Murder, She Barked (Paws and Claws Mystery #1)
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Murder, She Barked (Paws and Claws Mystery #1)

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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 Ter...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published December 3rd 2013 by Berkley
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Murder, She Barked opens shortly after the protagonist, Holly Miller, has lost her job as a fundraiser for a nonprofit organization in Washington, D.C. While she and her lawyer boyfriend, Ben, are attending a winery dinner with Ben’s boss and family (which includes Ben’s former girlfriend), she receives a phone call from her grandmother’s best friend that Oma needs her. Thinking that her grandmother, Oma, is ill, Holly leaves immediately...more
Murder, She Barked is the first in the A Paws and Claws Mystery series.

For us pet lovers, hopefully, we will see some of the changes that the fictional town of Wagtail made regarding where one is able to take their pets.

Holly Miller has to leave dinner with her boyfriend and his boss and head to Wagtail as their is an emergency with her grandmother, Oma. On her way she finds a terrier stranded in the pouring down rain and rescues him. As they near Sugar Maple Inn, Holly narrowly misses a man sta...more
I've never read Krista Davis' other series, the domestic diva series, which I do know comes highly rated from other cozy readers. The topic doesn't necessarily appeal to me so when I found out she was going to write a new series about animals, I was all over that, being a huge dog lover myself.

I liked this one well enough. The story follows Holly who is summoned to her grandmother's inn in Wagstail, VA after a horrible accident leaves one of her grandmother's employees dead and the whole town wo...more
Laura Lee
First in a new series. Holly Miller has just lost her job in DC when she gets a phone call that her grandmother needs her. Oma lives in Wagtail, VA. She runs a beautiful and widely known B and B. Wagtail is a resort and haven for both humans and their pets. Holly arrives the night of a murder and there is another murder the next day! She is one of two people to discover the body. Who is out to disturb this peaceful little town? Holly and her newly adopted dog named Trixie help provide clues for...more
Holly Miller’s life has gone to the dogs. She has no job and her boyfriend’s old girlfriend wants him back and since she is his boss’s daughter she is always around. Then she gets a phone call to return home to Wagtail from her grandmother’s friend saying her grandmother needs her. She wastes no time, hops into her boyfriend’s car, tells him she will call when she knows more and heads to Virginia. She makes a quick stop for gas before heading up the mountain and picks up a “hitchhiker” – A Jack...more
Linda Langford
A 5 Star cozy mystery with more twists and turns than a mountain road!! Holly Miller loses her job as she is urgently called to Wagtail Mountain by her grandmother, Oma. Oma owns the Sugar Maple Bed & Breakfast Inn. On the way up the mountain, Holly picks up a stray Jack Russell Terrier she names Trixie; almost hits a strange man standing in the middle of the road; witnesses an explosion which turns out to be a car pushed over the mountainside; and arriving at the Inn, finds Oma with a sprai...more
"Murder, She Barked" is a cozy mystery. It's the first book in a fun new series. I loved how the animals were connected into the mystery yet they still acted realistically as an untrained, energetic dog and curious kitten. The book is full of pets and is set in a pet-oriented town, so it's appealing to pet-loving readers. I also enjoyed the varied and realistic characters, and Holly is a likable, nice person.

The mystery was a clue-based puzzle and was fairly complex since there were multiple cri...more
I ABSOLUTELY LOVED this book. I read it, straight after finishing the last installment of the Domestic Diva series, intrigued by the peek-preview of the next in Paws and Claws Mystery.

