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BOOK ONE in the ALL-NEW BARKS & BEANS CAFE cozy mystery series!! Welcome to the Barks & Beans Cafe, a quaint place where folks pet shelter dogs while enjoying a cup of java...and where murder sometimes pays a visit. Fed up with her go-nowhere job, newly single Macy Hatfield moves back to her small hometown in West Virginia. She joins forces with her brother Bo in his crazy n BOOK ONE in the ALL-NEW BARKS & BEANS CAFE cozy mystery series!! Welcome to the Barks & Beans Cafe, a quaint place where folks pet shelter dogs while enjoying a cup of java...and where murder sometimes pays a visit. Fed up with her go-nowhere job, newly single Macy Hatfield moves back to her small hometown in West Virginia. She joins forces with her brother Bo in his crazy new venture—the Barks & Beans Cafe, which caters to dog lovers and coffee drinkers alike. When a golf instructor is murdered at the nearby spiritual center, Macy winds up adopting his Great Dane. Just after Macy finds a mysterious message sewn under the dog's collar, her Dane is dognapped. She launches into a relentless search for her newfound canine friend, but along the way, she digs up a cruel and confident killer. Join siblings Macy and Bo Hatfield as they sniff out crimes in their hometown...with plenty of dogs along for the ride! The Barks & Beans Cafe cozy mystery series features a small town, an amateur sleuth, and no swearing or graphic scenes. The Barks & Beans Cafe cozy mystery series in order: Book 1: No Filter Book 2: Iced Over


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BOOK ONE in the ALL-NEW BARKS & BEANS CAFE cozy mystery series!! Welcome to the Barks & Beans Cafe, a quaint place where folks pet shelter dogs while enjoying a cup of java...and where murder sometimes pays a visit. Fed up with her go-nowhere job, newly single Macy Hatfield moves back to her small hometown in West Virginia. She joins forces with her brother Bo in his crazy n BOOK ONE in the ALL-NEW BARKS & BEANS CAFE cozy mystery series!! Welcome to the Barks & Beans Cafe, a quaint place where folks pet shelter dogs while enjoying a cup of java...and where murder sometimes pays a visit. Fed up with her go-nowhere job, newly single Macy Hatfield moves back to her small hometown in West Virginia. She joins forces with her brother Bo in his crazy new venture—the Barks & Beans Cafe, which caters to dog lovers and coffee drinkers alike. When a golf instructor is murdered at the nearby spiritual center, Macy winds up adopting his Great Dane. Just after Macy finds a mysterious message sewn under the dog's collar, her Dane is dognapped. She launches into a relentless search for her newfound canine friend, but along the way, she digs up a cruel and confident killer. Join siblings Macy and Bo Hatfield as they sniff out crimes in their hometown...with plenty of dogs along for the ride! The Barks & Beans Cafe cozy mystery series features a small town, an amateur sleuth, and no swearing or graphic scenes. The Barks & Beans Cafe cozy mystery series in order: Book 1: No Filter Book 2: Iced Over

30 review for No Filter

  1. 4 out of 5

    Faye

    New beginnings bring brother and sister duo, Macy and Bo together in new business venture in their hometown, that combines their expertise and passions. The Barks and Beans Cafe is a cozy coffee shop where patrons can sip on their drinks while hanging out with furry friends from the local humane society. When Macy adopts new dog, they find themselves in the crosshairs of a murderer. A thrilling cozy mystery, filled with colorful characters, and a great small town feel. This book was well paced, a New beginnings bring brother and sister duo, Macy and Bo together in new business venture in their hometown, that combines their expertise and passions. The Barks and Beans Cafe is a cozy coffee shop where patrons can sip on their drinks while hanging out with furry friends from the local humane society. When Macy adopts new dog, they find themselves in the crosshairs of a murderer. A thrilling cozy mystery, filled with colorful characters, and a great small town feel. This book was well paced, and there was never a dull moment, because once I picked it up I didn't put it down. The story is told in first person narrative from Macy's perspective, and we uncover the mystery right alongside her. I loved the humor, the twists and turns as secrets are uncovered, and getting to know the many colorful friends and acquaintances. Overall, a thoroughly enjoyable read from beginning to end with fantastic characters in a fun setting, and plot that moves the book forward. I loved the dogs and pretty everything about it! I can't wait to read the next book in the series. I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Susan Snodgrass

    Heather Day Gilbert starts off a new cozy mystery series with No Filter and it totally works. A coffee shop with a dog petting area. I didn't even need the coffee. Just the dogs would do it for me. Macy Hatfield has come out of a divorce and moves back to her West Virginia hometown and goes in with her big brother on an odd new venture, the Barks and Beans Café. Soon, though, a murder happens and Macy ends up adopting the victim's Great Dane. Now, let me tell you: I love a good mystery and Gilbe Heather Day Gilbert starts off a new cozy mystery series with No Filter and it totally works. A coffee shop with a dog petting area. I didn't even need the coffee. Just the dogs would do it for me. Macy Hatfield has come out of a divorce and moves back to her West Virginia hometown and goes in with her big brother on an odd new venture, the Barks and Beans Café. Soon, though, a murder happens and Macy ends up adopting the victim's Great Dane. Now, let me tell you: I love a good mystery and Gilbert does it well, but this dog just made the book in my opinion. I want him to come live with me! Bo and Macy Hatfield make a fine team as they sniff out the suspects in this crime, and more to come in future books! I absolutely love the idea of a petting area in a coffee shop where you can go sit and surround yourself with dog love. The coffee isn't bad, either. Recommended. *My thanks to the publisher and author for a copy of this book. The opinions here are entirely my own.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kailey

    Heather Day Gilbert writes some of the best cozy mysteries! She has such a wonderful way of creating characters that make you want to be friends with. I loved Macy and Bo! I even loved Coal! I loved the way they interacted together. This made me wish that I could stop by their coffee shop and enjoy a nice drink and pet some dogs. I loved this one so much! This is one that I plan on reading again! I know that I will enjoy it just as much the next time! I really can’t wait for the next book! I was Heather Day Gilbert writes some of the best cozy mysteries! She has such a wonderful way of creating characters that make you want to be friends with. I loved Macy and Bo! I even loved Coal! I loved the way they interacted together. This made me wish that I could stop by their coffee shop and enjoy a nice drink and pet some dogs. I loved this one so much! This is one that I plan on reading again! I know that I will enjoy it just as much the next time! I really can’t wait for the next book! I was given a complimentary copy of this ebook from the author, but was not required to write a review. The thoughts and comments are my own.

