Not a Creature Was Purring (Paws and Claws Mystery Series #5)

Not a Creature Was Purring (Paws and Claws Mystery Series #5)

by Krista Davis

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Santa Claws is coming to town and checking his list for a murderer—as the New York Times bestselling Paws & Claws Mysteries continue…

Inn owner Holly Miller finds it ruff staying cheerful over the holidays when the dead body of a beloved businessman turns up in the pet-friendly town of Wagtail, Virginia.
Inspired by her German heritage, Holly’s grandmother has arranged for Wagtail to have a Christkindl Market packed with goodies and decorations for the howliday tourists. But Holly’s mood takes an unseasonable turn when she learns that her old flame and childhood friend Holmes Richardson has brought his fiancée home—and she’ll be staying at the Sugar Maple Inn…
A love triangle becomes the last thing on Holly’s mind when her Jack Russell Trixie’s nose for trouble leads her to the corpse of a pet clothing tycoon. Now Holly and her dedicated detectives—Trixie and Twinkletoes the cat—must sniff out the killer to keep Christmas from going to the dogs…

Delicious recipes for owners and pets included!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101988589
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/07/2017
Series: Paws and Claws Mystery Series , #5
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 69,750
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.60(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

KRISTA DAVIS is the New York Times bestselling author of the Paws & Claws Mysteries, including Mission Impawsible, Murder Most Howl, The Ghost and Mrs. Mewer, and Murder, She Barked, as well as the Domestic Diva Mysteries, including The Diva Serves High Tea, The Diva Steals a Chocolate Kiss, and The Diva Wraps It Up. 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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Not a Creature Was Purring 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
PianoLady831 More than 1 year ago
Not a Creature Was Purring is every bit as precious as the cover indicates. From smooth writing, to appealing series characters (including pets), to the town of Wagtail itself, this story is all that a cozy mystery should be and Krista Davis is fast becoming a go-to author for me. It’s also a clean read, something I very much appreciate. Christmas is simply magical in Wagtail, Virginia – just like in a Hallmark movie – and the setting is beautifully conveyed. Christmas lights, the Christkindl Market, the Sugar Maple Inn run by Holly and her grandmother … If I could visit this town, I’d probably never leave. I knew I was in for a great read when the story opens with Holly and some other “elves” leaving anonymous gifts for a family in need. This story has heart, reflecting in caring about and helping others, and that makes it special. On the way home, they encounter an inflatable “Grinch” set out by a Grinch-like character, and the story takes off from there. I regret not yet having read the previous books because I’m drawn to the series regulars and eager to learn more about them. And then there’s the guests at the inn, the dysfunctional Thackleberry family. There’s a lot of them and relationships can get a little confusing, but a character list at the beginning really helps. Let’s just say that they add a lot of color. The murder doesn’t take place until about a third of the way in, which set the stage well and greatly helped in getting to know the characters. Suspects and motives abound, and I just enjoyed going along for the ride. There’s also a gentle humor throughout and a little romance in the background, striking the right balance. Not a Creature Was Purring is delightful in every way. Highly recommended. I was provided a copy of this book from the author and Cozy Mystery Review Crew. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
dmhalvers More than 1 year ago
Not a Creature Was Purring is the fifth book in Krista Davis’s wonderful series, “Paws and Claws Mysteries.” All of the citizens in Wagtail, Virginia, even citizens of the furry kind, are excited about the holiday season, and the town is beautifully dressed up with brightly colored holiday lights and decorations. Holly Miller, co-owner of the Silver Maple Inn with her Oma, is especially filled with the holiday spirit because it is her first Christmas in Wagtail since moving to town permanently. Holly and Oma have organized a Christkindl Market on the town green where businesses are selling holiday treats and gifts to the holiday tourists visiting Wagtail. In addition to her duties at the Christkindl, Holly is busy at the inn especially with guest Dale Thackleberry, the CEO of a national pet clothing company, and his family who are celebrating Christmas together. Much to Holly’s dismay, one of the Dale Thackleberry’s grandchildren is none other than Norma Jeanne Blume, the fiancé of Holly’s ex-boyfriend, Holmes, for whom Holly still has strong feelings. Needless to say, Holly is struggling to maintain her Christmas spirit seeing Holmes with someone else, but she chooses to keep her feelings hidden because, as Holmes’ friend, she really just wants him to be happy. While out with a few other Christmas elves delivering gifts to some of the needy families in Wagtail, Holly’s dog, Trixie, finds Dale Thackleberry’s dead body inside of a giant inflatable Grinch decoration. Because of her previous sleuthing skills, Holly is asked by Dale’s mother help solve his murder. Will Holly be able to find the culprit in time to save Christmas? Can she keep her feelings for Holmes under wraps despite believing that Norma Jeanne is completely wrong for him? Krista Davis, the masterful storyteller that she is, does an absolutely dynamic job answering these questions while spinning a mystery that kept me guessing right up until the actual reveal of the murderer. So many suspects and so many motives! The characters in this series, including Holly’s beloved pets, Twinkletoes, Gingersnap, and Trixie, are just so well developed and likeable that I feel as if I’m catching up with old friends each time I turned a page. Wagtail sounds like such a magical place, and if only I could visit. Christmas as the backdrop to this story was just icing on the cake. Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.
