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No Filter by Heather Day Gilbert {A Book Review}

**I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for consideration. All thoughts are 100% my own. 

BOOK ONE in the ALL-NEW BARKS & BEANS CAFE cozy mystery series!!

Welcome to the Barks & Beans Cafe, a quaint place where folks pet shelter dogs while enjoying a cup of java...and where murder sometimes pays a visit.

Fed up with her go-nowhere job, newly single Macy Hatfield moves back to her small hometown in West Virginia. She joins forces with her brother Bo in his crazy new venture—the Barks & Beans Cafe, which caters to dog lovers and coffee drinkers alike.

When a golf instructor is murdered at the nearby spiritual center, Macy winds up adopting his Great Dane. Just after Macy finds a mysterious message sewn under the dog's collar, her Dane is dognapped. She launches into a relentless search for her newfound canine friend, but along the way, she digs up a cruel and confident killer.

Join siblings Macy and Bo Hatfield as they sniff out crimes in their hometown...with plenty of dogs along for the ride! The Barks & Beans Cafe cozy mystery series features a small town, an amateur sleuth, and no swearing or graphic scenes.

HEATHER DAY GILBERT, an ECPA Christy award finalist and Grace award winner, writes contemporary mysteries and Viking historicals. Her novels feature small towns, family relationships, and women who aren't afraid to protect those they love. Publisher's Weekly gave Heather's Viking historical Forest Child a starred review, saying it is "an engaging story depicting timeless human struggles with faith, love, loyalty, and leadership."

Find Heather on Pinterest (heatherdgilbert), Instagram (@heatherdaygilbert), Twitter (@heatherdgilbert), and Facebook (heatherdaygilbert). You can find all her books at heatherdaygilbert.com.

If you're looking for your next great cozy mystery, look no further than No Filter, book one of the new Barks & Beans series by Heather Day Gilbert! Heather is a new to me author, but after finishing this one, I am certainly looking forward to reading more from her in the future.

Have you ever notice there are two really common themes among cozy mysteries? Pets and bakeries/coffee shops/etc! Perhaps that's just the cozy mysteries I've noticed, but it does seem like one or the other is featured in so many that I see. This series has both covered as sibling duo Macy and Bo Hatfield bring their two passions together and create a unique coffee shop where patrons could spend time with dogs from the local shelter. Sounds sweet, right? I mean, I'm not even a dog person but enjoyed the idea of such a place for those that are.

Still, things in their small town aren't all that sweet. It's also packed full of murder and mystery that had me reading right through to the very end. We were introduced to a wide variety of unique characters who I loved getting to know...and many who seemed rather suspicious too! I must admit this one kept me guessing until right before the big reveal! And just when things were settled down and the book was coming to a close, a cliffhanger ending kept me ready for book number two... I couldn't put this one down, and I will without a doubt be picking up the second book in the series so I can get that closure!

Overall, this was a charming read that fans of cozy mysteries are sure to enjoy! I certainly did!


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