  4. 4 out of 5

    LORI (Dollycas) CASWELL

    Dollycas’s Thoughts Bo Hatfield invites his sister Macy home to West Virginia to be his partner is his new venture, the Barks & Beans Cafe. A cafe for coffee and dog lovers complete with shelter dogs to adopt. Shortly after opening Macy makes a huge adoption of her own, a Great Dane previously owned by a golf instructor who had been murdered. Macy finds something interesting attached to the dog’s collar and shortly thereafter her new pet is stolen. Macy starts a frantic search for her dog and that Dollycas’s Thoughts Bo Hatfield invites his sister Macy home to West Virginia to be his partner is his new venture, the Barks & Beans Cafe. A cafe for coffee and dog lovers complete with shelter dogs to adopt. Shortly after opening Macy makes a huge adoption of her own, a Great Dane previously owned by a golf instructor who had been murdered. Macy finds something interesting attached to the dog’s collar and shortly thereafter her new pet is stolen. Macy starts a frantic search for her dog and that lands her right in the middle of the golf pros murder investigation. With Bo’s help, they try to collar the killer and bring Great Dane Coal home where he belongs. This series is off to a fantastic start! Macy and Bo are a great pair of protagonists. The siblings each have their strengths and work well together. The author has developed these characters so well for the first book in the series while leaving plenty of room for growth. She has also introduced an interesting supporting cast I hope to see a lot more of. For me, Coal steals the story. Big, lovable, protective, and smart, he is truly a special dog. The mystery is complex with a variety of suspects and twists and turns. In the course of the investigation, a huge secret is revealed which could change everything. I totally enjoyed the exciting chase to the big reveal. I love the idea of the Barks and Beans Cafe. It is a place I would love to visit every day. No Filter checks all my cozy boxes. Wonderful characters, an intriguing mystery, just the right amount of humor and a Great Big Dog named Coal. I am so excited for the next book in this series!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Tari

    Oh do I love this new series! Siblings Bo and Macy Hatfield were such awesome characters who definitely used their brains before proceeding into possible danger. Most of the time Macy was very good about keeping her brother in the loop about her investigating until she found out a reason why it was extra dangerous, even to him. I don't want to give away any of the fun details, but after learning more about the brother and sister duo, I kind of suspected there would be an ongoing story line which Oh do I love this new series! Siblings Bo and Macy Hatfield were such awesome characters who definitely used their brains before proceeding into possible danger. Most of the time Macy was very good about keeping her brother in the loop about her investigating until she found out a reason why it was extra dangerous, even to him. I don't want to give away any of the fun details, but after learning more about the brother and sister duo, I kind of suspected there would be an ongoing story line which was actually a mini cliff hanger, but that makes me all the more anxious to read the next book. Dogs and a cafe, win-win to me, and it ended up helping the local animal shelter so much that they nearly ran out of dogs to adopt out. I really liked the character of Summer, the girl who ran the shelter and was glad to see that she and Macy hit it off as good friends. Hopefully she'll get together with Bo. Macy had a couple of possibilities for guys who seemed to like her, so it'll be interesting to watch that play out in future books. There were some great red herrings, and I hadn't guessed the killer. The showdown was absolutely awesome with Coal, the Great Dane saving the day. Macy couldn't have adopted a cooler more intelligent dog!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Chloe Flanagan

    Heather Day Gilbert brings her signature talent for creating stories with clever and endearing heroines, sweet family bonds, and cunning conundrums to a brand new cozy mystery series. No Filter, Book 1 in the Barks and Beans Cafe series introduces Macy, a funny, middle-aged dog lover and Bo, her huggably heroic brother, who also happens to be a coffee connoisseur. They pool their passions to create a coffee shop and dog petting parlor, quickly proving that cappuccinos and canines are an irresist Heather Day Gilbert brings her signature talent for creating stories with clever and endearing heroines, sweet family bonds, and cunning conundrums to a brand new cozy mystery series. No Filter, Book 1 in the Barks and Beans Cafe series introduces Macy, a funny, middle-aged dog lover and Bo, her huggably heroic brother, who also happens to be a coffee connoisseur. They pool their passions to create a coffee shop and dog petting parlor, quickly proving that cappuccinos and canines are an irresistible combination. But their early success is threatened by a gruesome murder and the realization that nothing is what it seems in their quaint West Virginia community. No Filter has everything most fun and relaxing cozy mysteries have, including a small town full of eccentric characters, all of whom become suspects once the crime starts brewing. But reading this particular mystery is like ordering a chamomile tea and getting an espresso instead. At every turn, the whodunnit plot zaps the reader with twists and misdirects that are as thrilling as the day’s first shot of caffeine. If you enjoy a mystery that keeps you guessing until the very end, it will be easy to love No Filter. It is also easy to love Macy, Bo, and their sweet sibling dynamic. Their personalities and relationship form a great basis for this first book and it will be fun to get to know them better in subsequent stories. I received a complimentary copy of this book and was not obliged to leave a positive review. All opinions are my own.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    "Barks and Beans was a grand experiment for both of us, and it simply had to work." Macy Hatfield, and her brother Bo, have both returned to their hometown of Lewisburg, West Virginia following deep personal disappointments. Repurposing their Aunt Athaleen's lovely home by dividing it into a trendy cafe/ residence for Macy, they expectantly launch their combination coffee-and-canines business with the area's eclectic community in mind. It never entered their minds that murder and mayhem would ap "Barks and Beans was a grand experiment for both of us, and it simply had to work." Macy Hatfield, and her brother Bo, have both returned to their hometown of Lewisburg, West Virginia following deep personal disappointments. Repurposing their Aunt Athaleen's lovely home by dividing it into a trendy cafe/ residence for Macy, they expectantly launch their combination coffee-and-canines business with the area's eclectic community in mind. It never entered their minds that murder and mayhem would appear on the menu. With few friends, multiple suspects, and her new adoptee; a dog named Coal, Macy cannot resist putting her dogged determination and curiosity to the test, especially when Coal literally carries the most significant clue around his neck. I wouldn't change a single thing about this clean, clever, and very cozy mystery! I received a copy of this book from the author; the opinions stated above are entirely my own.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kristina

