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Pit Bulls are Sweet . . . and that’s no mystery! (previously published as Pit Perfect in 2016) When cougar-shifter Lily Mason moves to Moonrise, Missouri, she wishes for only three things from the town and its human population. . . to find a job, to find a place to live, and to live as a human, not a therianthrope. Lily gets more than she bargains for when a rescue pit b Pit Bulls are Sweet . . . and that’s no mystery! (previously published as Pit Perfect in 2016) When cougar-shifter Lily Mason moves to Moonrise, Missouri, she wishes for only three things from the town and its human population. . . to find a job, to find a place to live, and to live as a human, not a therianthrope. Lily gets more than she bargains for when a rescue pit bull named Smooshie rescues her from an oncoming car, and it’s love at first sight. Thanks to Smooshie, Lily’s first two wishes are granted by Parker Knowles, the owner of the Pit Bull Rescue center, who offers her a job at the shelter and the room over his garage for rent. Lily’s new life as an integrator is threatened when Smooshie finds Katherine Kapersky, the local church choir leader and head of the town council, dead in the field behind the rescue center. Unfortunately, there are more suspects than mourners for the elderly town leader. Can Lily keep her less-than-human status under wraps? Or will the killer, who has pulled off a nearly Pit Perfect murder, expose her to keep Lily and her dog from digging up the truth? Fall in love with Lily Mason, the shifter who only wants to live as a human, and her pit bull Smooshie, a rescue dog who in the end may be the one doing the rescuing! Pit Perfect Murder, Book 1 of the Barkside of the Moon Mysteries from USA Today bestselling paranormal cozy mystery author Renee George, is an exciting tale of mystery and suspense that will have you on the edge of your seat. A clean read full of humor and small town charm.


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Pit Bulls are Sweet . . . and that’s no mystery! (previously published as Pit Perfect in 2016) When cougar-shifter Lily Mason moves to Moonrise, Missouri, she wishes for only three things from the town and its human population. . . to find a job, to find a place to live, and to live as a human, not a therianthrope. Lily gets more than she bargains for when a rescue pit b Pit Bulls are Sweet . . . and that’s no mystery! (previously published as Pit Perfect in 2016) When cougar-shifter Lily Mason moves to Moonrise, Missouri, she wishes for only three things from the town and its human population. . . to find a job, to find a place to live, and to live as a human, not a therianthrope. Lily gets more than she bargains for when a rescue pit bull named Smooshie rescues her from an oncoming car, and it’s love at first sight. Thanks to Smooshie, Lily’s first two wishes are granted by Parker Knowles, the owner of the Pit Bull Rescue center, who offers her a job at the shelter and the room over his garage for rent. Lily’s new life as an integrator is threatened when Smooshie finds Katherine Kapersky, the local church choir leader and head of the town council, dead in the field behind the rescue center. Unfortunately, there are more suspects than mourners for the elderly town leader. Can Lily keep her less-than-human status under wraps? Or will the killer, who has pulled off a nearly Pit Perfect murder, expose her to keep Lily and her dog from digging up the truth? Fall in love with Lily Mason, the shifter who only wants to live as a human, and her pit bull Smooshie, a rescue dog who in the end may be the one doing the rescuing! Pit Perfect Murder, Book 1 of the Barkside of the Moon Mysteries from USA Today bestselling paranormal cozy mystery author Renee George, is an exciting tale of mystery and suspense that will have you on the edge of your seat. A clean read full of humor and small town charm.

30 review for Pit Perfect Murder

  1. 5 out of 5

    Ian

    Lily leaves her hometown and moves to Missouri. She is a were-cougar but that doesn't really come into the story at all. The town's shrew has been murdered and it seems that everyone has a motive but the body was found in Parker's yard and for the police chief that's enough to close the case and throw him into jail. Lily investigates. That's about it. It's a moderately entertaining cozy that offers hints at something more but never delivers. Lily leaves her hometown and moves to Missouri. She is a were-cougar but that doesn't really come into the story at all. The town's shrew has been murdered and it seems that everyone has a motive but the body was found in Parker's yard and for the police chief that's enough to close the case and throw him into jail. Lily investigates. That's about it. It's a moderately entertaining cozy that offers hints at something more but never delivers.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Barb (Boxermommyreads)

