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Not a Creature Was Purring
Paws & Claws #5
Krista Davis

November 7, 2017/ ISBN 978-101-98858-9

Reviewed by Laura Hinds

Wagtail, Virginia in the Christmas season is a delight for animal lovers and their pets. Holly Miller and her grandmother, Oma, own The Sugar Maple Inn and it is chock full of guests for the holidays and a special gathering for the upcoming wedding of Holmes Richardson and Norma Jean Blume.

Sadly, Holly is still in love with ex-boyfriend Holmes, but she has to put on a brave face for the gathering. Holmes finance is obnoxious, and most of her extended family are difficult as well. When the patriarch, Dale Thackleberry is murdered and Holly's Aunt Birdie Dupuy is the chief suspect, Holly sets out to find who the real killer is. There are enough motives to include all of Dale's family as suspects, and there is a businessman in town who wants to buy the Thackleberry pet clothing business who may have his own reason for committing murder.

The Christmas events, including a German-themed Christkindl Market, set the tone with enough holiday spirit to make me ready to start to decorate and shop! With the perfect mix of interesting human and animal personalities, a couple of love triangles, and a pool of generational and familial issues, the main story and subplots are sure to keep your interest throughout the whole book.

I always look forward to new books by Krista Davis. Then, I proceed to devour them in a day or two and am left longing for the next one! This is such an appealing mystery that I think just about everyone would enjoy it.

Order your copy today, and prepare to curl up with a cup of tea or hot chocolate, a warm blanket, a dog or a cat for company, and then enjoy an excellent seasonal mystery sure to satisfy your holiday reading needs. Oh- there are some excellent recipes at the back of the book, so you might want to look those over before you settle in and make sure you have the necessary ingredients to make one or two! Enjoy!

Reviews of other titles in this series:

Murder She Barked #1
The Ghost and Mrs. Mewer #2
Murder Most Howl #3
Mission Impawsible #4

Reviewers Notes: Christmas season. Krista Davis also writes The Domestic Diva Mysteries

Reviewed 2017