Murder Most Finicky (Pawsitively Organic Series #4)

Murder Most Finicky (Pawsitively Organic Series #4)

by Liz Mugavero

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The dog days of summer have arrived in the small town of Frog Ledge, Connecticut, and business is booming for Kristan “Stan” Connor. Her Pawsitively Organic pet food has even caught the attention of celebrity pastry chef Sheldon Allyn, who helps Stan open a fancy pet pastry shop in Frog Ledge. A partnership is born, and Sheldon invites Stan to Newport, Rhode Island, for an appreciation weekend he’s hosting for all his independent chefs. But the gourmet getaway turns sour when one of the chefs turns up dead, and a second one goes missing…
As Stan tries to figure out who had a recipe for murder, the pool of suspects expands. And if she can’t sniff out the culprit soon, this killer may just serve up a second helping of murder…
Includes Gourmet Pet Food Recipes!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781496700186
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 12/29/2015
Series: Pawsitively Organic Series , #4
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 55,515
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Liz Mugavero is a corporate communications consultant and animal lover from the Boston area, whose canine and feline rescues demand the best organic food and treats around. She is the author of The Icing on the Corpse, Kneading to Die and A Biscuit, A Casket; her short stories have been published in the UK and Australia; and her essays have appeared in national publications Skirt! and Sassee Magazine for Women.

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Murder Most Finicky 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good installment in a really good series .
Jwylieallen More than 1 year ago
Stan goes away for the weekend: sounds like a great idea-unfortunately for Stan things don't always work out the way she would hope. A blind-folded ride in the back of a pastry truck starts Stan and Nutty's weekend away, and it only goes downhill from there. Murdered and/or missing chefs, the mafia, and Nutty goes missing all while Stan tries to participate in a Chef's weekend for investors. Brilliant plot, great twists, and (for fans of the series), insight into Jessie! this series gets better with each new book!
GratefulGrandma More than 1 year ago
This is the fourth book in this series, but it is fine to be read as a read alone. I will go back can read the rest of the series as I did enjoy this book and want to read the rest and find out more about Stan (Kristan) and her business and life. Stan Connor is a pet chef in Frog Ledge, Connecticut. She has agreed to join Sheldon Allyn, a famous celebrity chef, at a weekend getaway along with other chefs to make their specialty dishes for a group of potential investors. One of the chefs will be chosen for a new food Network show of their own. On the first day of the retreat, Stan discovers one of the chefs, Pierre, has been murdered in Sheldon's backyard. The retreat is moved to a local resort and that night, another of the chefs, Kyle, who Stan met on the ride to the retreat, vanishes. When Sheldon's assistant arranges for a replacement chef, she never arrives and is assumed missing as well. Throw in the fact that Stan's sister is involved with the missing chef and things become even more complicated. Stan follows every lead she can get to find the missing man and to find out who murdered Pierre. With the assistance of Jessie, her sister-in-law who is also a Conneticut state trooper, she investigates the chefs and they eventually find out who the murderer is. I did figure out who the murderer was but not until the story was almost over. I enjoyed this book very much. The supporting characters were hilarious. They were over the top chefs but that just made the whole thing more enjoyable. The character of Stan was honest, loyal, hard-working, smart and had good judgement. She was a great sleuth and I will definitely look for more books in this series. I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
LisaKsBooksReviews More than 1 year ago
Pawsitively Purrfrct! Like catnip for humans. I remember my reaction a few years ago when I read KNEADING TO DIE, book 1 in the Pawsitively Organic Mysteries. It went a little something like . . . WOW! Well, I’ve just experienced déjà vu. MURDER MOST FINICKY is another exciting installment to one of my favorite cozy mystery series. It was a real treat to once again visit with Stan and friends in Frog Ledge. Every character is superbly written and so much fun to read. Author Liz Mugavero has created in her town’s residents an excellent balance of down to earth, solid people, to over the top, quirky folks. With every addition to this fabulous series, author Mugavero ups her game and out does herself! MURDER MOST FINICKY was a twisty, turny rollercoaster ride of mystery, fun, and action. The ending of this story, all through the reveal, had me biting my lip and holding my breath. Well done Ms. Mugavero! Make sure to check out the back of the book for great pet treat recipes!
