Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Review of Bark Twice for Danger by M.K. Scott

Welcome to the book blast for Bark Twice for Danger by M.K. Scott. Because I'm a sucker for light-hearted mysteries, you'll find my review in addition to the excerpt and book blurb. As always, if you follow the tour, you can find more excerpts and reviews. It also gives you the opportunity to leave multiple comments and questions for the author, and thus give you more chances to win the giveaway. Plus there is a bonus giveaway at the end! Be sure to scroll all the way down!

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Bark Twice for Danger

Comic Con is in full-swing and all is well. But no sooner does the biggest event of the year begin before a mysterious wave of identify thefts overshadows the grand affair.

While Nala tries to rein in Karly’s efforts to use the con for dating purposes, she also finds herself the target of a brazen thief. If she and her crime-solving canine companion don’t find the culprit, her bank accounts could be wiped cleaned.

Can Nala and Max bring an end to the chaos before it’s too late?

Read an excerpt:
There are upswings in the private eye business. The winter holidays were one of them. Ironically, Nala experienced another surge in February near or even after Valentine’s Day. Instead of potential Romeos and Juliets checking out online dates, verifying everything he or she professed was real, it swung to finding the missing love interest. For reasons too numerous for Nala to count, the holiday celebrated by florists and confectioneries made perfectly appropriate love interests vanish like the morning fog in strong sunlight.

Her lips twisted as she considered the term appropriate love interest. If the person was a stand-up kind of girl or guy, they wouldn’t disappear due to a sentimental holiday. It wasn’t like she was an expert on the matter, but she assumed it wouldn’t be the right thing to do. Her phone rang.

Spring break allowed her a solid ten days she could vote herself entirely to her investigative work. Now, all she needed was business. Maybe the call could be just that.

Max, her rescue German shepherd mix, who had been enjoying a snooze in the late afternoon sun, opened his eyes. The phone rang a second time, forcing him to push up into a sitting position. He fixed her with an indignant stare. “Aren’t you going to answer that?”

She held up her hand. “On the third ring, I don’t want to appear anxious or that we have no business.”

He gave a snort as his front legs slid out, allowing him to resume his prone position. His eyes remained open and one ear went up.

“Nala Bonne. Private investigator. Discreet is our first, middle, and last name.”

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**My thoughts**

I'm always a sucker for a cozy mystery. They go by quickly and amuse me. This book was no different. It definitely held my attention and made for a lovely evening of early summer reading.

One thing that made this book different from others in its genre was the talking dog aspect. I love it when animals are larger than life and become valuable characters in the novels. I admit the fact that he talked kind of threw me off a bit, though. Usually cozy mysteries feel very realistic to me, and a talking dog detracted from that feeling. But I still got a kick out of him and his quips. I'm sure that had my dog been able to talk, he would have been saying similar things to me, whether or not I was working as a PI.

Nala is an interesting character. I have to say first that I love her name. As I was reading this story, I thought it was the first book in the series, as Nala seems extremely green in the field of private investigation, despite having grown up with a policeman as a father. I thought she was on her very first case and had just opened up her firm. As I kept reading, other characters alluded to previous investigative situations. Nala even flashed back to moments that seemed like they had come from another story. So I looked up the book and realized it was actually the third one in the series. I was surprised, because I thought she would be a bit more adept at her gig by this point. Then again, I have never done my own proper investigation, so perhaps she was on track.

Nevertheless, it was a fun ride of a book and I think I would like to check out other titles in the series.

About M. K. Scott

M. K. Scott is the husband and wife writing team behind The Painted Lady Inn Mysteries and The Talking Dog Detective Agency. Morgan K Wyatt is the general wordsmith, while her husband, Scott, is the grammar hammer and physics specialist. He uses his engineering skills to explain how fast a body falls when pushed over a cliff and various other felonious activities. The Internet and experts in the field provide forensic information, while the recipes and B and B details require a more hands-on approach. Morgan’s daughter, who manages a hotel, provides guest horror stories to fuel the plot lines. The couple’s dog, Chance, is the inspiration behind Jasper, Donna’s dog. Overall, both are a fun series to create and read.

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  1. Between the title and your review, this sounds like one for me.
    sherry @ fundinmental

  2. Good Morning Andrea,

    Thanks for hosting and the review. Nala has improved over the two books, but she started out as a rank amateur. Most investigators start out as either a police officer or with an investigator firm such as insurance. By being in a firm, you're taught the ropes and are mentored. Nala has had none of those advantages, but she has solved every case except the one where the woman dropped it because she didn't want to know if her boyfriend was cheating. (He was.)

    I am such stickler for reality that there is a lot of times when the investigation business is just plain dull. Only the exciting cases get into the books. :) They usually have a cute guy or two in them, too.

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