I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Money Pit (Barkside of the Moon Mysteries Book 2) by Renee George
Series: Barkside of the Moon
on March 16th 2017
Genres: Cozy Mystery
Reading Challenges: Craving for Cozies
Cougar-shifter Lily Mason is trying hard to live as a human in Moonrise, Missouri. But renting a garage apartment from Parker Knowles, her boss at the Pit Bull Rescue Shelter, is making it difficult to keep her secret, especially with the upcoming full moon just weeks away. Desperate to get into her own place, Lily immediately makes an offer on a “fixer-upper” with a checkered past and begins work on getting the place ready for her and her dog Smooshie.
Smooshie proves primed for demolition when she scratches a hole in a wall and yanks out a human bone. The investigation brings Lily unwanted attention from the local police chief who has an ax to grind and a murderer desperate to keep the past in the past.
With the full moon just around the corner, the police breathing down her neck, and a murderer on her heels, Lily needs Smooshie and Parker more than ever if she wants to keep her secret and prevent another killing!
This paranormal cozy mystery contains cougar-shifters, shifters, lovable pit bulls, and supernatural beings.
I am so glad I read book one, Pit Perfect, prior to this one. They maybe could be read separately, but I would not recommend it. Too much happens in both books to skip the first. Renee does do a good job of explaining some of book one during certain situations, but does not go so far as to drag the plot for The Money Pit down.
The Money Pit is exactly like you imagined from the movie. Insert everything going wrong in Lily’s life and you get a scene something like where Tom Hanks just losing his ever loving mind because he can no longer deal with reality.
Fortunately, it’s not quite that bad, although Smooshie, her Pit Bull, does find a mummified corpse in the wall, which could be construed as pretty awful! Lily is as stubborn as ever as she hears about curses and ghost stories and finds weird stuff happening all over her land. It’s just enough to put on her sleuthing hat and go for a run!
Parker is as cute as ever in this, of course. There are some ups and downs with these two but overall, I like how their relationship is progressing. It’s not all in your face, and it’s not all that the book is about either. Lily has multiple relationships that she’s working on, making it a book that is as real to life as possible when it involves a shape-shifting wear-cougar!
The plot for this one was just as good as the first. Lily does do things that puts her into peril, more often than not, but unfortunately, sometimes she is just breathing and gets in the way of a murder! Bad luck surrounds her, which makes the plots even more interesting.
I read this beauty in one day! Loved every word!
|Overall:||5 / 5|
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