This is the fourth in the Paws and Claws series by Krista Davis. This is one series that I could so easily read and re-read as long as I was in between books that I want to or have promised to read for reviews. I can’t get enough of Wagtail and would love to stay at the Sugar Maple Inn!
My Goodreads review:
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This was another fun adventure spent in Wagtail. Just like the others, there is never anything dark or depressing about these books, they are just sheer enjoyment. I don’t think I’ve ever guessed who the killer was in any of them due to the amazing plot twists and turns the author takes us on. Every time I read a Paws and Claws book, I feel like I’m back among friends.
There was a matchmaking event going on in Wagtail in this installment. It was summertime and people were wanting to fall in love. Renowned matchmaker Macon Stotts had matched up the guests at Sugar Maple Inn that weekend. It was also a weekend where people could hang out with a dog and see if they were compatible. The local shelter WAG had sent some sweet candidates over to spend the weekend. Everything seemed fine until the first body was found. It was a man who was not well-liked and he had a note in his pocket from Holly’s grandma. Holly wasn’t sure if this would implicate Oma or not but she wasn’t going to stand around and let it happen. As it turned out, Ben, her ex-boyfriend was among the people coming to be matched. He was able to help with the investigation. Holly herself might have even found a new guy to be interested in but as with a lot of the folks, she was finding out all was not what it seemed.
This mystery featured Zelda, who worked at the inn and was a self-proclaimed pet psychic. I’ve always liked Zelda and thought it was fun to have her included in a lot of the book this time. That way we readers get to know the not-quite-main characters a little bit better. In this series, Holly doesn’t quite have the typical best friend that we see the main character having and I like seeing her interact with either Zelda or Shelly, although Shelly wasn’t in this one very much, just mentioned as serving here and there. I was really pleased with the happy ending–not only did the humans (who weren’t the killer) have a good end, the dogs did too!
I’ll have to say bye to Wagtail for awhile since I have a real and virtual pile of books calling to me but I will be back, Trixie and Twinkletoes! Even if I have to re-read until another book comes out! 😉