A Biscuit, a Casket (Pawsitively Organic Series #2)

A Biscuit, a Casket (Pawsitively Organic Series #2)

by Liz Mugavero
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A Biscuit, a Casket 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
mollieme More than 1 year ago
This book is even better than the first one. Can hardly wait for #3
TessT More than 1 year ago
I enjoy it when I run across a new (to me) author and discover that I love their work. Liz Mugavero is an author that I know we'll see more of in the future. As one of the loves of my life is our little bichon, Bella I was thrilled to see that the main characters Stan, Jake and Brenna were all so devoted to the animals in their care. Hosting a birthday party for the neighbors dog really shouldn't be much trouble. Stan has started a new business catering to the animals in people's lives. As Halloween rolls around there is also the shenanigans in town and at the farms out of town. While hosting the birthday party Stan finds herself drawn into the murder of the farm owner. What happens next holds many surprises and twists and turns as a corn maze. Join in with the fun and see if you can solve the mystery before Stan does.
rhonda1111RL More than 1 year ago
4 stars This is book 2 in Pawsitively Oranic mysteries. I have not read the first and I plan to read the next book in the series this week. This is a cute animal lovers mystery. Animals are everywhere and spoiled. I admit I have dressed up my dogs in costumes and sweaters. But having a birthday party and feeding homemade meals and treats. Sorry not for my pets. The mystery was pretty good. Had some twists I did not see coming and some I did. Lots of small town community. Lots of drama and action. Also a clean read at least in language but not for clothes. Kristan "Stan" Connor's business is healthy organic meals and treats for cats and dogs. She is just starting it and doing well so far. She is still pretty new to Frog Ledge, Connecticut. Stan is single. She has two dogs and a cat. While at a neighbor farm is having a corn maze and setting up for a birthday party for some dogs. people discover the owner Hal Hoffman dead in it. Hal had been stabbed with a farm tool in the chest.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great installment in the series - can't wait for the next one!
cozyloverTX More than 1 year ago
I love cozy mysteries and read a lot of them, but this I think is one of my new favorites. I love the characters and the mysteries are great. I want to visit.
PTucker More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed A Biscuit, A Casket (second, in A Pawsitively Organic Mystery series). Kristan (Stan) Connor's household has increased, since moving to Frog Ledge, CT. Her cat, Nutty, is still in charge but, now, allows two dogs, Scruffy and Henry, to live in the house. Stan's organic treat business, for cats and dogs, has taken off and she has been asked to cater a dog costume party at Happy Cow Dairy Farm. The owners, Hal and Emmalee Hoffmann have, also, set up a Halloween corn maze. When Hal is found murdered, in the corn maze, rumors fly. Emmalee is a prime suspect but Stan finds out Hal had lots of enemies, including members of the local farmers co-op. Even her friend Izzy, who owns Izzy Sweet's Sweets, is acting strangely and won't explain why she is so upset over Hal's death. Emmalee asks Stan to help her at the farm, giving Stan opportunity to find out more about Hal and his business dealings. Stan's mother shows up, for a visit. Stan finds some of Hal's business partners have a little too much interest in the Happy Cow. Then, there's Jake, whose dog, Duncan, already adores Stan...is their relationship ever going anywhere? By the time the killer is revealed, Stan is almost in over her head, literally, and her life is in danger. I'm looking forward to book three, The Icing on the Corpse, March 2015!
52chickadees More than 1 year ago
“A Boo-licious Tail of Murder, Canines, Felines and Those Who Love Them” It’s almost Halloween, and Kristan (“Stan”) Connor is happily settled in her green Victorian home in Frog Ledge, Ct. Her life has changed so much since leaving her high-pressure job and the city and starting a new business creating delicious, nutritious and organic treats and meals for cats and dogs. Nutty, her Maine Coon Cat, and caring canines, Henry and Scruffy all put their paw/seal of approval on Stan’s concoctions. Along with other treat orders, Stan agrees to do a dog costume party for a client, which will be held on the property of the nearby “Happy Cow Farm, owned and operated by the Hoffman Family as part of a Dairy Cooperative. The Hoffmans have created a Halloween Haven, complete with a corn maze as an added attraction for the residents of Frog Ledge, as well as helping to raise some much needed funds. Stan barely has the Dog Costume Party underway, and the corn maze has its spooky souls all in place, when something a lot scarier is discovered within its depths—Hal Hoffman’s lifeless body! Fingers point in many directions, but, who would benefit from Hal’s demise? Or did he have cruel enemies no one knew about, including his overworked and underappreciated wife, Emmalee, who wanted him out of the way permanently?As per the norm, Stan sets her mixing bowls and dog biscuit cutters aside and dons her sleuthing cap. Will her sleuthing place her in mortal danger, or in the arms of hunky bar owner Jake McGee? Sometimes the best intentions result in just the opposite of effects. I’m so glad Ms. Mugavero responded to my request and has graciously included a dog bone cake and pumpkin cookie recipes for those four-legged furry family members in our lives. If you enjoyed Stan’s previous escapades in Ms. Mugavero’s first book, “Kneading to Die”, you’ll be more than pleased with this current work and impatiently anticipating the next. In the meantime, why not pack up some yummy treats and visit your local animal shelter for some much-needed one on one time with some forlorn, furry residents? We all know Nutty, Henry, Scruffy and Duncan would approve! Cozy Lovers, make room on your shelf for this one! Nancy Narma
m569 More than 1 year ago
recommend
Jwylieallen More than 1 year ago
A Biscuit, A Casket, Frog Ledge has lost one dairy farmer! Liz Mugavero took her time in the first book of this series to introduce the reader to Stan and the denizens of Frog Ledge. I hope you paid attention, because A Biscuit, a Casket kicks into over drive from the get go and what a ride! Halloween in Frog Ledge turns out to be more than scary and not so happy for the Happy Cow farms. Join Stan, her wonderful pets, and the adventures in a small Connecticut town, you'll be happy to stopped in to visit!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In the midst of so many mediocre. Silly books being passed off as cozies it is so refreshing to find one that is well written. Characters are well developed and appealing. I very seldom give 5 stars, but want to encourage this author. I think she could compete with Laura Childs, Carolyn Hart, and Diana Mott Davidson. Good job.
