Book Review: ‘Fair Trade’ (Barks and Beans Cafe Cozy Mystery # 3) by Heather Day Gilbert

About The Book

BOOK THREE in the ALL-NEW BARKS & BEANS CAFE cozy mystery series!!

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.

With the one-year anniversary of the now-successful Barks & Beans Cafe approaching, siblings Macy and Bo Hatfield set up an iced coffee booth at the state fair. Taking a break from brewing, Macy bumps into Carolina, a long-lost childhood friend who’s now sitting pretty as a country superstar. Macy tries not to fangirl too hard when her old friend extends an invitation to meet the rest of the Carolina Crush band before their opening show.

But when Carolina falls victim to not one, but two near-death experiences, Macy takes it upon herself to find out who has it in for her old friend. Fortified with plenty of roasted corn, cinnamon rolls, and her brother’s signature iced maple latte, Macy takes to the Ferris wheel to get the lay of the land from the air. She discovers too late that this year’s fair isn’t all fun and games…but she’s already locked in for the ride.

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
Book 3: Fair Trade

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. Publisher’s Weekly gave Heather’s Viking historical Forest Child a starred review, saying it is “an engaging story depicting timeless human struggles with faith, love, loyalty, and leadership.”

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My Rating: 4 Stars!

Heather Day Gilbert certainly knows her way around a cozy mystery. I’ve been all in with this series, loving Bo and Macy Hatfield and their cafe with a dog area. I want to visit! I’d just stay all day with the dogs. And Coal! That dog is so precious and such a wonderful character. I find myself wanting to snuggle up to him on the sofa where he takes up all the room nearly. And they mysteries are good, too. I never guess the culprit, though. I am such a poor detective. I am looking forward to the next one. And more of the amazing Titan McCoy. Please? Recommended.

*My thanks to the author and publisher for a copy of this book. The opinion here is my own.

Publisher: Woodhaven Press
Publication Date: October 27, 2020
Genre: Clean Cozy Mystery