    This book was just so much fun to read that I've already pre ordered the sequel (and am secretly keeping my fingers crossed that I can get my hands on an ARC somewhere). This book has a combination of so many elements that there really is something for everyone. There's mystery, paranormal elements (shifters, witches and I'm sure so much more), and dogs. Plus it has the small town charm which I love about cozy mysteries and books in general. Lily is a great character. She moves to Moonrise trying This book was just so much fun to read that I've already pre ordered the sequel (and am secretly keeping my fingers crossed that I can get my hands on an ARC somewhere). This book has a combination of so many elements that there really is something for everyone. There's mystery, paranormal elements (shifters, witches and I'm sure so much more), and dogs. Plus it has the small town charm which I love about cozy mysteries and books in general. Lily is a great character. She moves to Moonrise trying to locate an Uncle who isn't even aware of her existence, but who is her only living relative left. Along the way, she meets lots of new and interesting townsfolk and some who aren't so nice and welcoming. The mystery in the book had me guessing until the end, probably because there was no short list of people who wanted the worst for the victim. Also, it's great that Lily rescues Smooshie early on so she is a key factor in most of the book. Smooshie is a lovable, over-sized Pit Bull who is sure to play even a bigger role in the next book. If you are looking for a enjoyable quick read and love mysteries, cozy or otherwise, then seriously consider giving this book a chance!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Janet Robel

    I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The first book in the Barkside of the Moon series is absolutely adorable. It's an all-around fun, paranormal mystery with Lily Mason being a cougar shifter. Of course, her rescue pit bull Smooshie steals the show occasionally and will have you falling in love with her. Discovering a new to me author is like discovering a new cupcake flavor for me, and I'm never satisfied with just one. Thankfully, book two is al I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The first book in the Barkside of the Moon series is absolutely adorable. It's an all-around fun, paranormal mystery with Lily Mason being a cougar shifter. Of course, her rescue pit bull Smooshie steals the show occasionally and will have you falling in love with her. Discovering a new to me author is like discovering a new cupcake flavor for me, and I'm never satisfied with just one. Thankfully, book two is already available and I've since started it. Can't wait to see what mischief Lily and Smooshie will get into next.

  4. 4 out of 5

    JoAn

    This was a cute paranormal cozy mystery that was fun to read. I enjoyed reading about Lily trying to adapt to a town that is inhabited by all humans. Moonrise, MO is the home of her Uncle Buzz, her only living relative now, and she wanted a new life from Paradise Falls. The mystery was engaging with plenty of twists to keep me guessing until the reveal.

  5. 4 out of 5

    All Things Urban Fantasy

    All Things Urban Fantasy PIT PERFECT is a delightfully cozy supernatural mystery story. I enjoyed the different turns the story took in making you question everyone's motives at some point (except Smooshie, Lily's adorable dog). I kept thinking "Oh no it can't be him/her...but it would make so much sense and be kind of awesome..." and the conclusion of who the murderer was was pretty understandable in the end. The story as a whole has a cast of quirky characters and is a pretty light, fun read. L All Things Urban Fantasy PIT PERFECT is a delightfully cozy supernatural mystery story. I enjoyed the different turns the story took in making you question everyone's motives at some point (except Smooshie, Lily's adorable dog). I kept thinking "Oh no it can't be him/her...but it would make so much sense and be kind of awesome..." and the conclusion of who the murderer was was pretty understandable in the end. The story as a whole has a cast of quirky characters and is a pretty light, fun read. Lily has had a difficult past, with her family being killed and deciding to leave everything she knows behind to start anew in a different town. For all of that she is pretty practical and level headed. I really enjoyed the growing attraction between Lily and Parker. They seemed to connect right away on their first meeting and I am kind of rooting for these two to get together. While I enjoyed the mystery and the world building, I felt like I was missing out on parts of Lily's past that were explained in previous books which was made more confusing since this was the first in a series. Further research concluded that she was a character in one of Renee George's other series HAZED & CONFUSED MYSTERIES and some of what Lily talks about might have happened in that series. The confusion wasn't too bad and didn't effect my overall enjoyment of the story. I look forward to reading more about Lily and I hope Smooshie gets more involved because I have a soft spot for characters with sidekick animals.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Tracy Smyth

    A fun read

  7. 5 out of 5

    Melodie

    This book was just what I 've been looking for. A light intriguing series. The author invests in her characters but doesn't take herself too seriously. Lily Mason has just moved to a new town, trying to find a place to start over, fit in. Within a short time, she is embroiled in a local murder mystery. The rub is that Lily is a shape shifter, in some circles known as a werewolf. Well, she's actually a were-cougar. Fitting in might be a problem. I love animal centered stories and this one feature This book was just what I 've been looking for. A light intriguing series. The author invests in her characters but doesn't take herself too seriously. Lily Mason has just moved to a new town, trying to find a place to start over, fit in. Within a short time, she is embroiled in a local murder mystery. The rub is that Lily is a shape shifter, in some circles known as a werewolf. Well, she's actually a were-cougar. Fitting in might be a problem. I love animal centered stories and this one features a pit bull named Smooshie, along with a no-kill shelter. And of course there's a hunky shelter owner to round out the story line. I look forward to this series as an occasional texture change in my reading.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Chris Torretta

