Mission Impawsible (Paws and Claws Mystery Series #4)

Mission Impawsible (Paws and Claws Mystery Series #4)

by Krista Davis

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From the New York Times bestselling author of Murder Most Howl comes the fourth Paws & Claws mystery...
In the pet-friendly town of Wagtail, Virginia, there’s no love lost when Holly Miller meets her match in a murderer...
Holly and her grandmother, Oma, are working their tails off to prepare the Sugar Maple Inn for an upcoming matchmaking event for pet owners. While Holly has no interest in pairing up, Oma plans on playing Cupid and finding someone to warm her reluctant granddaughter’s heart.
Unfortunately, one man Holly does meet is cold—dead cold—and he has a personal letter from Oma in his pocket. As suspicion is cast over the inn's guests, Holly—with the help of her furry friends, Trixie the Jack Russell and Twinkletoes the cat—must fetch the real killer, or she may soon have a date in court.

Delicious recipes for owners and pets included!  

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101988565
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/07/2017
Series: Paws and Claws Mystery Series , #4
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 84,947
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Krista Davis is the New York Times bestselling author of the Paws & Claws Mysteries, including Murder Most Howl, The Ghost and Mrs. Mewer, and Murder, She Barked, as well as the Domestic Diva Mysteries, including The Diva Steals a Chocolate Kiss and The Diva Wraps It Up. Several of her books have been nominated for the Agatha Award. She 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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Mission Impawsible 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I did not enjoy this one like the first. If Holly is going to have a boyfriend let her have one so it adds some spark.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The best quick read around ! !!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its so cute
Chewie_the_Mouse More than 1 year ago
There are so many cozy mystery series being published today that I have chosen a select few to follow. The “Paws & Claws” series by Krista Davis is one of my absolute favorites, and I highly recommend it to all fans of the genre. Although each title can be read as a standalone, I suggest beginning with Book 1, “Murder, She Barked”, if you are new to the series. “Mission Impawsible” is the fourth installment in this delightful series set in fictitious Wagtail, Virginia, at an inn that caters to pet owners and their furry friends. This time around, main character Holly has to solve a murder in the midst of a pet-based matchmaking event hosted by the Sugar Maple Inn. Because of this event, the town is full of suspects, potential love interests, and adorable animals, making Holly’s search for the killer even more challenging. I happily give this book five out of five thick, savory slices of Bergenost! What makes this book (and series) so special, you may ask? In my opinion, the single most important element of any mystery is the development of the crime-related plot. It needs to make sense, be intricate enough to not have an obvious solution, but also provide enough clues that the reader can figure it out about the same time as the heroine. “Mission Impawsible” does this extremely well. There are plenty of potential suspects with plausible motivations, plenty of clues (and red herrings) to unravel, and the reveal at the end is logical based on everything that has happened before. I was able to correctly guess the identity of the killer, but not early enough in the book to make the rest of it boring. Characters are another key aspect of any cozy mystery, and the protagonist of this series, Holly Miller, is ideal. She is likable and funny without being over the top, and is portrayed as intelligent and competent in her job. I especially like the fact that she comes across as a real person, with believable relationship issues and a genuine thankfulness that she lives in a place in which her meals are provided. I tend to be a bit annoyed by those “perfect” characters who are able to whip up a dinner spread for six unexpected guests with only the three random items they find in the fridge. I really appreciate that Holly isn’t the perfect chef and hostess, but the kind of real, everyday woman I can identify with. The other characters (both human and animal) are also well-drawn and entertaining, adding just the right amount of fun and quirkiness to the mix. Many cozies include recipes at the end of the book; this one is no exception. What makes this section above average is the fact that recipes from the story for both people AND animals are featured. As a bonus, they tend to be reasonable enough (in terms of ingredients and cooking expertise required) that the average person could prepare them successfully.
djerickson14 More than 1 year ago
The Paws & Claws Series by Krista Davis is one of my favorite cozy mystery series. I was delighted to receive a copy of the fourth installment, Mission Impawsible, for review. Wagtail is a wonderful small small town that caters to pets. This story is centered around Wagtail's matchmaking event for pet owners. Holly and her Oma are thrilled that their Sugar Maple Inn is completely full with those looking to find a love match. Excitement about the popularity of the event is short lived after Holly's beloved Jack Russell, Trixie, finds not one but two dead bodies! Holly and Oma are once again in the middle of the murder investigation with more questions and odd occurrences than answers. When Holly finds herself one of the suspects, she tries to find out who the real killer or killers might be. There are many plot twists that keep the reader's interest from beginning to end. The combination of murder, romance and of course lots of charming pets makes this a fun and interesting read.
