Release Day Review: Pit Perfect (Barkside of the Moon) by Renee George

December 15, 2016 Review 0

Release Day Review:  Pit Perfect (Barkside of the Moon) by Renee GeorgePit Perfect by Renee George
Series: Barkside of the Moon, #1
Published by Book Boutiques on December 15, 2016
Genres: Cozy, Mystery & Detective
Pages: 175 pages
Source: NetGalley
Sexual Content: kissing
Reviewed by: Kristina
4 Stars

Pit Perfect, Book 1 of the Barkside of the Moon Mysteries from USA Today bestselling paranormal cozy mystery author Renee George, is an exciting 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.

PIT PERFECT is a delightfully cozy supernatural mystery story. I enjoyed the different turns the story took in making you question everyone's motives at some point (except Smooshie, Lily's adorable dog). I kept thinking "Oh no it can't be him/her...but it would make so much sense and be kind of awesome..." and the conclusion of who the murderer was was pretty understandable in the end. The story as a whole has a cast of quirky characters and is a pretty light, fun read.

Lily has had a difficult past, with her family being killed and deciding to leave everything she knows behind to start anew in a different town. For all of that she is pretty practical and level headed. I really enjoyed the growing attraction between Lily and Parker. They seemed to connect right away on their first meeting and I am kind of rooting for these two to get together.

While I enjoyed the mystery and the world building, I felt like I was missing out on parts of Lily's past that were explained in previous books which was made more confusing since this was the first in a series. Further research concluded that she was a character in one of Renee George's other series HAZED & CONFUSED MYSTERIES and some of what Lily talks about might have happened in that series. The confusion wasn't too bad and didn't effect my overall enjoyment of the story. I look forward to reading more about Lily and I hope Smooshie gets more involved because I have a soft spot for characters with sidekick animals.

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