No Filter Guest Post and Giveaway

No Filter Guest Post and Giveaway

Guest Post

by Macy Hatfield of the Barks & Beans Cafe cozy mystery series by Heather Day Gilbert

Dogs have always been my “thing.”  But for the entirety of my seven-year marriage, I haven’t been able to have one because of our rental house agreement.

However, this year my marriage ended rather unexpectedly. Let’s just say I wasn’t dealing with the divorce very well when my older brother, Bo, pulled one of his typical innovative moves. He’d never admit this, but I’m convinced it was his grand attempt to save me from a lonely life of total boredom.

He moved across the country to start up a cafe in our great aunt Athaleen’s house—it had been sitting empty in the small West Virginia town where we’d grown up. This unique cafe would be set up so customers could pet shelter dogs while enjoying their favorite hot drinks. He was calling it the Barks & Beans Cafe, and I’d own—and run—the Barks half of it.

In other words, my business would be to hang out with dogs every day.

Of course, I jumped at the opportunity.

Once I got back home, I couldn’t have guessed I was going to meet my own new dog through the nearby shelter—a Great Dane named Coal. I also couldn’t have guessed that Coal was going to inadvertently pull me into a web of crime that seemed to be centered in the nearby spiritual healing center, Ivy Hill…the very place Coal’s owner had been murdered.

Now I’m  scrambling to find out what’s going on at Ivy Hill before a cool and confident killer strikes again.

Join me in my first mystery adventure in No Filter, Book 1 in the Barks & Beans Cafe cozy mystery series.

Don’t forget to enter the giveaway below to win a set of three cozy mysteries!

More About No Filter

No Filter (Barks & Beans Cafe Cozy Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Publisher: WoodHaven Press (May 26, 2020)
Number of Pages: ~280 Pages
Digital ASIN: B085BX4N96

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.

The Barks & Beans Cafe cozy mystery series in order:
Book 1: No Filter
Book 2: Iced Over

About Heather Day Gilbert

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. Like her amateur sleuth heroines, she enjoys reading Agatha Christie, playing video games, dogs, and coffee.

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  1. Intriguing theme! Lovely post.

  2. I really liked the synopsis of the books. Sounds like a great book.

  3. This sounds like a fun series.

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