Biszemom More than 1 year ago
Krista Davis has been one of my favorite authors for years, and with Mission Impawsible, she continues to hold onto that ranking! Mission Impawsible is the 4th book in the Paws and Claws series….. and I find the series continues to be better and better. As the books progress, the key characters continue to develop and new characters are introduced to enhance the mix. Added to the delightful, colorful cast of “human” characters, you have the wonderful furry friends that call Wagtail home. From the first pages where the framework is laid out for you in descriptive terms, you will find yourself drawn into the story. Krista Davis provides you with beautiful descriptions of the people and places, while leaving enough to your own imagination where each reader can create their own Wagtail in their minds while reading. Add a witty and well written storyline and you have a book that will call to you each time you put it down. I highly recommend!
C_Fowler More than 1 year ago
Krista Davis has written another great book about Wagtail, Virginia, a wonderful town that was created for and caters to people and their dogs and cats. The characters, both human and animal, are a delight (well, most of them), and the story contains a complex murder mystery to boot. I could not put this book down, and enjoyed the antics of the pets, people, and the main protagonist, Holly Miller as she strives to track down the murderer (or murderers) when she suddenly finds herself a suspect! In interviews, Krista Davis has said that her editor calls her twisty Kristy because of all the twists and turns in her stories, and Mission Impawsible does not disappoint. It certainly kept me turning the pages! I highly recommend this book, which can be read as a standalone, but once you are introduced to Wagtail, I know you will want to read the first three books in this series. This review is purely voluntary and all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Abby-F More than 1 year ago
This book was impawsible to put down! The matchmaking theme was masterfully integrated into the plot, which I loved. In past books we have seen Holmes and Ben as potential and former love interests, but in this one a new potential love interest introduced. Things are going pretty well for Holly until her dog Trixie finds a dead body. And to make things worse Zelda's ( Zelda works at the inn and is close friends with Holly and Oma ) good for nothing ex-husband shows up. I loved how much we got to see Oma and Holly interact. They are clearly very close, which I love! The mystery was fantastic! There was a good amount of clues sprinkled through out the book. Which made it very hard to solve. And although I did figure it out before Holly did; I still had my doubts until the very end. All of the businesses in Wagtail have punny pet releated names and are pet friendly. I also loved seeing Birdie, Holly's aunt. She is definitely an eccentric character and a comedic relief. If you have trouble remembering which name goes with which character there is a character guide in the beginning of the book. I always love when the books have the guide. Although, you might not need it ( I didn't ) becaus the author does a great job of making sure you know who is who. The recipes in the book are not only for humans, but there are several that are dog friendly as well! Over all I think it was a fantastic addition to the series, and I can't wait to return to Wagtail. I received a free copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving a review. All opinions expressed in this review are my own.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
Mission Impawsible by Krista Davis is the fourth book in A Paws and Claws Mystery series. Holly Miller and Liesel Miller, her grandmother, co-own the Sugar Maple Inn in Wagtail, Virginia. The inn is fully booked this weekend for their Animal Attraction Matchmaking event. Liesel (Holly calls her Oma) has hired Macon Stotts, a professional matchmaker, to pair up participants. Holly is waiting for their last guest, Gustav Vogel to show up. When Gustav fails to arrive by check in, Holly lets to the room to two nervous mothers who have come to spy on their daughters (they want to make sure the girls are not matched with inappropriate men). Holly then goes off to walk the dogs and meets up with John Adele and his dog, Cooper. They decide to get a drink at The Alley Cat bar in the Shire. They are walking along when Holly hears Trixie barking. Holly knows that bark. Trixie has stumbled upon man on the ground (the dead as a doornail type). A letter in his pocket is addressed to Gustav Vogel. It looks like they have found the missing guest, and he will not be needing a room. Later the next morning, Holly is shocked when a gentleman with a German accent introduces himself as Gustav Vogel. Gustav had been mugged the previous day and ended up in the