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 ProwlHolly 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 MountainThe 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 was a cute cozy mystery, with animals mostly dogs This book gets an extra star simply because I loved the idea of a small, pet friendly community, and the animals featured in the book I enjoyed getting into the book, the setting, details and characters even if it seemed to have a very large cast of characters I ll probably get familiar with them as the series continues but for the first book there are quite a few characters to remember most with names some, like the housekeeper, without The mystery was good, actually better than I originally thought it would be One of the culprits was fairly obvious early on but the how was trickier , but the other wasn t quite so clear as there was a fairly large pool of suspects There was a lot going on in this book, some things and characters like Runemaster and Chloe appeared and disappeared just as quickly leaving me with some questions but they weren t huge issues There were too many characters being introduced or even just mentioned so it got confusing at times but not a huge issue Since is the first book, I ll let slide things that might normally bother me in a standalone like the crowded storyline and all the characters What stopped this from being a great book is that it was a little rough some times with some things scenes that didn t transition well or make sense and Holly The big one in this is Holly If I don t click with or like a main character it is usually pretty hard for me to fully immerse myself in the story There were a few things about her that made her hard to connect with mostly her treatment of and attitude towards Ben, which just jarred me There was also Trixie view spoiler I have two dogs and would be devastated by the loss of either one of them that being said, why did Holly not go to the vet to get her checked up or see if perhaps she was microchipped stolen That is the first thing I would do if I found a lost dog or if a lost dog invited themselves into my car , simply because if that dog did come from a loving family I know they would be devastated even if this scenario isn t likely given Trixie s circumstances and behavior early in the book, it still kind of bothered me hide spoiler A wonderfully satisfying cozy I would ve read it anyway as it had dogs First, the setting an entire town where the cats and dogs are welcome EVERYWHERE Can I move there Second, the main character and her erm love interests She did irritate me a little if only for the fact that she actually considered Ben an adequate boyfriend He wouldn t let her have a dog, he didn t want anything in his car Let s not worry about murder, car accidents, theftsThird, there were way TOO many nice people in this book It left you with only a few suspects since there were too many that were too nice to commit a murder.All in all, I was delighted with the book Other than the fact, that I m really not that fond of Jack Russel terriers Or as I call them, Napoleon dogs. I want to move to Wagtailsans murders, of course. This was a fun, entertaining read It had a great setting with the pet friendly tourist destination and well written, quirky characters The mystery was solid and the writing flowed smoothly throughout the book I m looking forward to reading in the series. THIS was a very fun mystery it really kept me guessing until the end I liked the characters even some I should not have LOL and felt it was really well written I read the author s other series Domestic Diva and I really love those books I am glad that I can add another series to my ever growing list of really good cozy mysteries. Good start to the series I liked the characters, setting and the pets were so cute I had no clue whodunit until the reveal Looks like Oma and Grandma Rose have at least a two phase plan going and phase one was a success, looking forward to seeing if they get their plan to work. Silly, cheesy, quirky yes, it was all of that and A giant leap from the heavy thrillers I ve been reading lately.Holly Miller lives a high powered life in Washington DC When she gets a distressing call from a family friend, she rushes to Wagtail, Virginia to see her grandmother Little does she know that when she arrives she will find herself in the middle of a murder investigation and everyone is suspect I really enjoyed the characters and connected well with Holly She loves animals as I do, and it would be hard not to like her Trixie, her Jack Russell, is a funny little dog with her own antics.Wagtail sounds like a dream come true Who wouldn t want to go to a quaint mountain town that caters to pet lovers I wish I could live in a place like this with my own little dog I would visit all the pet friendly shops, eat fabulous gourmet food, have funny, quirky neighbors and just enjoy all the adorable weirdness I was a little hesitant about this book at first because I thought it was going to be too childish with talking animals and such It was not, and I ended up enjoying this charming story very much I was able to read this so quickly that I was actually sad to finish it Lucky for me I can read the next in the series, so I don t have to leave Wagtail behind quite yet. So this was my first foray into the cozy mystery genre, and it was really cute Like, super cute I figured, how can a puppy dog themed mystery story go wrong And sure enough, whatever flaws this book had were certainly forgivable, because doggies The plot was I don t know, DOGGIESThe characters were Uhhhmm, DOGGIESThe murderer was Who cares, DOGGIES I will say that this would probably have been better in a text format than on audio, because the performance by reader Jeanie Kanaley was substandard The pacing was excruciatingly slow with a very careful enunciation of every word, her voice was almost girlish, and her European accents were not like any I ve heard in real life. A very fun book in a town I d like to live Likeable characters and I look forward to seeing how they continue to grow throughout the series.
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
- 304 pages
- Murder, She Barked
- Krista Davis
- 15 April 2018 Krista Davis