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Someone’s been barking up the wrong barstool in this uncannily enjoyable new canine mystery series from USA Today Bestselling author Diana Orgain! Every Friday night in the idyllic seaside town of Pacific Cove, California, the Roundup Crew, a group of dog-friendly folks, have a spirited meet-up at their local wine bar. But when the owner, Rachel, leaves town on myster Someone’s been barking up the wrong barstool in this uncannily enjoyable new canine mystery series from USA Today Bestselling author Diana Orgain! Every Friday night in the idyllic seaside town of Pacific Cove, California, the Roundup Crew, a group of dog-friendly folks, have a spirited meet-up at their local wine bar. But when the owner, Rachel, leaves town on mysterious business―and her pet-unfriendly sister, Maggie, takes charge of the bar―things take a ruff turn. Not only does Maggie find a body sprawled on the floor, it’s accompanied by an incriminating letter with Rachel’s name on it. On impulse, she hides the letter from hunky detective, Officer Brad Brooks. “Pull up a chair, put your barking dogs on ice and enjoy the first in a hilarious new series.” Kate Carlisle, New York Times bestselling author, on Yappy Hour. With Rachel as the prime suspect, Maggie sniffs out the scene on her own while getting to know the Roundup Crew and their four-legged besties. The Doggie Daiquiris and Muttgaritas are flowing, but it’s not long before another body turns up. Thanks to the Roundup Crew, Maggie’s new litter of friends will do anything to save the bar and solve the mystery. . .and maybe find a bit of puppy love in the process. “[A] true winner.” Kirkus Reviews


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Someone’s been barking up the wrong barstool in this uncannily enjoyable new canine mystery series from USA Today Bestselling author Diana Orgain! Every Friday night in the idyllic seaside town of Pacific Cove, California, the Roundup Crew, a group of dog-friendly folks, have a spirited meet-up at their local wine bar. But when the owner, Rachel, leaves town on myster Someone’s been barking up the wrong barstool in this uncannily enjoyable new canine mystery series from USA Today Bestselling author Diana Orgain! Every Friday night in the idyllic seaside town of Pacific Cove, California, the Roundup Crew, a group of dog-friendly folks, have a spirited meet-up at their local wine bar. But when the owner, Rachel, leaves town on mysterious business―and her pet-unfriendly sister, Maggie, takes charge of the bar―things take a ruff turn. Not only does Maggie find a body sprawled on the floor, it’s accompanied by an incriminating letter with Rachel’s name on it. On impulse, she hides the letter from hunky detective, Officer Brad Brooks. “Pull up a chair, put your barking dogs on ice and enjoy the first in a hilarious new series.” Kate Carlisle, New York Times bestselling author, on Yappy Hour. With Rachel as the prime suspect, Maggie sniffs out the scene on her own while getting to know the Roundup Crew and their four-legged besties. The Doggie Daiquiris and Muttgaritas are flowing, but it’s not long before another body turns up. Thanks to the Roundup Crew, Maggie’s new litter of friends will do anything to save the bar and solve the mystery. . .and maybe find a bit of puppy love in the process. “[A] true winner.” Kirkus Reviews

30 review for Yappy Hour

  1. 5 out of 5

    Cozy Reads

    Great start to a series. I really love Diana Orgain as an author. This book is about Maggie, she’s asked to run her sisters Wine Bar for a few days after a mysterious call from her sister. Maggie goes to help and finds not only has her sister Rachel disappeared but there is a dead body in Rachel’s wine bar and her sister is a suspect. Maggie has to look for her sister, try to solve the murder and take care of the business. The wine bar does Yappy Hour, a group of dog lovers come to enjoy wine an Great start to a series. I really love Diana Orgain as an author. This book is about Maggie, she’s asked to run her sisters Wine Bar for a few days after a mysterious call from her sister. Maggie goes to help and finds not only has her sister Rachel disappeared but there is a dead body in Rachel’s wine bar and her sister is a suspect. Maggie has to look for her sister, try to solve the murder and take care of the business. The wine bar does Yappy Hour, a group of dog lovers come to enjoy wine and treats with there dogs. Maggie isn’t much of an animal lover herself and now she’s thrown into the mix. Great writing, characters and mystery.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jeanie

