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BLOGWORDS – Tuesday 1 October 2019 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – BELINDA BLAKE AND THE WOLF IN SHEEP’S CLOTHING by HEATHER DAY GILBERT

TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – BELINDA BLAKE AND THE WOLF IN SHEEP’S CLOTHING by HEATHER DAY GILBERT

 

THE BLURB

Exotic pet-sitter Belinda Blake is nervous about her new job at the White Pine Wolf Preserve, but it turns out that the care and feeding of wild carnivores may be the least dangerous part of the gig . . .
 
Pet-sitter Belinda Blake is no stranger to dealing with wild animals, but she’s wary when the owner of the Greenwich, Connecticut, preserve asks her to help out with her “fluffy darlings.” Her caution seems justified on her very first day, when she discovers a tour guide—dead, bloodied, and surrounded by wolves in the enclosure.
Was it death by predator or something more sinister? The body count rises, but something’s not adding up. As she gets to know the rescued wolves and wolf-dog hybrids better, Belinda realizes that her human colleagues are not above suspicion. With help from her own “pack”—her pregnant sister, Red the chauffeur/bodyguard, and hunky farmer Jonas—Belinda is hot on the killer’s tail, but if she doesn’t find him soon, he’ll do more than muzzle her to keep the truth from escaping.

 

THE AUTHOR

 

Heather Day Gilbert, an ECPA Christy award finalist and Grace award winner, writes contemporary mysteries and Viking historicals. Her novels feature small towns, family relationships, and women who aren’t afraid to protect those they love. Publisher’s Weekly gave Heather’s Viking historical Forest Child a starred review, saying it is “an engaging story depicting timeless human struggles with faith, love, loyalty, and leadership.”

Find Heather on Pinterest (heatherdgilbert), Instagram (@heatherdaygilbert), Twitter (@heatherdgilbert), and Facebook (heatherdaygilbert). You can find all her books at heatherdaygilbert.com

 

 

 

 

MY REVIEW

I’ve not read anything by Ms. Gilbert that I didn’t absolutely love! And Belinda Blake is no exception. So intrepid, so enterprising, so ingenious. So quirky.

The Belinda Blake series is such an original and creative story line. Twists and unexpected turns on nearly every page. Suspects left and right. And Belinda always a step ahead.

A delightful tale—well, as delightful as murder and betrayal and [SPOILER] can be…

I found myself more than a little bit envious of Belinda—minus the murders—caring for the wolves, showing them love and earning their love in return. I tagged along with her as she got acquainted with them, as she learned to care for them, and when she stumbled on the first victim. I followed her lead as she pondered and questioned, in her mind and aloud, and investigated. I cautioned her and I cheered and applauded her. I laughed and I cried and I gasped, I cautioned and I warned. And still, I was caught unaware to learn the killer’s identity!

 

ROBIN’S FEATHERS

FOUR FEATHERS

 

 

 

I received a complimentary copy of this book, but was under no obligation to read the book or to post a review. I offer my review of my own free will. The opinions expressed in my review are my honest thoughts and reaction to this book.

 

 

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BLOGWORDS – Tuesday 14 May 2019 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – BELINDA BLAKE AND THE SNAKE IN THE GRASS by HEATHER DAY GILBERT

TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – BELINDA BLAKE AND THE SNAKE IN THE GRASS by HEATHER DAY GILBERT

 

 

THE BLURB

When exotic pet-sitter Belinda Blake moves into a carriage house in tony Greenwich, Connecticut, she’s hoping to find some new clients. Instead she discovers a corpse in the garden—and a knack for solving murders . . .
 
Pet-sitter Belinda Blake doesn’t rattle easily, but move-in day has been eventful, to say the least. The python in her care tried to slither to freedom—just as she met Stone Carrington V, her landlords’ disarmingly handsome son. With the constrictor back in its cage, she heads out to the garden, only to discover a designer shoe poking out of the boxwood hedge—attached to a woman’s dead body.

The victim, Margo Fenton, was a Carrington family friend, and no one in their circle seems above suspicion. Between client trips to Manhattan and visits to her family in upstate New York, Belinda begins to put the pieces together. But though she’s falling for Stone’s numerous charms, Belinda wonders if she’s cozying up to a killer. And soon, daily contact with a deadly reptile might be the least dangerous part of her life . . .

 

THE AUTHOR

 

Heather Day Gilbert, an ECPA Christy award finalist and Grace award winner, writes contemporary mysteries and Viking historicals. Her novels feature small towns, family relationships, and women who aren’t afraid to protect those they love. Publisher’s Weekly gave Heather’s Viking historical Forest Child a starred review, saying it is “an engaging story depicting timeless human struggles with faith, love, loyalty, and leadership.”

Find Heather on Pinterest (heatherdgilbert), Instagram (@heatherdaygilbert), Twitter (@heatherdgilbert), and Facebook (heatherdaygilbert). You can find all her books at heatherdaygilbert.com.

 

 

 

 

 

MY REVIEW

This reviewer quickly fell in love with Belinda. Her quirkiness, her dedication to be independent and pursue her own path quickly endeared her to me.

Stone Carrington V quickly dissolved the image his name conjures—wealthy and arrogant and self-absorbed—turning instead, to Belinda as a friend and cohort in his pursuit of a murderer.

 

A la Father Brown, Murder She Wrote, and Miss Marple, Belinda Blake stumbles into the middle of a murder mystery. And like Father Brown and Jessica Fletcher and Jane Marple, Belinda goes after the murderer like a dog with a bone.

Or a snake with a rat…

 

Ms. Gilbert has created an authentic character in Belinda, quirky and insecure, determined and resourceful. As the tension between Belinda and Stone builds, so too, does suspense around the murder. Especially when a second body is found.

 

The story is crisp and tight, never a dull moment, with nail biting scenes, even.

 

 

ROBIN’S FEATHERS

ALL | THE | FEATHERS!

 

 

I received a complimentary copy of this book, but was under no obligation to read the book or to post a review. I offer my review of my own free will. The opinions expressed in my review are my honest thoughts and reaction to this book.

 

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