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Not a Creature Was Purring

(Paws and Claws Mystery #5)

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  1,375 ratings  ·  199 reviews
Santa Claws is coming to town and checking his list for a murderer--as the New York Times bestselling Paws & Claws Mysteries continue...

Inn owner Holly Miller finds it ruff staying cheerful over the holidays when the dead body of a beloved businessman turns up in the pet-friendly town of Wagtail, Virginia.

Inspired by her German heritage, Holly's grandmother has arran
Mass Market Paperback, 289 pages
Published November 7th 2017 by Berkley Books
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Sugar Maple Inn in Wagtail, Virginia is all booked up for the Christmas holidays. When Dale Thackleberry’s body is discovered inside of an inflatable Grinch by the corpse-sniffing Jack Russell terrier, Trixie; Holly Miller and her grandma Oma (the inn owners) wonder if someone in the pet clothes manufacturer’s quarrelsome family decided Dale was a Grinch and made sure he’d never see another Christmas morning. Holly’s precious pets, Twinkletoes and Trixie act as mommy’s guards and help thwart the ...more
Nov 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2017
Dollycas’s Thoughts

Welcome to Wagtail, Virginia! The perfect escape for dogs, cats, and their persons! That is until one of the Sugar Maple Inn’s guests ends up dead.

The town is celebrating the holidays with a Christkindl Market. Food and gifts can be found in several kiosks around the green. The homes are all decorated too. Some with the usual holiday fare but there is one who has taken the decorations to new heights, including some holiday music.

Christmas has also brought a pet clothing busine
Lisa Ks Book Reviews
Nov 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Author Krista Davis doesn’t disappoint with her new Paws &
Claws Mystery.

NOT A CREATURE WAS PURRING was such a fun holiday mystery. Krista Davis packed a lot into this 289 page book. This story had some many things going on. Including recipes for people and pets!

Author Davis introduced a new tradition to me, Christkindl Market/Christkindlmarkt or Christmas Market, which started in Germany. They originated with the celebration of Christmas during the four weeks of Advent. It’s a Market with al
Nov 02, 2020 rated it liked it
Better than average cozy mystery with Christmas themes and cute animals.
Nov 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
A charming Christmas cozy! The author paints a vivid and detailed picture of Wagtail, West Virginia--a resort town where Holly and her family run an inn specially designed for dogs and cats. I felt like I was seeing all the decorations, eating the sumptuous foods, and personally meeting all of the guests. The book also marks Holmes' return home to announce his engagement to Norma Jeane, of the wealthy Thackleberry family where both of their families decide to spend Christmas vacation together at ...more
Nov 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy, own, cats, dogs, e-books
I normally don't read books with a Christmas theme, however, this is one of the series, I like. It was true to form. Wagtail village was decked out in Christmas decorations and Santa's elves were getting all their Christmas wishes. The Thackleberry are gathering to celebrate Christmas at the Sugar Maple Inn. The family is honoring Norma Jean and her Fiance, Holmes before the spring wedding. Trixi found the Dale Thackleberry dead in the collapse caricature, Grinch. He has been stabbed several tim ...more
Nov 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Not A Creature Was Purring is the fifth book in the A Paws And Claws Mystery series.

I wish my Westie and I lived in Wagtail, Va. It’s a beautiful little community with friendly residents, a nice assortment of shops and eateries and best of all, pets are welcomed everywhere.

Christmas is just around the corner and Holly Miller is looking for to her first Christmas since returning to Wagtail. But, on the downside for Holly, her old boyfriend is also returning for Christmas and will be bringing his
Daryl Gerber
Aug 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I adore this series and Krista Davis has done it again with writing a delicious book. She had me at "Christmas..." :) ...more
Nov 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another fun mystery in the Paws and Claws series! The only disappointment is that Wagtail is not a real place! I would definitely want to live there!!
April Schilling
Dec 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received this book in the mail today from Amazon and started reading it as soon as I opened it. Five hours later and I finished it. I loved it! Such a great series and this latest book did not disappoint at all!
Jan 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It’s Christmas in Wagtail and Holly is thrilled to be one of the elves helping the less fortunate townspeople. One Grinch threatens to ruin Christmas for everyone and Holly’s Aunt Bridie is at the center of it. She’s also busy hosting the Thackleberry family, owners of a dog clothing manufacturing company. While Trixie enjoys being an ambassador of the brand and patriarch Dale Thackleberry is happy to play Santa Claus, unfortunately, one of the party happens to be the fiancé of Holly’s old frien ...more
Dec 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a fun holiday mystery. This book made me so happy and really helped with my Christmas spirit. This is the first book I've read in this series, but it won't be the last. Krista Davis is quickly becoming one of my must read authors.