    Diana Orgain has done it again – a rollickingly merry new cozy mystery with feisty protagonists, happy yappy pups, and a mystery that seems unsolvable. Suffice it to say, ‘Yappy Hour’ is just plain, LOL fun with a cast of characters and pups who will change happy hours forever! Come to the small west-coast town of Pacific Cove, where the economy has been hit hard enough that many of the businesses are dual-purpose. Maggie’s sister, Rachel, owns the Wine and Bark, a bar that caters to dog owners t Diana Orgain has done it again – a rollickingly merry new cozy mystery with feisty protagonists, happy yappy pups, and a mystery that seems unsolvable. Suffice it to say, ‘Yappy Hour’ is just plain, LOL fun with a cast of characters and pups who will change happy hours forever! Come to the small west-coast town of Pacific Cove, where the economy has been hit hard enough that many of the businesses are dual-purpose. Maggie’s sister, Rachel, owns the Wine and Bark, a bar that caters to dog owners through a variety of events, including Yappy Hour, for the dog lover who needs to socialize with two-footed critters. Unfortunately, not long after Maggie arrived in Pacific Cove, Rachel disappears, leaving only a brief message for Maggie to take care of the Wine and Bark in her absence. Oh, please – deal with *gasp* customers AND dogs? When she went to the Wine and Bark, the door was unlocked, and a woman was standing over the dead body of Dan, co-owner of DelVecchio’s, the upscale Italian restaurant next door. There was a letter from Dan to Rachel, threatening to shut down the Wine and Bark for various “charges”. Was the woman standing over his body the killer, or was there another reason that Rachel left town so quickly? And what to do with the yappy pups? Most characters are endearing, in spite of their eccentricities. Even those who “might be” the bad guy/ gal have positive traits. When one’s view is either black or white with very little grey scale, it is hard to really select the right antagonist, yet Maggie proves to be tenacious, sifting through clue after clue and suspecting almost everybody before the final showdown. Her great-uncle Ernst “Grunkly” is a charming, settled-in-his-lifestyle bachelor who has his own interesting habits. Her two potential boyfriends couldn’t be more different, but their bottom line is making sure that Maggie is safe. Maggie changes suspects and opinions of these two guys frequently. You will not see a more devoted sister, however, going to any length to clear Rachel’s name. I really like Maggie and, darn it, both of her hopeful suitors. Another favorite of mine was the budding little artist, Coral. Yolanda kind of grows on one…after a while. She and her yappy pup, Beepo, have their own unique value once you look past each one’s…little habits. The plot was well-organized and finely executed; it was an overall fun and fascinating experience. The plot twists provided clues, then disproved suspects, until Pacific Cove was running out of folks! And pups! Sleuthing in a place where one doesn’t know anyone (other than Grunkly) is a daunting task, but Maggie is a real trooper. One of the really fun things I found in the story was just how creative the author is – not only in writing such an interesting new cozy around a dog-lover’s bar, but the witty names of cocktails and foods. Nope, I’m not giving even one of those away! I will, however, highly recommend this uproarious, innovative yet sweetly engaging new cozy to adults of all ages who enjoy well-written novels with west-coast settings, night clubs, and dogs, with a bit of romance and love to sweeten the tale. With a grateful heart, I received a copy of this book from the author and am providing an honest review. All opinions are my own, and no monetary compensation has been received for this review. o

  3. 4 out of 5

    QNPoohBear

    Maggie has moved to the idyllic seaside town of Pacific Cove, California to be with her only remaining family, a great uncle affectionately known as Grunkly and her sister Rachel. The town may be paradise but since the recession has struggled. All the businesses in town are doubled up. Rachel runs "Yappy Hour" at the local bar where every Friday night a crew of dog lovers comes for muttinis, muttgaritas, other barktails and arf d'oeuvres. When Maggie gets a text that Rachel is going out of town Maggie has moved to the idyllic seaside town of Pacific Cove, California to be with her only remaining family, a great uncle affectionately known as Grunkly and her sister Rachel. The town may be paradise but since the recession has struggled. All the businesses in town are doubled up. Rachel runs "Yappy Hour" at the local bar where every Friday night a crew of dog lovers comes for muttinis, muttgaritas, other barktails and arf d'oeuvres. When Maggie gets a text that Rachel is going out of town unexpectedly leaving Maggie in charge of Yappy Hour, she isn't too happy. Maggie is not really a doggie person. When she arrives at the bar, the front door is unlocked a woman is standing over a dead body, small dog in town. The woman, Yolanda, and her dog Beepo, are part of the Round Up Crew who walk their small dogs on the beach. She identifies the body as Dan, co-owner of DelVecchio's restaurant next door to the bar. When the police arrive they grill Maggie about her own movements as well as Rachel's. While Maggie doesn't seem to be a suspect, Rachel is! Rachel's disappearing act makes the police super suspicious but Maggie knows as flaky as Rachel is, she'd never actually kill anyone. Would she? Maggie sets out to clear her sister's name and save her uncle's property. I wasn't sure I wanted to read this book based on the reviews, but the local library owns it so I thought I'd check it out and read it. I am so glad I did! I really enjoyed this mystery. The mystery itself is tight. There are any number of suspects and two dead bodies. I had an idea of who I thought could have done it and the killer was on my list but I never really figured out why until the final clues were dropped. There are so many red herrings that make this mystery good. What also makes this a great cozy mystery are the quirky characters. Maggie is the most straight-laced of them all. She describes herself as "Type A" and worked as a financial advisor in New York before the crash. I will forgive her for not really being a doggie person - YET- but she had better soon become one! Maggie cares deeply for her family and will do anything to protect her sister. Uncle Grunkly is a darling old man. He's crotchety and dislikes anyone telling him to change his bad habits and routine. He smokes, eats red meat, never throws anything out, can't see well enough to pay the bills and loves to bet on horse races. All that and he's still endearing because he loves his nieces very much and wants them to be happy and successful. Rachel is a bit of a mystery. She seems rather selfish and less mature than her older sister. Still, I didn't want her to be a murderer because obviously, she's Maggie's sister. There are a lot of secondary characters both human and canine to keep track of. Yolanda is the eccentric, passionate, animal rescue woman who is organizing a charity fundraiser at the bar in one week and fully expects the rest of the town to fall in line with her demands. She also makes and sells hideous animal purses that not even her beloved Yorkie baby Beepo can stand. Beepo can't really stand anyone except Yolanda. He marks everything and everyone. Dogs don't indiscriminately mark people. When he pees on Maggie's leg it means he's claiming her as his own. He's staking his territory. His marking tendencies are supposed to be funny but I think the author misses her mark in terms of realism. I don't care for Yolanda or Beepo. She's pushy. She won't take no for an answer and she can't accept a viewpoint different from her own. She's quick to make judgements and hold grudges, sometimes for no good reason. She gets mad when Maggie doesn't agree with her. She spoils Beepo and makes him somewhat nasty. Yolanda is also the biggest gossip in town. I do appreciate how passionate she is about rescue. Other members of the Round Up Crew include Brenda and her Chihuahua Pee Wee. Brenda sells designer shoes AND practices law- in the same place. She seems nice enough and I trust her. I don't know much about Pee Wee unfortunately. Abigail and her white Shih Tzu, Missy, are also part of the Crew. Abigail seems to be Yolanda light in terms of gossip. I don't trust her because of that. The gossip vine stories don't all match up so who is telling the truth? Max and Beagle pal Bowser are another well-developed pair. Max helps behind the bar but there's something about him I don't trust. Bowser is the best of the canine crew. He is utterly adorable with his constant companion, a pink bunny. I think Bowser even manages to charm Maggie. He's relaxed and very sweet, more like a Basset Hound. Max co-owns a startup with Rachel's ... husband? fiance? boyfriend? Chuck whom Maggie has never met. Rachel's friends don't approve of Chuck and therefore I don't trust Max. He seems to be hiding something. Maggie has a romantic triangle subplot that is not my favorite part of the novel. She's attracted to Officer Brooks, who seems like a nice guy. He's an average, all-American nice guy who loves burgers and beer. Unfortunately Maggie can't stay out of his investigation so this does not bode well for their budding relationship. I think he will make someone a wonderful husband and father. He seems to have loved his mother very very much. I gather she has passed away and he misses her a lot. Gus DelVecchio is a Latin Lover stereotype. He's gorgeous and the most incredible chef in town. He makes Maggie's insides melt. Gus is also a murder suspect. While he seems charming and kind, I'm not sure I believe he's sincere in his attentions to Maggie. Elsewhere in town and at the Wine and Bark, there's Sergeant Gottlieb, a no-nonsense detective in charge of the investigation. He would like nothing better than to pin the murder on Rachel. I don't think he trusts Maggie either. Obviously the reader will not like this character but he's only barely in the story. There's also Evie, a frustrated musician who has trouble getting her band to focus long enough to play a set. Her band members are losers who like to get drunk and high. Evie seems very uptight and brooding. I don't like her much but I guess I can empathize with her problems. Dan, the murder victim, was co-owner of an Italian restaurant next to the Wine and Bark. He was the financial end of the operation and apparently also the more social of the two owners. Dan liked to get around and have a good time. I don't think he was a very good man but not a lot is revealed about him. This is a great mystery for dog and cocktail lovers. There are recipes for the mixed drinks mentioned in the story. I don't drink or I'd be very excited. I stayed up too late reading this. I couldn't put it down. I'd recommend it to cozy mystery lovers and even dog lovers, even though Maggie is not a doggie person.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Leslie