    I’m a sucker for pups. I was not one to go all crazy and smiley faced because I saw a dog prior to getting my first pup. Then he spoiled me! Four dogs later and I cannot resist the urge to walk up to every stranger and pet their dogs. It’s a thing with dog lovers, apparently. Pits are even more adorable, crazy babies. My pit is my counselor. Although he’s my hubby’s dog, if I get upset for any reason, he is on my lap. A 100 pound counselor on my lap is a great way to immediately recognize that I I’m a sucker for pups. I was not one to go all crazy and smiley faced because I saw a dog prior to getting my first pup. Then he spoiled me! Four dogs later and I cannot resist the urge to walk up to every stranger and pet their dogs. It’s a thing with dog lovers, apparently. Pits are even more adorable, crazy babies. My pit is my counselor. Although he’s my hubby’s dog, if I get upset for any reason, he is on my lap. A 100 pound counselor on my lap is a great way to immediately recognize that I need to calm down! Needless to say, when I saw this cozy mystery I could not pass it up! Book two is publishing soon so I knew I needed to read book one. This was just as adorable as I thought it would be. The pup in this, Smooshie, is more than adorable. She’s a Pitt, and as such she’s a protector and a lover. I can’t say that Smooshie stole the show though because Lily Mason did a wonderful job of keeping center stage with her Nancy Drew antics. Being a cozy mystery lover, I wouldn’t say this is my favorite but it is definitely worth the read. The plot was perfect for a cozy mystery, the dogs added quite a bit of appeal, and the idea that Lily is not human adds another element that I normally don’t see in the average cozy mystery. Pit Perfect has a lot to pull the reader in but it is also good enough to keep you entertained as well. Loved the characters, there are quite a few in this one, but Buzz and Lily definitely stay center. I think that was the only real downside. Lily is new to this town and as such she meets a lot of characters in a very small amount of time. Plus, sadly, a lot of information was given at the beginning of the book and it made me want a prequel to this. After searching Goodreads I’m guessing the prequel is Witchin’ Impossible but these two are in two different sets of series, although Lily does talk about Hazel, so I’ll have to do a bit more reading. I would have loved to read the story behind Lily in a book rather than just being force fed in this one. That said, this is fun! I can’t wait to get my hands onto book two and here more of Lily and Smooshie’s shenanigans.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Wendy

    Lily Manson is a paranormal. She is a werecougar and a truth-seer. All her life she has lived in a town where everyone is a paranormal. No secrets. But she has lost everyone she loves and has recently discovered she has an uncle. So she leaves her comfort zone and goes to see her Uncle. Uncle is also a were, but has been acting human for years out of survival. Unlike many paranormal cozy s , this one book is different because under no circumstances is she to reveal what she is. Because humans wou Lily Manson is a paranormal. She is a werecougar and a truth-seer. All her life she has lived in a town where everyone is a paranormal. No secrets. But she has lost everyone she loves and has recently discovered she has an uncle. So she leaves her comfort zone and goes to see her Uncle. Uncle is also a were, but has been acting human for years out of survival. Unlike many paranormal cozy s , this one book is different because under no circumstances is she to reveal what she is. Because humans would only kill them or study them. Less than a day of meeting her uncle, she acquires a pit bull dog and the village nasty busybody is found dead. Lily is certain the prime suspect is NOT the culprit. she begins to ask questions and even though she is a complete stranger, the small community falls under her truth-seer spell and talks. A cozy in a small town with small town characters.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Deb

    Oh my what a fantastic must read this story is! This is my first book by this author, but it won't be my last :D I am so hooked & can't wait for more :D With a unique & fresh storyline combining a cozy mystery with a light touch of PNR & well defined characters (including the lovable rescue dog Smooshie) that kept me on the edge of my seat wondering who-dunnit, and then I was pleasantly surprised at the ending I never saw coming! ... Sadly I had to squeeze this page-turner into a hectic holiday Oh my what a fantastic must read this story is! This is my first book by this author, but it won't be my last :D I am so hooked & can't wait for more :D With a unique & fresh storyline combining a cozy mystery with a light touch of PNR & well defined characters (including the lovable rescue dog Smooshie) that kept me on the edge of my seat wondering who-dunnit, and then I was pleasantly surprised at the ending I never saw coming! ... Sadly I had to squeeze this page-turner into a hectic holiday time, coz I did not want to stop once I started & would have read the whole thing in one sitting if I'd had the time! :D Ms. George has a great way with words & descriptions that will reel you in & keep readers engaged :D I highly recommend this to all fans of fiction, so run, don't walk to get your now!!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lory

