Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Murder, She Barked - Review

Would you like to take a trip, but worry about leaving your animals behind? Fear no more, you can go to Wagtail, Virginia, a town that caters to travelers who bring their pets along. Stay at the Sugar Maple Inn and you'll enjoy comfortable lodgings and your dogs and cats will eat as well as you; animal friendly versions of the gourmet people food in most cases! You can visit numerous shops devoted to treats and supplies for your furry friends, consult a pet psychic, even stop at Heal! Drugs and Sundry to get an ice cream cone for yourself as well as a frosty treat for your furry pal as well. You can't make it to Virginia? That's OK-you can get there via your favorite bookstore or library. Just pick up Murder, She Barked by Krista Davis, the first of the Paws and Claws Mystery series.

After a troubling phone call Holly Miller rushes to her grandmother's side in Wagtail, Virginia. She soon discovers the town she visited as a youth has changed. It's now a premier vacation spot for people traveling with pets! Unfortunately, the town is not tranquil. An employee at her grandma's inn has been murdered and Holly herself sees a car go up in flames. A guest is assaulted and then another murder occurs. There are also some nasty and unpleasant people in this town-one already I wouldn't mind seeing murdered!

Murder, She Barked is a fun trip to an animal loving town. Holly Miller is a likable protagonist, but to me, the stars of the story are Trixie and Twinkletoes. They bring out the best in Holly and further the story as well. I can't wait to see what mischief the lovable dog and curious kitten get into next! There's a solid mystery here and a good crew of supporting characters. Oma is a lovable force to be reckoned with, full of mischief and manipulation...but with only the best intentions. I'm pleased to say that recipes for both people and pets are included. Murder, She Barked is a solid start to a new cozy mystery that animal lovers in particular will enjoy!

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