The first book in Krista Davis’s Paws and Claws mystery series.

When Holly gets an urgent call for her to come to her grandmother up in Wagtail, Virginia.  She drops everything and borrows her boyfriends car to race up there.  When on a stop to fill up with gas, she finds an abandoned scruffy Jack Russell terrier who decides that she wants to go with Holly.

While driving up the mountain in the fog, Holly has to slam on the brakes to miss someone in the road.  But when she goes to check…no one is there.  But minutes later an explosion shatters the night from down the gully and she puts a 911 call out and awaits their arrival.

When Holly finally arrives at The Sugar Maple Inn, her grandmother’s hotel.  She finds that a lot of changes have gone on since her last visit 5 years before.  Wagtail has become the premiere pet vacation spot, with The Sugar Maple Inn being the top spot to stay.

She finds her grandmother has a sprained ankle from jumping out of the way of a speeding car that kills one of her hotel employees.  It wasn’t an accident, as no cars are allowed in the pedestrian only area.  So was the driver after Sven…or Holly’s grandmother?

There is a lot of uneasy things going on in Wagtail and Holly needs to get to the bottom of it all, before she can return to looking for a new job back in Washing DC…or die trying!

5 Stars*****


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.

Delicious recipes for owners and pets included!


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