Wednesday, January 4, 2017
Pit Perfect - A Fun Little Mystery With a Great Dog!
AUTHOR: Renee George
PUBLISHER: Book Boutiques
PUBLISHING DATE: December 15, 2016
FROM GOODREADS: Pit Perfect is a take of mystery and suspense which will have you on the edge of your seat. Fall in love with Lily Mason, the shifter who only wants to live as a human, and her pit bull Smooshie, a rescue dog who in the end may be the one doing the rescuing.
When cougar-shifter moves to Moonrise, Missouri, she wishes for only three things from the town and its human population: 1) to find a job, 2) to find a place to live, and 3) to live as a human, not a therianthrope.
Lily gets more than she bargains for when a rescue pit bull named Smooshie rescues her from on oncoming car, and it's love at first sight. Thanks to Smooshie, Lily's first two wishes are granted by Parker Knowles, the owner of the Pit Bull Rescue Center, who offers her a job at the shelter and a room over his garage to rent.
Lily's new life as an integrator is threatened when Smooshie finds Katherine Kapersky, the local church choir leader and head of town council, dead in the field behind the rescue center. Unfortunately, there are more suspects than mourners for the elderly town leader. Can Lily keep her less-than-human status under wraps? Or will the killer, who has pulled off a nearly Pit Perfect murder, expose her to keep Lily and her rescue dog from digging up the truth.
MY THOUGHTS: This book was just so much fun to read that I've already pre ordered the sequel (and am secretly keeping my fingers crossed that I can get my hands on an ARC somewhere). This book has a combination of so many elements that there really is something for everyone. There's mystery, paranormal elements (shifters, witches and I'm sure so much more), and dogs. Plus it has the small town charm which I love about cozy mysteries and books in general.
Lily is a great character. She moves to Moonrise trying to locate an Uncle who isn't even aware of her existence, but who is her only living relative left. Along the way, she meets lots of new and interesting townsfolk and some who aren't so nice and welcoming. The mystery in the book had me guessing until the end, probably because there was no short list of people who wanted the worst for the victim.
Also, it's great that Lily rescues Smooshie early on so she is a key factor in most of the book. Smooshie is a lovable, over-sized Pit Bull who is sure to play even a bigger role in the next book. If you are looking for a enjoyable quick read and love mysteries, cozy or otherwise, then seriously consider giving this book a chance!
RATING: 5 PAWS
BOOKER T's THOUGHTS: Smooshie is fun, cute and fearless, She saves Lily on numerous occasions and in my opinion, "makes" the book. I'm not too sure how I feel about the name Smooshie, but since I remain loyal to my book girlfriend, Maybe (from Jackie Bouchard's book), I think Smooshie would make a great girl for Cass. And he seems like he wouldn't mind the name Smooshie at all.