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.