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Welcome to Cozy Wednesday! 
Murder Most Howl was just released and Krista Davis has a fun way to tell us all about it! 

Have you ever participated in a murder mystery weekend? I think it would be so much fun. So when I wrote MURDER MOST HOWL, I brought a murder mystery weekend to Wagtail Mountain.

Holly Miller’s grandmother, Oma, has finally entrusted her with running the Sugar Maple Inn while she takes a much-deserved vacation. Even though they have a full house, it seems like everything should go smoothly.

When an employee unexpectedly quits, and a blizzard blows into town, Holly is determined to make the best of a bad situation. She will prove her competence by handling everything with aplomb. But when an unexpected corpse shows up, no one is sure if it’s part of the game or if someone has really been murdered!

Come spend the weekend at the Sugar Maple Inn with Holly, her Jack Russell, Trixie, and her calico kitty, Twinkletoes, as they unravel the mystery of MURDER MOST HOWL!


murder most howlMurder Most Howl: A Paws & Claws Mystery
3rd in Series
Cozy Mystery
Setting – Virginia
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery (November 24, 2015)
An Imprint of Penguin Random House LLC
Cover Illustration by Mary Ann Lasher
Cover Design by Diana Kolsky
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425262573
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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…

Delicious recipes for owners and pets included!

Dollycas’s Thoughts

If Wagtail Mountain was a real place I would bundle up in my warm winter clothes and head there today! I would check right in at the Sugar Maple Inn with my dogs Oreo and NeraBelle and let the fun begin.

Krista Davis has created an ideal place for pet lovers. A town the welcomes their dogs and cats and caters to them. The restaurants have both pet and people selections on their menus. Stores offer items for animals and the people that love them. Hotels and places like the Sugar Maple Inn have cat and dog wings and allow the 4 legged family members roam and make themselves right at home.

In this 3rd installment the town is hosting the Murder Most Howl Mystery Game where guests try to solve the mystery, like a huge game of Clue. There is a blizzard headed toward Wagtail that could put a little damper on the festivities. Of course, a body found outside the Inn could be a huge game changer too. Holly and her friends know the event is important for the town so they do all the can to keep things running smoothly while they try to solve the real murder mystery too.

The regular characters are joined by some very interesting characters in town for the weekend, including The Thursday Night Cloak and Dagger Book Club and couple wanting to adopt a dog. The Sugar Maple Inn has a program called If The Dog Fits where guests can get to know dogs from the humane society. All the characters, human, canine, and feline, all come to life and leap from the pages.

I really enjoyed this story. The mysteries, real and in the game, were very well thought out and plotted. Both had their share of red herrings, the game more than originally planned. 🙂 I ended up reading the book all in one sitting and was sorry my virtual visit to Wagtail ended so soon. I look forward to returning there soon.

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New York Times Bestselling author Krista Davis writes the Paws & Claws Mysteries for animal lovers that debuted with MURDER, SHE BARKED. She also writes the Domestic Diva Mysteries. Her 9th Domestic Diva Mystery was THE DIVA STEALS A CHOCOLATE KISS, which was a New York Times bestseller and is in bookstores now. Like her characters, Krista has a soft spot for cats, dogs, and sweets. She lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia with three dogs and two cats.


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Thanks to the people at Penguin I have 2 copies to give away!
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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of this book. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

  33 Responses to “Cozy Wednesday with Krista Davis – Author of Murder Most Howl – #Giveaway too!”

  1. Sounds like a wonderful read. I have never been to a murder mystery weekend or dinner. It would be so much fun! Thanks for the giveaway!

    • Love the sound of this book. I haven’t ever been to a murder mystery weekend but I would in a heartbeat…Closest I have come is a ghost tour weekend…thanks for the contest. Marilyn

  2. I adore the Paws and Claws Mystery series, and I want to move to Wagtail! I am looking forward to reading this book. Thank you for the giveaway.

  3. I love the cover.

  4. this sounds like a great series – I want to go to the Sugar Maple Inn.

  5. I love this series and have been waiting for this one to release. Thanks so much for the giveaway.

  6. Never attended a murder mystery dinner…. just the mystery of who murdered my grandmother in her own apartment. Answer- The guy whose girlfriend was kicked out of the building because he was dealing drugs (he was also a cop’s informant which is why it took a year to get him).

    I love Krista’s books and would be proud to add it to my home library.

  7. I love Krista Davis’ books. I would love to be able to read this book and thank you for the chance to enter the giveaway.

  8. Great giveaway. Thanks. Love this series.

  9. I am a Krista Davis fan! Her books are fun reads.

  10. Sounds like a great cozy.

  11. A cozy with food and animals…could it get any better? No.

  12. Sounds like a good read.

  13. I totally agree–book me a room!

  14. Yeah! Another Paws & Claws book. I LOVE this series!

  15. Is there a 3rd wing for people with dogs and cats? Or would such a person have to visit twice? (Not that that would be a bad thing, of course. :O) )

  16. sounds like a great one to read and review

  17. The Wagtail series is so wonderful! I’m looking forward to reading this latest installment!

  18. Krista, I love this series and already have the book on my Kindle. Sounds like a great addition to the series.

  19. Cute cover. Sounds like a good book.

  20. I love visiting Wagtail and would love to attend a murder mystery weekend!

  21. I will be starting this series right away. It sounds great. I love the cover.

  22. This sounds like a great new series and will be going on my Amazon wish list. Thanks Lori!

  23. This sounds like a place I would want to stay at. Not find a dead body but to bring my little dog. It sounds fun. But, since it’s not real, I’ll have to settle for reading the book. So pick me, please.

  24. LOVE this series. Congratulations on #3, Krista. Hope there w/b lots more!

  25. Looks like a really good read. Love the cover. Mystery dinners. Mystery trains. Wish. But have fun.

  26. I so wish Wagtail was a real place so I could visit. I must settle for just reading these wonderful books.

  27. I’ve been wanting to start this series. Sounds delightful. And how can I resist that cute cover!

  28. Thank you for the giveaway! I absolutely adore this series and can’t wait to read this one!

  29. Thanks for a chance to win a copy of your latest. Great series.

  30. I follow through email.

  31. I’ve always thought I’d love to an Inn. I’ll have to have furry friends to help. Sounds like a wonderful mystery.

  32. Participating in a Mystery weekend is on my list of things I REALLY want to do! I have read the Domestic Diva Series and loved every book so far, I know this latest book in the Paws and Claws series will be just as great!!!

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