    Lighthearted and fun without being insulting...or at least, that's how I felt for about the first two-thirds of this book. At first I thought it was exactly what I needed after the last two rather dark books that I'd read and, although I had qualms about this book when I first saw it (thinking it seemed too stupid for words), after I read a few pages, I decided that it would be worth my time. The narrator has fled New York for paradise in California and, when we meet Maggie, she is enjoying the b Lighthearted and fun without being insulting...or at least, that's how I felt for about the first two-thirds of this book. At first I thought it was exactly what I needed after the last two rather dark books that I'd read and, although I had qualms about this book when I first saw it (thinking it seemed too stupid for words), after I read a few pages, I decided that it would be worth my time. The narrator has fled New York for paradise in California and, when we meet Maggie, she is enjoying the beach and soon receives a text from her sister who has to go out of town suddenly and needs someone to take care of her bar while she's gone...a bar that hosts Yappy Hour for a group of people who walk the beach with their dogs and then sidle up for muttinis and the like. When she walks into the bar to prepare for opening it, she discovers a dead body and a woman (with her Yorkie; she's one of the dogwalking group) standing over it. Panic ensues and the plot is on. Turns out that Maggie doesn't care for dogs, but she certainly likes the men who enter her life (one's a policeman on the case of the dead man, the other a chef who happens to co-own the restaurant next door to the bar...along with the dead man), and that may be the reason I started to roll my eyes. Although the whole story is slight, it was fun for a while...but then it becomes ridiculous and, by the way, in need of a good editor who could have caught the mortifying grammatical gaffes that perhaps contributed to spoiling this book for me. Of course, everything ends well enough...but I won't be pursuing the series (if it indeed continued) but will instead devote my time to books that won't insult my intelligence with their rom-com vibes ruining what could have been a perfectly fine cozy mystery.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Julia

