Murder, She Barked by Krista Davis

I have enjoyed Krista Davis’ Domestic Diva series for years . They are classic cozy mysteries and several have been nominated for Agatha awards. The constant but humorous rivalry between characters, Sophie and Natasha is delightful. Old Town Alexandria, Virginia provides the ideal small village feel of the traditional mystery. It is the proper venue for her character’s many adventures and murders. I was thrilled to recently discover Krista’s latest book, Murder, She Barked, the first in her new Paws and Claws series published by Berkley Prime Crime.

Holly Miller rushes out into a dark and stormy night without even a change of clothes, to answer a call to help her beloved grandmother, Oma. Holly leaves her boyfriend Ben in the clutches of his former girlfriend, nearly runs out of gas while driving through the foggy mountain roads of Virginia, and is adopted by a very dirty, mangy Jack Russell terrier. Can things get worse? You bet they can! Holly soon discovers that murder abounds in the picturesque mountain resort of Wagtail, Virginia.

Oma’s modest Sugar Maple Inn has changed dramatically since Holly visited as a child. Wagtail has been revitalized and become an upscale pet vacation destination. The town and its amenities are geared toward the comfort of pets and their owners. Despite its charming appearance, Wagtail is beset by murder, burglary and mayhem. Holly must get to the bottom of the trouble to help her Oma.

The elements of setting, characters, both human and animal, and of course the mystery, result in a very entertaining book that will appeal to all readers, even those who are not animal fanciers. I believe Krista is on her way to another Agatha nomination with Murder, She Barked. Her fans will not be disappointed and I hope new readers will enjoy discovering this delightful author.

If you like authors Carolyn Hart, Ellery Adams, Avery Aames, Lilian Jackson Braun and Donna Andrews you will undoubtedly enjoy any of Krista Davis’ books. Be sure to check out Murder, She Barked for a mini vacation of your own and no pet required.

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