hospital. The deceased gentleman (using this term loosely) is Dr. Randall Donovan, a psychiatrist who had an extreme dislike for Macon. The weekend takes a turn for the worse when Trixie and Holly end up finding another body in Zelda’s backyard. It is Zelda’s ex-husband, Hank who has been stalking her all weekend. This time Holly ends up on the suspect list. Can Holly find the guilty party before she gets carted off by Officer Dave? I thoroughly enjoyed reading Mission Impawsible. It is always a pleasure to return the town of Wagtail. I found the novel to be well-written and have a good pace (or flow). I thought that there was just the right amount of humor and fun in Mission Impawsible. The characters are delightful. I appreciate the various personalities Ms. Davis created for this fictional town. She put together an eclectic mix that somehow all works together (Nessie and Sky will have you in stitches along with Huey). I wish the town of Wagtail was real. A town that caters to people and their animal friends (they do not discriminate). My dogs and cats would love to visit this animal paradise (actually, so would I). I thought the author crafted a well-rounded and challenging mystery. Most readers will have difficulty identifying the killer prior to the reveal (you need to pay very careful attention to the clues). I give Mission Impawsible 5 out of 5 stars. My only criticism is about Ben. Ben is Holly’s ex-boyfriend and a royal pain in the you know what. He shows up uninvited and expects to stay in Holly’s guest room. He then signs up for a dog and spends little time with it. He expects Holly to look after the sweet fellow. Ben is very vanilla. I hope we experience less of him in future novels. I have read all the books in A Paws and Claws Mystery series (in order), but a reader could pick up and read the books in any order. There is only one downfall with reading Mission Impawsible. You have finished it and now must wait so very long until the next book in A Paws and Claws Mystery series come out!
Debb23 More than 1 year ago
I think this book is my favorite of the series so far. Wagtail is busy with a matchmaking event for pet owners. The Inn is packed, Holly is kept busy between people needing rooms, her ex-fiance in town, a busy matchmaking grandmother, an ex-husband bothering a friend and of course murder. Love is in the air and also a touch of bitterness, I enjoyed how people were being matched and found the scientific look at things interesting. I really don't want to say too much about the murder, I don't want to detract from the story because it has plenty of twists. I thought I had it figured out, and with each little clue I was able to piece it together along with Holly, I love when I can do this with a story. The setting of Wagtail sounds so fun to be able to take your pet anywhere in town. I love the characters, old and new alike, this was an all around entertaining read. I will definitely continue on with this series, I want to see if a couple of the matches are going to be permanent. There is also the bonus of some yummy sounding recipes in the back, for people and for dogs. *I was lucky enough to have received a copy of this book and this is my honest opinion.
RobynKFLNJ More than 1 year ago
Mission Impawsible is the 4th book in the wonderful A Paws & Claws Mystery Series. Holly Miller and her grandmother co-own the Sugar Maple Inn in Wagtail Virginia. They're preparing for a matchmaking weekend where participants, who are animal lovers, fill out a questionnaire about their relationship with their pets and are matched up based on their answers. Wagtail is a town where dogs and cats are allowed in every establishment. While taking a walk, Holly's dog Trixie finds a dead body and Holly is determined to find out what happened. Krista Davis is a phenomenal author and I couldn't put this book down! If you love animals and heartwarming cozy mysteries, then this is the book and the series for you and I highly recommend it! I wish Wagtail were a real town because I want to live there!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My friend Sofie Kelly recommended Kristas book and along with Trixie and Twinkletoes shes never wrong. Good read!
SewWrite More than 1 year ago
Another great book in this refreshing series. Holly is working extra hard to prepare for a matchmaking event being held at the Inn owned by her Grandmother. As usual there is a slew of fun guests that stay at the inn and bring their pets, all with unique personalities. Once again, Holly's ex-boyfriend, Ben shows up for a visit hoping to be matched with Holly for the event. At least Ben can use his skills as a lawyer to help out one of the Inn employees after her lousy ex-husband gets killed. Each book in this series is better than the one before. I can't wait until the next installment to find out what is going on in Wagtail, Virginia and the Sugar Maple Inn.
