ledge. A partnership is born, and Sheldon invites Stan to Newport, Rhode Island, for an appreciation weekend he’s hosting for all his independent chefs. But the gourmet getaway turns sour when one of the chefs turns up dead, and a second one goes missing…

As Stan tries to figure out who had a recipe for murder, the pool of suspects expands. And if she can’t sniff out the culprit soon, this killer may just serve up a second helping of murder…

Includes Gourmet Pet Food Recipes!

My Review:

Here are links to my reviews of the first 3 books in the series:

Book 1 ~ Kneading to Die:

Book 2 ~ A Biscuit, A Casket:

Book 3 ~ The Icing on the Corpse

Just as Stan has finally acclimated to the town of Frog Ledge she gets pulled to Rhode Island for an event with Sheldon Allyn, a renowned pastry chef.  Stan caught his eye with her Pawsitively Organic pet food business and he now wants to collaborate with her on a new fancy shop in Frog Ledge.  Her organic pet treats are all the rage and everyone wants them. She's still not positive about Sheldon but his name will catapult her business into every home in the nation and beyond a whole lot faster than doing her own PR work.  

  We meet a whole slew of new characters in Book 4 since Murder Most Finicky takes place almost entirely outside of Frog Ledge.  Sheldon Allyn has pulled together a crackerjack team of popular chefs to his home.  In just a few days, this group of chefs will be preparing for a ritzy cooking event for some potential financial backers.  The only problem?  One of the most widely known attendees winds up dead in Sheldon's yard and another one disappears shortly after the discovery.

Stan then starts piecing potential clues together to figure out who among those at Sheldon's is capable of murder.  The faster she can figure it out, the less likely that she'll be the next chef to disappear.  It is during her sleuthing that some of the regulars make an appearance but from the sidelines of Frog Ledge mostly.  We do get to see a different side of Jessie, the sister of Jake, Stan's boyfriend.  If you've read the series in order then you'll know that sometimes there is no love lost between Stan and Jessie.  It does help, though, that Jessie is a cop.... 

The twists and turns in Murder Most Finicky will definitely keep the reader guessing. There are several people that Stan is forced to be around that fit the bill of murder suspect.  Pastry chefs are very catty, competitive, and have no problem stabbing others in the back - and literally it seems, too.  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 4 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 series 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 5 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 is perfect for lovers of cozies!

Review copy courtesy of the publishing company via NetGalley, at no cost, in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating:

Note from Saph:

I am part of the Craving for Cozies Challenge 2016.  

This is Book 4 of my challenge!

See my list of Cozies here:


MURDER MOST FINICKY is another exciting installment to one of my favorite cozy mystery series.

I really enjoyed this book it had so much adventure, lots of questions and kept me thoroughly entertained.

The action started right from the very first page and continued with the collection of quirky characters that added to the appeal of the book.

Meet the Author:

Liz Mugavero has been writing stories since she could hold a pen. Before that, she would tell them to anyone who would listen (not many at the time). After deciding early on she would write books for a living, she practiced by writing bad, angst-filled poems, short stories and even a storyline for a soap opera–all by age 15. She never wavered from her goals despite all the usual questions including, “So are you going to be an English teacher with that degree in English?” or, “That writing thing sounds nice, but how are you REALLY going to make a living?”

She went on to get a master’s in writing and publishing and spent time in journalism, PR, and presently, corporate communications. And she’s confident this writing thing IS the way to make a living.

Aside from writing, she loves animals (has a houseful), the beach, reading other writers’ masterpieces and Starbucks coffee.

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Rita said...

Sounds like a great cozy.

Kerry O said...

This series sounds like a lot of fun! I think it will be my next series to start.

Kaye Killgore said...

I would love to read this series

Sapphyria said...

Rita, Kerry, and Kaye ~

This series if phenomenal. I highly recommend it!!