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Thursday, July 18, 2019

Blog Tour Guest Post, Review, & Giveaway for Cliff Hanger by Mary Feliz

Close encounters of the smelliest kind

Dogs and skunks don’t mix. Or rather, they do, too often, with noisome results of which your entire neighborhood will be immediately aware. A swift remedy is essential.

After too much personal experience with bathing uncooperative cats and water-loving golden retriever in every skunk remedy from the weirdest folk tinctures to the priciest commercial one, here is the one that we stock on our shelves at home:

Maggie’s Homemade Anti-Skunk Shampoo

1 quart of 3% Hydrogen Peroxide
1/2 cup of Baking Soda
1 teaspoon of liquid soap (Dawn works well)
Combine ingredients to make a shampoo. Large dogs may require a triple batch. Rub vigorously. Repeat as necessary.

Rinse well.

Note: Hydrogen peroxide is often thought of as a bleaching agent. Online instructions for lightening human hair recommend applying a peroxide and soda mixture and letting it sit for more than an hour. Shampooing my golden’s fur with this mixture, I left it on for a moment or two, and could detect no change in the color after I’d rinsed it out well.

The smell, on the other hand, was greatly diminished!

My author, Mary Feliz, and her publisher, Lyrical Underground, insisted I take ownership of this shampoo recipe in our latest book in the Maggie McDonald Mystery series, Cliff Hanger. In all honesty, the brilliant creator of this concoction is unknown to me. I only attest that it works. And that my veterinarian recommended it, so I’m assuming it’s safe for my beloved Belle.  

About the Book

Cozy Mystery 5th in Series  
Lyrical Underground (July 16, 2019)  
Paperback: 215 pages  
ISBN-10: 1516105303 
ISBN-13: 978-1516105304  
Digital ASIN: B07JLLRRT2 
When a hang-gliding stranger is found fatally injured in the cliffs above Monterey Bay, the investigation into his death becomes a cluttered mess. Professional organizer Maggie McDonald must sort the clues to catch a coastal killer before her family becomes a target . . . Maggie has her work cut out for her helping Renée Alvarez organize her property management office. Though the condominium complex boasts a prime location on the shores of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, aging buildings and the high-maintenance tenants have Renée run ragged. But Maggie’s efforts are complicated when her sons attempt to rescue a badly injured man who crashed his ultra-light on the coastal cliffs. Despite their efforts to save him, the man dies. Maggie's family members become the prime suspects in a murder investigation and the target of a lawsuit. Her instincts say something’s out of place, but solving a murder won’t be easy. Maggie still needs to manage her business, the pushy press, and unwanted interest from criminal elements. Controlling chaos is her specialty, but with this killer’s crime wave, Maggie may be left hanging . ..
*I received a free copy of this book which I voluntarily chose to write an honest review for.

What an adventure for the McDonald clan! Maggie accepts an organizing job that will have the beach using a beach condo as a perk for the Summer. Things go wrong at the minute of arrival when there is a is a misunderstanding about where they are to stay as well as the dog so the boys go for a walk. What starts as fun ends with a call to 911 when they find someone injured from a crash. It starts innocent enough  it when the guys parents start coming after the boys Maggie just had to find out what is going on. Great blend of fun family moments, mystery, a cute dog, and an intriguing story. Perfect for cozy fans. I really liked it so I give it 4/5 stars.

About the Author

Mary Feliz writes the Maggie McDonald Mysteries featuring a Silicon Valley professional organizer and her sidekick golden retriever. She's worked for Fortune 500 firms and mom and pop enterprises competed in whale boat races and done synchronized swimming. She attends organizing conferences in her character's stead, but Maggie's skills leave her in the dust. Her first book, ADDRESS TO DIE FOR, received a Kirkus Star and was named a Best Book of 2017 by Kirkus Reviews.

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  1. I hope you'll never need this skunk shampoo, but keep the recipe handy just in case. Thanks for host ok NG me!

  2. You have me at the beautiful golden!
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