Review: Murder, She Barked by Krista Davis

The Sugar Maple Inn in Wagtail, Virginia, is the country’s premiere vacation hot spot for pet owners who can’t bear to leave their furry friends behind. But this tourist town smells trouble when a killer goes on the prowl….

Holly Miller’s life has gone to the dogs. She has no job, her boyfriend’s former flame is sniffing around, and a scruffy but loveable Jack Russell Terrier is scattering crumbs all over her borrowed car. Just when she thought things couldn’t get worse, a troubling phone call about her grandmother sends her rushing home to the family inn on Wagtail Mountain.

The staff—and a frisky Calico kitten named Twinkletoes—adopts Holly and her new dog on arrival. But someone in this friendly town is bad to the bone. One of the employees at the inn has been killed in a hit-and-run accident—which is looking anything but accidental. Now Holly and her furry companions will have to nose out the murderer before someone else gets muzzled.

Murder, She Barked by Krista Davis. Paws & Claws Mystery book 1. Published by Berkley, December 2013, 284 pages.

I love my pets. I would do anything for them. I treat them just the same as I treat any other member of my family (maybe even better >.> ). I love spoiling my pets. Murder, She Barked is for all the pet lovers out there. You are introduced to this wonderful little town called Wagtail that caters to pets. Pets can go in every store and restaurant. There are potty zones and play zones all over the place. Every store is pet themed. Just about everyone has a pet. And best of all is the Sugar Maple Inn, a top of the line resort that is for pets and their owners. They have dog and cat food that match whatever dinner or lunch you order. In the back of the book the author even gives you some recipes (for dogs and their people) for some of the goodies that were in the story. All the rooms at the inn have pet doors. They also have pet trails, pet massages, pet therapy, and even a pet psychic!! OMG… I wanted to grab my dog and bun and run away to Wagtail and stay at this wonderful place! The town, with all it’s pet friendly stores and residents, is a real treat that you can’t help but fall in love with.

I enjoyed the writing style a lot. The book has a great flow to it. There was just the right amount of build up to events and there never was too much down time where nothing happened. The plot kept you guessing at who did what. Even when you thought you had the right person pegged as the bad guy, you still kind of went “Well…. maybe not??”. It was a pretty cute book. I was very entertained the whole way through. If you love pets and or like cute cozies, this is a book for you. If you aren’t so big on pets or cute stories, you probably will not like this too much.

The characters of Wagtail were interesting. Almost everyone is super friendly, with a few jerks spread around town. Everyone at the inn had a pretty adorable, quirky personality. The main character, Holly, is pretty likeable, although she did act kind of dumb about her boyfriend Ben. >.< By far the two best characters of Murder, She Barked are Twinkletoes the kitten and Trixie the doggie. OMG, cuteness overload. I can’t wait to see what they get up to in the next book.

This was a great book for pet / animal lovers. I was very entertained and I loved the concept of a pet friendly town like Wagtail. So much fun, you’ll want to move there. The town and the characters are the best part about Murder, She Barked, with the two pets stealing the show. Very cute cozy mystery and I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the series.


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