Moving is never easy and moving back to your hometown may be one of the hardest things ever. Trust me on this one, I did it 13 years ago. There were a few downsides to moving back to West Virginia after living in cities like Boston MA and Atlanta GA, but one of the best things I found was the city of Lewisburg, with its fantastic Chocolate Festival in the spring and Literary Festival in the late summer. This small town was actually voted coolest small town in America just a few years ago, so a cafe like Barks & Beans from the cozy mystery series that includes No Filter by Heather Day Gilbert would fit right in with the town’s ambiance. You might not be able to visit Lewisburg, West Virginia at the moment, but I invite you to visit via the pages of No Filter with Macy Hatfield and her brother, Bo. Today, Bo is taking some time off from running his cafe and solving mysteries to visit with us. Without further adieu, I give you Boaz “Bo” Hatfield of Barks & Beans Cafe.
Character Guest Post
by Bo (Boaz) Hatfield of the Barks & Beans Cafe cozy mystery series by Heather Day Gilbert
I recently moved back to my small hometown of Lewisburg, West Virginia, after cashing out and retiring early from my vice president position at Coffee Mass, a coffee bean importing company in California.
My younger sister, Macy, thought I’d lost my mind when I told her what I did. After all, I’m only forty-one, and I had everything I could’ve wanted in California…a beautiful house, great car, and a beautiful fiancée, Tara.
Had being the keyword. I had a beautiful fiancée.
Tara split up with me, for reasons I won’t go into, but suffice it to say, none of them were grounded in the truth. I couldn’t handle working alongside her on a daily basis, so I sold my house and car and moved back to work on my great aunt Athaleen’s house—the one Macy and I grew up in because our parents died when I was only six.
My sister was coming off a divorce from her husband Jake—a guy I wish she’d never married in the first place. She was living in South Carolina and hating it. Macy was a born mountain girl—she needed to feel the grass under her feet and have dogs around her. She’d had to give up dogs for the rental house she and Jake had shared.
So I cooked up a plan that would allow Macy and me to work together. I renovated the front section of Auntie A’s huge house, turning half of it into a cafe. The other half was transformed into an area that was dog-proof, with a run going into a fenced yard outdoors.
We would call our new business the Barks & Beans Cafe. I planned to run the coffee shop—training baristas, ordering the best beans—and Macy would run the dog section, working with the local animal shelter to bring dogs in for customers to pet on their coffee breaks. It was a marriage of the things we both enjoyed most in life, plus it would enrich the town by providing opportunities for dogs to get adopted.
Once Macy agreed to be my business partner, she moved back into Auntie A’s house (I moved down the road from her). It didn’t take long to hire employees and get the cafe up and running. Things were going smoothly until Macy’s newly-adopted Great Dane, Coal, was dognapped…and things started spiraling out of control the more we tried to track down who was behind it.
Join us in our race to stop a callous murderer in No Filter, Book 1 in the Barks & Beans Cafe cozy mystery series.
No Filter (Barks & Beans Cafe Cozy Mystery)
by Heather Day Gilbert
About No Filter
No Filter (Barks & Beans Cafe Cozy Mystery)
1st in Series
Publisher: WoodHaven Press (May 26, 2020)
Number of Pages: ~280 Pages
Digital ASIN: B085BX4N96
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
Purchase – Amazon
About Heather Day Gilbert
HEATHER DAY GILBERT, an ECPA Christy award finalist and Grace award winner, writes contemporary mysteries and Viking historicals. Her novels feature small towns, family relationships, and women who aren’t afraid to protect those they love. Like her amateur sleuth heroines, she enjoys reading Agatha Christie, playing video games, dogs, and coffee.
Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/heatherdaygilbert
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