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A day in the life of Holly Miller by Krista Davis

We’ve had a prosperous year in Wagtail. It’s the premier resort for vacationing with dogs and cats. So instead of giving gifts and having secret Santas, we decided to help the less fortunate in the community and give them a merry Christmas. Merchants are making donations, and anyone can submit the name of a deserving Wagtailite. Elves are dispatched in the dark of night to deliver Christmas food packages, bicycles, cat trees, dog beds, and even Christmas trees.

So these days, I get to sleep in! A rare treat for me. The town is having a German-style Christmas market on the green. After a delicious inn breakfast, I bundle up and head for our booth. Working there is a study in human behavior. People are strange. We’re in the mountains, but they want Christmas ornaments in the shapes of palm trees and flamingos?

Around midnight, I dress as an elf. Even my little Jack Russell Terrier, Trixie, wears an elf outfit. We climb into a golf cart decorated like Santa’s sleigh, and drive around town leaving goodies for residents. It’s about as close as a person can get to being Santa. We’ve been spotted by a few children. Consequently, rumors are running wild at the elementary school. I’m told some children now suspect that Wagtail might actually be the North Pole.

Being out and about in the wee hours of the morning has proved to be interesting. You’d be surprised who you see sneaking around. One can’t help but wonder what they’re doing peering over their shoulders or slinking into hotels where they’re not staying. But when my Jack Russell terrier, Trixie, discovers a visitor who has been murdered, all that sneaking around takes on new meaning…


You can read more about Holly in Not a Creature Was Purring, the fifth book in the “Paws and Claws” mystery series.

Santa Claws is coming to town and checking his list for a murderer—as the New York Times bestselling Paws & Claws Mysteries continue. . .

Inn owner Holly Miller finds it ruff staying cheerful over the holidays when the dead body of a beloved businessman turns up in the pet-friendly town of Wagtail, Virginia.

Inspired by her German heritage, Holly’s grandmother has arranged for Wagtail to have a Christkindl Market packed with goodies and decorations for the howliday tourists. But Holly’s mood takes an unseasonable turn when she learns that her old flame and childhood friend Holmes Richardson has brought his fiancée home—and she’ll be staying at the Sugar Maple Inn. . .

A love triangle becomes the last thing on Holly’s mind when her Jack Russell Trixie’s nose for trouble leads her to the corpse of a pet clothing tycoon. Now Holly and her dedicated detectives—Trixie and Twinkletoes the cat—must sniff out the killer to keep Christmas from going to the dogs…

Delicious recipes for owners and pets included!
Books 1-4:
Murder, She Barked
The Ghost and Mrs. Mewer
Murder Most Howl
Mission Impawsible

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About the author
New York Times Bestselling author Krista Davis writes the Paws and Claws Mysteries set on fictional Wagtail Mountain, a resort where people vacation with their pets. Krista also writes the Domestic Diva Mysteries. Her new series, Pen & Ink Mysteries, debuts February 29th with Color Me Murder. 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.

Follow Krista at kristadavis.com, Facebook, Pinterest, mysteryloverskitchen.com, Twitter, and killercharacters.com.

All comments are welcomed.

A day in the life of Holly Miller by Krista Davis

mission impawsibleFinding a corpse on a date is a whole new way of learning a lot about a person very fast. But I don’t recommend it.

My day started fairly well, with a deliciously fattening breakfast of waffles with fresh local blackberries and, naturally, a side of bacon. Living in an inn had its perks. Months ago, my grandmother and her best friend came up with the notion of a matchmaking event for pet-lovers on Wagtail Mountain. They insisted that animals would break the ice and help their people overcome the awkwardness of meeting strangers.

Maybe so. I wasn’t going to participate. But I was plenty busy at the Sugar Maple Inn when the event began. We were booked solid. By late afternoon, all our guests had checked in except for one, and we were turning people away.