    I didn't what to expect while reading Lily story. This entertaining and enjoyable read is filled with so much secret, drama, and mayhem. Sparks flew between Lily and Parker but I guess it's too soon to exactly pinpoint what's going to happen between the both of them but I really do hope they end up together they make a pretty good couple specially with there love of dogs plus Lily deserve it she's been through so much as it is I want to see her get HEA. Overall a great read I can't wait to see w I didn't what to expect while reading Lily story. This entertaining and enjoyable read is filled with so much secret, drama, and mayhem. Sparks flew between Lily and Parker but I guess it's too soon to exactly pinpoint what's going to happen between the both of them but I really do hope they end up together they make a pretty good couple specially with there love of dogs plus Lily deserve it she's been through so much as it is I want to see her get HEA. Overall a great read I can't wait to see what going to happen next in this series. I voluntarily read and review this ARC I haven't been compensated in any way.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sheryl

    Moving to a new town Lily did not know what to expect. Certainly not finding a sexy animal shelter guy or being a suspect in a murder investigation. What else could go wrong? I am voluntarily leaving my honest review of this book. This is book 1 of the new cozy series Barkside of the Moon Mysteries by the author.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Snarktastic Sonja

    I love shifters. I am a sucker for pit bulls. Not going to go wrong here. Well, that isn't entirely true. I have one issues with this tale. Lily is a werecougar. With no family. Because they were all murdered. We know all these because we are told in the first chapter. There is no backstory . . . we are suddenly just HERE. We do not get to see her family in any way, shape, or form. We are just dealt a brief history in the first chapter. While I understand and accept the author's decision to handl I love shifters. I am a sucker for pit bulls. Not going to go wrong here. Well, that isn't entirely true. I have one issues with this tale. Lily is a werecougar. With no family. Because they were all murdered. We know all these because we are told in the first chapter. There is no backstory . . . we are suddenly just HERE. We do not get to see her family in any way, shape, or form. We are just dealt a brief history in the first chapter. While I understand and accept the author's decision to handle it in this fashion, I did feel disappointed. So, the story du jour is Lily has learned she has an uncle and goes to find him. He is living in a human town and so she takes her little paranormal self and moves where she has to pretend to be human. Another disappointment. I love shifters. I would love to see more paranormal and less battle against being who she is. So Lily arrives in Moonside, MO. She makes friends quickly - especially with Smooshie the Pit Bull. She finds a dead body and suddenly she makes friends everywhere and sets out to prove the innocence of one friend. If the whole town didn't hate the woman that died, it may have been easier for her. Lily made friends very easily - and this is also explained as part of her paranormal character. This is a simple cozy mystery. All the elements are here. It is no literary masterpiece. Would I have written it differently? Maybe. But, it is still an enjoyable romp and you get exactly what you are expecting. I rounded up from 3.5 stars.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    I received this book for free from the author and voluntary chose to review it. It makes me so happy when I come across a new-to-me author and fall in love with the stories. I really liked the paranormal aspect of werewolves and werecats that she built into this world. The plot really kept my nose in the book. I must admit that this is one I did not figure out. The murderer was not the one I expected it to be the for entire book. The main characters were awesome. I really enjoyed reading about Pa I received this book for free from the author and voluntary chose to review it. It makes me so happy when I come across a new-to-me author and fall in love with the stories. I really liked the paranormal aspect of werewolves and werecats that she built into this world. The plot really kept my nose in the book. I must admit that this is one I did not figure out. The murderer was not the one I expected it to be the for entire book. The main characters were awesome. I really enjoyed reading about Parker and Lily’s back stories. Smooshie was my favorite, though. I would so love to have a dog like her. This is a very fun story that I do recommend to anyone interested in paranormal murder stories.