Holly Miller owns a special Inn in a special town. Wagtown is the most pet-friendly place you will ever see. The Inn caters to guests who want to travel with their furry friends and even serve cat and dog specialties on their menu. Christmastime in this special tow
Amy "the book-bat"
This was kind of fun and very soap opera-ish. I would love to have a print copy to add to my cookbook shelf because the recipes at the end sound amazing!
Nov 07, 2017 rated it did not like it
That's it for me, folks. Paws and Claws #4 was awful, but I just couldn't resist giving Krista Davis one more shot because, well, it's nearly Christmas and I wanted to read a Christmas-themed cozy. It might get better, I told myself. At least it can't get any worse.

Not a Creature Was Purring was, I guess, a relative improvement, but that's not saying much. The characters all behave as though they're suffering mightily from brain tumor-induced personality swings. One character finds out that (vi
Leslye ♥
Dec 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
With the season upon us, I thought I'd jump in and read some holiday books, and spending Christmas in Wagtail, Virginia was such a great place to start. ... So much fun!! This fifth book in the Paws & Claws series is my favorite so far. From the gorgeous cover art (that includes our favorite duo, Trixie and Twinkletoes)... to the mystery reveal at the end, the pages just seemed to turn themselves!

As if Wagtail wasn't charming enough already, adding all the magic of Christmas to the Sugar Maple I
Nov 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved Not a Creature Was Purring, this was a great holiday read from a much loved and treasured series I read by Krista Davis. This mystery had all the things you love about the holidays and everything you love and hate about family gatherings. It was warm, felt genuine and still over the top enough to keep you engaged and entertained. I would love to spend time in Wagtail year round, but Christmas time seems just that much more special, and cozy even with the recent mysterious deaths. From th ...more
Jan 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Santa Claws has delivered up a mystery that is certain to delight animal lovers and mystery lovers alike.  The newest mystery in Krista Davis’s bestselling Paws & Claws series is a wonderful holiday themed treat that serves up pets and corpses aplenty.  Wagtail, Virginia is a pet lover’s dream - a town devoted to pampering humans and their beloved pets, where there is no such thing as “no pets allowed”.  In this installment, Christmas is on the horizon and Holmes has brought his fiancee and her ...more
Nov 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
As if Wagtail wasn't charming enough, this fifth book in the series is set around Christmas, adding all the magic of the holidays to the pet-friendly Sugar Maple Inn and its small mountain town. Holly, co-owner of the inn with her grandmother, is tasked with catering to the family of her friend Holmes' fiance, a wealthy, eclectic, demanding brood. With her strong feelings for Holmes and some crimes around town, and Holly isn't having the most relaxing holiday. This is a fast-paced, fun mystery w ...more
Cat Tutt
Jan 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I couldn't wait until the holidays to read this one, and I'm kind of bummed that I didn't because it was full of Christmas cheer! Sometimes a book is set at the holidays, but it isn't really all that holiday oriented... not the case with this one! It adds so much ambiance, to have the season brought into it so completely. I think potentially my favorite thing about it was imagining all the pups and kitties in their holiday finery.

The mystery was good, although not my favorite from this series. S
Nancy H
Dec 28, 2018 rated it liked it
A good Christmas cozy, this story takes place in a small town in Virginia, dedicated to having a good holiday for everyone, including a family with some members how are not very nice. However, that family is shaken up when the patriarch is found murdered - inside a giant-sized Grinch. Holly's grandmother, who is mayor of the town and who runs the popular in where the family is staying, encourages Holly to help find the murderer, and also along the way, win back the boyfriend who is about to marr ...more
Marla Bradeen
Dec 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
NOT A CREATURE WAS PURRING is an adorable book. With a likable heroine, a slew of unique characters, and several entertaining pets, the story is one that kept me entertained from beginning to end. Cozy mystery fans looking for a light, holiday read will find this book fits the bill.