    Maggie travels cross country to Pacific Cove, CA, in hopes of landing a job with a cruise ship line. Asked to step in at her sister’s bar, The Wine and Bark, Maggie encounters a body the first day she shows up to open shop. And although Maggie admits to not being an animal lover, the Round-up Crew, with their furry little friends, make for some great secondary characters. I liked that they are diverse enough to be quite interesting, but not such a large group that you have trouble remembering wh Maggie travels cross country to Pacific Cove, CA, in hopes of landing a job with a cruise ship line. Asked to step in at her sister’s bar, The Wine and Bark, Maggie encounters a body the first day she shows up to open shop. And although Maggie admits to not being an animal lover, the Round-up Crew, with their furry little friends, make for some great secondary characters. I liked that they are diverse enough to be quite interesting, but not such a large group that you have trouble remembering which dog belongs to which crew member. Sister Rachel’s unexplained disappearance, their uncle’s accident, local businesses in various stages of debt—red herrings abound while Maggie tries to help clear her sister’s name. With a handsome police officer at her beck and call, and an even handsomer chef next door, I will be curious to see if Maggie ever decides to leave Pacific Cove on a cruise at all. I think there will be plenty more story right at home for her and her new friends. Orgain has kicked off another new series with great characters in a fun setting.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Mystereity Reviews

    Ugh. Just ugh. DNF. Hated it right from the opening, but tried to give it a chance. Made it to chapter 3 and it was already so inane that I gave up. What really pushed me over the edge was when the MC fished a paper out of the cop's back pocket because she thought it could be incriminating towards her sister. Who does that? And then, when the MC and the other person who found the victim left the bar to give their statements to a detective, they instead wandered over to a group of people and start Ugh. Just ugh. DNF. Hated it right from the opening, but tried to give it a chance. Made it to chapter 3 and it was already so inane that I gave up. What really pushed me over the edge was when the MC fished a paper out of the cop's back pocket because she thought it could be incriminating towards her sister. Who does that? And then, when the MC and the other person who found the victim left the bar to give their statements to a detective, they instead wandered over to a group of people and started whispering about what they'd found. I couldn't imagine this would get any better so I gave up. 1/2 a star and that's generous. This was a real stinker.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Bryn

    The editing on this book was abysmal; there were missing words, incorrect words, missing punctuation, and repeated words (such as "the the") in every chapter. But worst of all the book jacket lists the victim's name as Bonnie when her name is Fran in the novel. Every time I started to get lost in the book, a poorly edited sentence would pull me back out. The main character is whiny, a horrible friend, and really overreacts to situations. I don't see how the obligatory love triangle contributes to The editing on this book was abysmal; there were missing words, incorrect words, missing punctuation, and repeated words (such as "the the") in every chapter. But worst of all the book jacket lists the victim's name as Bonnie when her name is Fran in the novel. Every time I started to get lost in the book, a poorly edited sentence would pull me back out. The main character is whiny, a horrible friend, and really overreacts to situations. I don't see how the obligatory love triangle contributes to the plot. But the mystery is interesting enough to keep me reading.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Vickie

    Three and a half stars. Editing errors were distracting.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Tari

    Being a dog lover, I thought the Wine and Bark was a great concept for a bar. I loved how the shops in Pacific Cove seemed to be dual purpose, like a lawyer being a woman who loved designer shoes and sold them to the clients for half off, or the bookstore that had a magician as their cashier. It sounded like a fun little town that I'd like to visit, especially since it was near the ocean. The characters took awhile to grow on me, but I did end up liking Maggie and all the Roundup Crew, especiall Being a dog lover, I thought the Wine and Bark was a great concept for a bar. I loved how the shops in Pacific Cove seemed to be dual purpose, like a lawyer being a woman who loved designer shoes and sold them to the clients for half off, or the bookstore that had a magician as their cashier. It sounded like a fun little town that I'd like to visit, especially since it was near the ocean. The characters took awhile to grow on me, but I did end up liking Maggie and all the Roundup Crew, especially after I found out who all could be trusted. Then I liked them even better. At first, I wasn't thrilled with the fact that Maggie wasn't a dog lover, but somewhere along the line, she did lighten up a little bit. She had two handsome guys wanting to date her by the end of the book, a new exciting job and a sister and uncle she loved very much. I liked how all the dog people were accepting of her even though she wasn't one of them. The showdown was exciting and even the dogs got in on it. Little Beepo the Yorkie had technically saved Maggie from worse damage. I have the next book in the series and don't want to wait too long to read it.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Paula

    Dogs, dogs A fun cozy of murder mystery and dogs @ the bar. Lots of potential suspects, including a sister. Two potential guys.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Melanie

    I read a comment from someone calling this book silly, and thought “it’s a cozy mystery named Yappy Hour, not To Kill a Mockingbird, chill the f out.” That was before I read this book. Yes, there is a romantic triangle and an interesting mystery but the characters act like morons. Let’s start with the main character and the fact that she throws up multiple times and doesn’t brush her teeth, which gross because she thinks of kissing characters after and I actually gagged because of it. At one poi I read a comment from someone calling this book silly, and thought “it’s a cozy mystery named Yappy Hour, not To Kill a Mockingbird, chill the f out.” That was before I read this book. Yes, there is a romantic triangle and an interesting mystery but the characters act like morons. Let’s start with the main character and the fact that she throws up multiple times and doesn’t brush her teeth, which gross because she thinks of kissing characters after and I actually gagged because of it. At one point she splashed water on her face, is a hot mess, and then the night proceeds without any mention of fixing it. The author made a point of saying she had half flat hair, half frizzy, her mascara was running, the lipstick was smeared, she was wet, and had just thrown up. If you are going to paint a picture, then at least say “took a minute to clean up” or something. She also actively obstructs an investigation to “protect her sister” which is something all sleuths do, but they don’t take a paper out of a detective’s pocket so they won’t see it. Next, her sister is a total flake! If my sibling did that, I’d need a little more than crocodile tears to be cool with them abandoning me to fix a big old mess. The uncle is supposed to own all this property yet he has no accountant or business manager? You expect me to believe that a man who cannot find his own mail would have been able to pay his bills when the MC was living in New York? Last, one of the guys in the love triangle is so into her that he refused to call the cop and gets her shot. At no point does he apologize or feel bad about it. I just wanted at least one “my bad” or something, because I legitimately think he is a sociopath. Your masculinity is so fragile that you’d rather a girl you want to date get shot than call the cops? REALLY?! 🤨 I had some issues with the book, but it was the poor resolution of things at the end with the sister, the lawsuit, the uncle, and the sociopath that led me to give such a bad review. I don’t recommend this book. I got it for free at the library but I still think it is a waste of time. I just wish the author would have given some consequences to the characters who act poorly, but no. It was a disappointment because I just wanted to like it so bad.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Crittermom