    No Filter by Heather Day Gilbert has Macy Hatfield moving back to her hometown of Lewisburg, West Virginia after receiving a phone call from her brother, Bo. The brother and sister duo are opening the Barks & Beans Café which caters to coffee and dog lovers. They will be bringing in dogs from the local animal rescue in the hopes that customers will want to adopt them. Customers can enjoy their coffee with a tasty treat and cuddle a cute dog. A golf instructor at the Ivy Hill Spiritual Center for No Filter by Heather Day Gilbert has Macy Hatfield moving back to her hometown of Lewisburg, West Virginia after receiving a phone call from her brother, Bo. The brother and sister duo are opening the Barks & Beans Café which caters to coffee and dog lovers. They will be bringing in dogs from the local animal rescue in the hopes that customers will want to adopt them. Customers can enjoy their coffee with a tasty treat and cuddle a cute dog. A golf instructor at the Ivy Hill Spiritual Center for Healing is murdered and his Great Dane, Coal ends up at the shelter. It is love at first sight for Macy and Coal. Macy finds a metal tag sewn onto the back of Coal’s collar with a message on it. When Coal is dognapped, Macy knows the person is after the tag. Macy and Bo set out to get Coal back. Unfortunately, they catch the attention of the killer who is not about to let a witness live. No Filter is the debut of A Barks & Beans Café Cozy Mystery series. No Filter has two great protagonists with Macy and Bo. I enjoyed the interactions between this brother-and-sister duo. They get along well and have started an interesting new venture. Bo handles the business side of the café since he has the background in coffee while Macy takes care of the dog area. Dogs make her happy and she is thrilled to have a job where she can interact with canines all day. Summer Adkins, owner of the local animal shelter, is another good character. There are sparks between Summer and Bo. I liked that the author took the time to establish the characters. The café idea is fun. I wish there was one in my area. It is a great way to help shelter dogs find forever homes. There is more than meets the eye to one of our main characters. Coal stole the show, though, in No Filter. Coal is a sweetie, but he is protective of his new owner (a bit of a bed hog as well). The mystery was intriguing. There are multiple suspects, a red herring, and clues for readers to find. I enjoyed reading No Filter and I am looking forward to reading Iced Over. No Filter is a charming cozy mystery with a clever canine named Coal, deafening drums, a gone golfer, Brazilian beans, and a despicable dognapper.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Becky Lewis

    I am excited to share with you a new cozy mystery series by Heather Day Gilbert. While I love cozies, I start a new one with much trepidation. Will there be sex on the page or a lot of innuendoes? Will there be bad language? I am thrilled to say No Filter , #1 Barks & Beans Café Cozy Mysteries, fits every category I am looking for in a cozy: 1. Small town setting 2. No bad language 3. No sex 4. Amateur sleuth 5. Murder not presented in gory manner 6. Bit of Romance (my addition) In No Filter, we find M I am excited to share with you a new cozy mystery series by Heather Day Gilbert. While I love cozies, I start a new one with much trepidation. Will there be sex on the page or a lot of innuendoes? Will there be bad language? I am thrilled to say No Filter , #1 Barks & Beans Café Cozy Mysteries, fits every category I am looking for in a cozy: 1. Small town setting 2. No bad language 3. No sex 4. Amateur sleuth 5. Murder not presented in gory manner 6. Bit of Romance (my addition) In No Filter, we find Macy and Bo Hatfield, unlucky-at-love siblings who decide to retreat to their small town origins, Lewisburg, West Virginia. Not giving up, they open up a coffee shop combo therapy dog petting area. Now Gilbert has my full attention, and the shop gets its dogs from the local shelter, to give the dogs for adoption more publicity. Looking up Lewisburg, WV, right now on my GPS. Think it would be a great place to live. But maybe not. There are the “haves” and the “haves snot.” The mingling of these two classes at the local spiritual center-country club leads to murder, art fencing, and a wealth of possible culprits. I felt there were a lot of characters to keep straight, but we will see many of these players again in book 2, Iced Over, and book 3, Fair Trade. Only one complaint- I am seriously considering whether people can be both coffee connoisseurs and tea aficionados at same time! I’d be surprised if Great Danes don’t become popular after this series. I loved the sibling loyalty and strong bond. I enjoyed seeing the set-up of possible romances (I already have my “teams” going)! I even enjoyed seeing unlikely characters succeed to benefit the town. But watch out! Gilbert manages to find a way to leave you hanging by a thread! I need to cool down. Bring on Iced Over!! Quotes to Note: “No, I'd rather have both feet on the ground than feel them getting sucked in with ocean water where fish pooped, sharks lurked, and currents could catch and kill you.” “She seemed to be a wealth of information, and she had no hesitation in sharing it.”