  15. 5 out of 5

    KS

    Cute paranormal read - dog lovers, mystery, a hint of romance in the air, shifters and more! This is a fun paranormal mystery. Lily Mason has left her paranormal town to see how the other half lives - the human half, that is. Lily's first day in town results in a pit bull saving her life and adopting her as her own AND the discovery of a murder victim. Her life doesn't ease up from there. I found the characters very intriguing and the hint of romance between Lily and Parker was super sweet. And yo Cute paranormal read - dog lovers, mystery, a hint of romance in the air, shifters and more! This is a fun paranormal mystery. Lily Mason has left her paranormal town to see how the other half lives - the human half, that is. Lily's first day in town results in a pit bull saving her life and adopting her as her own AND the discovery of a murder victim. Her life doesn't ease up from there. I found the characters very intriguing and the hint of romance between Lily and Parker was super sweet. And you will definitely fall in love with Smooshie - the devotion of a pet is one of the best things in life - unconditional love. This has a litany of murder suspects and twists that will keep you guessing throughout. I found it light-hearted and thoroughly enjoyable. I voluntarily requested and read an advance reader copy.

  16. 5 out of 5

    JadeShea

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This one was an interesting story, and I loved the dogs in it. The only thing is I hate the whole can't be with a human thing, and the fact that they have mates, yet it seems like the heroine has a hint of hers but somehow doesn't know it. This one was an interesting story, and I loved the dogs in it. The only thing is I hate the whole can't be with a human thing, and the fact that they have mates, yet it seems like the heroine has a hint of hers but somehow doesn't know it.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Morin

    Fun story A bit paranormal, a bit but mystery and a bit of romance all tied up in this fast paced story.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ronna Levin

    Excellent What a different book. Thoroughly enjoyed this book. So different and educational. I looked Up the description of what the character was so I could understand the character better.highly recommend.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Mummy's Naughty Corner

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book was okay. I felt that a little too much happened in the one book. A lot of people seemed to die very quickly. I liked the dog Smooch. She was a nice little touch to the story. I feel there is much more to come in the series with the shiftier and paranormal side. The author managed to build the small town nicely and the characters fir with the small community vibe.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Krystyna

    Even a cougar shifter needs a dog! A great mix of humour, emotion, mystery and the supernatural. With no ties holding her to the place of her birth, she sets out to track down her uncle. His welcome is more tepid than warm and things get decidedly cooler with the discovery of the local minister's wife body near where she is staying. With all eyes on her and the kind local animal shelter owner, she starts to investigate. Helped by her new adopted best friend. Keeping her shifter nature a secret wh Even a cougar shifter needs a dog! A great mix of humour, emotion, mystery and the supernatural. With no ties holding her to the place of her birth, she sets out to track down her uncle. His welcome is more tepid than warm and things get decidedly cooler with the discovery of the local minister's wife body near where she is staying. With all eyes on her and the kind local animal shelter owner, she starts to investigate. Helped by her new adopted best friend. Keeping her shifter nature a secret whilst investigating proves a challenge. Blackmail, town secrets and revenge are smoothly woven into a plot that is enhanced by the characters. A great little read.

  21. 5 out of 5

    DelAnne Frazee

    Title: Pit Perfect - Barkside of the Moon Nysteries Book 1 Author: Renee George Publisher: Book Boutiques Published: 12-15-2016 Pages: 176 Genre: Mystery, Thrillers & Suspense Sub-Genre: Women Sleuths; Cozy; Paranormal; Shifter; Animals; Humorous ISBN: 9781944003555 ASIN: B01HDH4BXO Reviewed For NetGalley and Book Boutiques Reviewer: DelAnne Rating: 4.75 Stars The perfect start to a new series by talented author Renee George. Filled with suspense and humor. After her parents then years later her brother are Title: Pit Perfect - Barkside of the Moon Nysteries Book 1 Author: Renee George Publisher: Book Boutiques Published: 12-15-2016 Pages: 176 Genre: Mystery, Thrillers & Suspense Sub-Genre: Women Sleuths; Cozy; Paranormal; Shifter; Animals; Humorous ISBN: 9781944003555 ASIN: B01HDH4BXO Reviewed For NetGalley and Book Boutiques Reviewer: DelAnne Rating: 4.75 Stars The perfect start to a new series by talented author Renee George. Filled with suspense and humor. After her parents then years later her brother are murdered Lucy Mason leaves her paranormal community of Paradise Falls to live among humans in Moonrise, Mo.. When Smoochie, a Pit Bull, rescue rescues Lucy, a cougar shifter from being rundown in traffic he saves more than her life. It is through Smoochie that Lucy meets Parker Knowles who operates a Pit Rescue Center. Parker offers Lucy a job and a place to live. While out walking her Smoochie, they find the body of Katherine Kapersky, long-time resident, head of the town council and leader of her church choir. When Parker is suspected Lucy and Smoochie set out to find the killer and clear Parker's and the center's names, The fact that Katherine was one of meanest and most disliked person in town means the suspect list is long and diverse. Can Lucy expose the killer before the killer exposes Lucy's true shifter nature? This fast paced, quick read draws the reader into the story quickly. An exciting suspense adventure that was fun to read. I found myself imagining the scenes coming to life in my imagination. Placing myself in the middle of the action, searching for the well hidden clues. My rating of "Pit Perfect - Barkside of the Moon Mysteries Book 1" is 4.75 out of 5 stars. Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01HDH4BXO/... B&N Link: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/pit-... Books-A-Million Link: http://www.booksamillion.com/p/Pit-Pe... Google Play Link: Not Available Indigo Link: https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/... Kobo Link: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/pit-... GoodReads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3... The Reading Room Link: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.ph... Twitter Link: https://twitter.com/DelAnne531/status...