    Looking to relax for a few hours and laugh your troubles away? Yappy Hour serves up a delicious cocktail filled with all of our favorites - murder, comedy, romance, and dogs. Yappy Hour is not your standard dog lover’s cozy. Maggie, the central character isn’t a dog lover by nature, and has little experience with animal lovers and their beloved (and spoiled) four legged friends. She is thrown in the thick of things when she receives a text from her sister Rachel asking her to take over running h Looking to relax for a few hours and laugh your troubles away? Yappy Hour serves up a delicious cocktail filled with all of our favorites - murder, comedy, romance, and dogs. Yappy Hour is not your standard dog lover’s cozy. Maggie, the central character isn’t a dog lover by nature, and has little experience with animal lovers and their beloved (and spoiled) four legged friends. She is thrown in the thick of things when she receives a text from her sister Rachel asking her to take over running her bar. When she arrives to open, she discovers Yolanda and Beepo (her pup) standing over a dead body. The victim is no other than Dan, Rachel’s ex, and in his hands is a letter that gives Rachel a motive. All of Maggie’s instincts direct her to protect her sister despite the evidence. In the process, she manages to get a date with Officer Brad Brooks, the hunky detective assigned to the case, as well as to catch the eye of Gus, Delvecchio’s chef and Dan’s partner. With Rachel missing and being considered as a suspect, Maggie is eager to find out the truth and clear Rachel’s name. Fortunately she has the help of the members of the Roundup Crew - the dog lovers who frequent Rachel’s bar. Between serving up muttinis and arf d’oeuvres, Maggie looks for clues and asks questions, making unlikely friends in the process. Beepo and Yolanda, the leaders of the Roundup Crew are an amazing pair, full of personality and unique quirks (two words - chicken bag). As to romance, both Brad and Gus are great catches - though I personally have a weakness towards men who cook. Yappy Hour is a delightful light hearted cozy mystery, perfect for dog lovers and non-dog lovers alike. 5/5 I received a copy of Yappy Hour from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. —Crittermom Make your happy hour a Yappy Hour http://muttcafe.com/2015/11/yappy-hour/ 11/3/15

  13. 5 out of 5

    Peggy R

    This is the first in a new cozy mystery series and the first book that I have read by this author. The cover and the title are what first caught my interest so I decided to take a chance. I was not disappointed. Ms. Orgain has crafted a solid first installment with this series that is well written. The book is filled with plenty of wonderful and humorous characters of both the human and canine variety. What I found to be a nice twist on this type of themed cozy is that Maggie, our main character This is the first in a new cozy mystery series and the first book that I have read by this author. The cover and the title are what first caught my interest so I decided to take a chance. I was not disappointed. Ms. Orgain has crafted a solid first installment with this series that is well written. The book is filled with plenty of wonderful and humorous characters of both the human and canine variety. What I found to be a nice twist on this type of themed cozy is that Maggie, our main character, is not really a dog person. The story is well written and has a nice pace, which did not feel rushed. The characters are well developed for a first in a series and there is enough going on in this book to keep the reader engaged. I found this to be an enjoyable story and will be on the lookout for future installments in this series. I received an ARC of this novel from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. The title is set to be released on November 3, 2015.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Bev

