Publication Date: 12/02/2014
Publisher: Penguin Group
Imprint: Berkley Prime Crime
Genre: Cozy Mystery
(Received for an honest review from Berkley Prime Crime)
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Books in the series:
Paws and Claws
1. Murder She Barked
2. The Ghost and Mrs. Mewer
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Excerpt from, The Ghost and Mrs. Mewer, courtesy of Amazon's Look Inside feature.
The spirited sequel to the New York Times bestseller, Murder, She Barked
Wagtail, Virginia, the top pet-friendly getaway in the United States, is gearing up for a howling good Halloween—until a spooky murder shakes the town to its core . . .
Holly Miller doesn’t believe in spirits, but the Sugar Maple Inn is filled with guests who do. The TV series in development, Apparition Apprehenders, has descended on Wagtail’s annual Halloween festivities to investigate supernatural local legends, and Holly has her hands full showing the ghost hunters a scary-fun time.
But the frights turn real when Holly’s Jack Russell, Trixie, and kitten, Twinkletoes, find a young woman drowned in the Wagtail Springs Hotel’s bathhouse—the spot of the town’s most infamous haunting. The crime scene is eerily similar to the creepy legend, convincing Holly that the death wasn’t just accidental. Now she’ll have to race to catch a flesh-and-blood killer—before someone else in town gives up the ghost . . .
It's Halloween in Wagtail and it's time for some ghostly shenanigans! Krista Davis returns with the second book in her Paws and Claws mystery series, featuring Holly and the Sugar Maple Inn. Readers who love a good mystery and are particularly fond of their furry friends with love this series. It is just as pet friendly as the town of Wagtail and readers will love Davis's spin on ghost hunters, as well as, murder!
What I liked:
Krista Davis has always been one of my go-to cozy writers. I loved the Domestic Diva series and I was not really sure she could top that, but the Paws and Claws series, certainly has it's perks. In book one readers were introduced to the town of Wagtail, Virginia. A town that has essentially done a makeover and turned itself into a tourist town for pet lovers. It's an interesting concept. If you are anything like me, your dog or cat is probably considered a member of the family and a place like Wagtail would be a dream come true for any pet lover. We also met Holly and the gang from the Sugar Maple Inn. It's a great place to stay and pets are definitely allowed.
In the second book, The Ghost and Mrs. Mewer it's Halloween and the Sugar Maple Inn has some ghostly visitors. Well, ghost hunter visitor's at least. There has been an influx of television shows and books that have taken up the theme of ghost hunting, all trying to capitalize on the popularity of the paranormal, but Davis puts her own twist on it. She allows the Inn to become the hub for a television program called the Apparition Apprehenders. She doesn't take on the theme for the whole series, but dabbles in it in this installment and I found it a very enjoyable.
Davis is good at writing both her re-occurring characters and those who just stop by for a book or two. Readers get to know more about Holly and her adorable pets, Trixie and Twinkletoes, but they also get to meet characters like Mrs. Mewer and her owner. All of them are so well drawn and believable. If you are going to have an Inn that caters to furry clientele, it's wise to have a few of your own to help solve in murders and such that might occur. The animals are written with just as much care as the humans in this series and that's one of the things that makes it stand out.
When a friend of one of the Apparition Apprehenders ends up dead, Holly needs to help save the reputation of her Inn and her new friend Eva from getting pinned with the crime. There were tons of suspects since it takes an army to film a tv show and it was not clear who was involved. I liked the way Holly gathered her resources and asked for help. It was fun to see how she put it altogether and who the culprit really was. They mystery aspects of the story were spot on.
There were several subplots in this one as well. Holly's ex boyfriend is in town trying to win her back. Her friend Clementine is being followed and Oma is up to her usual tricks. I love the combination of mystery and every day life that Davis is so good at writing. I look forward to each one of her books and I love the pet related theme of this series. If you are mystery lover or a pet enthusiast you are sure to find something you like here.
The Ghost and Mrs. Mewer is available NOW from your favorite bookseller.
I'm giving this one 4 out of 5 apples from my book bag!
About the Author:
Krista Davis is the New York Times bestselling author of the Paws and Claws Mysteries, including Murder, She Barked and The Ghost and Mrs. Mewer, and the Domestic Diva Mysteries, including The Diva Wraps It Up, The Diva Frosts a Cupcake, and The Diva Digs Up the Dirt. The first book in the Paws and Claws series was a New York Times bestseller, and multiple books from the Domestic Diva series have been nominated for Agatha Awards and have hit the New York Times extended list. Krista lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia with a brood of cats and dogs, including a snoopy Jack Russell terrier and a nosy calico cat. Her friends and family complain about being guinea pigs for her recipes, but she notices that they keep coming back for more.
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