  10. 4 out of 5

    Robin E. Mason

    What a delightful new story and series. Murder notwithstanding. Another impetuous closet sleuth, Macy (love that name!) just can’t stop herself from trying to figure out the murder at Ivy Hill. Then again, some people just can’t leave a puzzle with gaps. And an unsolved murder is nothing if not a puzzle with gaps. Scorned and heartbroken, Macy Hatfield stumbles into her new role in life, co-owner of Barks & Beans, and in a twist, ends up with a dog of her own. As one clue tumbles onto another, sh What a delightful new story and series. Murder notwithstanding. Another impetuous closet sleuth, Macy (love that name!) just can’t stop herself from trying to figure out the murder at Ivy Hill. Then again, some people just can’t leave a puzzle with gaps. And an unsolved murder is nothing if not a puzzle with gaps. Scorned and heartbroken, Macy Hatfield stumbles into her new role in life, co-owner of Barks & Beans, and in a twist, ends up with a dog of her own. As one clue tumbles onto another, she truly can’t help but follow the breadcrumbs to connect the dots. Bo is the older brother we all wish we had—a best friend and a protective guardian—with a broken heart of his own. The bond between them, and the banter, make for a lively and very real story. Ms. Gilbert lays out the clues and dishes out the emotions with every page and chapter, and this reader surely is looking forward to the next book in the series, Iced Over. ROBIN’S FEATHERS FOUR FEATHERS I received a complimentary copy of this book, but was under no obligation to read the book or to post a review. I offer my review of my own free will. The opinions expressed in my review are my honest thoughts and reaction to this book. #Blogwords, Tuesday Reviews-Day, #TRD, Book Review, No Filter, Heather Gilbert, Barks & Beans Café Cozy Mystery, JustRead Publicity Tour

  11. 5 out of 5

    Shonda

    What an incredible read! I absolutely loved the characters and feel in love with Coal. This story will keep you glued to its pages. I was on the edge of my seat so much, Macy was one brave character. The author does a fantastic job of keeping the reader guessing as to who the murderer is. I thought I had it figured out and then a new twist throws you in a tail spin. I loved reading about the teas and coffees Barks and Beans made, I swore I could smell the aroma. This is a new author and series t What an incredible read! I absolutely loved the characters and feel in love with Coal. This story will keep you glued to its pages. I was on the edge of my seat so much, Macy was one brave character. The author does a fantastic job of keeping the reader guessing as to who the murderer is. I thought I had it figured out and then a new twist throws you in a tail spin. I loved reading about the teas and coffees Barks and Beans made, I swore I could smell the aroma. This is a new author and series to me, I’m hooked! Was given a complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Lady Delacour

    Swell Start to a New Cozy Mystery Series. Animals, Coffee and Lovely New Friends. Very Quick Setup and Mystery begins. 3.5 Enjoyable Stars. Listened with TTS. Clean with Some Slang.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kristina Seleshanko

    This is a light, clean mystery featuring a very likeable, everyday woman as the heroine. I liked the variety of characters: the protective, bad-ass brother, the slightly hippy-ish animal shelter keeper, the mysterious and charming art dealer...and yes, the adorable - and giant! - dog. Can't wait to read the next book in the series.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Rekha

    What a wonderful debut to a new cozy series. Macy, Bo and Coal form an excellent sleuthing pair and I cannot wait to see what's next in store for this trio. The mystery behind the murder piques the reader's curiosity. The plot to story development is excellent. As a debut in the series, we are given some background on the main characters and also introduced to a few more characters whom we might see in the future books of this series. Bo's secret forms the background of this series. No Filter is What a wonderful debut to a new cozy series. Macy, Bo and Coal form an excellent sleuthing pair and I cannot wait to see what's next in store for this trio. The mystery behind the murder piques the reader's curiosity. The plot to story development is excellent. As a debut in the series, we are given some background on the main characters and also introduced to a few more characters whom we might see in the future books of this series. Bo's secret forms the background of this series. No Filter is an entertaining and engrossing cozy mystery, I highly recommend this book to one and all.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Bridget