MyWhims More than 1 year ago
When I became aware of Krista Davis’ newest Paws and Claws mystery series book was to be release, I was ecstatic. This book does not disappoint. “Not a Creature Was Purring” has a Christmas theme (just perfect for the holiday season) with the delightful cover art of Trixie and Twinkletoes. The town of Wagtail is cover in snow, Christmas decorations, and holiday cheer. While the rest of the homes are decorated tastefully, one house stands out from the rest (which is hilarious). On top of the controversial house ornamentation, Holly Miller’s childhood friend (and her "not so secret" love interest that is known by most of the townspeople) Holmes arrives with his fiancée (and her family). Now Holly finds herself in a dilemma. What should she do? Tell Holmes her feelings or support him? To make matters worse, Trixie (Holly’s beloved dog) uncovers the body of an esteem person. If you enjoy a Christmas theme cozy with great writing, pets, and characters, this book is for you. I love this series (as well as the Domestic Diva series), and I wish Wagtail, Virginia was a real place. I would move there! Highly Recommended! (I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.)
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
Not a Creature was Purring by Krista Davis is the fifth book in the A Paws and Claws Mystery series. Holly Miller is looking forward to Christmas in Wagtail, Virginia with her Oma and large circle of friends. Then Holly discovers that Holmes Richardson has brought his fiancé, Norma Jeanne Blume along with her extended family home for the holiday. Holly was hoping Holmes would realize Norma Jeanne was not the right woman for him and see that the perfect partner for him is right under his nose. Dale Thackleberry, Norma Jeanne’s grandfather and CEO of a pet apparel company, is in the Christmas spirit and distributes gifts to local children (despite his families grumpy and haughty demeaner). Rupert Grimpley, though, disturbs the entire town with his giant blow up Grinch (with lights and music). Birdie Dupuy, Holly’s aunt, is particularly disgruntled over this new edition. Holly is out walking Trixie when she takes off towards Rupert’s Grinch. Inside, Holly finds the body of Dale Thackleberry. Holly is asked to put her sleuthing skills to work and track down the killer. Can Holly uncover the culprit before Christmas? Is there a chance for Holly and Holmes? There is if Holmes’ grandmother, Rose and Holly’s grandmother, Oma have anything to say about it. Not a Creature was Purring was just delightful. It has lovely, well-developed characters and a gorgeous setting. Who would not want to live in Wagtail? A place that welcomes people and fur babies. Ms. Davis brings her characters and town to life with her descriptions. I found the story to be well written and have a nice, steady pace. My attention was grabbed right away, and it was held until the very last page (something I rarely say about a book). It has two mysteries, Christmas spirit, secret Santa elves, a Christkindl Market, adorable dogs and cats, a couple of quirky characters, plenty of drama, a dash of humor and a touch of romance. I found the murder mystery to be complex with a unique murder weapon. There is misdirection, a couple of twists and several possible suspects (including Aunt Birdie). I believe many readers will be surprised by the killer’s identity. I am giving Not a Creature was Purring 5 out of 5 stars (I loved it). While Not a Creature was Purring is the fifth book in the series, it can be read alone. There are human and pet recipes at the end of the book. Personally, I find A Paws and Claws Mystery series delightful and have yet to miss each new installment. Not a Creature was Purring is an entertaining cozy mystery that will put you in the Christmas spirit.