    Yappy Hour is about The Wine and Bark bar that is owned by Rachel, who is the sister of Maggie. Maggie just moved back from New York due to "downsizing" at the company she worked at in finances. She has decided to apply for the bookkeeper/purser job with the new cruise boat that is starting up a new port at their small town. She gets a text from Rachel asking her to open the bar for her till she gets back. Maggie knows nothing about tending a bar and is surprised when she goes to open it and fin Yappy Hour is about The Wine and Bark bar that is owned by Rachel, who is the sister of Maggie. Maggie just moved back from New York due to "downsizing" at the company she worked at in finances. She has decided to apply for the bookkeeper/purser job with the new cruise boat that is starting up a new port at their small town. She gets a text from Rachel asking her to open the bar for her till she gets back. Maggie knows nothing about tending a bar and is surprised when she goes to open it and finds a dead body and someone standing over it. This bar is for people and their dogs, which she is not a dog person. She calls the police and meets the handsome detective which she develops feelings for. Then she meets her neighbor across the hall...a chef and owner of the business next to the bar. Things get wild and wacky. This a funny mystery/murder/romance story. It is the first book I have read by this author, but it won't be my last! Great story! Check it out for yourself!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    Great Book! This is a good book by Diana Orgain. This is a great start to a fun new series. Every Friday night a group of dog loving friends meet at a neighborhood wine bar for Yappy Hour. The owner of the bar, Rachel mysteriously leaves town, she asks her sister Maggie to run the bar while she is gone. Maggie arrives at the bar and finds a body on the floor. When she finds out that her sister Rachel is the top suspect she decides to investigate on her own. If you are looking for a fun mystery wi Great Book! This is a good book by Diana Orgain. This is a great start to a fun new series. Every Friday night a group of dog loving friends meet at a neighborhood wine bar for Yappy Hour. The owner of the bar, Rachel mysteriously leaves town, she asks her sister Maggie to run the bar while she is gone. Maggie arrives at the bar and finds a body on the floor. When she finds out that her sister Rachel is the top suspect she decides to investigate on her own. If you are looking for a fun mystery with humor then you need to read this book. I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series. A Review copy was provided to me in exchange for a fair and honest review. The free book held no determination on my personal review.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    Yappy Hour is a humorous cozy mystery set in the small town of Pacific Cove. This story has a group of interesting characters and settings. Maggie the main character receives a strange text from her sister Rachel to look after her bar The Wine and Bark, that has a group meet there with their dogs while she is out of town Unexpectedly. Maggie finds a woman standing over a dead body when she walks in with a note in his hand that makes her sister look like a suspect. Maggie must do what she can to Yappy Hour is a humorous cozy mystery set in the small town of Pacific Cove. This story has a group of interesting characters and settings. Maggie the main character receives a strange text from her sister Rachel to look after her bar The Wine and Bark, that has a group meet there with their dogs while she is out of town Unexpectedly. Maggie finds a woman standing over a dead body when she walks in with a note in his hand that makes her sister look like a suspect. Maggie must do what she can to help solve this mystery and find out what is going on with her sister. I can't wait to read more of Diana Orgain's books. This is a great read! I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    This is a mildly entertaining read. I certainly didn’t find it to be overly funny, but then again humour is so subjective. It is in need of editing as there are more grammatical errors than there should be for a published novel. I assumed that the majority of the characters were relatively young (i.e. under 40) since most of them were single without children, but the dialogue made them seem as if they were all in their mid to late 50’s or older so they were not believable or relatable (seriously This is a mildly entertaining read. I certainly didn’t find it to be overly funny, but then again humour is so subjective. It is in need of editing as there are more grammatical errors than there should be for a published novel. I assumed that the majority of the characters were relatively young (i.e. under 40) since most of them were single without children, but the dialogue made them seem as if they were all in their mid to late 50’s or older so they were not believable or relatable (seriously who under the age of 65 says, “she’s sweet on him” anymore?) It’s a fun story though, and relatively short, if you’re looking for something light and easy to read. 2.5/5

  18. 4 out of 5

    Amy Webster

    One of those stories where if the main character had done anything smart or logical there would be no story at all. And, as a long time advocate for better canine behavior I found most of the dogs and owners in this story could really canine citizen training. No dog that continually "marks" deserves to be allowed indoors until that behavior is extinguished. Even service dogs that mark indoors can be excluded from businesses and should be. There are enough bad dog owners that terrible canine beha One of those stories where if the main character had done anything smart or logical there would be no story at all. And, as a long time advocate for better canine behavior I found most of the dogs and owners in this story could really canine citizen training. No dog that continually "marks" deserves to be allowed indoors until that behavior is extinguished. Even service dogs that mark indoors can be excluded from businesses and should be. There are enough bad dog owners that terrible canine behavior should not be made light of even in a fictional story.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Carey

    This was an excellent book with great characters. This is the second book I have read from Diana Orgain. I liked the mystery along with comedy in a Wine Bar in Pacific Grove, CA. Maggie found a body in her sister's Wine bar. The dogs were a great addition to the mystery. Maggie isn't fond of dogs but learns to like them. I like the way she helps solve the murder along with a police detective Brad Brooks. I would recommend this cozy mystery to everyone. This was an excellent book with great characters. This is the second book I have read from Diana Orgain. I liked the mystery along with comedy in a Wine Bar in Pacific Grove, CA. Maggie found a body in her sister's Wine bar. The dogs were a great addition to the mystery. Maggie isn't fond of dogs but learns to like them. I like the way she helps solve the murder along with a police detective Brad Brooks. I would recommend this cozy mystery to everyone.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Linda Smatzny

    This is the first book in a new series. It was good fun - the characters are characters in their town. The main character is Maggie who is asked by her sister Rachel to take care of the bar she owns Maggie says yes but is not happy. The bar caters to people with dogs who also come to the bar and Maggie isn't overly fond of dogs. There is a murder but the story really seems to be about the people who live in Pacific Cove, CA. The book was a quick easy read. This is the first book in a new series. It was good fun - the characters are characters in their town. The main character is Maggie who is asked by her sister Rachel to take care of the bar she owns Maggie says yes but is not happy. The bar caters to people with dogs who also come to the bar and Maggie isn't overly fond of dogs. There is a murder but the story really seems to be about the people who live in Pacific Cove, CA. The book was a quick easy read.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Deena Mayhew