    No Filter marks the beginning of a fabulous new series, 'Barks & Beans Cafe Cozy Mystery'. Having previously read the three books from Heather Day Gilbert's Exotic Pet-Sitter series, I was expecting great things from this novel, No Filter. The story begins with a warm welcome to the new café of brother and sister Macy and Bo Hatfield. Barks & Beans Cafe is a quaint, bijou place where folks can pat and stroke rescue dogs while enjoying a cup of chocolate mint tea or an espresso along with a tasty No Filter marks the beginning of a fabulous new series, 'Barks & Beans Cafe Cozy Mystery'. Having previously read the three books from Heather Day Gilbert's Exotic Pet-Sitter series, I was expecting great things from this novel, No Filter. The story begins with a warm welcome to the new café of brother and sister Macy and Bo Hatfield. Barks & Beans Cafe is a quaint, bijou place where folks can pat and stroke rescue dogs while enjoying a cup of chocolate mint tea or an espresso along with a tasty treat. The lemon poppy seed muffins sound delicious! Our primary amateur detective in this series début is pet lover and café owner Macy. The café is the brainchild of Macy's brother, Bo who has returned to his returned to his hometown of Lewisburg, West Virginia following personal disappointments. Modernising and regenerating their Aunt Athaleen's lovely home by turning it into a trendy cafe with an attached residence for Macy, they expectantly launch their combination canines and coffee business with the town's quirky community and high-end clientele in mind. Realising Macy's keenness to work with dogs would be perfect for the business, and that Bo himself has studied coffee for ten years, as well as his extensive research into similar cafés in Asia and out West, he knows he's onto a winner. It doesn't enter their heads that murder would appear on their menu, but when a golfing instructor is murdered at the nearby Ivy Hill spiritual centre, Macy adopts his lovable Great Dane, Coal. When Coal vanishes, thought to have been dognapped following Macy's discovery of a mysterious message sewn under the dog's collar, she launches into a relentless search for her newfound canine friend. Working out who killed golfer Gerard Fontaine – and why – also hurls right to the top of Macy’s to-do list. Macy is determined to leave no stone unturned, and with the help of Bo, she uncovers a web of secrets that shows that no one really knew Gerard Fontaine, and that his past, and present provide plenty of motives for his murder. If you enjoy quirky small-town mysteries, or mysteries featuring dogs as companion animals, and occasional sleuthing assistants, No Filter is an absolute delight. Part of the wonder of this story is the way that Macy loves and cares for Coal, and how much fun they have together. Coal serves as Macy's’s chief comforter, keeper and buddy. Macy spends plenty of time at the café, providing readers with loads of virtual goodies to salivate over. What makes the story so much fun is the cast of characters who frequent the Barks & Beans Cafe, the residents of Lewisburg, the café's employees and the frequent regulars, like the stylish and elegant Isabella who stops by often. I have a feeling we’ll be meeting many more of the regulars as the series continues. Based on the ones I’ve met so far, it’s going to be wicked getting to know them. But this first story is all wrapped around Macy And Bo. Theirs are the perspectives the reader follows, and both are interesting and likeable protagonists, and not just because of Coal. Macy is easy to relate to, her fears and insecurities make sense under the circumstances, her mistakes feel real and I wished her to succeed. Bo clearly has his own issues as well. I really wanted them to be happy in their respective potential romances - Macy with Dylan Butler, owner of his art gallery, The Discerning Palette, and Bo with Summer Adkins who owns the local animal shelter - but not anytime soon! No Filter was a fun cozy mystery in an unusual setting with a great cast of characters. I didn't figure out the whodunit at all as the mystery was profusely perplexing (to me at least), though I found the red herrings it offered up were as tasty as the offerings at the Barks & Beans Cafe. I’m looking forward to more of Macy's and Bo's adventures, and another visit to Lewisburg, when Macy, Coal and Bo are Iced Over later this year. I received a complimentary copy of this novel from Great Escapes Book Tours at my request and this review is my unbiased opinion.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Katreader

    NO FILTER by Heather Day Gilbert The First Barks & Beans Mystery After a massive betrayal, newly divorced Macy Hatfield is ready for a change. So when her brother, Bo, suggests she comes home to West Virginia and help in his new business venture, she's more than willing to agree. The siblings open Barks & Beans, a coffee cafe where people can also mingle with shelter dogs, with Bo in charge of the coffee aspect and Macy concentrating on the dogs. Macy soon meets and makes a connection with a very NO FILTER by Heather Day Gilbert The First Barks & Beans Mystery After a massive betrayal, newly divorced Macy Hatfield is ready for a change. So when her brother, Bo, suggests she comes home to West Virginia and help in his new business venture, she's more than willing to agree. The siblings open Barks & Beans, a coffee cafe where people can also mingle with shelter dogs, with Bo in charge of the coffee aspect and Macy concentrating on the dogs. Macy soon meets and makes a connection with a very special dog. Coal is a purebred Great Dane whose owner, a golf instructor at a nearby spiritual center, has been murdered. When Macy comes home to find Coal missing she's sure he's been abducted. Now she'll move heaven and earth to find her beloved companion, and if that involves looking into his late owner's murder, so be it! NO FILTER is a great start to a new series. I love the sibling relationship between Bo and Macy, both of whom have severe trust issues. I appreciate the slow character development we see, learning about their past that so influences their current behavior. One of the things I like best is that Macy, generally, doesn't run off half cocked, like so many cozy mystery heroines. While she's able to take care of herself, she also keeps the police and her brother apprised of her actions. She's not hot on the heels of a killer, although she gets involved inadvertently. Macy is smart and behaves rationally and I look forward to getting to know her better. The first Barks and Beans Mystery provides a mature mystery. While there is no doubt it's a cozy, the characters act responsibly and there are serious themes at work. There are less zany antics and more in depth character study. There's a compelling mystery and though fun, and funny at times, it has a more serious mien. NO FILTER combines coffee and dogs to create a wonderful treat for mystery lovers. Intelligent characters, an interesting setting, a wonderful Great Dane, and what looks to be a very interesting and dangerous story arc make me eager to read the next book. FTC Disclosure – The publisher sent me an e-copy of this book in the hopes I would review it.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Rosalyn

    This first novel in a charming new cozy mystery series from Heather Gilbert. Is absolutely delightful. Macy is such a sweet heroine, and I couldn't help liking her and all her unique characteristics. In some ways, I was reminded of Tess in Ms. Gilbert's earlier series, Murder in the Mountains. Macy is a gal that is determined to chase after clues and search for answers without stopping to think about the danger she might be putting herself in. (and no, she's not a detective, or law enforcement, or This first novel in a charming new cozy mystery series from Heather Gilbert. Is absolutely delightful. Macy is such a sweet heroine, and I couldn't help liking her and all her unique characteristics. In some ways, I was reminded of Tess in Ms. Gilbert's earlier series, Murder in the Mountains. Macy is a gal that is determined to chase after clues and search for answers without stopping to think about the danger she might be putting herself in. (and no, she's not a detective, or law enforcement, or anything, just a normal human...) I think this is mostly why I liked her. Although I found myself being a bit scared for her...I had an idea of what might be coming... :) I found their business enterprise unique and unusual - a coffee shop with a dog petting area. Because I'm not just a huge dog person, I found myself questioning the logistics of all of this, but it all came together quite nicely! :) Heather Gilbert has a way of writing mysteries that only hint towards solutions, while keeping you guessing. This story left me entirely in the dark until the last few pages--I had all kinds of suspicions churning around in my head, as I quickly tried to figure out who the most likely suspects might be, and no clear idea of how it might all turn out. The ending was every bit as satisfactory as the rest of the story. I found this an all around delightful cozy mystery, and eagerly look forward to reading the second in the series. Disclaimer: I receive complimentary books from various sources, including, publishers, publicists, authors, and/or NetGalley. I am not required to write a positive review, and have not received any compensation. The opinions shared here are my own entirely. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

