Review: Bark If It’s Murder by V.M. Burns #BookReview #Cozymystery #Bookblogger #Booktours

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Lilly Echosby just witnessed a murder on a pet cam. Or did she?

When a last-minute opportunity arises to accompany her boss to an art auction in Atlanta, Lilly throws some money at the problem of where to board her toy poodle Aggie (short for Agatha Christie). Posh Pet Haven offers the most luxurious canine accommodations in all of Chattanooga, Tennessee. The place even provides pet cams so anxious owners can check in on their pampered pooches.

But when Lilly tries to take a peek at her poodle, she gets a terrible shock—she witnesses what she’s sure is a murder. She thinks the victim may be the wealthy co-owner of Pet Haven. The police follow her lead but find no body, no evidence of a crime, and no video record. Starting to feel like the dog owner who cried wolf, Lilly decides to go undercover to catch a killer who may be hiding in plain sight …

Bark If It’s Murder (A Dog Club Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Lyrical Underground (August 27, 2019)
Paperback: 162 pages
ISBN-10: 1516107926
ISBN-13: 978-1516107926
Digital ASIN: B07L2G3DJ1

This is my very first book from the author and very first book in the series.
I initially thought not having read any of the previous books might have an adverse effect, but it was a needless fear. The author displayed her prowess in giving readers enough background and the character dynamics throughout, and I never felt I was missing out which I think puts novice readers’ mind at ease.

The writing is consistently strong and imbued with humor, the caper involving Aggie and other dogs put a smile on my face. The friendly character dynamics and relationships is also a delight to follow, “cozy” vibe was definitely oozing off the pages throughout.

I particularly loved how Lilly’s friends and her children close ranks and help Lilly solve the murder case. The tension was definitely there and palpable upon revealing her plans on investigating the case against her boyfriend, Red’s opposition and concerns, and the negative repercussions that Lilly inadvertently and unknowingly put Red subjected to certainly worked in my favor as far as my emotional engagement goes, the mystery plot was nicely complex and twisted and I enjoyed following the story overall.

I saw Lilly’s tendency to jump the gun rather quickly and felt slightly odd given how smart and quick-witted she is. It seems like she tends to shut down once she thinks she is not trusted, and I was initially bothered by that aspect of her character arc, but it wasn’t a big deal to the extent that hampered me from enjoying this book.

It was also nice that the mystery unraveling was strung along till the very close to the end, keeping me on the edge of the seat, wondering how Lilly nail down the suspect. She is determined and self-assured and is willing to do everything in her power to bring the murderer to justice. I loved her gumption and it made me laugh how the guys around her are kind of resigned, knowing nothing can stop her once she’s made up her mind. The support system toward her is really an incing on the cake!

I wish the wrap-up didn’t feel as rushed as it actually was, and I was expecting more of Aggie’s role in this book, but once again, this book is a nice cozy mystery that dog lovers cannot resist.
This book intertwines a lot of insight into dog training, dog shows and other good stuff regarding dogs. If you enjoy cozy-mysteries and adore dogs, this series is for you.

3.5 pancakes go to this book and I might as well go back and grab the first book to better appreciate this fun cozy mystery series!

I received a review copy from the author and the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. The opinions and thoughts expressed here are strictly my own and unbiased.

V.M. Burns was born in Northwestern Indiana and spent many years in Southwestern Michigan on the Lake Michigan shoreline. She is a lover of dogs, British historic cozies, and scones with clotted cream. After many years in the Midwest, she went in search of milder winters and currently lives in Eastern Tennessee with her poodles. Her debut novel, The Plot is Murder was nominated for a 2017 Agatha Award for Best First Novel. Valerie is a member of Mystery Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, and a lifetime member of  Sisters in Crime. Readers can learn more by visiting her website at

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