P-Lopez More than 1 year ago
I want to live in Wagtail. Not a Creature Was Purring (A Paws & Claws Mystery), the latest book by Krista Davis, couldn’t have come at a better time for me to read. Krista Davis did an excellent job of intertwining subtle messages of taking life in the ‘here and now’ and ‘being grateful for what you have’ that were helpful and grounding. Plus, I love books that have animals involved in the storyline. This cozy mystery had the right amount of intrigue, suspense, humor, and a great combination of good and bad characters to keep me wanting more. The description of the town to the food and antics of each character had you feeling like you were part of the action. The storyline was well thought out and believable with good character development. I enjoy reading books that have engaging and down-to-earth characters and dialogue that is real. This book did not disappoint in those areas. I could imagine myself in Wagtail interacting with these characters. Even the ancillary characters were ones that made me root for some and not-so-much like the others, but each character had interesting backgrounds and stories. The book lives up to its title. It’s a solid mystery during Christmas time that has animals being part of the action. Krista Davis also includes recipes in the back of the book for both people and pets. I must try the Fluffy Cake!! I willingly provided an honest review after receiving a copy of this book.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Love the inn and the characters, especially the furry ones.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this series! I love the idea of a town set up as a resort for people to visit with their animals. The characters and mysteries are good. I highly recommend it if you like dogs and cats. I hope there will be lots more books in the series.
Miccox99 More than 1 year ago
Visiting Wagtail is always a pleasure and this book is no exception! It's Christmas time in Wagtail and the most horrific family of all has descended upon the Wagtail Inn to make everyone miserable, but when one of the family dies a mystery is afoot and it's up to the usual crew to uncover the truth before a killer flees and an innocent goes to jail. Fabulous character development with interesting personalities, including the personalities of the fur pals in the book coupled with an intriguing plot makes for an entertaining read! If you haven't read the series, you really should especially if you are an animal lover as they feature prominently throughout the stories!
bookwomen37 More than 1 year ago
This is a perfect cozy mystery for the Holiday Season. This is the 5th book in the series and Holly and her Pets are solving murders in Wagtail during the Christmas Holiday. A rather unlikable family have gathered at the Inn to celebrate the Holidays. When the head of the family is found dead all the members of the family are suspect as well as Holly's Aunt Birdie. The author does a very good job with the small town setting and creates a cozy Christmas Setting. The mystery was good with enough suspects and red herrings to make it interesting. Even though Holly's aunt is a suspect I liked that she still worked with the local police. The pets and the supporting characters are a lot of fun too. This series does not have to be read in order. Enjoy this fun Christmas Cozy Mystery
BeagleGirl123 More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful return to Wagtail! It's Christmas, and Holly's friend Holmes has brought his fiancee home to spend the holidays with his family. Norma Jean (NJ) and her family are staying at the Sugar Maple Inn, which is a difficult enough situation for Holly (who wants to be more than friends with Holmes), but when the family patriarch is murdered and his wife is found dead soon after, things quickly go from bad to worse, especially since Holly's Aunt Birdie is a suspect. Quirky relatives who are fighting among themselves, secret relationships, and Trixie's penchant for finding dead bodies make Not a Creature Was Purring a fun, fast-paced and mysterious cozy mystery to enjoy during the holidays, or anytime throughout the year! A+
Chewie_the_Mouse More than 1 year ago
"Not a Creature Was Purring" by Krista Davis is an excellent addition to the Paws & Claws Mystery series! As always, the characters are well-drawn and believable; this is especially evident in this book due to the number of new characters/guests at the inn. Had they not all been incredibly distinctive, it could have been tricky keeping everyone straight. The reader is treated to a more in-depth characterization of Aunt Birdie; I'd love to see a future storyline include a side-plot involving Holly helping her aunt write her autobiography. It would be fascinating to learn more of Birdie's back story. The murder itself was well-plotted and well-placed, with plenty of red herrings to keep the reader guessing. Once the culprit was revealed, everything made perfect sense based on what the reader (and chief sleuth Holly) had learned throughout the book. Although I very much enjoyed the mystery storyline, I would have loved this book even without it. As other reviewers have mentioned, I wish Wagtail was a real place. I'd love to visit, stay at the inn, meet all the regular characters, and enjoy everything the town has to offer. "Not a Creature Was Purring" made this feeling even stronger as it details all the wonderful local holiday traditions. I would have been perfectly happy just visiting this delightful pet-friendly place again and spending time with old friends. Five out of five chunks of Gruyere!
