Pet sitter Daphne Templeton has a soft spot for every stray and misfit who wanders into the quaint, lakeside village of Sylvan Creek. But even Daphne doesn’t like arrogant, womanizing Steve Beamus, the controversial owner of Blue Ribbon K-9 Academy. When Steve turns up dead during a dog agility trial, Daphne can think of a long list of people with motives for homicide, and so can the police. Unfortunately, at the top of the list is Daphne’s sister, Piper—Steve’s latest wronged girlfriend.
Certain that Piper is innocent, in spite of mounting evidence to the contrary, Daphne sets out to clear her sister’s name—and find Axis, Steve’s prize-winning chocolate Labrador, who went missing the night of Steve’s death. Aided by Socrates, her taciturn basset hound, and a hyperactive one-eared Chihuahua named Artie, Daphne quickly runs afoul of Detective Jonathan Black, a handsome and enigmatic newcomer to town, who has no appreciation for Daphne’s unorthodox sleuthing.
Can a free-spirited pet sitter, armed only with a Ph.D. in Philosophy and her two incompatible dogs, find the real killer before she becomes the next victim?
Death by Chocolate Lab is the sweet start to a new series by new to me author Bethany Blake. Our heroine Daphne Templeton is a quirky hippy type pet sitter with a heart of gold. She lives with her type A veterinarian sister Piper in a big house in a small town. There is of course two men vying for her attention laid back surfer dude Dylan who is a vet assistant for Piper and the new cop in town Detective Jonathan Black. There is also an adorable assortment of canines and a murder or two to solve. I enjoyed every moment I spent in their company. I will probably try out some of the treat recipes included at the end.