Friday 28 January 2022

Love To Read? Book Reviews with Amber at The Mewton-Clawson Library #188 featuring **Whisker of a Doubt** by Leighann Dobbs PLUS Friendly Fill-Ins + Photo Fails Blog Hop

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Hello gorgeous library guests 


Welcome to the Mewton-Clawson Library at BBHQ 

Thank mew for joining me in the stacks today and as it's been bitterly cold this week, I thought that a nice Spring flashback was in order to cheer us all up and get us looking forward to the warmers days in a few weeks.

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This was taken on the 12th of May 2009, and the P.A. and dad had just put in a small pond for the frogs directly opposite where I'm looking. And this pretty garden has changed such a lot, I think where I am sitting is now the path to the summer house, between the old railway sleepers. Sadly those gorgeous blue and purple daisies didn't survive the winter.

It's amazing how some plants refuse to die and last for years, decades in fact and others sadly don't cut the mustard even for one short season. 

The P.A. isn't really a fan of summer bedding plants and prefers perennials, anyhoo I'm looking forward to some warms, other than by the fire! MOL  

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Today the P.A. is also joining in Friday Fill-ins Blog Hop with the pawesome 15 & Meowing and Four-Legged Furballs.
1. I get my __________ from __________________.

2.  It’s a good thing ___________________________.

3. _________ required me to muster a lot of courage.

4. My younger self would be proud to know that I now _________.

The P.A.'s answers are...

1. I get my mettle and unwavering stubbornness from my dad. 

2.  It’s a good thing I'm a lot like my dad, otherwise my life would have been very different.

3.  Writing books and putting them out for the world to see required me to muster a lot of courage. As what you write or the stories you tell won't necessarily appeal to some people and criticism while in some ways is good and helps you grow as a person and as a writer, in other ways it can be hard to take especially if it's delivered in a hostile or malicious vein with the intent to belittle and undermine confidence, and it's usually the latter, and more often comes from a place of envy/jealousy or just pure spite which is actually very sad. I believe in encouragement and trying to uplift others, boosting confidence and self-belief.

4. My younger self would be proud to know that I now I'm still here! LOL  Especially after my accident/ceiling plunge, if it wasn't for Smooch being tripawed and needing the chair at the kitchen table pulled out on an angle so he could get on it, I'd have been found paralysed or dead on the kitchen table, as the back of the chair if it had been under the table properly would have broken my neck. Thank you Smooch, my little hero, what a little dude! Who knew that nearly 10 years when he arrived at BBHQ, his disability would inadvertently save my life.

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Today, as it's the last Friyay of the month, we're also joining in the furrbulous...

So do drop by the marvellous Mudpie's blog at to join in.

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Melvyn was trying to be invisible - total fail! MOL

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Let's see what I've got to show mew this time!

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This week's top book pick is...

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Whisker of a Doubt 

Mystic Notch Cozy Mystery Series, Book 6


Leighann Dobbs

       Here's a little snippet of the book blurb:      

When retired postmaster Albert Schumer is found dead on the steps of the post office, the whole town of Mystic Notch is disappointed he won’t be able to play in the annual checkers tournament.

But when his ghost informs middle-aged bookstore owner Willa Chance that he died trying to deliver an old letter, which has mysteriously gone missing, Willa realizes Albert didn’t just slip and fall. Someone killed him. Even worse, it turns out the letter contains a list of ingredients for a spell that could wreak havoc on Mystic Notch if it falls into the wrong hands.

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I reviewed 3 other books in the Mystic Notch Cozy series ages ago.

Books 1, 2 and 5. I still have to review books 3 and 4 at some point, but I was so excited to see that finally book 6 was available on Audible and I got my mittens on that last week - woo hoo!

Go check out my previous reviews to learn a little - no spoilers here - about the characters and plots.

I've really enjoyed this series, it's a fun read or listen and Pandora the lead kitty in the story is one of my all-time favourite book cats.

In this book, another mysterious death has occurred and the victims' ghost appears. As with previous books, the plot is nice and twisty, weaving a little bit of magic and mayhem as the story culminates.

I just adore a great cozy mystery, and if mew love cozy mysteries as much as I do, then this one is definitely for mew. A purrfect read for a lazy Sunday afternoon by the fire with a cup of catnip tea.

Totally Top Paw

Audio Version: 5 hours 1 minute
Paperback: 244 pages
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Ratings of:

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Overall Enjoyment

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Other Fun Blog Hops to Join in Today

         Catblogosphere        Feline Friday        Nature Friday        Flashback Friday     Friendship Friday       

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I really hope mew enjoy the book as much as I did if mew decide to read it.

It's time fur me to say BFN or bye-for-now as mew know the drill, so many books, so little time and I'll be back next week with another specially paw-picked book just for mew, and don't furget that all my previous reviews can be found on my Book Review page.

Until next time...

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  1. Those were really interesting fill-in answers and horray for that chair saving you. Melvyn, where are you? A terrific book review too sweet Amber!

  2. Love your fill-ins and especially #4. Your angel was watching over you and we're happy about that.

    Melvyn was trying to hide, but didn't quite pull it off. Great shot though.

    Amber does the best book reviews. Sounds like a fun read.

    Thank you for joining the Feline Friday Blog Hop.

    Have a purrfect Feline Friday and weekend. Scritches all around and a hug to mom. ♥

  3. amber thiz fotoz oh ewe and yur gorgeouz self iz like de awesumest !!!

    and melvyn; dood, we wanted ta say HI but dinna seez ewe any wear...
    may bee next time hay

    pee ezz de PA iz rite; it iz all bout bee in GEL UZ ~~~

    ♥♥♥ smooch ♥♥♥

  4. Smooch knew you were destined to be a published author, so that's why he was brought into your life!

  5. Wow ! That is some story about Melvyn saving your life ! You never know what may happen when you do a good deed do you ?

    We love the Mystic Notch series !

  6. I'm sorry - SMOOCH saved your life. We were so impressed by Melvyn's Cloak of Invisiblity that we got mixed up !

  7. Thank goodness Smooch needed the chair pulled out.
    That is a lovely photo of you in the spring, Amber. Great review too.
    Good job with the hiding Melvyn, but I think you need a bit more practice.

  8. I've enjoyed the Mystic Notch books too! Love, love, love your blooper! MOL

  9. Beautiful shot of you Amber and cute photo fail of Melvyn. That sounds like a good book- I love ghost stories. Thank you to the PA for participating in the fill-ins, great answers. I am glad the chair being out saved your life. And I know what you mean about publishing books, but you can't please everyone, there are a lot of meanies out there. I really enjoyed your book about Basil. XO

  10. Hooray for the Smooch! It was written in the books that he needed to be your kitty...just so that he could thank you by saving your life!

    Amber that is a most eye catching beauteous picture of you! Yes, lets have at it spring! Its -3F here right now, Brrr!

    Melvyn you ham you!

    I had trouble with a co worker years ago, she was always accusing me of this or that...and I just think that she was jealous of me somehow. No idea why, though. I did not miss her, as I have others, when she was fired, LOL!


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