    What a fun summer read! I have to admit that I was drawn to this book as I LOVE dogs, but I really enjoyed getting to know the book's characters while turning pages to see how the story unfolded. I enjoyed it so much that I'll be on the outlook for future "episodes" from this author! What a fun summer read! I have to admit that I was drawn to this book as I LOVE dogs, but I really enjoyed getting to know the book's characters while turning pages to see how the story unfolded. I enjoyed it so much that I'll be on the outlook for future "episodes" from this author!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Suzy

    Cute start to the series. Nothing to take very seriously, just a fun, light read - especially for dog lovers like myself!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Alexis

    I picked up this book originally because it was a great price ($1!) and because I'm a dog lover. After reading the summary on the back, I decided that I would buy it because I absolutely love to read mystery novels. A mystery story that included and almost centered around dogs is the recipe to the perfect book for me, seriously. Overall, I really enjoyed reading this book. I didn't find myself getting bored during long parts of the book, as I do with some others. There was always something else t I picked up this book originally because it was a great price ($1!) and because I'm a dog lover. After reading the summary on the back, I decided that I would buy it because I absolutely love to read mystery novels. A mystery story that included and almost centered around dogs is the recipe to the perfect book for me, seriously. Overall, I really enjoyed reading this book. I didn't find myself getting bored during long parts of the book, as I do with some others. There was always something else that the main character, Maggie, needed to find out or track down, which kept me interested in the book until the end. Maggie was an okay character. Other characters (Rachel!!! and Yolanda) were much more annoying to me. I would not have finished the book had it been told from those perspectives. She had a great sense of humor, and I liked to read about her thoughts on things. I will be reading the next book in the series, Trigger Yappy, when I can get my hands on a copy AND if there is a different editor for that book. (I haven't looked into it yet.) This book was an easy and fast read, perfect for a day at the beach. I really loved the short chapters because it didn't seem that things were unnecessarily drawn out. The author did a great job of adding in suspenseful events when needed but not adding so much that it seemed dramatic and unrealistic. One issue that I do have with this book is the amount of errors it has. Whoever edited this book should be fired. There were so many glaringly obvious errors, all mainly in the middle of the book. It seemed that the beginning of the book and end of the book were edited fairly well. During the middle, I questioned if the book had even been skimmed. One sentence said "What it is?" instead of "What is it?" There were places were punctuation was wrong. For example, there was a period in the middle of a sentence where a comma should have been. Another time, there was a word missing from the middle of a sentence. This probably isn't a big deal for some people, but I'm someone who always notices, especially in books. It really distracts me from paying attention to the plot. After finding a few mistakes, my brain was just constantly looking for them. It drove me crazy! I really want to give it two stars just for this issue alone. (I took off one star for editing.) *WARNING: SPOILERS BELOW* I found it odd that the murderer ended up being someone who wasn't even considered a suspect until around the last 15 pages. Evie was pretty much a background character and was hardly mentioned the entire time. I disliked this about the book, but at the same time, I like it because it is not typical for a cozy murder mystery. It just seems that there should have been something else pointing to her, even just the tiniest detail, for the reader to think, "Oh, okay!" when he/she found out. I liked the part with Coral too! I wish she was in the book a little more. I don't really know how she would be incorporated, but I just liked her character. I hated Rachel. At the end when she shows back up, I couldn't believe that Maggie let her off the hook so easily. If my sister had done that to me, I would have been furious. Maggie should have locked up the bar and put a "Closed until further notice" sign on the door until Rachel got back. There was really absolutely no reason Rachel gave for not calling Maggie or answering her calls while she was gone to Vegas. This is a big error in the plot for me. So much of the suspicion around both murders would not have existed, at least for Maggie, if Rachel would have just answered Maggie's calls and told her where she was and why. There was absolutely no reason for her not to. This made me angry with Maggie at the end of the book. I also didn't like that the book ended with Maggie agreeing to a date with Officer Brooks. I would have liked to see Maggie choose between Brooks and Gus before the book ended. She spent so much more time with Gus that he seemed to be the obvious choice. Maybe the author did not write Maggie deciding on one of them (or neither) to try to encourage readers to pick up the next book in the series. However, if she had, it wouldn't have left such a bad taste in my mouth about Maggie at the end.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Evelyn Grabas

    Overall, I liked the book. It could have used some proofreading before subjecting it for public consumption. Please note that for future books. It is one of the reasons why I would not rate it 5 stars. As to the story, I loved Maggie, but felt that she should get some backbone. Her sister, Rachel, is a self-centered, selfish, unlikable individual and Maggie should have just walked away from the bar and left it for her sister's return. Who would, out of the blue, simply text your sister (or anyone Overall, I liked the book. It could have used some proofreading before subjecting it for public consumption. Please note that for future books. It is one of the reasons why I would not rate it 5 stars. As to the story, I loved Maggie, but felt that she should get some backbone. Her sister, Rachel, is a self-centered, selfish, unlikable individual and Maggie should have just walked away from the bar and left it for her sister's return. Who would, out of the blue, simply text your sister (or anyone else for that matter) to say, I just left the area, take over running the bar tonight and until I return. In other words, anything that Maggie had on her plate was mundane and should simply be dropped in order to carry out her sister's wishes. Not, I had to leave in a hurry, emergency, will return or at least contact you soon. Rachel is really full of herself to feel that she is that entitled to feel that people should just drop what they are doing to fulfill her wishes and at the spur of the moment. And then, our love triangle. I am sure each one of our lady readers has probably picked who she would like. There's Brook, our good-looking, all-American, unromantic, let's go for a burger, fries and a beer. and Gus, our sexy, Italian, mysterious man, who is gentle, romantic, sings as he is preparing a culinary delight for you. I know my preference (though I have never and probably never will ever meet anyone like him - darn). But I can dream, can't I? Isn't that what reading is all abour? The fantasy land to which we can escape the trials and rigors of real life and dream. I look forward to more in this series and hope that I won't be disappointed. But, come on - proofread, huh. It really breaks the train of the story when missing words, grammatical errors are made.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Hackel