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
Only a Finicky Reader Wouldn’t Love This Book Two of the biggest themes in the cozy mystery world are pet cozies and culinary cozies. Expertly balancing the world between the two is Liz Mugavero, whose main character creates organic treats and meals for pets. Murder Most Finicky is the fourth book in the series, and it’s another winner. Kristan “Stan” Connor has agreed to participate in a culinary weekend in Rhode Island with famed chef Sheldon Allyn. Sheldon is looking to put together a great group of chefs he works with to pull off an impressive dinner for a potential group of investors, one of whom has a cat. If they are happy, there might be a Food Network show for all of them plus money to help Stan expand her Pawsitively Organic pet treat business. The location of the weekend is top secret; in fact, everyone is blindfolded on their way there. The only chef missing for the grand unveiling is pastry expert Pierre LaPorte, but Stan quickly finds him with his throat slit. How did he find out the top secret location? Who else knew where it was in order to kill him? Those are just the beginning of the questions as more and more strange things happen. Can Stan survive long enough to figure things out? The book is mostly set in Rhode Island, and the supporting characters we have come to love over the previous three books are still at home in Connecticut. To be perfectly honest, I missed them. We did get some updates on them via phone calls, but they aren’t as prevalent as normal. That’s my only complaint with the book, and it’s a minor one. Still, I’m hoping we are back to Frog Ledge, Connecticut, and all of our friends there in the next book. To make up for that loss, this book is filled with a wonderful cast of suspect characters. They are all a bit larger than life, but frankly that added to the fun. It also made it easy to remember who they all were as the plot progressed. We do get to learn more about Stan as we watch her in this different setting, so fans of the series will appreciate that character development. Speaking of character development, I do need to amend one thing I said earlier. One of the series regulars does wind up showing up for several chapters. The result is some major character development for this character, and I loved that aspect of this book. I think it will change how Stan interacts with him or her in the future, and I’m looking forward to seeing that. (And no, I don’t think I could have been more vague on who it is.) The mystery continues to twist and turn in many unexpected directions before we reach the climax. I had no clue how everything was going to be resolved until we got there. Yet, when the villain is revealed, the clues fell perfectly into place. Even though most of the chefs in this book make food for humans, the recipes in the back are still treats for pets. And yes, they still sound delicious. I think they are healthier than most of the recipes in the culinary cozies I read, too. So if you make these for your pets and sneak a few for yourself, I won’t tell anyone. If you love pets, you really need to read this series, but loving pets is not a requirement to enjoy this book. Anyone who loves a good mystery should read Murder Most Finicky.
weluvdopey More than 1 year ago
This is a great book; this is the fourth book in the A Pawsitively Organic Mystery series by Liz Mugavero. Kristan “Stan” Conner lives in Frog Ledge, Connecticut and her business is booming. Her Pawsitively Organic pet food has even caught the attention of celebrity pastry chef Sheldon Allyn who helps her open a fancy pet pastry shop in town. Sheldon invites Stan for an appreciation weekend he is hosting for all of his independent chefs. When one of the chefs turns up dead Stan puts her sleuthing skills to the test to find out what is really happening to all the chefs. If you are looking for a great book, then you need to read this book. I am looking forward to reading the next book in this great series! A Review copy was provided to me in exchange for a fair and honest review. The free book held no determination on my personal review.