  22. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    Pit Perfect Murder was a fun paranormal cozy mystery. It was a fast moving and quick read. There were plenty of suspects, all with plenty of motives to kill the victim, and I could never narrow it down to who I thought the culprit might be. Lily, the main character, is a cougar-shifter and while I've read many paranormal romances featuring shifters, I've not read any cozies with them. So that was interesting and added a unique element to the story that I enjoyed. I also found it really interestin Pit Perfect Murder was a fun paranormal cozy mystery. It was a fast moving and quick read. There were plenty of suspects, all with plenty of motives to kill the victim, and I could never narrow it down to who I thought the culprit might be. Lily, the main character, is a cougar-shifter and while I've read many paranormal romances featuring shifters, I've not read any cozies with them. So that was interesting and added a unique element to the story that I enjoyed. I also found it really interesting watching Lily try to figure out how to deal with living in a town full of humans when she grew up in a town full of shifters like her. I absolutely adored Smooshie. She's such a lovable dog. Her personality really reminded me of my German Shepherd, Daisy. I'm definitely looking forward to reading Murder & The Money Pit, book two in this series.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Emily Pennington

    When werecougar Lily Mason was 18, she returned from a sleepover to find her parents murdered and her 7-year-old brother Danny traumatized in the broom closet. Seventeen years after that, Danny also was murdered. With the help of Hazel, her FBI best friend and witch, they tracked down the supernatural killers and gave her family justice. Hazel found that Lily’s dad had a brother, so Lily left everything behind and moved to Moonrise, Missouri, where her truck died and refused to move any further. When werecougar Lily Mason was 18, she returned from a sleepover to find her parents murdered and her 7-year-old brother Danny traumatized in the broom closet. Seventeen years after that, Danny also was murdered. With the help of Hazel, her FBI best friend and witch, they tracked down the supernatural killers and gave her family justice. Hazel found that Lily’s dad had a brother, so Lily left everything behind and moved to Moonrise, Missouri, where her truck died and refused to move any further. She had hopes of meeting her unknown uncle here and indeed found him at the diner! It was good to have family again. Walking back to the garage, Lily was crossing the street when a black sedan rushed toward her. Before she could use her cougar strength to move to safety, a heavy object shoved her out of the way. Smooshie needed a home and Lily figured she just earned it! When Smooshie finds a dead body, Lily and her new partner team up to solve the mystery – hopefully before the murderer takes steps to turn the tables on her! I’ve been reading this author’s books for many years, and it is such a pleasure to find a well written story without editing issues. Her books are easy to read because the words just flow off the pages. The story line quickly captures the reader’s interest and provides a well-paced murder mystery to be solved. Join Lily and Smooshie in their first big adventure! Trust me, you’ll be hooked on this series in no time at all!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Crittermom

    It is easy to fall in love with Pit Perfect.  It is a cute paranormal cozy with two charming heroines - one were and one pit bull, both adorable and both determined to prove the innocence of Lily’s new friend Parker.  Lily Mason is a shifter trying to start anew by connecting with the only family she has left.  Smooshie is an adorable pit bull looking for a home.  The two literally collide when Smooshie saves Lily from an oncoming car.  It is love at first sight. When Lily and Smooshie discover t It is easy to fall in love with Pit Perfect.  It is a cute paranormal cozy with two charming heroines - one were and one pit bull, both adorable and both determined to prove the innocence of Lily’s new friend Parker.  Lily Mason is a shifter trying to start anew by connecting with the only family she has left.  Smooshie is an adorable pit bull looking for a home.  The two literally collide when Smooshie saves Lily from an oncoming car.  It is love at first sight. When Lily and Smooshie discover the body of the cantankerous head of the City Council in the field behind Parker’s dog shelter, all eyes fall on Parker.  Katherine wanted to close down the shelter, so he has a motive.  But he wasn’t the only one Katherine rubbed the wrong way.  Most of the town had it in for her.   It is simply a matter of figuring out who.   Renee George tackles the issue of why people are willing to open up to a stranger by giving Lily a diluted form of her mother’s truth ability.  Her were abilities also come in handy, enabling her to listen in on conversations and detect clues others would miss. If you enjoy cozy mysteries, particularly ones with adorable dogs and just a touch of magic and romance, Pit Perfect is a perfect choice. 4 / 5 I received a copy of Pit Perfect from the publisher and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review. --Crittermom

