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Life is good for Samantha Armstrong. She left her cheating boyfriend, settled into her cozy cottage on her Aunt Mary’s Palm Beach estate and is finally opening Canine Confections, her dream dog bakery on the ritzy Worth Avenue.
But Samantha’s happy new life goes doggone crazy when Palm Beach resident and pastry shop owner Whitney Goodwin is found dead on Canine Confections’ floor, whisking Samantha into the middle of a murder investigation. The only bright spot is that she finds herself adopting Whitney’s loveable dog Sweet Pea.
As the killer strikes again, it’s obvious that the shopkeepers on Worth Avenue are the target. Samantha’s impatience won’t let sleeping dogs lie. She takes it upon herself to move things along by padding around town with Sweet Pea and sniffing out clues to clear her name and Canine Confections’ reputation—before it is too late …
Includes a recipe from Chef Sarah Deters at the test kitchen of Three Dog Bakery, the original bakery for dogs!
Meet Samantha Armstrong
Hey, everyone. I’m Samantha Armstrong visiting you from Palm Beach. My author Amy Hueston told me you wanted to hear from me instead of her. Sounds good to me. Now you can get information straight from the horse’s mouth. (I’m the horse.)
There’s been a lot of talk that I’m not cut out to own a dog bakery on Worth Avenue. I’m not from Palm Beach. I’m from a town a couple of hours away. This in itself is reason that I shouldn’t be trying to horn my way into the Palm Beach community. And then when a dead body shows up right next to the Peanut Butter Delights in the display case, I almost bought into the whole, “I don’t belong here” thing, and was close to having a heart attack. Or at least a panic attack. But the owner’s dog was right there and I couldn’t go and freak out when I had a furry, precious creature to comfort, could I? Her name is Sweet Pea and to make a long story short, I got to adopt her. I’m more than a little excited about that. I know, I know, why didn’t I get a dog before now…the answer involved a previous boyfriend. Read: Jerky bad guy.
Another thing I’m excited about is that I live in a cottage steps away from my Aunt Mary’s mansion. Since my mother and father are too far to stop by and visit, it’s comforting to have family around. She gets on my nerves sometimes with her worrying ways but she says the same about me. Her mansion has an elevator and her yard has a tennis court. So, yeah. I’m pretty psyched.
There are a few people in Palm Beach that are giving me an especially difficult time getting myself situated. You’ll learn more about them in “Paws for Concern,” but suffice it to say, all is not sunshine and roses in the state known for it’s sunshine and roses.
I’ve been asked my romantic life and if Rick and I are going to get together. All I can tell you is, you’ll have to wait and read for yourself. He puts the sexy in my nickname for him, Sexy Stubble, and that reason alone is enough to make me want to run off with him. But, as you read above, I’ve known my share of bad guys and I’m not looking to get myself mixed up with another bad seed, no matter how good he looks in his Palm Beach linen.
There are a few women on our little strip of Worth Avenue. Bethany owns the art gallery next door and is really good at making me and everyone around me feel like two cents sometimes with her snippy comments. I don’t let her get away with it but my poor assistant Tracy withers like a flower. I’m trying to get Tracy to speak up for herself. We’ll see how that goes. They’re both from Palm Beach so actually, I’m the one who is the odd one out. Matter of fact, Bethany, Tracy and Rick all went to school together. Now you see why I’m having such a hard time adjusting.
The other new person in town is Martha. She owns Patisserie of Palm Beach and, since I like a chocolate croissant with my morning crossword puzzle and mug of coffee, Martha and Patisserie is a place I love to frequent.
What about you? Do you like a pastry with your morning cup of coffee? I’d love to hear about it. And thanks for having me drop by. It’s a blast to be off the confines of Amy’s pages.
About the Author
Link to Amy’s CD: https://amzn.to/2ICCadL