KTempleton More than 1 year ago
Christmastime in Wagtail is a wonderful time and place for a celebration. The town of Wagtail, Virgina is a pet-friendly destination where people are encouraged to bring their pets with them on vacation. This year the town is celebrating the holidays with a Christkindl Market. There are kiosks set up all around the town green. Visitors can purchase decorations, food, and pet items such as clothes. The Sugar Maple Inn joins in and sponsor’s one of the kiosks in which not only are they selling items from the Sugar Maple Inn but they have a line of Holiday Pet Clothes from The Thackleberry Clothing Line. The Thackleberrys family has decided to spend their Christmas at the Sugar Maple Inn. Once the family arrives Holly finds out they are there to celebrate not only Christmas but the engagement of Norma Jeane to Holmes Richardson. Holmes is Holly’s childhood best friend which she secretly loves (well secret to Holmes). The Thackleberry’s family is a little on the crazy side. There are a few good souls but the majority are loud snobby and vain individuals that are very self-absorbed. One of the good souls is the family patriarch Dale, who seems to be at the end of his rope with the family’s antics. Not long after they arrive Dale goes missing; only to be found later by Holly and Trixie (Holly’s Jack Russell Terrier) stabbed to death. Holly is trying to hold everything together at the inn, be supportive to Holmes and his engagement, as well as help, find out who the murder is but she is having a really had time with her own feeling about this family. This is book number 5 in the Paws and Claws Mystery series. I really love this series and could not wait to read this book. I was not disappointed. I really love the setting, I wish Wagtail was a real place that I could on vacation and take my own fur babies. Sugar Maple Inn sound like a wonderful place to stay and Wagtail sounds gorgeous and picturesque. The characters are very well developed, I feel like I’m reading about old friends. The pets Twinkletoes, Gingersnap, and Trixie remind me of my own pets. The relationships between the human characters keep evolving and become more complex as the series evolves. Mrs. Davis does a fabulous job weaving together the murder mystery and the mystery of the love triangle. She provides plenty of suspects with enough twists and turns for the reader to enjoy trying to solve the murder. She also does an excellent job not dragging out the love triangle; this secondary plot in the story is very well paced to go along with the murder mystery. As bonus recipes for both pet and humans are included. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Christmas cozy mysteries and animal cozy lovers alike. I was provided with a copy of this book with the hopes I would review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
CozyMarie More than 1 year ago
Not a Creature Was Purring is the fifth book in the Paws and Claws Mystery Series by Krista Davis. Holly Miller can’t wait to spend Christmas at home in Wagtail. Everything is going well until her friend and crush, Holmes Richardson brings his fiancee home for Christmas, and she is staying at the Sugar Maple Inn! And when murder strikes the town yet again, Holly knows she must push personal issues aside and help find out what really happened. Sit down and prepare yourself for a Christmas gift courtesy of Krista Davis because this book is a hit! A great setting, magical characters, and great food. This book has everything a cozy mystery reader could want.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Dollycas’s Thoughts Welcome to Wagtail, Virginia! The perfect escape for dogs, cats, and their persons! That is until one of the Sugar Maple Inn’s guests ends up dead. The town is celebrating the holidays with a Christkindl Market. Food and gifts can be found in several kiosks around the green. The homes are all decorated too. Some with the usual holiday fare but there is one who has taken the decorations to new heights, including some holiday music. Christmas has also brought a pet clothing business owner to the inn with his whole family. This also brings Holmes Richardson to town with his fiancée. Holly still has feelings for Holmes but she knows she has to remember the woman is a guest at the inn, so she tries to put a smile on her face and attend to the woman’s needs, no matter how outlandish they are. To say that the Thackleberry family tree is full of crazy may be putting it mildly. They are a couple of good souls in the bunch but most feel quite entitled due to the family’s wealth. Holmes’ bride to be is by far the worse. When their patriarch is killed it is easy to put them all high on the suspect list. All my favorite characters have returned including Gingersnap, Twinkletoes, and Trixie. Krista Davis does such a great job of character development, pet or person. They come alive in these pages. The series characters continue to evolve and the guest characters fit into the mix so well. They are all lifelike and easy to like or dislike as the case may be. Visiting Wagtail at Christmas would be spectacular. They do know how to throw a holiday, even with a dead body. The town tries to not let a murder investigation slow them down. The author has described every setting in such detail that is very easy to imagine you are there. The plot weaves together a fantastic mystery and an interesting romantic triangle. There are plenty of suspects with a motive that singling out one is very difficult. It was fun chasing down the clues in a little winter wonderland. Holly treads lightly into Holmes relationship with Norma Jean. As his friend, she wants him to be happy, as a woman falling in love with him she wants him to be with her. If I had a tail it would be wagging. This is an excellent mystery and perfect to curl up with on those wintery, blustery days ahead. If you are new to the series, start at the beginning and enjoy. The book/series would also make a great gift for the pet-loving reader on your list.