  25. 4 out of 5

    Monica

    I really loved this. It was a laugh out loud murder mystery! I hadnt read them before when she released them so I am super exciting to be part of it now! I've read some of her other series and although its the same flow its just different and the same RG I know and love! Cougar-shifter Lily has been through some major heartache in her life. She's had a lot of family loss and she just keeps plugging along. She wants a new start in a new town and although she's just passing through Moonrise, Misso I really loved this. It was a laugh out loud murder mystery! I hadnt read them before when she released them so I am super exciting to be part of it now! I've read some of her other series and although its the same flow its just different and the same RG I know and love! Cougar-shifter Lily has been through some major heartache in her life. She's had a lot of family loss and she just keeps plugging along. She wants a new start in a new town and although she's just passing through Moonrise, Missouri a sequence of events have her staying for a bit. Can she solve the murder that the bumbling law enforcement can't? Then she's gotta fight her attraction to a certain Parker Knowles who runs a shelter to save Pit Bulls. Whats a girl to do?

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kristine

    This is the first book in a new series and I loved it! Lily is starting life over in a new town - a new human town, you see LIly is a cougar shfter. The other other shifter in town is her uncle, who she has never met. Filled with murder, and mayhem this is a story that will quickly grab your attention and keep you glued to the pages. The author does a wonderful job of plotting the mystery as well as pacing the story. Suspects abound so you will be kept trying to figure out who the real culprit i This is the first book in a new series and I loved it! Lily is starting life over in a new town - a new human town, you see LIly is a cougar shfter. The other other shifter in town is her uncle, who she has never met. Filled with murder, and mayhem this is a story that will quickly grab your attention and keep you glued to the pages. The author does a wonderful job of plotting the mystery as well as pacing the story. Suspects abound so you will be kept trying to figure out who the real culprit is. I look forward to reading about these characters in the future. I received a copy of this manuscript from the author. I have submitted my review voluntarily.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Ann Decossas

    Great read! A werecougar, Lily on her own after the murder of her parents when she was young and her brother she raised discovers she has an uncle.So she takes off to find him and ends up getting adopted by a wonderful pitbull she names Smooshie. She also meets the owner of the pitbull rescue, Parker Knowles and is smitten. Her uncle is hiding his heritage of being a shifter, she knows if she stays she will have to do the same. When a murder happens and Parker is accused of murder, Lily and her s Great read! A werecougar, Lily on her own after the murder of her parents when she was young and her brother she raised discovers she has an uncle.So she takes off to find him and ends up getting adopted by a wonderful pitbull she names Smooshie. She also meets the owner of the pitbull rescue, Parker Knowles and is smitten. Her uncle is hiding his heritage of being a shifter, she knows if she stays she will have to do the same. When a murder happens and Parker is accused of murder, Lily and her strong sense of justice has to find the real murderer. This book will open people up to adopt rescues and the joy they can bring.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sharon Tyler

    Pit Perfect is the first book in the Barkside of the Moon series by Renee George. I downloaded this book immediately after reading the sequel, The Money Pit, because of the writing style and character work. When cougar-shifter Lily Mason moves to Moonrise, Missouri, she wishes for only three things from the town and its human population. To find a job, to find a place to live, and to live as a human, not a therianthrope. Lily gets more than she bargains for when a rescue pit bull named Smooshie Pit Perfect is the first book in the Barkside of the Moon series by Renee George. I downloaded this book immediately after reading the sequel, The Money Pit, because of the writing style and character work. When cougar-shifter Lily Mason moves to Moonrise, Missouri, she wishes for only three things from the town and its human population. To find a job, to find a place to live, and to live as a human, not a therianthrope. Lily gets more than she bargains for when a rescue pit bull named Smooshie rescues her from an oncoming car, and it’s love at first sight. Thanks to Smooshie, Lily’s first two wishes are granted by Parker Knowles, the owner of the Pit Bull Rescue center, who offers her a job at the shelter and the room over his garage for rent. Lily’s new life as an integrator is threatened when Smooshie finds Katherine Kapersky, the local church choir leader and head of the town council, dead in the field behind the rescue center. Unfortunately, there are more suspects than mourners for the elderly town leader. Can Lily keep her less-than-human status under wraps? Or will the killer, who has pulled off a nearly Pit Perfect murder, expose her to keep Lily and her dog from digging up the truth? Pit Perfect is a fast moving and fun mystery. I liked Lily's character and the complications that she brings with her to the small town. I liked her efforts to fit and and to get to know the town inhabitants. Finding her uncle and making friends in the new town started fairly easy, at least until the dead bodies start appearing and throwing suspicion on those that have been helpful. I really enjoyed the character development and the groundwork laid down for the rest of the series. My real complain, read for it, is that the book was too short. It felt way too short. I want more of this set of characters and Moonrise Missouri. A good start to a series, leaving me wanting more.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jae

