Murder, She Barked: A Paws & Claws Mystery

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FIRST IN A NEW SERIES

The Sugar Maple Inn in Wagtail, Virginia, is the country's premiere vacation hot spot for pet owners who can’t bear to leave their furry friends behind.  But this tourist town smells trouble when a killer goes on the prowl....

Holly Miller's life has gone to the dogs. She has no job, her boyfriend's former flame is sniffing around, and a scruffy but loveable Jack Russell Terrier is scattering crumbs all over her ...

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Overview

FIRST IN A NEW SERIES

The Sugar Maple Inn in Wagtail, Virginia, is the country's premiere vacation hot spot for pet owners who can’t bear to leave their furry friends behind.  But this tourist town smells trouble when a killer goes on the prowl....

Holly Miller's life has gone to the dogs. She has no job, her boyfriend's former flame is sniffing around, and a scruffy but loveable Jack Russell Terrier is scattering crumbs all over her borrowed car. Just when she thought things couldn't get worse, a troubling phone call about her grandmother sends her rushing home to the family inn on Wagtail Mountain.

The staff—and a frisky Calico kitten named Twinkletoes—adopts Holly and her new dog on arrival.  But someone in this friendly town is bad to the bone. One of the employees at the inn has been killed in a hit-and-run accident—which is looking anything but accidental. Now Holly and her furry companions will have to nose out the murderer before someone else gets muzzled.

Delicious recipes for owners and pets included!

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Praise for Krista Davis’s Domestic Diva Mysteries

“A mouthwatering mix of murder, mirth, and mayhem.”—Mary Jane Maffini

“For fans of Donna Andrews and Diane Mott Davidson…[A] real winner.”—The Season

“A great whodunit.”—Once Upon a Romance
 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425262559
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 12/3/2013
  • Series: Paws and Claws Mystery Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 64,067
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Krista Davis is the national bestselling author of the Domestic Diva Mysteries. Multiple books from that series have been nominated for Agatha Awards and have hit the New York Times extended list. Krista lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia with a brood of cats and dogs, including a snoopy Jack Russell Terrier and a nosy Calico cat. Her friends and family complain about being guinea pigs for her recipes, but she notices that they keep coming back for more.

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  • Posted December 3, 2013

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    Cozy mysteries resident Domestic Diva, Krista Davis is going in

    Cozy mysteries resident Domestic Diva, Krista Davis is going in a new direction with the first book in her new Paws and Claws Mystery series, Murder She Barked. Wagstail, Virginia is a very special town, dedicated to pets and their persons. Davis does a fantastic job of making this little town a place that pet owners and their pets will love. From restaurants that allow pets, and even give them their own menu's to activities designed just for cats and dogs, there seems to be a lot going on, including murder!

    I was really delighted to see where Krista Davis would take readers with her new series. Considering that I am an animal lover as well, this series was right up my ally. Can you imagine a town that caters to animals in every way possible? That's Wagstail. What a great setting. Davis makes readers believe that a place like Wagstail and The Sugar Maple Inn could really exist and I'm sure most of us wish it did after reading this book. 

    Twinkletoes and Trixie were the stars of the show in this book. I know that my little dog can get into some pretty good messes, but these two take the cake. They really added a lot of humor and comedy to the novel. What amateur sleuth wouldn't want this pair helping them figure out the clues? I thought Davis did a great job with them and then I read that they were patterned after her own dog and cat. I can totally see that, they are so realistic, but over-the-top as well. I loved these two and can't wait to see what they get into next.

    I think that Davis balanced her love of animals well with her love of baking and cooking in this book and the recipes at the end of the book are an added bonus. Pet lovers and mystery readers a like will all find something they like in this first book. Davis sets up the background for the town and it's eccentric shop owners quickly and doesn't rely to heavily on that part of the story to carry the book. The mystery may be the main focus of the novel, but the little details are what sets this one apart.

    The mystery aspect of the book was very cleverly done. Who would want to kill one of the Sugar Maple Inn's employee's? What's really going on around there? I thought Holly was a great lead character and I liked the way her mind worked as she figured out each clue and found the killer. I figured this one out shortly before the big reveal. There were plenty of suspects and motives, but Davis was quick to keep the reader off balance and grasping for their own clues.

    A great first book in a series, that I think will take the cozy sub-genre by storm. I loved it and think I like the way Davis thinks. There should be a lot more fun to come from the Sugar Maple Inn as we get to know Holly and furry friends.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 3, 2013

    a solid start to a new cozy mystery Would you like to take a t

    a solid start to a new cozy mystery

    Would you like to take a trip, but worry about leaving your animals behind? Fear no more, you can go to Wagtail, Virginia, a town that caters to travelers who bring their pets along. Stay at the Sugar Maple Inn and you'll enjoy comfortable lodgings and your dogs and cats will eat as well as you; animal friendly versions of the gourmet people food in most cases! You can visit numerous shops devoted to treats and supplies for your furry friends, consult a pet psychic, even stop at Heal! Drugs and Sundry to get an ice cream cone for yourself as well as a frosty treat for your furry pal as well. You can't make it to Virginia? That's OK-you can get there via your favorite bookstore or library. Just pick up Murder, She Barked by Krista Davis, the first of the Paws and Claws Mystery series.

