Friday 4 November 2022

Book Reviews with Amber at The Mewton-Clawson Library #215 featuring **The Legend of Tabby Hollow** Whales and Tails Mystery Book 5 Book 1 by Kathi Daley **PLUS** Friendly Fill-Ins and **THE BIRTHDAY GIVEAWAY WINNER**

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Hello gorgeous library guests 


Welcome to the Mewton-Clawson Library at BBHQ 

Thank mew for joining me in the stacks and today, I'm announcing the winner of our joint birthday pawty, so let's do it! 

The winner of My and Pandora's Birthday Giveaway 

Drumroll purrlease...
And the winner drawn out of the hat* is:

Never Too Late Pets from Instagram



If mew can email us your snail mail address at your earliest convenience, that would be epic. 

deardrbasil @ gmail . com

Thank mew to everypawdy else who entered, and don't wurry if mew didn't win this time; there'll be another giveaway soon, so stay tuned.

*And just in case mew're wondering how we pick the winner, we type the full list of names from the blog post and Instagram post, then paste them into the random name picker at, and it automatically picks the winner.

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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. My list of things to do in November includes ________________, ____________ and _________________.

2. A ____________________ is ______________.

3. I never would have guessed that _________.

4. _________ is an unpopular opinion that I have.

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

1. My list of things to do in November includes planting tulips, raking all the leaves and getting my new compost bin up and running. 

2. A good tip I learned from my favourite Aunt eons ago is cleaning windows with vinegar in water and then using scrunched-up newspaper to polish them works epically well.

3. I never would have guessed that lilac shrubs, bushes or trees can only be pruned right after they've flowered, in the early summer. I only know this because I was just about to prune the lilac tree in the garden and I noticed it was covered in buds. So I checked in one of Amber's gardening books in the library and apparently, you need to prune them after they've flowered otherwise you end up with very few flowers next year if you were to prune them now. It looks like the lilac is not getting pruned until early next summer.

4. There are some people who should never be allowed to have pets is an unpopular opinion that I have.

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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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The Legend of Tabby Hollow

Whales and Tails Mystery Book 5


Kathi Daley

       Here's a little snippet of the book blurb:      

When a body is found in the Hollow, Cait and Cody join forces to track down a killer only to; find that the body in the hollow is only the first of many victims.

A Whales and Tails cozy mystery series is set on Madrona Island, a fictional island within the San Juan Islands off the coast of Washington State. As a fourth generation islander Caitlin Hart is struggling to make her way as the economy and culture of the island evolves toward a tourism based industry. Cait lives in a cabin on her aunt's oceanfront estate where she helps her aunt run Harthaven Cat Sanctuary.

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This was my second choice for this year's Halloween read; see my first choice here.

This is also my first Whales and Tales mystery book, and I've been eyeing this purrticular novel for the last couple of years as my Halloween review, and although it is actually book five in the series, I didn't feel that I'd missed out on anything in the previous novels. My point being that it works as a stand-alone read, although mew know that I will go back and start at the beginning and work my way through the entire series! MOL 

I've just checked how many books are in the Whales and Tails series and as of Wednesday teatime there are twenty-one in total; it's an epic saga of a series for sure.

So what did I think about this one? it's full of great characters and a well-plotted story. The setting is an island community and I think it works really well and sets it apart from other cozy's in the genre.

My only gripe and it's a tiny one; is that sometimes the characters waffled on a bit too much rather than getting to the point, hence the 4 star rating but that aside this is a really good book. 

This is another fun cozy mystery for a rainy Sunday afternoon in front of the fire.

This novel was read via my Kindle Unlimited subscription.

Paperback: 201 pages

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My Ratings Scale

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Ratings of:

The Legend of Tabby Hollow

Overall Enjoyment

pink 4 paw rating

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Other Fun Blog Hops to Join in Today

          Brian's Home   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 for me to say BFN or bye-fur-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. There are most definitely folks who should never have pets; I agree.

  2. Love your fill-ins and didn't know about pruning violet shrubs when they flower.

    Thank you for joining the Feline Friday Blog Hop.

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

  3. Congrats to Never Too Late Pets! Amber that sounds like another good book and good series! I really love the title as Tabby Hollow is a place name I wish I'd thought of!

  4. Those were all good answers and a good book review too sweet Amber. Y'all have a fabulous weekend and thanks for joining our Thankful Thursday Blog Hop.

  5. Congrats to the lucky winner! Great review Amber, that looks like a fun series. Thank you to the PA for participating in the fill-ins, great answers. My hubby just planted tulips. I did not know about pruning lilacs. I don't think my hubby ever prunes ours. XO

  6. Amber, we totally want to read the Legend of Taby Hollow, based on your excellent review. And we agree ... some people should just not be allowed to have pets.

    Congrats to Never Too Late Pets!

  7. Congrats to your winner! I agree that some people should never have pets.


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