Cougar-shifter Lily Mason is trying hard to live as a human in Moonrise, Missouri. But renting a garage apartment from Parker Knowles, her boss at the Pit Bull Rescue Shelter, is making it difficult to keep her secret, especially with the upcoming full moon just weeks away. Desperate to get into her own place, Lily immediately makes an offer on a “fixer-upper” with a checkered past and begins work on getting the place ready for her and her dog Smooshie.
Smooshie proves primed for demolition when she scratches a hole in a wall and yanks out a human bone. The investigation brings Lily unwanted attention from the local police chief who has an ax to grind and a murderer desperate to keep the past in the past.
With the full moon just around the corner, the police breathing down her neck, and a murderer on her heels, Lily needs Smooshie and Parker more than ever if she wants to keep her secret and prevent another killing!
Titles in the Barkside of the Moon Mysteries series include: Pit Perfect – The Money Pit –
Title: The Money Pit
Series: Barkside of the Moon Mysteries #2
Author: Renee George
Genre: Cozy Mystery, Paranormal Shifter
Published: March 16, 2017
Publisher: Book Boutiques
My Rating: 4.5 stars
Welcome, once again, to an adventure with Lilly a cougar shifter and her faithful pup, Smooshie, a pit bull little lady with a heart of gold and a nose for mysteries. After their last murder investigation you’d think that life would cut them a bit of a break – but, no. Who would have thought that moving into a new home would cause such a ruckus?
Lilly has decided to make her home in Moonrise more official by buying a house with lots of space for her cougar to get out and run when she needs to. Unfortunately, Smooshie has once again used her nose to sniff out something quite unusual in the wall of their new home. A human foot bone, as well as the rest of the preserved corpse. Yeah, it was murder and the absolute last thing Lilly needed to be dealing with this close to the full moon. It soon becomes obvious that the murderer is a local and has Lilly dead in their sights. It’s going to take some help from Parker and Smooshie to keep Lilly safe and solve this one that hits very close to home.
I enjoyed The Money Pit so much and since I’m addicted to Shifter romances as well, this Cozy Mystery was a perfect fit for me. I’m already looking forward to the next story in this series – and it hasn’t even been announced yet!
In this world humans and shifters do not mate and fall in love forever after – which is a shame because Lilly and Parker make such a fun, interesting couple… but who knows what the future might bring. With the discovery of the murder victim comes more attention than Lilly is really comfortable with, not to mention that she and the sheriff don’t exactly see eye to eye. But the murderer is close and doesn’t intend to be caught. Making Lilly a target was just another mistake on their part for she and Smooshie will track them down – eventually. But getting to that point is an enjoyable story of clues in the past and the present, new characters to wonder about and a deepening of the forbidden relationship between Lilly and Parker.
If you enjoy Cozy Mysteries then The Money Pit is a story that you’ll want to discover for your reading enjoyment. As in all series, I personally feel that it’s best to start from the first book. However, whenever necessary in The Money Pit things mentioned from the first story are explained – but you won’t get all the nuances of that particular adventure if you don’t read it too. In my opinion, as always.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*
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