  18. 4 out of 5

    Fee (Ebook Addicts)

    No Filter is the first in the new series The Barks & Bean Cafe cozy mystery series, and it got off to a great start. I am loving cozy mysteries that feature animals and Coal the Great Dane was just a great sidekick for Macy. Following her divorce Macy has returned to her hometown and setup a cafe with her brother Bo - the Barks & Beans which features the very popular idea of a petting cafe allowing people to drink their coffee and potentially adopt a dog at the same time. I don't think Macy plann No Filter is the first in the new series The Barks & Bean Cafe cozy mystery series, and it got off to a great start. I am loving cozy mysteries that feature animals and Coal the Great Dane was just a great sidekick for Macy. Following her divorce Macy has returned to her hometown and setup a cafe with her brother Bo - the Barks & Beans which features the very popular idea of a petting cafe allowing people to drink their coffee and potentially adopt a dog at the same time. I don't think Macy planned on adopting a dog let alone get involved with trying to solve his previous owners murder! As far as cozy mysteries goes this quaint little town takes a deadly turn, filled with a host of colourful characters, a little romance and of course cute doggies of all shapes and sizes. I really enjoyed the first book in this series and I can't wait to read more of Macy and Coal's adventures. 4 stars

  19. 5 out of 5

    Christy

    No Filter by Heather Day Gilbert is a delightful beginning to The Barks & Beans Cafe Cozy Mystery book series. I appreciate the fact that this is a completely clean book with neither swearing nor sexual innuendo…what I’d love to say about all cozy mystery books. It’s a quick, easy read with quirky characters, a mysterious murder, adoptable dogs, and delicious coffee. Brother and sister team, Bo and Macy Hatfield are going into business together. Macy just went through a messy divorce. Being the g No Filter by Heather Day Gilbert is a delightful beginning to The Barks & Beans Cafe Cozy Mystery book series. I appreciate the fact that this is a completely clean book with neither swearing nor sexual innuendo…what I’d love to say about all cozy mystery books. It’s a quick, easy read with quirky characters, a mysterious murder, adoptable dogs, and delicious coffee. Brother and sister team, Bo and Macy Hatfield are going into business together. Macy just went through a messy divorce. Being the good big brother that he is, Bo invites Macy back to their hometown where he’s started Barks & Beans Cafe. He runs the “beans” side and wants Macy to run the “barks” side. The cafe is a hit since most people love both coffee and dogs. What he doesn’t count on is his little sister adopting a Great Dane that’ll put her in danger! I love the West Virginia setting and the feel of the area in which Bo and Macy live. The cafe has a cozy feel to it though Bo’s employees are far from cozy! They do know their coffee though, and don’t worry….they grow on you. The characters in No Filter are well-developed for a first book in a series, yet the author has left room for growth. I’m excited to see which characters stick around for Iced Over, Book 2. Solving the mystery was not easy for me! Lots of red herrings show up throughout the book. You think you know whodunit? Maybe you do; maybe you don’t! I think you’ll be just as entertained by No Filter as I was!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Tera Bradham

    What a fantastic read! This one is a page turner, but the part I appreciated most is that this is a clean mystery with no cursing or graphic scenes. I had to walk away from this genre awhile ago because mysteries gave me nightmares, but this one was thrilling without being traumatizing. I loved the character development of the humans and the dogs, and Gilbert kept me guessing as to who the true murderer was! Great read and I’m looking forward to the next one in the series!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Ann

    What a wonderful start to a new series! This book has just enough suspense to keep you turning the pages. I loved how the author used dogs from the local animal shelter for the Barks & Beans Cafe. I feel in love with Cole, what a wonderful dog. If you like a good clean mystery, you will love this book. I can't wait to read the next book in this series. What a wonderful start to a new series! This book has just enough suspense to keep you turning the pages. I loved how the author used dogs from the local animal shelter for the Barks & Beans Cafe. I feel in love with Cole, what a wonderful dog. If you like a good clean mystery, you will love this book. I can't wait to read the next book in this series.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    When Macy Hatfield's brother Bo invites her "home" after her divorce, to join him in a new business, she imagines regular hours and blissful days romping with dogs and making new friends. She never imagined she would adopt a dog as big as a horse, only to have him stolen and her heart broken again! Then, in her search for her new best friend and canine companion, to become involved in international affairs and discover her brother's long held secret. A five star read with charcters you quickly clai When Macy Hatfield's brother Bo invites her "home" after her divorce, to join him in a new business, she imagines regular hours and blissful days romping with dogs and making new friends. She never imagined she would adopt a dog as big as a horse, only to have him stolen and her heart broken again! Then, in her search for her new best friend and canine companion, to become involved in international affairs and discover her brother's long held secret. A five star read with charcters you quickly claim as some of your favorites and a dog you will love. Yes, he will return. This book will keep you guessing and the mystery, while wrapped up nicely, allows for continuation on various planes, including romance.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Sherry Lynn