KristinSchadler More than 1 year ago
Another excellent read from Krista Davis about the clan in Wagtail! I love this series so much I have dreams that I live there. I loved this book from beginning to end and can't wait for the next one!
Jani8 More than 1 year ago
This is the perfect beach read. It would be for me, but I don’t like reading on the beach. I prefer to read in air conditioning. I live in Naples, FL and it is 95 and humid. Need I say more? Anyway, I enjoyed the latest outing of Holly Miller and Wagtown. The premise for this series is a fun one. The town caters to pet owners. They’re allowed in the Inn that she is in partnership with her grandmother. They have separate suites for cats and dogs. Of course there is a body or two for Holly to find. What happens after that is a whirlwind of clues and red herrings. Will Holly find out who the real killer is in time to get herself off the hook for murder? I highly recommend this book and series.
MasonCanyon More than 1 year ago
Author Krista Davis has a genuine talent for crafting eccentric characters that draw you into her stories and hold on to your imagination long after you’ve finished the story. MISSION IMPAWSIBLE, the latest release in her Paws and Claws Mystery Series, is a prime example of Davis’ crafty characters and tantalizing storylines. Combining lovable pets, an amiable pet-friendly town, a dash of romance, a murder mystery, and the love of family and friends makes this a well-balanced tale. The characters are realistic, likable and well-developed. Their unique interaction is captivating. The story flows smoothly and at a good pace. The twists and turns of the story will keep you on your toes. Even if you guess the killer’s identity, the path to their unveiling is well worth the read. This is a charming story that will delight mystery lovers and hold a special place in the hearts of pet lovers. FTC Full Disclosure – A copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. The thoughts are completely my own and given honestly and freely.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Dollycas’s Thoughts The Sugar Maple Inn is hosting a matchmaking event – Animals Attraction, for pet owners. They have brought in their own matchmaker to pair up couples based on a very pet based questionnaire. Where you cat or dog sleeps says much about you and who your mate should be. As if running the event isn’t enough to keep Holly on her toes, her grandmother has secretly filled out a form for her. Her ex surprises her by showing up too. No, they were not matched together. But while out walking with her match Trixie, her Jack Russell terrier, sniffs out another body. A man that just happens to have a personal letter in his pocket a letter from her grandmother. So while Wagtail is overflowing with cats, dogs, and the people who love them trying to find Mr. or Ms. Right, there is also a murderer on the loose. Hopefully the police with Holly’s “help” will catch them soon so some of the couples can begin their happily ever afters. I want to move to Wagtail as soon as possible. Yes, they have had a little crime wave of late but it sounds like the purrfect place to me. Restaurants, stores, hotels all allow pets to come right in with their people. The restaurants even have special pet menus. Krista Davis has created a wonderful place. There are several new characters introduced as The Sugar Maple Inn’s guests arrive and each of them is accompanied by their pet or one loaned to them by the local, If The Dog Fits program. Not everyone is there to be matched up though, there are 2 moms spying on their daughters to make sure they make good matches. This makes for some funny moments until their daughters find out. The pets also bring their own type of humor to the story. Whether human, canine, or feline, the characters are so well written and unique. It was a pleasure to meet or revisit each and every one. As for the mystery, I was drawn in immediately and it was pretty complicated too. I was totally in the dark until the final reveal. I had theories but they were all debunked as new clues were uncovered. This is how I love my cozies, the ones that keep you guessing from start to finish. Ms. Davis is a wonderful storyteller. Love and murder is in the air in Wagtail, Virginia and I recommend you read all about it as soon as possible!
CatsGatherHere More than 1 year ago
I want to live in Wagtail! Actually I want to live in the Shire (even if that's where the first body was found)! What an amazing place. Wagtail, hidden in Virginia, is the pet lover's ultimate paradise. Every business caters to feline, canine, and their humans. The main character, Holly, lives in a hotel with her dog and cat, as well as her grandmother Oma. All rooms are in demand for a special match-making event as pet owners come to town accompanied by their pets. Things quickly get complicated for Holly. A no-show guest, being unwillingly matched in the event by her eager grandmother, struggling to be nice to a potential suitor she wasn't looking for, and then finding a body of a murdered man. But with so many people in town, what are the coincidences that simply happened to bring people together, and who would act as a murderer? This is a novel that keeps possibilities open and keeps you guessing. There is just the right mixture of believeability, charm and whimsy. The pets are wonderful characters, with strong personalities of their own, and Holly and her friends and family are truly enjoyable to spend time with. The only thing that troubles me is that this is the fourth book and I had no idea there was such a wonderful series I had not read a single book. I will be remedying that right away!