Disclosure: I won a free copy of this book in a giveaway.
Dec 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
I always forget how cute this series is.
Toni  (T.C.) LoTempio
Nov 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Best of the bunch so far! Loved the mystery and also the interaction between Holly, Holmes and Norma Jeanne, Holmes' fiancée. Fingers crossed there are more to come. ...more
Oct 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Holly Miller is spending her first Christmas in Wagtail and it's everything she remembered and more. Her grandma has even set up a German-inspired Christkindl market for vendors to sell their goodies and Christmas decorations. But Holly's happy mood takes a sharp downturn when she finds out that her childhood pal and long-time wannabe boyfriend, Holmes Richardson, is bringing his fiancee, Norma Jeanne, home--and they'll be staying at Sugar Maple Inn to celebrate their upcoming wedding with her f ...more
Oct 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017, my-reviews
"Not a Creature Was Purring" by Krista Davis is an excellent addition to the Paws & Claws Mystery series! As always, the characters are well-drawn and believable; this is especially evident in this book due to the number of new characters/guests at the inn. Had they not all been incredibly distinctive, it could have been tricky keeping everyone straight. The reader is treated to a more in-depth characterization of Aunt Birdie; I'd love to see a future storyline include a side-plot involving Holl ...more
Nov 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozies
Holly Miller runs an inn in Wagtail. Her ex is back in town with his new fiancé, along with her family for the holiday. But reconnecting with Holmes is the farthest thing from Hollys mind when her dog Trixie finds a dead body and the police suspect Hollys aunt birdie. Along with granting Christmas wishes, Holly must solve a murder.

I really love this series. Hollys animals are always so fun. I usually don't like love triangles but i kinda liked it in this book. It was overly done. Holmes seems li
Dec 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Not a Creature was Purring by Krista Davis is the fifth book in the A Paws and Claws Mystery series. Holly Miller is looking forward to Christmas in Wagtail, Virginia with her Oma and large circle of friends. Then Holly discovers that Holmes Richardson has brought his fiancé, Norma Jeanne Blume along with her extended family home for the holiday. Holly was hoping Holmes would realize Norma Jeanne was not the right woman for him and see that the perfect partner for him is right under his nose. Da ...more
Doward Wilson
Jan 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-contest
The business owners and residents of Wagtail, Virginia are gearing up for a wonderful Christmas season. Inspired by her German ancestry, Holly's grandmother is planning on featuring a Christkindl Market on the grounds of the Sugar Maple Inn, which they co-own and run. The inn is booked and business is booming for all the merchants who are happily participating in the market and festivities. Staying at the inn is the Thackleberry family, who have a family owned business specializing in accessorie ...more
K.A. Davis
Nov 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
NOT A CREATURE WAS PURRING, book 5 in the Paws and Claws Mystery series by Krista Davis, has to be my favorite book so far! Set in adorable Wagtail, Virginia during the Christmas holiday, the setting sets the scene for getting the reader in the mood for holiday cheer. Even though I read an advance copy in autumn, I was ready to trim my tree and deck my halls. Holly Miller is an engaging protagonist. I love how she jumps in to tend to both human and pet guests’ needs at the family Sugar Maple Inn ...more
Carole Jarvis
Dec 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-cozy
Reviewed at The Power of Words:

Not a Creature Was Purring is every bit as precious as the cover indicates. From smooth writing, to appealing series characters (including pets), to the town of Wagtail itself, this story is all that a cozy mystery should be and Krista Davis is fast becoming a go-to author for me.

Christmas is simply magical in Wagtail, Virginia – just like in a Hallmark movie – and the setting is beautifully conveyed. Christmas lights, the Christkindl Market,
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Krista Davis lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia where she writes three mystery series. She lived in Northern Virginia for many years and resided for a time in Old Town Alexandria where her Domestic Diva Mysteries take place.

Krista also writes the Paws and Claws Mysteries, which debuted with MURDER, SHE BARKED. They are set in a resort town that caters to people who want to vacation wit

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