    I loved it. I loved Macy, Bo and of course Coal. Macy was fun and a bit quirky and a born sleuth. She just can't give it up and let the police do thier work. Bo was the Bro everyone wants. Ready and willing to do Macy's bidding, run interferance for her and get her out of trouble which happens quite frequently as she snoops first trying to find Coal when he's dognapped and then later trying to discover who took him and why and maybe solve a murder or two at the same time. The Barks & Beans serie I loved it. I loved Macy, Bo and of course Coal. Macy was fun and a bit quirky and a born sleuth. She just can't give it up and let the police do thier work. Bo was the Bro everyone wants. Ready and willing to do Macy's bidding, run interferance for her and get her out of trouble which happens quite frequently as she snoops first trying to find Coal when he's dognapped and then later trying to discover who took him and why and maybe solve a murder or two at the same time. The Barks & Beans series is just my kind of read. I love the quain town and the coffee shop/doggie daycare. It's just the kind of place I want to live although I'd have to have friends like Macy that can make sure if there are any bad guys around the she'll snoop them out. It is always fun to get into a new series and this one was a pleasure to start. It is a bit different I think than most cozies Bo has a hidden past that actually comes back to 'bite' him and Macy too and leads into the next book. I am sure each book is written as a stand a lone but the storyline follows through in the next one there's a kind of cliff hanger at the end. I am kind of looking forward to seeing if Bo and Macy end up with a little romance. Maybe a double wedding? I received a complimentary copy.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy from the Great Escapes Book Tours. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.No Filter by Heather Day Gilbert is a unique combination of siblings heading home to find themselves, while also figuring out whodunit. Will Macy and Bo figure out who killed Gerard and why? Macy Hatfield Our sleuth and point of view is Macy. She is recently divorced and moved to her hometown of Lewistown West Virginia to open a coffee shop/res I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy from the Great Escapes Book Tours. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.No Filter by Heather Day Gilbert is a unique combination of siblings heading home to find themselves, while also figuring out whodunit. Will Macy and Bo figure out who killed Gerard and why? Macy Hatfield Our sleuth and point of view is Macy. She is recently divorced and moved to her hometown of Lewistown West Virginia to open a coffee shop/rescue dog petting area, called Barks and Beans. The idea is her brother Bo's, but Macy is all in. She will handle the dogs, and her brother will handle the coffee side. Macy is curious, and even though Bo tells her to stop, she continues to investigate. In fact, Macy does what she wants to do. I enjoyed being inside of Macy's head. It's nice to see character growth and Macy's confidence return. I like this character, and I am looking forward to the next installment. The Mystery The mystery is about murder, smuggling, and art theft. So, I was thwarted by a red herring again. I didn't see the real culprit through the smokescreen. No Filter is well written and entertaining. There are so many clues and suspects; you just have to pay attention. However, I thought that Coal, the great dane stole the show whenever he arrives in a scene. Five Stars  Since I totally enjoyed the story, mystery, characters, and the setting, I am giving No Filter by Heather Day Gilbert five stars. And I recommend you catch this first book in this new series. Next Book Coming in July Giveaway Prize:  (1) 3 books in the Exotic Pet-Sitter mystery series! (U.S. Print Copies - Digital Copies Outside U.S.) a Rafflecopter giveaway   Tour Organized by: To find all the tour information, click the banner at the top of the page. Have you signed up to be a Tour Host?   Click Here Find Details and Sign Up Today! Thank you for dropping by! I hope you enjoyed this review of No Filter by Heather Day Gilbert. Check out the other stops and giveaway if you have time. Until the next time,   This Guest Review is for Baroness' Book Trove.  This review was originally posted on Baroness' Book Trove

  25. 5 out of 5

    Randi Sampson

    If you're looking for your next great cozy mystery, look no further than No Filter, book one of the new Barks & Beans series by Heather Day Gilbert! Heather is a new to me author, but after finishing this one, I am certainly looking forward to reading more from her in the future. Have you ever notice there are two really common themes among cozy mysteries? Pets and bakeries/coffee shops/etc! Perhaps that's just the cozy mysteries I've noticed, but it does seem like one or the other is featured i If you're looking for your next great cozy mystery, look no further than No Filter, book one of the new Barks & Beans series by Heather Day Gilbert! Heather is a new to me author, but after finishing this one, I am certainly looking forward to reading more from her in the future. Have you ever notice there are two really common themes among cozy mysteries? Pets and bakeries/coffee shops/etc! Perhaps that's just the cozy mysteries I've noticed, but it does seem like one or the other is featured in so many that I see. This series has both covered as sibling duo Macy and Bo Hatfield bring their two passions together and create a unique coffee shop where patrons could spend time with dogs from the local shelter. Sounds sweet, right? I mean, I'm not even a dog person but enjoyed the idea of such a place for those that are. Still, things in their small town aren't all that sweet. It's also packed full of murder and mystery that had me reading right through to the very end. We were introduced to a wide variety of unique characters who I loved getting to know...and many who seemed rather suspicious too! I must admit this one kept me guessing until right before the big reveal! And just when things were settled down and the book was coming to a close, a cliffhanger ending kept me ready for book number two... I couldn't put this one down, and I will without a doubt be picking up the second book in the series so I can get that closure! Overall, this was a charming read that fans of cozy mysteries are sure to enjoy! I certainly did! **I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for consideration. All thoughts are 100% my own.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jennia

