Yappy Hour by Diana Orgain

Happy Hour

Reviewed by Caryn St. Clair

Maggie recently left New York and moved West to be near her uncle who is recovering from a heart attack and her sister Rachel who runs a local bar. Rachel texts her sister saying she is leaving town for a few days and asks Maggie to take care of her bar while she is gone. That would be fine except that each Friday evening the Roundup Crew, a group of dog owners who meet each week to walk the beach then head over to the Wine and Bark Bar for Yappy Hour. And today is Friday. While Rachel loves dogs and was happy to be have the group, Maggie is not a dog fan. However, to help her sister, Maggie is prepared to do her best. Heading over to the bar to open up for the evening, Maggie is shocked to walk in on a woman standing over a very dead man. The woman turns out to be Yolanda, the sort of head of the Roundup Crew and the dead man is Dan, the co-owner of the restaurant which shares a patio with the bar.

Things move quickly in this book with several plot threads being introduced early on. Maggie finds a piece of evidence that might connect her sister to the death of Dan and then she hears some gossip that makes her question where her sister really is and whether she is safe. Maggie is fairly new to Pacific Cove and doesn’t know most of the people she’s meeting who all seem to know a great deal about her sister. Who can she trust?

The Roundup Crew is an interesting mix of characters for readers to sort out. Some we get to know pretty well in Yappy Hour, some not so well. Yolanda who plays a major role is a person that sort of grew on me as the book progressed. She is more of an acquired taste. In addition to the Crew and Maggie’s uncle, there are two potential love interests for Maggie to round out the major players.

Besides the characters, the thing that I liked about this book that will keep me coming back for more of this series is the well plotted story. The writing was excellent with a fairly complicated plot with twists that kept me guessing. The thing I wish there was less of is the slap-stick sort of humor that pops up. In my opinion, the book is funny enough with the cast of eccentric characters without having poor Maggie bumble her way through life knocking things over and whatnot else.

Yappy Hour is sure to please readers who enjoy humorous mysteries with eccentric characters, food and dogs-especially the dogs. I look forward to the next installment of the Roundup Crew.

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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