bluegreen91 More than 1 year ago
As if Wagtail wasn't charming enough, this fifth book in the series is set around Christmas, adding all the magic of the holidays to the pet-friendly Sugar Maple Inn and its small mountain town. Holly, co-owner of the inn with her grandmother, is tasked with catering to the family of her friend Holmes' fiance, a wealthy, eclectic, demanding brood. With her strong feelings for Holmes and some crimes around town, and Holly isn't having the most relaxing holiday. This is a fast-paced, fun mystery with plenty of twists and turns. I loved all the festive events around town: the marketplace on the green, Santa Paws meeting with all the kids and pets for photos and treats, elves delivering gifts to children and those in need. This has quickly become one of my favorite series, and Not a Creature Was Purring definitely added to my Christmas spirit. I can't recommend this book and the Paws & Claws mysteries enough!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a nice story to read before going to bed
kayteerufus More than 1 year ago
One of the best reads this year. Not a Creature Was Purring is the best installment in the best cozy series Paws and Claws Mystery. A fabulous protagonist, an amazing setting that I want to move to asap, an intriguing mystery, OMA (I miss mine), and a happy ending. Seriously what more could you want? Well it has the only other thing I would want, a town made for all animal lovers. Oh and a trouble sniffing dog. The best!! I could not ask for a novel to have anything else to make it amazing. Well I could ask that Wagtail was a real place, but I will take this fabulous read by author Krista Davis. You really cannot go wrong reading anything she writes, but the Paws and Claws Mystery series ranks as my top read! And this new one is the best. Who would not love to be immersed in Christmas time at Wagtail and have a happy ending to boot! Just loved it!!
chefdt More than 1 year ago
Not A Creature Was Purring is the fifth book in the A Paws And Claws Mystery series. I wish my Westie and I lived in Wagtail, Va. It’s a beautiful little community with friendly residents, a nice assortment of shops and eateries and best of all, pets are welcomed everywhere. Christmas is just around the corner and Holly Miller is looking for to her first Christmas since returning to Wagtail. But, on the downside for Holly, her old boyfriend is also returning for Christmas and will be bringing his fiancee. Dale Thackleberry and his extended family, a wife, ex-wife, daughter, grandchildren, and step-grandchildren have descended on Sugar Maple Inn to celebrate their family Christmas. But from the beginning, it is anything but a holly jolly time. Brother and sister grandchildren are bickering with each other, Dale’s second wife doesn’t understand why there has to be a “family” Christmas. Most of the family is more interested in what presents they might be getting, rather than putting aside personal feeling and make the best of a trying situation. To add to this situation, Holly learns that Holmes, her former boyfriend, fiancee is one of Thackelberry’s grandchildren. Holly, dressed as one of Santa’s helpers, is out delivering presents to needy families in Wagtail when Trixie, her Jack Russel Terrier, shoots off towards the huge inflatable Grinch that Rupert Grimpley has in his yard. As Holly goes to get Trixie out of the bottom, she notices a body inside. It is soon learned that it is Dale Thackelberry. Holly’s first thought is that one of the family may have gotten tired of waiting for their share of the family fortune. Even Doris, Dale’s mother, has suspicions that it might be a family member and asks Holly to do a little investigation. Once again, Trixie and Twinkletoes are up for another challenge and are on board to help Holly investigate this tragic event. Recipes for humans and pets are also included with this book I will be looking forward to seeing what adventures Holly, Trixie and Twinkletoes will be involved in.
LisaKsBooksReviews More than 1 year ago
Author Krista Davis doesn’t disappoint with her new Paws & Claws Mystery. NOT A CREATURE WAS PURRING was such a fun holiday mystery. Krista Davis packed a lot into this 289 page book. This story had some many things going on. Including recipes for people and pets! Author Davis introduced a new tradition to me, Christkindl Market/Christkindlmarkt or Christmas Market, which started in Germany. They originated with the celebration of Christmas during the four weeks of Advent. It’s a Market with all sorts of decorations and wonderful items for Christmas shopping. This is something I’ve never heard of but truly enjoyed reading about, and another reason I love cozies so much, learning new things. And of course there’s a mystery. A brilliantly plotted one. NOT A CREATURE WAS PURRING had me so involved I lost all track of time. Searching for a killer with Holly and her pet detectives, while she’s also dealing with the return of her childhood friend/flame, and his fiancée, was quite a ride! I was breathless by the time I reached the conclusion. Give the gift of NOT A CREATURE WAS PURRING to yourself, and all your reader friends!