    When Macy agrees to open a joint dog adoption center/coffee shop with her brother Bo, she never imagined one of their first canine placements would belong to a local murder victim. Like anyone with a grain of curiosity, Macy is of course interested in the murder, especially since it’s occurred so soon after her arrival in town. However, she originally brushes off her interest, telling herself sleuthing and investigation are best left to the police. But that’s before she realizes the dog she’s ju When Macy agrees to open a joint dog adoption center/coffee shop with her brother Bo, she never imagined one of their first canine placements would belong to a local murder victim. Like anyone with a grain of curiosity, Macy is of course interested in the murder, especially since it’s occurred so soon after her arrival in town. However, she originally brushes off her interest, telling herself sleuthing and investigation are best left to the police. But that’s before she realizes the dog she’s just adopted may provide some vital information into the murder. This was the coziest of cozy mysteries. Although the storyline stems from the golf instructor’s murder, much of the emphasis is on character progression and reflection. Macy especially looks inward and uses her current situation to better understand herself and what she’s capable of versus what she’s always thought were her limitations. Big brother Bo goes through his own reawakening, discarding many of his past preferences which have admittedly failed him, showing that what we’ve become comfortable with isn’t always what’s best for us. Apart from the brilliant idea of combining coffee with dog adoptions, the human characters are just as lovable as their canine counterparts. Small town secrets are uncovered, and red herrings abound as Macy and Bo race to uncover the murderer with Great Dane Coal at their side along the way. The first in a new series, this book for grown up Scooby Doo fans will leave you eagerly waiting for the next installment. Thank you to Just Read Tours and the publisher for a complimentary copy. This did not impact my review.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kimmie

    No Filter by Heather Day Gilbert This was a nice laid-back mystery. I do not often read cozy mysteries as they do not seem real to me, however, after reading the synopsis for this one I was intrigued! I mean who does not like dogs or coffee? This is the first book in Heather Day Gilbert’s new Barks & Beans series, and I am already hooked. I enjoyed this book from beginning to end, the way the story unfolded was believable and interesting. I liked the characters and getting a glimpse into their l No Filter by Heather Day Gilbert This was a nice laid-back mystery. I do not often read cozy mysteries as they do not seem real to me, however, after reading the synopsis for this one I was intrigued! I mean who does not like dogs or coffee? This is the first book in Heather Day Gilbert’s new Barks & Beans series, and I am already hooked. I enjoyed this book from beginning to end, the way the story unfolded was believable and interesting. I liked the characters and getting a glimpse into their lives that I am sure will continue in the next book. They were people I can see myself being friends with. I am looking forward to reading the second book in this series to see what comes next 😊. I think I would compare Heather Day Gilbert’s writing to episodes of Murder She Wrote that I watched all the time growing up, cozy, fun, attention-grabbing, and making you feel like you are a part of the mystery. I give this book 4 out of 5 stars for the great cast of characters, the cozy café setting, and for giving me something to look forward to when the second book releases. The only thing that could have made it better was a little less predictability in the mystery. *I volunteered to read this book in return for my honest feedback. The thoughts and opinions expressed within are my own.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Anne Rightler

    No Filter is another winner from a favorite author of mine, Heather Day Gilbert. It is a fun cozy mystery that kept me guessing to the end who the culprit was. I love the idea of the Barks & Beans Cafe where one can get a cup of java and a puppy fix at the same time. The characters are believable and relatable. Macy, beginning life anew after a hurtful relationship, finds herself acclimating to her new surroundings with a murder mystery to solve. Bo, her protective brother, has opened a new cafe No Filter is another winner from a favorite author of mine, Heather Day Gilbert. It is a fun cozy mystery that kept me guessing to the end who the culprit was. I love the idea of the Barks & Beans Cafe where one can get a cup of java and a puppy fix at the same time. The characters are believable and relatable. Macy, beginning life anew after a hurtful relationship, finds herself acclimating to her new surroundings with a murder mystery to solve. Bo, her protective brother, has opened a new cafe and yet, he has secrets in his past yet to be revealed. And Coal, the ever present and vigilant Great Dane...I loved how he just warmed right up to Macy and always wanted to be near and protect her. Lots of action, some quirky characters, a murder to solve, and a loving dog, what more could a cozy mystery lover ask for. And then the cliff hanger ending--it gives me hope for another fun book from this author. I can't wait. I received a complimentary copy of the book and was not required to write a review. The opinions are my own.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Ryan Hoffman

    I love Heather Day Gilbert's Mysteries including her cozy Mysteries. This one is a new chapter in that. No filter is the latest in Heather Day Gilbert's cozy mysteries in features two protagonists and a dog. The human sleuths are Macy and Bo Hatfield, that decided to open up Barks and Beans, a coffee shop where people can pet dogs from the local humane society, as well as a pet friendly Cafe. This is how Macy ends up with Coal, a big black Great Dane. Coals previous owner died and is later found I love Heather Day Gilbert's Mysteries including her cozy Mysteries. This one is a new chapter in that. No filter is the latest in Heather Day Gilbert's cozy mysteries in features two protagonists and a dog. The human sleuths are Macy and Bo Hatfield, that decided to open up Barks and Beans, a coffee shop where people can pet dogs from the local humane society, as well as a pet friendly Cafe. This is how Macy ends up with Coal, a big black Great Dane. Coals previous owner died and is later found out to have been murdered, and then Coal ends up stolen from Macy. I like how Miss Gilbert does her characters in her cozies. This one was funny and I enjoyed reading it.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Emily Yager

    This is the first book in a brand new Cozy Mystery Series - Barks and Beans Café. Heartbroken, Macy moves back to her small hometown to help her brother with his latest endeavor the Barks and Beans Café. A coffee shop where people can hang out with rescue dogs.Things don't go according to plan. Some people just can't resist a puzzle or in this case a murder and a Great Dane. Family ties, mystery, dogs, unique characters, small town charm. This book has everything that I love about cozy mysteries This is the first book in a brand new Cozy Mystery Series - Barks and Beans Café. Heartbroken, Macy moves back to her small hometown to help her brother with his latest endeavor the Barks and Beans Café. A coffee shop where people can hang out with rescue dogs.Things don't go according to plan. Some people just can't resist a puzzle or in this case a murder and a Great Dane. Family ties, mystery, dogs, unique characters, small town charm. This book has everything that I love about cozy mysteries. The dynamic sibling sleuth team really make this a fun book to read and has me looking forward to what trouble their going to find themselves into next.

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