psoccermom More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love this series! I was so excited to be chosen to read and review for my honest opinion. All of Krista Davis Paws and Claws mysteries grab you from the first page to the last. I do have to admit that this one is my favorite so far because of the Animal Attraction Matchmaking event going on at Wagtail. Pet lovers rejoice! I wish Wagtail, Virginia was a real place because all the characters are so colorful and friendly. Krista puts it all in her mysteries, of course you have a mysterious mystery, a dead body, and it keeps you on your toes throughout. You won't want to put it down especially with love in the air. I'm sure you will be surprised that Oma is trying really hard to match Holly up at this event. Is it in the cards for Holly or will she be the only single at the matchmaking event weekend? Or will she become so wrapped up in the mystery that she becomes the main suspect??? You will not be able to put this wonderful installment down in The Paws and Claws mysteries. Don't forget to check out the great pet friendly recipes out at the end of the book.
bluegreen91 More than 1 year ago
This is the first new book I've purchased in awhile and it was so worth it! I'm a big fan of Krista Davis's books and couldn't wait to get my hands on her latest. Wagtail is the type of small, mountain town that I'd love to visit, even though I don't have any pets and I'm not really a "dog person". While there is a lot of interaction with the characters' furry friends, I don't think it's overwhelming for readers who aren't as enamored with animals. The plot moves at a good pace, and I had a hard time putting the book down. I never found myself wishing the story would just hurry up. This book, released just in time for Valentine's Day, is based around a matchmaking event in town. The main character, Holly, is approached by John, textbook editor and aspiring author, saying the two of them were matched as potential couple, even though Holly didn't sign up to participate in the matchmaking event. I have to say I wasn't a fan of John, and found him to be overly dramatic about everything. I did enjoy the other usual characters, like Oma, Zelda, Dave, and Ben, though I missed a certain other friend who's been in all the book up to this one. I was kept guessing the culprit throughout the whole book and suspected almost everyone at some point. I love this series more with each book!
BeagleGirl123 More than 1 year ago
I absolutely adored this latest installment in the Paws and Claws Mysteries by author Krista Davis. Wagtail, Virginia is host to a matchmaking week and Holly, Zelda, Casey, Oma, Ben, Officer Dave, Trixie, Twinkletoes, Gingersnap and the rest of the gang are back, and romance is in the air - along with murder! A fun cozy mystery to read, the 4th installment in the series, but can be easily read as a standalone. Great recipes are included. Very highly recommended to one and all! :-)
kayteerufus More than 1 year ago
It really does not get any better than Krista Davis' Paws and Claws Mystery series. And "Mission Impawsible" is another amazing one in it. If you love your furries and you love your cozies - you have to read this book and delight in the whole series. Wonderful writing, characters that you want to be friends with, a fabulous setting, super mystery, and so much more. I love this book. I could not put it down which is more the shame since I wanted to stay in Wagtail as long as I could. I cannot wait for the next installment.
LisaKsBooksReviews More than 1 year ago
Two thumbs and two paws up for MISSION IMPAWSIBLE, the newest installment in the Paws & Claws Mysteries! I am not the least bit surprised that MISSION IMPAWSIBLE was a brilliantly fun read. Author Krista Davis manages to make each new book in this series even better than the one before. This fourth addition to the series features a match-making event for pet owners. What could be more perfect for the animal loving town of Wagtail, Virginia? Of course, not everyone is feeling the love. And in a cozy mystery, that can mean murder. Okay, 99.999% of the time it does mean murder. With Krista Davis, as always, creating a mystery that grabs the reader from the very beginning, I couldn’t put this book down. I was so involved in this delightful story, the exciting end came before I knew it. The back of the book has some great recipes for people and dogs! Do something kind for yourself . . . pick up a copy of MISSION IMPAWSIBLE of your own!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this author