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Paws for Concern (A Canine Confections Mystery)
by Amy Hueston
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Paws for Concern (A Canine Confections Mystery)
1st in Series
Publisher: Donelson Press (August 22, 2020)
Paperback: 264 pages
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 lovable 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!
Hi, Samantha, thanks for talking to us today! First, I’d love to hear a bit about your background. Where are you from? Do you have family aside from Aunt Mary?
Hi, Christy! Thanks so much for having me. I’m beyond excited to be here! I’m from a town called Sun Haven. It’s several hours Southwest of Palm Beach. My parents still live there and so does everyone else I know. So moving to Palm Beach was a big leap for me. But my Aunt Mary needed me to help her recover from knee surgery and now she’s given me money to open my dream of a dog bakery. Between you and me, I’m scared I won’t be able to live up to her belief in me and as someone who always thought of herself as confident, this is saying something. I guess it’s because I got my heart broken recently by my ex and my best friend. I’m feeling especially tender.
It sounds as if Aunt Mary must be loaded if she’s got an estate in Palm Beach! What can you tell us about her?
She met her husband, my Uncle Joseph, when she was young, like 20 or something. He was a good husband but, as my aunt admits, he was one of those old-fashioned guys who makes the money and then leaves his wife in the dark about it. She feels stupid for going along with it but she says in her day this is how it was done and if she had to do it again, she would march up to the plate and take financial responsibility for herself.
Anyway, Uncle Joseph died a few years ago and Aunt Mary still has their estate but I think she’s lonely. That’s really why she called on me. She knew I was just at a dead-end job in Sun Haven working for a bakery and when my boyfriend and best friend betrayed me, Aunt Mary thought it was a perfect confluence of events. That’s her phrase … I just would have said it was perfect timing.
Have you always loved baking, and what made you decide that you wanted to specialize in baking for dogs?
Yes, I have always loved baking, ever since I was a little girl back in Sun Haven. There’s something so cozy and relaxing about it. Plus, you get to share it with other people and that adds another element of fun. And I’ve always loved dogs. Like, really love. I remember making a birthday cake for my dog when I was about seven. There’s a picture of me in one of those old-fashioned photo albums my parents keep, and my poor German Shepherd is salivating at the cake as I’m kneeling in front of her with it. Anyway, putting my two loves together is a match made in sweet heaven, far as I’m concerned.
Tell us a little bit about your typical day. Hopefully they don’t all include murder!
Hah! No. Usually most of my days don’t include murder. A typical day now that I live in Palm Beach is I get up before dawn ever since the murder happened and I’m trying to get my business of the ground. It’s nerve-racking. I drink strong coffee from my favorite chunky mug in the cottage my aunt lets me live on next to her mansion. She gave me the option to live in the mansion, and goodness knows there are enough extra rooms, but I like the idea of having my very own space. So while I drink my coffee, I usually work a crossword puzzle. It sets my mind at ease and my baked goods for the day are already planned so I don’t need to worry about that.
After awhile, Sweet Pea tells me she’s ready for her morning walk, so we walk around the block and I try to peek in at the other mansion estates. Unless they’re getting deliveries, I can’t see inside past the gates and hedges. Except the other day, I was able to see in to my neighbor’s estate and the married couple who always seem so uptight and conservative were playing tennis in their underwear! I guess it gets hot in Florida, but it wasn’t that humid at seven in the morning. Oh well, to each his own and they were on their own property, after all.
Sweet Pea and I make our way to Canine Confections on Worth Avenue after our breakfast and I shower. I’m hoping things settle down soon so I can have a steady stream of customers. Right now, I’m struggling to get people more interested in my dog pastry than interested in where exactly the dead body was lying. (Right next to the display case, in case you want to know.)
After work, I take a swim in the Atlantic Ocean and visit with Aunt Mary in her mansion. Afterward, I return to the cottage with Sweet Pea and plan the following day’s baked goods while Sweet Pea snoozes. I wind down by watching the old, cozy TV shows and the Travel Channel.
How did you come to adopt Sweet Pea? Was she at your shop when Whitney was found dead at Canine Confections?
Yeah, the poor furry little girl saw the whole thing. When I asked the police officer who showed what was going to happen to Sweet Pea, he said they had more important things to worry about. So I took her in and then went over to Whitney’s parents to see if it was okay if I could keep her. They have a chihuahua that wasn’t fond of sharing their attention, so they were all for it. Thank goodness! I still can’t believe I let my ex get in the way of my adopting a dog just because he didn’t like them. I should have known then that he was a guy I could never be with.
Is there anything else you’d like to share with us that I haven’t asked?
Thanks for asking. I hate to tell you this, but there’s more bad news coming in “Paws for Alarm,” Book 2 of the Canine Confections series. I can’t tell you much right now but suffice it to say, I cannot believe what happened next on our little strip of Worth Avenue.
Thanks again for taking the time to chat with us! I’m sure you’ve got lots of baking to do!
Thank you, too. And yes, I do! I’m trying out yet another new recipe involving peanut butter and Sweet Pea loves peanut butter. You’d think that wouldn’t be a problem, except she loves everything I bake so she’s not much of a tester as she is simply an eater. Now that we have a cat who you’ll meet in “Paws for Alarm,” maybe I could try out the recipes on him … oh, geez, Sweet Pea just heard me mention the C word … I have to run …
About Amy Hueston
Author Amy Hueston writes mini-mysteries for Woman’s World when she isn’t writing mysteries and suspense books. Paws for Concern is the first book in A Canine Confections Mystery series.
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