Thursday, August 1, 2019

BLOG TOUR - A Whisker in the Dark

Today is my stop on the Blog Tour for A Whisker in the Dark by Leighann Dobbs.



Discovering the 300-year-old skeleton of shipping tycoon Jedediah Biddeford in the ballroom wall is a big old hassle for Josie Waters, owner of the Oyster Cove Guesthouse. Especially when Biddeford’s descendants turn up, certain that a family legend about treasure buried nearby must be true.

Josie is too busy dreaming up the perfect cake for the Oyster Cove’s 250th anniversary celebration to worry about the Biddeford family – plus half the town – digging up her yard... until one of her guests is murdered in the guesthouse garden. 

With worries that her guesthouse will get a reputation for being the kind of place you only leave in a body bag, Josie must put her detective skills to work to find the killer. Lucky for her, Nero and Marlowe and their gang of cat sleuths are also on the case. 

From the old wharf, to the town common, to the guesthouse itself with its many nooks and crannies, the cats are sure to sniff out the killer… but can they help Josie stop the person behind the mysterious murder before they strike again?

A fantastic page-turner from a bestselling author, purrfeect for fans of Agatha Christie, Adele Abbott, cat lovers and everyone in between!

Link to purchase the book

Author:  Leighann Dobbs
Series:  The Oyster Cove Guesthouse #2
Genre:   Cozy Mystery
Publisher:  Bookouture
Format:  Kindle
No. of Pages:   233
Date of Publication:  July 31, 2019
My Rating:  4 Stars


Resident mansion cats Nero and Marlowe are ready to pounce on the action again in this second book in Leighann Dobb's engaging series. 

Josie Waters has done a fantastic job getting her guesthouse, the Oyster Cove, ready for its 250th anniversary. She has a lot of plans, including designing the perfect cake. She is sidelined more than one way, however. The current guests are all part of one family. There is a matriarch and her adult children, and none of them are likable, not to Josie, not even to one another. 

During preparation, a skeleton is found in the walls. It is determined that it is one of the town's descendants. The body found not only had a history, but was supposed to have buried a fortune. Everyone in town, including the guest family, starts digging up the grounds looking for the fortune.

Josie is more than disenchanted that the beautiful grounds are being dug up. However, this pales in comparison to the fact that one of the guests turns up dead. Quite naturally, all of the bickering family members are suspects. For Josie, she is determined to solve this murder, while all the time wondering how two guests have died there in a short period of time. along with the discovered skeleton. Hoping to dissuade a bad reputation for the guesthouse, Josie gets to work.

Josie need not worry. As before, the ever-wise cats Nero and Marlowe are up to the task. Josie begins to see that they are leaving hints. During the previous situation, she didn't want to pay much attention to them. After all, they are cats. What Josie doesn't know is that they talk to one another and consistently leave clues for her to follow. 

What a fun story! I have already enjoyed the first book in this series, A Twist in the Tail, and I have already downloaded A Purrfect Alibi, for review.

Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC to review in exchange for my honest opinion.


USA Today bestselling author, Leighann Dobbs, discovered her passion for writing after a twenty year career as a software engineer. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband Bruce, their trusty Chihuahua mix Mojo and beautiful rescue cat, Kitty. When she's not reading, gardening, making jewelry or selling antiques, she likes to write cozy mystery and historical romance books.

Her book "Dead Wrong" won the "Best Mystery Romance" award at the 2014 Indie Romance Convention.

Her book "Ghostly Paws" was the 2015 Chanticleer Mystery & Mayhem First Place category winner in the Animal Mystery category.

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  1. I need to read more cozies. What a unique idea to have the cats kind of help solve the murder.


  2. Sounds like a really good mystery!

  3. Sounds cute, I like to pick up books like this between heavier reads

  4. Great review, not my type of book but I'm glad you enjoyed it!

  5. Great review Robin this book looks and sounds so cute and fun I am really glad you fully enjoyed this book so far. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome post.

  6. Sounds great! Thank you for your review!

  7. Cozy mysteries are so fun! It has been sooooo long since I’ve read one too. I didn’t even know there was a cat series. The titles are just so adorable! I will definitely have to check them out.

  8. I've never read a cozy mystery before. They do always look like a lot of fun. Great review.