Murder, She Barked: Paws & Claws Mystery, Book 1 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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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 lovable 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. Someone in this friendly town is bad to the bone, though. 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.
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|Listening Length||9 hours and 38 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||December 22, 2015|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #60,441 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#83 in Animal Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#454 in Animal Fiction (Books)
#464 in Amateur Sleuth Mysteries (Audible Books & Originals)
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What stopped this from 5 stars was the rushed ending. I had to keep rereading to make sure I knew what was happening. But I'm looking forward to reading the 2nd book in this charming series.
The author did an excellent job of making the mystery, the important characters and the pets involved the center of the story and didn't get off-track into anything irrelevant. The mystery is good and not easily solved. Holly is a very likeable character who faces more than one challenge along the way, and is a great help to her beloved grandmother. Two murders are two too many in such a small town as Wagtail and when a theft occurs it complicates things even more. The Sugar Maple Inn, where Holly is staying and helping her grandmother, is a place that would be wonderful if it really existed. I'd love to go there along with my cats!
I really liked this book quite a lot and I'm looking forward to the second in the series. If you're an animal/pet lover, you should enjoy "Murder, She Barked."
The book is filled with fantastic, colorful characters. The main protagonist is charming and so real. I loved the milling crowd - if you read the Domestic Diva series, you will be used to it and that's the part of Ms Davis' stories' charm. What I also liked is that even the 'not-so-nice' characters were softened and became almost likable. Nothing harsh (except murder) in this book.
Oh, and sleuthing was subtle, more balanced, not pushy and kind of nonsense, like walking into dark room with certainty that someone will snag, rope or harm the main protagonist.
The mystery was really nicely shaped - each red-herring was obvious but it kept me guessing till the very end who the culprit is :)
For those looking for a well-paced mystery,with great first-time characters and amazingly cozy atmosphere (I honestly wished to be there) and of course - ANIMALS, that book is a must-read. I have a dog and two cats (and hamsters and ferret), therefore - it was great to read about the place where animals are the center of everybody's world (even the culprit's :)
I definitely recommend this book, not only to dogs/ cats lovers but anyone looking for a very good mystery (and luckily - without sex scenes, which in some books seem to be a filler of the author's planned pages:). Cannot wait for the second installment! :)
Top reviews from other countries
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!
I think you should give it a try if you like good mysteries and cute animals.