I received this book for free from Purchase in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Pit Perfect (Barkside of the Moon #1) by Renee George
Series: Barkside of the Moon
on December 15th 2016
Genres: Cozy Mystery
Reading Challenges: Craving for Cozies
Pit Perfect is a tale of mystery and suspense that will have you on the edge of your seat. Fall in love with Lily Mason, the shifter who only wants to live as a human, and her pit bull Smooshie, a rescue dog who in the end may be the one doing the rescuing!
When cougar-shifter Lily Mason moves to Moonrise, Missouri, she wishes for only three things from the town and its human population: 1) to find a job, 2) to find a place to live, and 3) to live as a human, not a therianthrope.
Lily gets more than she bargains for when a rescue pit bull named Smooshie rescues her from an oncoming car, and it’s love at first sight. Thanks to Smooshie, Lily’s first two wishes are granted by Parker Knowles, the owner of the Pit Bull Rescue center, who offers her a job at the shelter and the room over his garage for rent.
Lily’s new life as an integrator is threatened when Smooshie finds Katherine Kapersky, the local church choir leader and head of the town council, dead in the field behind the rescue center. Unfortunately, there are more suspects than mourners for the elderly town leader. Can Lily keep her less-than-human status under wraps? Or will the killer, who has pulled off a nearly Pit Perfect murder, expose her to keep Lily and her dog from digging up the truth?
This paranormal cozy mystery contains cougar-shifters, shifters, lovable pit bulls, and supernatural beings.
I’m a sucker for pups. I was not one to go all crazy and smiley faced because I saw a dog prior to getting my first pup. Then he spoiled me! Four dogs later and I cannot resist the urge to walk up to every stranger and pet their dogs. It’s a thing with dog lovers, apparently.
Pits are even more adorable, crazy babies. My pit is my counselor. Although he’s my hubby’s dog, if I get upset for any reason, he is on my lap. A 100 pound counselor on my lap is a great way to immediately recognize that I need to calm down! Needless to say, when I saw this cozy mystery I could not pass it up! Book two is publishing soon so I knew I needed to read book one.
This was just as adorable as I thought it would be. The pup in this, Smooshie, is more than adorable. She’s a Pitt, and as such she’s a protector and a lover. I can’t say that Smooshie stole the show though because Lily Mason did a wonderful job of keeping center stage with her Nancy Drew antics.
Being a cozy mystery lover, I wouldn’t say this is my favorite but it is definitely worth the read. The plot was perfect for a cozy mystery, the dogs added quite a bit of appeal, and the idea that Lily is not human adds another element that I normally don’t see in the average cozy mystery. Pit Perfect has a lot to pull the reader in but it is also good enough to keep you entertained as well.
Loved the characters, there are quite a few in this one, but Buzz and Lily definitely stay center. I think that was the only real downside. Lily is new to this town and as such she meets a lot of characters in a very small amount of time. Plus, sadly, a lot of information was given at the beginning of the book and it made me want a prequel to this. After searching Goodreads I’m guessing the prequel is Witchin’ Impossible but these two are in two different sets of series, although Lily does talk about Hazel, so I’ll have to do a bit more reading. I would have loved to read the story behind Lily in a book rather than just being force fed in this one.
That said, this is fun! I can’t wait to get my hands onto book two and here more of Lily and Smooshie’s shenanigans.
|Overall:||4.5 / 5|
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