    After her brother's murder is solved in Paradise Falls, Lily uproots herself from the only home she's ever known to go to Moonrise in search of the only family she has left--her father's estranged brother. Uncle Buzz had no idea he had a niece, nor that the rest of their family were all gone. However, he cautions her about trying to assimilate with humans, as he's had a tough go of it. Lily has no choice but to stay when her vehicle conks out and needs some work. When she's almost run down in th After her brother's murder is solved in Paradise Falls, Lily uproots herself from the only home she's ever known to go to Moonrise in search of the only family she has left--her father's estranged brother. Uncle Buzz had no idea he had a niece, nor that the rest of their family were all gone. However, he cautions her about trying to assimilate with humans, as he's had a tough go of it. Lily has no choice but to stay when her vehicle conks out and needs some work. When she's almost run down in the street and rescued by a pit bull, Lily meets Parker Knowles. He runs a local pit rescue, and he offers her a place to stay. Lily ends up adopting the pit and names her Smooshie. While she's still adjusting to all of the changes in her life, Lily comes across the body of the town harridan, who's been murdered at the edge of Parker's property. Parker is taken into custody, but Lily is certain he didn't kill Katherine, and she sets out to prove it. She's aided by her peculiar gift, which is that people tend to open up around her and tell her things they would not normally divulge so blithely. Lily soon finds herself learning more about her new neighbors than she wanted to, but can she sift through the information to find a killer? This was a cute story. Lily is a likable character, as are most of the people she meets. The pace moved along well, leading to an exciting end. Some threads were left hanging, but it's the first in a series, so that's understandable. Annoying, but understandable. Also, I got the impression that this series is a spin-off of something else...? Not sure, but the author frequently referenced Lily's BFF, who works with Paradise Falls PD.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Mary Lou Hoffman

    PIT PERFECT is the first in the Barkside of the Moon series. I believe you will need to read them in the order of release. In fact, the main character, Lily, is a transplant from a previous series, the Witchin’ Impossible series. While it is not technically necessary to have read those stories, since you get a synopsis from Lily of what happened to her family, I think I would have preferred to have read those stories first. If you’ve never been owned by a pit bull, you are missing out! Smooshie i PIT PERFECT is the first in the Barkside of the Moon series. I believe you will need to read them in the order of release. In fact, the main character, Lily, is a transplant from a previous series, the Witchin’ Impossible series. While it is not technically necessary to have read those stories, since you get a synopsis from Lily of what happened to her family, I think I would have preferred to have read those stories first. If you’ve never been owned by a pit bull, you are missing out! Smooshie is a very well-written representative for the breed. In my experience, they are lovable, sweet tempered babies for their humans. They are also protective (which is the main source for a lot of the misleading reputation). Renee George describes this particular sweetheart with so much clarity and love it is obvious that she is a dog lover. I loved these characters and cannot wait to return to town… even though a return means another murder since these are cozy mysteries. I love Lily. She is an intriguing character with so many facets to be further explored. Smooshie, as I’ve already mentioned, is a fur baby after my heart. Parker is the perfect friend, boss, … boyfriend? I even love that there are loose ends on that front. There is room to grow as the series grows. Lily is doing all of this while keeping her cougar-shift a secret from the humans. Thank the Goddess for Uncle Buzz who helps her navigate that rocky beach. Yet, she’s getting notes. Someone saw her. Now I’m off to go grab book 2! I have to know who knows her secret. Title: PIT PERFECT MURDER Series: Barkside of the Moon 1 Category /Genre: Paranormal Romance, Mystery Recommended for: 18+ due to sexual content Grammar/editing: B – a few small errors Received from: Amazon purchase

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