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Not a Creature Was Purring (A Paws & Claws Mystery) Mass Market Paperback – November 7, 2017
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Praise for the New York Times Bestselling Paws & Claws Mysteries
“Wagtail Mountain will appeal to animal lovers and mystery lovers, alike.”—Kate Carlisle, New York Times bestselling author of the Bibliophile Mysteries
“Davis has created another charming series.”—Sofie Kelly, New York Times bestselling author of the Magical Cats Mysteries
“Davis has created a town that any pet would love—as much as their owners do. And they won’t let a little thing like murder spoil their enjoyment.”—Sheila Connolly, New York Times bestselling author of the County Cork, Museum, and Orchard Mysteries
“Murder, mystery, a bit of romance and seriously PETS!! Who could ask for anything more?”—Open Book Society
“Touches all the bases of the cozy mystery—including a bit of romance—and does so with style.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch
About the Author
KRISTA DAVIS is the New York Times bestselling author of the Paws & Claws Mysteries, including Mission Impawsible, Murder Most Howl, The Ghost and Mrs. Mewer, and Murder, She Barked, as well as the Domestic Diva Mysteries, including The Diva Serves High Tea, The Diva Steals a Chocolate Kiss, and The Diva Wraps It Up. She lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia with a brood of cats and dogs, including a snoopy Jack Russell terrier and a nosy calico cat. Her friends and family complain about being guinea pigs for her recipes, but she notices that they keep coming back for more.
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Not a Creature was Purring was just delightful. It has lovely, well-developed characters and a gorgeous setting. Who would not want to live in Wagtail? A place that welcomes people and fur babies. Ms. Davis brings her characters and town to life with her descriptions. I found the story to be well written and have a nice, steady pace. My attention was grabbed right away, and it was held until the very last page (something I rarely say about a book). It has two mysteries, Christmas spirit, secret Santa elves, a Christkindl Market, adorable dogs and cats, a couple of quirky characters, plenty of drama, a dash of humor and a touch of romance. I found the murder mystery to be complex with a unique murder weapon. There is misdirection, a couple of twists and several possible suspects (including Aunt Birdie). I believe many readers will be surprised by the killer’s identity. I am giving Not a Creature was Purring 5 out of 5 stars (I loved it). While Not a Creature was Purring is the fifth book in the series, it can be read alone. There are human and pet recipes at the end of the book. Personally, I find A Paws and Claws Mystery series delightful and have yet to miss each new installment. Not a Creature was Purring is an entertaining cozy mystery that will put you in the Christmas spirit.
Something is not right for the annual Christmas celebration. Holmes is bringing home his Fiancée, Norma Jean, and breaking our Holly's heart, along with his new to be extended family. The family is not, for the most part, amiable to a festive town. There's even one member, Norma Jean, who doesn't appear to like Cats and Dogs...
This series is known for it's wonderful animals and the luscious foods (Thankfully with recipes at the ending,) and cozy atmosphere. It is a joy to read and I always wait eagerly for the next release.
Enjoy this tale, tail, and Merry Christmas (Holidays) to all!
The whole Thackleberry clan, who is Norma Jeanne's family (with the exception of generous-hearted Dale (who makes an awesome Santa Claus) seems like a bunch of poster children for the dysfunctional family. Or they would make a great nighttime soap opera like the ones we saw back in the 80s. Dale Thackleberry owns a dog clothes manufacturing company and likes to give to the less fortunate but most of his family, especially his tightwad current wife, seems to be thinking of only themselves...and money or how to get more wealth and possessions.
When murder strikes the festive season and Aunt Birdie is a prime suspect, Holly of course is going to do whatever it takes to get Officer Dave to find the real killer.
I've read 2 other books in this series and absolutely loved them. I think this one is my favorite so far because it takes place during Christmas time. If Wagtail was a place that could be visited, I would definitely want to visit during the Christmas season!
The mystery was another good one that had lots of great suspects and different possibilities so I didn't guess who it was at all. The characters in the Thackleberry family were a real mixed bag but most of them had one thing in common that they only cared about money and material wealth. Finally at point, they were forced to actually come together as a family and figure out how to work out some company issues.
I thought the part about some of the locals participating in being secret elves was really fun. Holly was one of them and since Holmes was there for Christmas, he insisted on being an elf as well. It was so cool to hear the little kids talking about elf sitings.
One of the side stories involved a couple of children being fostered in town (some of the elf gift recipients) and a local man named Rupert who everyone thought was like a Grinch mainly because he had a giant inflatable Grinch in his yard, but as it turned out, he had a house full of Christmas decorations and at the end, children of his own and was acting like someone who really understood the true giving behind the whole Christmas season. It was heart-warming!
There are some yummy looking recipes in the back of the book for all your 2 footed and 4 footed friends, all based on recipes talked about in the story and tested by the author herself.
I can't wait to see what Krista Davis has in mind for the next book!
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