    I have read several books by this author, and it is clear she loves dogs, as does her bar owner, Rachel. I thought it was clever how she came up with the concept of Yappy hour to entice more customers to her bar. It was clear these were dedicated drinkers and reliable customers. With the fundraiser especially, it was clear to see that these dogs were treated better than many children are! I liked the way the author built up tension by having Rachel out of the picture and her sister, Maggie, on du I have read several books by this author, and it is clear she loves dogs, as does her bar owner, Rachel. I thought it was clever how she came up with the concept of Yappy hour to entice more customers to her bar. It was clear these were dedicated drinkers and reliable customers. With the fundraiser especially, it was clear to see that these dogs were treated better than many children are! I liked the way the author built up tension by having Rachel out of the picture and her sister, Maggie, on duty when the body is found. Not only did we worry about catching the murderer, but we were worried that Rachel might have disappeared for a reason! The introduction of Yolanda and Beepo (grating at first) was another good technique the author used to keep us on our guard and not be too willing to accept Yolanda. Maggie would be someone we would all like to have as a friend and on our side in a predicament. I have to say the rivalry between Officer Brooks and Gus DelVecchio made things interesting! And Grunkly was a hoot! He might have been my favorite character! A clean read that any age cozy mystery reader will enjoy.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Diane ~Firefly~

    Eh. Maggie moves back to California and ends up having to run her sister's dog and wine bar even though she doesn't like dogs and finds a body. What I enjoyed: * Gus cooked a lot of amazing sounding food. * (view spoiler)[I liked Max and thought it was cute he "borrowed" a dog to join the group. (hide spoiler)] What could have been better: * Needed an editor. There were times when the character speaking changed in the middle of the paragraph. * Didn't really like Maggie, but didn't get to know much ab Eh. Maggie moves back to California and ends up having to run her sister's dog and wine bar even though she doesn't like dogs and finds a body. What I enjoyed: * Gus cooked a lot of amazing sounding food. * (view spoiler)[I liked Max and thought it was cute he "borrowed" a dog to join the group. (hide spoiler)] What could have been better: * Needed an editor. There were times when the character speaking changed in the middle of the paragraph. * Didn't really like Maggie, but didn't get to know much about her other than she doesn't like dogs and is good with numbers. Certainly didn't understand why both Gus and Brad were immediately struck and surprised a cop could date the person who found the body during an active investigation. Also didn't understand the point of her becoming suddenly unbelievably clumsy when at her job interview. * (view spoiler)[Maggie practically cited a riot against Evie and I would have laughed so hard if she had been wrong. And she wasn't ahead of the cops as they were already at Evie's apartment (hide spoiler)] .

  27. 5 out of 5

    AF Michael

    I really enjoyed the story's heroine, Maggie. She was cute, spunky and straightforward. The story felt like Maggie was dropped into a maelstrom of self absorbed humans and yappy little dogs. The story had a few interesting twists. The writing was clean and the story was engaging. I enjoyed the strange great uncle, "Grunky"...he was curiously interesting in a funny way - sometimes "in the moment", but mostly out of it, adding a kind of texture to the story. This is a great read for a rainy afterno I really enjoyed the story's heroine, Maggie. She was cute, spunky and straightforward. The story felt like Maggie was dropped into a maelstrom of self absorbed humans and yappy little dogs. The story had a few interesting twists. The writing was clean and the story was engaging. I enjoyed the strange great uncle, "Grunky"...he was curiously interesting in a funny way - sometimes "in the moment", but mostly out of it, adding a kind of texture to the story. This is a great read for a rainy afternoon or a day at the beach. You don't need much mind to read it, nor does it take a great deal of attention so if you are interrupted, no harm, no foul. At the back of the book was an excerpt for book 2. It started off very much like the first book did and I knew I could not take anymore of Yolanda and Beepo, never mind a few of the other banal characters. I will not read any further into the series, as it seems rather formulaic.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kandi A. Hudson

    Unique Theme I liked this story as I am a dog lover and I found this a unique theme which I have not read before. I read a lot of murder mysteries and this one was different. I did find quite a few typos and that is the reason for the 4 stars vs. 5, and I did find the story just a bit long with a quick and fast ending. I loved the dog themed drinks from the bar and the love interests in the story. Overall, I liked the first book well enough that I would consider reading more.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Sharon Richardson

    Great easy read I needed a new book to read and liked the reviews for this book. It was fun with a few sexy men (which never hurts) dogs and crazy dog owners. I enjoyed t and looked forward to reading it each day. The only thing that bothered me a little was the name of the town, Pacific Cove, but living close to Pacific Grove , I wished she would have used the real name of the town.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kellene

    A quick, easy read with an interesting cast of characters and enough red herrings to keep the reader in the mystery. I enjoyed this book but I could have done without the immediate love triangle. How in the heck do these girls move to a new place and have two men panting after them before the day is out?

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