The book is filled with fantastic, colorful characters. The main protagonist is charming and so real. I loved the milling crowd - if you read Domestic Diva series, you will be used to it and that's the part of Ms Davis' stories' charm. What I also liked is that even the 'not-so-nice' characters were softened and b...more
Diane ~Firefly~
I liked the characters, the town and the pets, so I'm looking forward to this series continuing. It did suffer a little from first book syndrome and having to explain everything. Also, no one seemed that broken up by the murders, which was a bit surprising. But I think it will pick up and I'm looking forward to the next one.
This is the first in a new series (Paws and Claws Mysteries) by Krista Davis. It takes place in Wagtail, Virginia, a small town which has reinvented itself as a pet vacation hot spot. The entire town has become pet friendly, and hosts several stores/businesses that cater to supplying the doting pet owners almost anything they can imagine for their pets, from collar and leashes to special grooming, food treats and clothes.
Holly Miller is summoned home because her grandmother has been injured in a...more
Krista Davis has a writing style that appeals to me along with a real knack for character development. This is a great kick off to another great series by her.
This would have been a 5-star read if it weren't for the far fetched angles to the conclusion of the mystery.
Norma Huss
This is the first of a new series for Krista Davis.

Holly leaves her boyfriend and the business scene, and rushes to see her Grandmother as she fears something has happened to her. Something has, but what===and what has Grandma been doing? Her cozy inn is now a must for vacationer with pets. In fact, the whole village of Wagtail has become a haven for dogs, cats, and any other variety of pet. But there's danger of the murderous kind afoot.

This is a mystery with a lost dog, a secret passage, and...more
L.A. Kelley
The novel is a cozy little mystery set at the Sugar Maple Inn in the dog-friendly town of Wagtail, Virginia. Holly Miller loses her job and then receives an urgent message from Wagtail that her grandmother Liesel needs assistance. On the way she picks up a stray Jack Russell terrier and arrives to find her grandmother with a sprained ankle and embroiled in a murder mystery.

The author has created a charming setting with Wagtail and the Sugar Maple Inn. I’d spend a weekend there in a heartbeat. So...more
Heather Phinney
I just finished this book today and wanted to give my general opinions. NO SPOILERS! This is my first Krista Davis read, and I really wasn't impressed. I thought the characters were immensely dull and especially the lead, who was rather quite boring with no real humor, smarts, or quirks. Her dog plays a bigger role in the mystery solving than she does. And speaking of the dog, she gets into so many mixups it does get very old. The love interest(s) are also boring. I couldn't really find a single...more
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This new series by Krista Davis is a great read! As mentioned in previous reviews of Davis’s work, I was becoming a little tired of her main characters (albeit good stories and a great break every now and then, but lacking), but Davis makes up for those short comings with this great new take. I love that the character is younger (late 20s), who has some time to figure out who she is and what she wants. And the characters are all ju...more
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Jul 22, 2014 Robin rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: cozy mystery fans who enjoy everyday pets in their stories
It's been 5 years since Holly has been back to Wagtail, and she is surprised to find the former tourist town in the mountains that she remembered has been transformed into a premier pet resort. Wagtail is now an animal lover's paradise for tourists. Her grandmother's sleepy bed and breakfast has transformed into a resort getaway for owners and pets, with cat and dog buildings to cater to their needs. All businesses are accepting of animals on the premises, and many businesses offer special perks...more
Paula Ratcliffe
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I won my copy of Murder, She Barked by Krista Davis, through GoodReads FirstReads and I loved it! The story starts with main character and narrator Holly Miller on her way to visit her grandmother in the charming pet-loving resort town of Wagtail, Virginia. Holly was a wonderful narrator and character! On her way to Wagtail, Holly finds an adorable stray Jack Russell terrier who chooses Holly as her rescuer, promptly jumping into the backseat of Holly's borrowed car. Once in Wagtail, strange and...more
Debbie Lester
Cozy mysteries resident Domestic Diva, Krista Davis is going in a new direction with the first book in her new Paws and Claws Mystery series, Murder She Barked. Wagstail, Virginia is a very special town, dedicated to pets and their persons. Davis does a fantastic job of making this little town a place that pet owners and their pets will love. From restaurants that allow pets, and even give them their own menu's to activities designed just for cats and dogs, there seems to be a lot going on, incl...more
I enjoyed Krista Davis' first installment in this new cozy series. The mountain town of Wagtail was very charming. In an effort to boost tourism, the town has been made over to cater to pets. Holly Miller is our main character, and her grandmother Liesel has owned the Sugar Maple Inn in Wagtail at least since Holly was a child. Holly's life has kept her from visiting Wagtail in eons, but she rushes to Liesel's side after a troubling phone call from Rose, Liesel's bff. It turns out a valued emplo...more
Title: Murder, She Barked
Author: Krista Davis
Series: Book 1: Paws and Claws Mystery
Format: ARC
Reviewed By: Tina