Mama_Cat More than 1 year ago
What fun to be visiting Stan and her fur babies again! ‘Murder Most Finicky’ is an exciting, captivating read. Stan (short for Kirstan) and Nutty, her Maine Coon cat go on an adventure that neither will soon forget. Stan wants to open an organic pet food store, and Sheldon Allyn wants to be her financial backer. Thanks to his investors, Allyn can be part of many and varied restaurants, from vegan to Italian to pastries. He plans a weekend retreat for his top chefs, who will work on their recipes over the weekend and on Monday prepare a feast for the investors. One investor has a Siamese cat, not just any cat, but a three-time winner of the World Championship cat show. Another investor works for the Food Channel and is always open to present new chef programs. Nutty was invited, as it is his tummy challenges that led Stan to experiment with fresh organic meats and special treats for him. Allyn is one-of-a-kind, driving a pink Cadillac, wearing a metallic pink suit that complimented his short, spiked hair. His staff was unique, including Joaquin, a young man who also wore bright colors, Therese, a very slender young woman who wore clingy, revealing outfits. One young man has bleached blonde hair and an earring stretched inside each lobe. Joaquin, Allyn’s assistant, seems to work the hardest. The chefs are temperamental regarding their specialty and needs, but could one of them actually commit murder? The murder victim, found at Sheldon’s home, the location of which had been top secret, was one of the top pastry chefs. Unfortunately Stan discovered the body. Could the cold-blooded killer be the chef who disappeared the night of the murder, or one of Allyn’s staff? Stan, not a stranger to helping catch killers, helps investigate because she wanted to get through the crazy weekend and go home. Then, the killer set his or her sights on one near and dear to Stan’s heart. Stan is a normal person compared to the chefs and Allyn’s financial partners. Stan is very well defined and ready to step out of the book and into life; the rest are as developed as necessary for their roles. Nutty, of course, has his own cat-sonality that is front and center of every scene he is in. All are revealed through their conversations and actions; while not written in first person, we are let in on Stan’s thoughts and feelings throughout. I truly like Stan, a woman who loves animals and knows what is most important in her life. The plot is intricate and multi-tiered. The chef who was coming to replace the murdered one disappeared after checking in for her flight. The cutthroat bunch of chefs each has their own agenda to further their career. Caitlyn was involved with one of the chef’s. This reader was stumped – every time one suspect is vetted, another one pops up. Then Stan’s mother arrives…as an investor? There are enough plot twists and turns to satisfy even the best armchair detective. The end came too quickly, especially for the killer! I highly recommend this fourth novel of the Pawsitively Organic Mystery series to cozy mystery lovers who adore cats and enjoy well-written stories with multiple plots, romance, and a heroine who would go to any lengths to help cats and dogs. One doesn’t have to read the first three books of the series to become completely hooked! With a grateful heart, I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Kensington, via NetGalley for the purpose of providing an honest review. All opinions are my own, and no monetary compens
Buecherwurm161 More than 1 year ago
An Awesome Read. I have been a huge fan of Liz Mugavero for some time now and when I was able to get her latest book through NetGalley in exchange for a review I was thrilled. This is the 4th book in the series, but I think you could enjoy this book as a stand alone read as well, but you will like it so much better knowing all the characters from the previous books. As usual I loved the 4 legged characters as much as the 2 legged kind and the storyline was great, I was up reading way passed my bedtime. It had plenty of mystery, though not as much romance as I would have liked, and also some recipes at the end of the book that my dog (a rescue) is ready for me to make for him right away. It is really a charming series and I can't wait for the next one.
CozyMysteryLover1 More than 1 year ago
I've read all of the books in this series and this one is fantastic. Stan is really gaining clients for her organic pet food and when she is offered a chance to have her own pet food patisserie, Stan believes she is finally settling into her life in Frog Ledge, Connecticut. When Stan has to travel to Newport, Rhode Island, it's all about the recipes and the chance to get some cooking tips from popular chefs. Of course, things can't be that simple for Stan, so when she stumbles upon a body, gets a frantic phone call from her sister and has to turn to Jessie for help, you know you are in for a wild ride. Nutty is such a lovable character and Gaston made my heart melt. Ms Mugavero has wonderful characters in this charming series and I will be recommending this book to all my cozy mystery friends.