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
Murder Will Ruin Your Party   In the few months since she started Pawsitively Organic, Kristan “Stan” Connor has already begun to collect lots of clients.  One of them has even requested that she cater a birthday party for her dog to be held at the dairy farm just down the street a couple of weeks before Halloween.   However, Stan has just started to set up for the event when someone comes running out of the corn maze also on the property.  On the back edge of the maze is the body of the farm’s owner, Hal Hoffman.  As his wife and four sons try to deal with the shock, Stan begins to hear about Hal’s shady deals.  Did one of them get him killed?  Or are the police correct to look at his family?   While I enjoyed the first one in the series, I enjoyed this one even more.  Stan has already developed into a stronger character than in the first book, and the rest of the cast is strong as well.  The plot was better paced as well, and I appreciated once again seeing how the death affected some of the characters emotionally.  There were several plot threads from the first book I was hoping we’d hear more about, and they were continued in a satisfying way in this book.   As I raced through this book, I always had a hard time putting it down.  I will definitely be back to see where Stan’s sleuthing takes her next.
lauralovesreviewingLT More than 1 year ago
I was so charmed by the quirky title and adorable cover art for this book I completely overlooked it’s being the second book in the Pawsitively Organic Mystery Series. Another fun title. Even though I hadn’t read the first book, I had no trouble getting to know the characters and picking up on their history. It’s a fast, addictive read. I finished it in two sittings. Stan (Kristan) hasn’t lived in Frog Ledge for very long and she’s become a bit of a corpse magnet. From what I gather happened in the first book, she seems to have a propensity for stumbling over dead bodies. Her neighbors are part of a farmers co-op, growing organic crops. Each year they do a corn maze for Halloween. There a lots of scary monsters hidden throughout the maze. But no one was expecting to find a dead body, a real one. Somebody killed farmer Hal and left him in the maze. Frog Ledge reminds me a bit of my home town. Stan’s business, making organic treats for dogs and cats, would fit right in. I got a kick out of the idea of her catering a doggie birthday party and could see her business doing well here. We have pet parades and all the animals wear costumes. It’s quite a fun day and growing every year. The dogs are a big part of the story and I had several chuckles over their antics. Dogs will be dogs, even at a birthday party and their table manners are atrocious. The town is filled with colorful characters, giving you plenty of suspects to choose from. And there’s a love interest. I was kind of hoping Stan and Jake would hook up. He seems like a nice guy, even though I didn’t get to know too much about him. That’s why I’ll be reading the first book next. I want to be introduced to the stars of this series. Get to know them, find out what makes them tick. Yep, I’m a fan of character driven stories. Even if you haven’t read the first book, you can still read this and easily fall into the series. It’s a fun mystery, perfect for a relaxing day by the pool or snuggling up in front of the fire on a cold winter night.
ReadYourWrites More than 1 year ago
Reviewed for Read Your Writes Book Reviews by Kim I love the concept of a cozy mystery being focused on pets and pet treats for them. I mean let’s be honest, I’m more likely to cook for my dogs than my family. A Biscuit, a Casket is the second book in the Pawsitively Organic Mysteries Series. I didn’t read the first book and I felt as if I was missing something that would give me more of an understanding of the characters. I’m thinking that explanations as to why certain characters acted the way they did would have been detailed in the first book, for example why does the bartender and trooper seem to be standoffish with each other although they’re related? The death of Hal Hoffman, the owner of the Happy Cow Dairy Farm happens early on in the book. Trying to figure out who murdered Hal and why should be something that’s left up to Trooper Jessie Pasquale and the state police. But Kristan “Stan” Connor has a nosey gene that just can’t seem to lie dormant. I liked the book, but at times I was a little irritated and bored with it. I mean Stan is a new resident to Frog Ledge and she wants to be accepted by the community. She keeps agreeing to do things she really doesn’t want to do, like take over the accounting of Happy Cow when she has no accounting background nor knows anything about cows or farming. I think I learned more than I wanted to know about the inner workings of a dairy farm. However, I will say this knowledge did pay off for Stan. I love that Stan talks to her cat and dogs like they’re people. I also love the secondary characters and the fact that they are such a close knit group. I’m completely surprised that I had no clue who the murderer was until Stan herself figured it out. Luckily, I got to read the events transpiring as opposed to living the events like Stan. While A Biscuit, a Casket may not be one of my favorite cozy mystery books, I am curious to find out what other adventures Stan finds herself in. Rating: 3.5 Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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great new series a must read if your an animal lover this is your kind of series can not wait for the next book
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"That's an easy one. Let's take a field trip to the forest to collect different herbs." (Horse cats result one
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