When Holly Miller loses her job, she feels like a dog without a bone. Her boyfriend's ex girlfriend is nosing her way back into his life. Holly then receives a call that changes her life, Her grandmother is in trouble so Holly hurries to rush to be by her side in Wagstail, Virginia to her grandmother, Oma's inn. Along the way Holly meets up with a lost Jack Russel Terrier, whom Holly re...more
Sue Ross
Imagine a town in the mountains where you can take your dog anywhere you go. A town were the animals are treated as well as their humans. That's the kind of town you will visit in Murder She Barked. Wagtail is southwest of Washington D.C and the entire town is set up for humans and their pets. When Holly Miller gets a strange phone call from her grandmother's friend, she immediately thinks something is wrong. She takes off to Wagtail in her boyfriend's car. Along the way she meets and picks up a...more
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...more
This book is for the pet lover in all of us! I was anxious to see Krista Davis, the author of the fabulous Domestic Diva series, take a new direction and just knew that I had to get a copy of this book and check it out. This is the first book in her new Paws & Claws mystery series which is set in Wagtail, Virginia, a town dedicated to pets and their owners. She really did a great job of making this feel real and seem very relatable. Holly Miller is our new leading lady and amateur sleuth. Sh...more
Judy Alter
You may think you've wandered into Neverland when you follow Holly Miller to Wagtail, a mountain resort where everyone has a dog and takes it everywhere, from resort hotels to restaurants to pet boutiques. Gourmet pet meals accompany entrees in the restaurants, and everyone in Neverland--oops, Wagtail--is kind and happy and caring. Well, maybe except for Aunt Birdie.
Holly is called back by a phone conversation indicating her grandmother is in perilous health Before she even gets to Wagtail, Holl...more
After losing her job in Washington, D.C., Holly Miller gets a panicked phone call from her grandmother’s best friend. She is needed at the family inn in Wagtail, Virginia immediately. Holly doesn’t have a chance to pack and has no choice but to borrow her boyfriend, Ben’s car to make the six hour drive. Her boyfriend stays in D.C. for business reasons, not to mention his ex-girlfriend is occupying his time.

It’s been a long time since Holly was at the Sugar Maple Inn, but she’d do anything for he...more
Caitlin Olsen
I gave this 4/5 stars.

Holly Miller just lost her job, her boyfriends ex is nosing around and to top it all off, she just received a phone call that her grandmother is not doing well. She borrows her boyfriends car and heads from Washington DC to her grandma's Inn in Wagtail, VA. On the way, she stops for gas and is adopted by a little Jack Russel Terrier. She arrives in Wagtail only to find bodies piling up and her grandma with a target on her back. She reconnects with old friends and family, a...more
Wonderful, funny and very well written murder mystery. Small town that caters to animals with their owners on vacation. Everything set up for animal friendly vacations. Then murder comes to town. Excellent murder mystery with the animals taking center stage. Loved reading it and really enjoyed the interaction between animals and humans. As an animal lover, this book is a hit with me. And adding a murder or two in the mix, you've got a winner.
Wagtail sounds like a wonderful place!

Everything just seems to fall into place for Holly as soon as she arrives in Virginia (the only place that has ever really been home for her).

Trixie and Twinkle both belong with Holly, and she realizes it as soon as she is faced with losing them. I could not imagine losing either of my cats, we knew they belonged with us almost as soon as they arrived.

I really hope that Holmes comes to his senses & realizes where he really belongs (and who he really belo...more
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Krista Davis lives and writes in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. She lived in Northern Virginia for many years and resided for a time in Old Town, Alexandria.

She really does have a gregarious Ocicat named Mochie who never ceases to amaze her. Daisy is based on one of her three dogs.
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