something happening in Wagtail, Virginia, and the Sugar Maple
Inn is usually right in the thick of it. This time it is a
matchmaking event called Animal Attraction, in which prospective
matches meet each other through a questionnaire they’ve
filled out that is analyzed by a professional matchmaker.
The questions are based on their lifestyles, and how they
interact with their pets. One question even asks if your pet
sleeps on your bed, in its own bed or in another room!
When a particularly nasty visitor, Randall
Donovan is murdered in the village, innkeeper Holly Miller
and her new friend John are the ones to find him. Holly’s
grandmother, Oma, owns the Sugar Maple Inn, and when Randall
is found with a letter (addressed to someone else) from Oma
in his pocket, things get tense quickly. Before long, another
man is killed, and there are more suspects than you can shake
a stick at! Holly is a suspect herself, and she quickly realizes
she’d better track down the killer before she is arrested
or becomes the next victim!
Naturally, with a matchmaking event, there’s
a great deal of romantic suspense and game playing in this
book. That helps balance the murders nicely. I love all of
the animals, but especially Holly’s cat Twinkletoes
and her Jack Russell, Trixie. It is very helpful that the
author breaks down the character list, including the animals
and visitors at the front of the book. There are also some
recipes at the back, both for humans and for pet foods.
In my opinion, Krista Davis can do no wrong
as a mystery writer. Her books are a delight to cozy lovers,
animal lovers, and those who enjoy some romantic angst. Highly
recommended for your cozy reading list! Five paws up!
Reviews of other titles in this series
She Barked #1
Ghost and Mrs. Mewer #2
Most Howl #3
Reviewers Note: Krista Davis is also the author
of the popular Domestic Diva Mystery series