Murder, She Barked
by Krista Davis
Mass Market Paperback:
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Released: December 3, 2013
Source: Review copy from the publisher.
Book Description, Modified from Back Cover:
Holly Miller has just quit her job on moral grounds when a troubling phone call about her grandmother sends her rushing home to the family inn on Wagtail Mountain. Wagtail is the country's premiere vacation hot spot for pet owners who can’t bear to leave their furry friends behind. Along the way, she is adopted by an abandoned Jack Russell Terrier who scatters crumbs all over her borrowed car and witnesses a car going off the side of a mountain road.
Once at the inn, her grandmother reveals that a inn employee was recently murdered--but the true target might have been her grandmother! While helping at the inn and enjoying her new dog and a frisky Calico kitten who lives in her room, Holly looks into the recent increase in crimes in the area. Holly and her furry companions will have to nose out the murderer before someone else gets hurt.
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 crimes (theft, murder, etc.) that needed solving. I got a sense of what the various hidden motives were and who was involved, but I didn't see how all the pieces fit together until about the same time Holly did.
There was no sex or bad language. Overall, I'd recommend this enjoyable cozy mystery to everyone, but I'd highly recommend it to pet-lovers.
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