I received this book for free from Berkley Prime Crime in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Murder Most Howl (Paws and Claws Mystery, #3) by Krista Davis
Series: Paws and Claws Mystery #3
Published by Berkley on November 24th 2015
Number of Pages: 304
Genres: Cozy Mystery
Source: Berkley Prime Crime
Purchase: At Amazon
This January, Wagtail, Virginia, the top pet-friendly destination in the country, is throwing a fun murder mystery weekend—but no one expected the real thing...
Holly Miller is delighted her grandmother has finally left the Sugar Maple Inn to take a well-deserved vacation. It means Holly’s in charge, but running the inn might be more challenging than she realized. Wagtail’s throwing a weekend-long murder mystery game to draw in tourists during the slow season, the inn has a full house, and a blizzard is on the way.
Trouble is unleashed the night the game begins, when the storm blows in and the lights go out. It gets worse the following morning when Holly’s Jack Russell terrier, Trixie, discovers a body—one that’s actually dead. Now Holly, her calico kitten Twinkletoes, and Trixie must play by the rules and find one dirty dog...
I liked how the murder mystery game and the actual murder were entwined. You never knew if the clue that appeared was going to shed light on the game or on the real murder. I also really liked how the pets were so important in the book. They weren’t just cute filler, but very useful in finding clues as well as well-woven into the town and people’s lives.
I had no idea who the murderer was until the very last pages of the book where you get the clue that pretty much makes it obvious. It made a lot of sense once you learned the background of the character though.
I liked Val and Holly. Holly was easy to like, and Shadow seemed sweet. I never liked Myrtle, and I was surprised she had so many book club friends.
Ella Mae’s habit amused me greatly. My favorite cat used to do the exact same thing when she was alive. So I already had the idea of who had done it before the evidence appeared. But if I hadn’t had a cat like that I would have had no ideas.
Recipes Included: Caramel Apple Bundt Cake, Swedish Tea Ring, Mini Mac and Cheeselets, Chicken Stew, Blanche Burger, Krista’s Chocolate Chip Cookies, Nutella Hot Chocolate, Gingerbread Cupcakes, Maple Syrup Bacon Slices, Mac and Tease (for dogs), Chicken Stew For Dogs, Rodeo Roundup (for dogs).