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Murder, She Barked
A Paws and Claws Mystery #1
Krista Davis

Berkley Prime Crime
December 2013 / ISBN-10: 0425262553
Mystery / Cozy / Dog & Cat

Reviewed by Cheryl Green

An ominous phone call from her grandmother's best friend Rose has Holly Miller in a borrowed car with nothing more than the clothes on her back. She is on her way to Wagtail, VA where her grandmother owns the Sugar Maple Inn. A stop at a gas station in the pouring rain fills up her tank, ruins her wool suit and gets her a very wet furry companion. The town has changed since Holly last visited. It is the new premier destination spot for dog and cat lovers. The animals are allowed just about everywhere. Looks like the tourists love the locale and are spending money on their pets and themselves. Holly is shown to a suite and she and the dog are made most welcome.

The next day Holly sees her grandmother who looks fine - except for a sprained ankle. It turns out that while looking for a lost dog, Sven, who worked at the Sugar Maple Inn, was killed by a hit and run driver. Holly's grandmother was with him and luckily only sprained her ankle. The death of Sven makes no sense to anyone, since he was a favorite at the inn and town. It gets Holly thinking and her inner Nancy Drew emerges. If Holly investigates this murder, she better be careful or she could end up in a room with no view.

Things to ponder: Did the killer get the right target? Where did the man on the road go? What caused the explosion that followed? Did Mr. Luciano really get jumped?

I love finding a great new mystery series by a favorite author. This was a fun fast-paced read. The plotting is top notch and I love the quirky characters. I could not put this book down. The story will keep you guessing until you find out whodunit. The author has plenty of dogs … I mean red herrings to keep you turning those pages. I am looking forward to reading more books in this delightful new series. So if you like your mystery with a tail, then you should be reading Murder, She Barked.

Reviewed 2013