The discovery of a murdered woman with a rescued dog and her puppies on Bodmin Moor, hurtles Daisy, a shy retired librarian and her oddball friends, into another dangerous, yet comical escapade.
Daisy is on a mission to find the murdered woman’s killer, linking events to the puppy farm, and is suddenly thrust into a world of explosions, shootings and kidnappings!
Furthermore, family secrets come to light and Daisy discovers an unexpected revelation that will change her life forever. This newfound knowledge is difficult for Daisy to cope with and somewhat hinders the situation that befalls herself and her friends. And if that isn’t enough, the return of her ex-husband poses even more problems.
Daisy enlists the help of Cleo her cat, and Flora her puppy, both rescue animals, in her search for the puppy farm. However, the question remains, even with all the help she has, can Daisy manage to outwit the villains and save herself and the puppies from harm?
I enjoyed the fact that the main character Daisy and her group of friends (The Priory Five) are in their 40s or older. That’s my age group, and it’s great to see characters that I can identify with. The mystery involves dogs, which is right up my alley, and I liked that the group was investigating a puppy mill as well as a murder. Daisy’s ex-husband shows up, which is a nice twist, but even bigger surprises are in store.
I wasn’t fully connected or drawn in right away, possibly because it’s the second in a series and I hadn’t met the characters before. It also could use another edit and didn’t really showcase all the great characteristics of dachshunds that I know as a dachshund owner. Since the title and the cover feature dachshunds, I expected to see more of that. But as the story moves along, the plot twists and turns did begin to captivate me, especially Daisy’s family secret. The main character Daisy is very likable and I love the premise of this series. The secrets revealed in this book will set the series up nicely for the future.
I received a free copy of this book via Zooloo’s Book Tours. I also purchased a copy. My review is voluntary and the opinions expressed are my own.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
(In her own words)
Scottish born, I now live on the Jurassic coast of Dorset with my husband, and Monty our enormous Cavalier. Our two adult children live in Yorkshire and Germany.
As a lifelong sufferer from E.D.S, I cope with my restricted mobility by reading and writing. I often scribbled stories from childhood, stemming from Scotland, Cornwall, Norfolk, Essex, and the Home Counties.
Now a teacher, tutor, and hotelier, I still scribble with each novel disappearing into a drawer!
Changing primary schools, five in total, meant that I was unable to read until given special lessons. This gave me a deep love of reading, and being an only child, I devoured books. Following this experience, when I became unable to teach because of mobility problems, I became a home tutor. After extra training, I specialised in children with reading difficulties. Still an avid reader, I love cosy mysteries, where the murder doesn’t scare me to death!
The Open University helped with my exams, enabling me to continue studying. I had an amanuensis who wrote out my answers. Of course, I did English and history, my great loves. Creative Writing was difficult as I love to write amusing and light pieces, and they preferred dark and dismal topics! I studied botanical art for many years and then got RSI. Determined to carry on with my art and writing, I now paint with my left hand and dictate all my novels. I still paint flowers trying to capture their beauty, it is hard work but so enjoyable.
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