    After a troubling phone call Holly Miller rushes to her grandmother's side in Wagtail, Virginia. She soon discovers the town she visited as a youth has changed. It's now a premier vacation spot for people traveling with pets! Unfortunately, the town is not tranquil. An employee at her grandma's inn has been murdered and Holly herself sees a car go up in flames. A guest is assaulted and then another murder occurs. There are also some nasty and unpleasant people in this town-one already I wouldn't mind seeing murdered!

    Murder, She Barked is a fun trip to an animal loving town. Holly Miller is a likable protagonist, but to me, the stars of the story are Trixie and Twinkletoes. They bring out the best in Holly and further the story as well. I can't wait to see what mischief the lovable dog and curious kitten get into next! There's a solid mystery here and a good crew of supporting characters. Oma is a lovable force to be reckoned with, full of mischief and manipulation...but with only the best intentions. I'm pleased to say that recipes for both people and pets are included. Murder, She Barked is a solid start to a new cozy mystery that animal lovers in particular will enjoy!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 26, 2013

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    Holly Miller¿s life has gone to the dogs. She has no job and her

    Holly Miller’s life has gone to the dogs. She has no job and her boyfriend’s old girlfriend wants him back and since she is his boss’s daughter she is always around. Then she gets a phone call to return home to Wagtail from her grandmother’s friend saying her grandmother needs her. She wastes no time, hops into her boyfriend’s car, tells him she will call when she knows more and heads to Virginia. She makes a quick stop for gas before heading up the mountain and picks up a “hitchhiker” – A Jack Russell Terrier who has been left behind by someone makes himself right at home in the car.

    When they reach Wagtail both are welcomed with open arms. Her grandmother seems fine but Holly decides to stick around. It’s been a long time since they have spent time together and she thinks her grandmother is keeping something from her.

    Then she learns there was a hit and run accident and one of the Inn’s employees was killed. Holly thinks it may not have been so much of an accident. She is like a dog with a bone as she and her furry friends do their best to sniff out the killer.

    Dollycas’s Thoughts
    What a wonderful idea for a cozy mystery series – Paws & Claws!! Wagtail sounds like an animal lover’s paradise. Imagine a town dedicated to pets and their humans. Because you know we don’t own out pets, they are part of our family and they each have their own person/s. My husband is definitely our 2 dogs person. They tolerate being left here with me while he is at work but when he gets home I no longer exist unless they want to lick my ice cream bowl. The Jack Russell and a cute little calico kitten have both chosen Holly as their person.

    Krista Davis has created a wonderful setting in Wagtail. There is no way to describe this idyllic place in this review, you will just have to read the book. I would love to live there 365 days a year.

    She has also given us a wonderful group of characters both 2 legged and 4 legged. Unique, colorful and real and they span all ages. Add to that a well-plotted mystery that keeps us guessing to the finish.

    If I had a tail it would be wagging in pure delight. I loved this story!! A fantastic series debut!! I cannot wait for my visit to The Sugar Maple Inn.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 19, 2014

    at least four stars!

    I loved this book. It was the best of the five I purchased at that time.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 3, 2013

    Murder, She Barked is the first in the A Paws and Claws Mystery

    Murder, She Barked is the first in the A Paws and Claws Mystery series.

    For us pet lovers, hopefully, we will see some of the changes that the fictional town of Wagtail made regarding where one is able to take their pets.

    Holly Miller has to leave dinner with her boyfriend and his boss and head to Wagtail as their is an emergency with her grandmother, Oma. On her way she finds a terrier stranded in the pouring down rain and rescues him. As they near Sugar Maple Inn, Holly narrowly misses a man standing in the middle of for shrouded road, then hears a couple explosions and sees a fire begin in the ravine below. Upon arriving at the inn she finds that Oma appears well, except for a sprained ankle. Holly soon finds that the inn and the entire town is a pet friendly one. But she also finds out that Sven, an employee of the inn has been killed in a hit and run accident and very possibly Oma may have been the intended victim. When the mayor is killed in his home, it is time to really time looking for the killer and if the two maybe related. The culprit needs to be found before the reputation of Wagtail is also killed.

    This book has a wonderful cast of characters that I hope will be back. Oma loves her granddaughter, but still, I think, she is keeping some things to herself and with her best friend Rose, will probably want to play matchmaker. The readers will enjoy most of the shop keepers, some have a have "an axe to grind" with Oma and Holly, but all the the same they are interesting and their reasons are explained. Besides they can't be all bad if they allow pets in their shops.


    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2014

    Great start to a new series

    Enjoyable cozy mystery with easy to like characters; looking forward to reading the next installment

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted June 25, 2014

    TO ALL HORSECLANNERS!!

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    Posted June 25, 2014

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    Posted June 1, 2014

    StrikingBlaze~ RP counsel

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