Pit Perfect is a tale of mystery and suspense that will have you on the edge of your seat. Fall in love with Lily Mason, the shifter who only wants to live as a human, and her pit bull Smooshie, a rescue dog who in the end may be the one doing the rescuing!
When cougar-shifter Lily Mason moves to Moonrise, Missouri, she wishes for only three things from the town and its human population: 1) to find a job, 2) to find a place to live, and 3) to live as a human, not a therianthrope. Lily gets more than she bargains for when a rescue pit bull named Smooshie rescues her from an oncoming car, and it’s love at first sight. Thanks to Smooshie, Lily’s first two wishes are granted by Parker Knowles, the owner of the Pit Bull Rescue center, who offers her a job at the shelter and the room over his garage for rent.
Lily’s new life as an integrator is threatened when Smooshie finds Katherine Kapersky, the local church choir leader and head of the town council, dead in the field behind the rescue center. Unfortunately, there are more suspects than mourners for the elderly town leader. Can Lily keep her less-than-human status under wraps? Or will the killer, who has pulled off a nearly Pit Perfect murder, expose her to keep Lily and her dog from digging up the truth?
This paranormal cozy mystery contains cougar-shifters, shifters, lovable pit bulls, and supernatural beings.
Lily is a werecougar and a witch and takes a road trip to track down her uncle Buzz, who is living quietly in a small town and running a diner. She is given a place to stay by Parker, who runs the local dog shelter and is swept off her feet, literally by a pit bull named Smooshie. Things take a bad turn when the local bitch is found dead behind Parker's house, and he is arrested as prime suspect because the dead woman was trying to close his dog shelter. Lily is determined to discover the truth.
I don't read cozy mysteries at all, as they tend to be slower than my usual reads and usually have a large romance element. The reasons I decided to read the book was because of the cover and the way that fellow blogger Barb raved about it! Who can resist a dog called Smooshie! I was actually surprised to enjoy it! The main reasons that I liked it were the great mix of small town characters, a touch of humour, no excessive descriptions and a slow burner potential romance. If there is going to be romance in a book then I prefer it to be a gradual thing maybe over a few books and that could be what we get in this series.
I really liked Lily as an MC. I liked that she was learning how to use her witch powers and trying to cover up her supernatural side. She is a little clumsy, but a nice person and she would fit well into this community. I also loved her relationships with Smooshie and Buzz. Buzz is a good character too and I liked his cop girlfriend Nadine. This is a town full of people being blackmailed by the dead woman and Lily soon starts to uncover those secrets as she investigates.
So who killed Katherine? Was it her grieving husband? Was it the single mother with the baby secret or her protective mother? Parker's first love or her coroner husband? Katherine's brother? Theresa#s violent husband> Smooth bachelor Ryan? There are plenty of suspects and I did guess who was involved in the murder but didn't immediatly guess why. It kept you thinking and interested as the book went along.
I liked this enough to read on with the series.
Read July 2017.