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    A great new series with a fun protagonist

    This was a interesting premise for a new cozy series that captured my attention. Thank you to the publisher and to Net Galley for the ARC. My opinion is my own,. I love a protagonist that is a strong independent woman and the author has certainly met that criteria. Hildy is a busy social worker and runs a grief support group. in She is feisty, short and the author included very funny incidents about those of us in the short population which were endearing and funny! She has a golden retriever that is her constant companion. She has a new attendee to the grief group that believes her son was murdered. The police do not agree. She wants Hildy to investigate which Hildy takes on without question. She is also balancing two love interest, both work for the police department., The sleuth was interesting as Hildy is new to investigating. She is smart and likable. .I liked the supporting charcters and love the addition of her dog. Hildy has a possible job change in her future and that will be a great tie in for the next book. I look forward to the next in series.
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    First in a new series

    Hildy Schneider is a social worker who runs a grief support group at the local hospital. When a new attendee joins the group and asks for help in solving her son’s murder, Hildy and the group listen to her story and agree to help. While the police called it an accidental overdose, the grieving mother doesn’t believe it. A former ward of the state herself, Hildy became a social worker to help other children in the system. However this time she is going to be helping a mother who has suffered the loss of a child. If it helps her get a little closer to her crush, Detective Bob Richmond, all the better for Hildy! This first entry in a new series with great promise. I found HIldy to be a little spitfire, all five feet of her, with cajones. She’s honest about her shortcomings, faithful to a fault, and extremely likable, as is her golden retriever, Roscoe.
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    Debut of A Helping Hands Mystery series

    Needled to Death is the first book in A Helping Hands Mystery series which is a spin-off of A Mattie Winston Mystery series. Needled to Death can be read as a standalone though. Hildy Schneider is a social worker, pleasantly plump, single, and has some quirks. Hildy’s mother was murdered when she was seven years old. She then found herself in the foster care system where Hildy was a less than an ideal child. She moved from home to home until she aged out of the system. Being in the foster care system left Hildy with an odd habit or two that she has been unable to shed. When Sharon Cochran asks for the grief support group’s assistance in proving her son was murdered, Hildy wants to help because her mother’s case is still unsolved. Hildy talks with Mattie Winston and then teams up with Detective Bob Richmond. Hildy became assertive with Bob regarding the case and also worked up the courage to ask him out on a date. Bob is a handsome and has been working out since he was shot. Hildy is surprised to learn he is fifty-two (he does not look his age). Jonas Kriedeman, an evidence technician, is attracted to Hildy and invites her to dinner. The mystery is multilayered with a twist or two. Hildy stumbles upon an interesting find that, in my opinion, was the best part of the mystery. I was happy that all the details of the case are revealed providing a satisfying conclusion. I found it fascinating when Hildy was trying to lift a print and how she was able to utilize it. I did find Needled to Death to be a slow starter and I did not like the repetitive details (that Hildy was in the foster care system, bad homes, she has no family, her mother’s history). I like that the author took the time to establish the main characters and there are descriptive details on each character. I did not like that Needled to Death is written in the first person (it was unappealing to me). P.J., the neighbor’s daughter, was a delightful addition to the book. I liked her frank nature. Roscoe, Hildy’s golden retriever, is a protective and comforting dog. He was a sweetie. Those readers who enjoy A Mattie Winston Mystery series will be delighted with A Helping Hands Mystery series. Needled to Death has a protective pooch, a dashing detective, a cold case, a perplexing puzzle and a caring counselor.

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