Thursday, May 5, 2022

Book Beginnings + Friday 56: Iced Over (Barks & Beans Cafe Cozy Mystery #2) by Heather Day Gilbert

Book Beginnings is a weekly meme hosted by Rose City Reader that asks you to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you're reading. Friday 56 is hosted by Freda's Voice and asks you to grab a book (any book), turn to page 56 or 56% in your ereader and share a non-spoilery sentence or two. I'm also linking up with Carrie at Reading is My Superpower for First Line Friday.

This week I'm featuring Iced Over (Barks & Beans Cafe Cozy Mystery #2) by Heather Day Gilbert. I can't get enough of this series. I'm loving it!

About the Book
Welcome to the Barks & Beans Cafe, a quaint place where folks pet shelter dogs while enjoying a cup of java...and where murder sometimes pays a visit.

Black Friday turns fatal when an armored security truck hits an icy patch and runs over an embankment near the cafe. With one driver dead and the other in a coma, police are baffled by the discovery that $500,000 is missing from the truck's cache.

When strangers show up at Barks & Beans asking nosy questions about a young cafe employee, Macy's mama bear instincts kick in. She can't ignore what her gut is telling her—that things aren't all they seem on the surface—and with a little help from her brother, Bo, and her Great Dane, Coal, Macy follows up on a few leads of her own. But if the ruthless thief beats her to the stash, the thin ice she's been skating on might just crack.

Join siblings Macy and Bo Hatfield as they sniff out crimes in their hometown...with plenty of dogs along for the ride! The Barks & Beans Cafe cozy mystery series features a small town, an amateur sleuth, and no swearing or graphic scenes.

Book Beginnings / First Line Friday
If ever there were a perfect anchor for our Thanksgiving table, it was Great Aunt Athaleen's blue Carnival glass bowl. Cradling its weighty base, I carefully set it on the runner I'd smoothed out earlier. Thanksgiving this year would be so different with Auntie A gone, but I took a moment to be grateful my brother Boaz and I would be celebrating it here in the family home.

Friday 56
It didn't take long for Waffles to live down to Summer's low expectations. After spending one blissful hour playing contentedly with the ball, she became aware that people were coming into the cafe - lots of people. She began yipping and jumping higher than the divider wall, trying to get the cafe customers' attention. If there were an award for doggie high jump, she would've earned it.

What have you been reading lately?

20 comments:

  1. I believe I have the first in the series on my Kindle. Sounds delightful. Need to dust it off.

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    1. So far, it's been a fantastic series. I'm kicking myself for taking so long to read it. :)

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  2. Sounds like so much fun! I love cozies with dogs! Happy weekend!

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    1. Me too! Dogs are always such a fun addition to cozies. Happy weekend! :)

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  3. Great excerpts! Thanks for sharing, and here's mine: “THE HOMEWRECKERS”

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  4. I have not read her books but they look so fun!

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    1. They're so good! I've loved everything I've read by her so far. :)

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  5. Fun that it's two siblings working together to solve this mystery. :D

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    1. Right? I love seeing them work together. :)

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  6. Such a clever title. Those cozy mysteries really hit the mark. My book is GOOD ENOUGH

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  7. If there was an award for doggie high jump... Hm.

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    1. Waffles is such a hilarious dog to read about. Kinda reminds me of a combination of two of mine. :)

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  8. Happy Friday!
    I'm currently finishing up Let It Be Me by Becky Wade. I LOVE it!!!
    "Concentration proved impossible after Sebastian's phone call."
    I hope you have a delightful weekend. Happy reading! 😀❤📚

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    1. What a great first line! I'm instantly intrigued! Glad to hear you're loving it! Hope you have a delightful weekend too! :)

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  9. I’ve been wanting to try Heather’s series!
    From When the Day Comes by Gabrielle Meyer:
    For as long as I could remember, my mama had told me that my life was a gift. But at the age of nineteen, I had yet to see how this life I was living – or rather, the lives I was living – could be anything other than a burden.

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    1. Ooh! Such a great first line! I hope you're enjoying your read. It's on my wishlist. :)

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  10. I need to read this series! I'm just starting Wildfire Threat by Cathy McDavid: "Aden Whitley stepped out of his truck and into a cloud of smoke thick and heavy enough to fell a man twice his size."

    But posted about Fatal Cody by Natalie Walters: https://daniellegrandinetti.com/2022/05/06/fatal-code/

    Happy Weekend!

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    1. I hope you're enjoying your current read! I'm hoping to start Fatal Code soon. Love Kekoa! Have a great week! :)

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