In spite of my disinterest in being matched up, my Jack Russell Terrier, Trixie, showed up with a very cute yellow lab named Cooper. And Cooper happened to have a dad, John, who was almost as adorable as his lab. Had I been interested in dating, he would certainly have been a contender.

As luck had it, I made a very poor first impression. John thought I was lying to him and then my former boyfriend arrived unexpectedly and acted like we were still together. What was that about? Not that I cared. Well, maybe a little.

When John and Cooper showed up at the dog park that night, I tried to explain. Not only was he cute but he had a great sense of humor. I agreed to have a drink with him. After all, what was the worst that could happen? If I didn’t like him, I could just walk home.

But on our way to the bar, Trixie found a dead man sprawled in the grass. Now there’s some stress that you just don’t encounter on a regular date.


You can read more about Holly in MISSION IMPAWSIBLE, the fourth book in the Paws and Claws mystery series and in bookstores on February 7th.

In the pet-friendly town of Wagtail, Virginia, there’s no love lost when Holly Miller meets her match in a murderer. . .

Holly and her grandmother, Oma, are working their tails off to prepare the Sugar Maple Inn for an upcoming matchmaking event for pet owners. While Holly has no interest in pairing up, Oma plans on playing Cupid and finding someone to warm her reluctant granddaughter’s heart.

Unfortunately, one man Holly does meet is cold—dead cold—and he has a personal letter from Oma in his pocket. As suspicion is cast over the inn’s guests, Holly—with the help of her furry friends, Trixie the Jack Russell and Twinkletoes the cat—must fetch the real killer, or she may soon have a date in court.

Delicious recipes for owners and pets included!

Books 1-3:
Murder, She Barked
The Ghost and Mrs. Mewer
Murder Most Howl

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About the author
New York Times Bestselling author Krista Davis writes the Paws and Claws Mysteries set on fictional Wagtail Mountain, a resort where people vacation with their pets. Krista also writes the Domestic Diva Mysteries. 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.

Follow Krista at kristadavis.com, Facebook, Pinterest, mysteryloverskitchen.com, Twitter, and killercharacters.com.

All comments are welcomed.

Mission Impawsible is available at retail and online booksellers.

My Musing ~ The Diva Serves High Tea by Krista Davis

The Diva Serves High Tea by Krista Davis is the 10th book in the “Domestic Diva” mystery series. Publisher: Penguin Random House, June 2016

The Diva Serves High TeaThe New York Times bestselling author of The Diva Steals a Chocolate Kiss serves up a new mystery steeped in murder. . .

When The Parlour opens up in town, domestic diva Sophie Winston finally has a place to satisfy her cravings for all things tea and crumpet related. And the shop serves as the perfect place for the ladies of the town to gather and gossip, especially since it’s conveniently located right across the street from the new antique store run by the handsome and charming Warren Smith.

But speculation around Warren really boils over when he’s found dead—a victim of poisoning after attending a literacy fundraiser at The Parlour the night before. What Sophie learns about the man leaves a bitter taste in her mouth, and she’ll have to strain out a killer from a strange brew of suspects. . .

Only Krista can deliver a diva story that continues to get better and better with each book written in this endearing series. Once again, Sophie becomes embroiled in another murder and yes, her investigation leads her to situations unexpected that kept me riveted to the pages as I had to know how this will all play out. The author does a great job in presenting this mystery with plenty of twists and turns that put me smack dab in the middle of all the action with Sophie as each clue narrowed the field of suspects down to where only one could be the possible killer. I love that the author had all the main cast of characters play pivotal roles in this fast-paced drama, that shows the camaraderie in the search for justice come together. A great read as always, and I would love it if just one of these days Sophie put Natasha in her place.

A Day in the Life of Holly Miller by Krista Davis

Murder Most HowlDo you remember the commercial in which a woman said, “Don’t hate me because I’m beautiful?” Yecch. Well, don’t hate me, after you hear about my life. There are some perks that I never could have imagined.

I used to work in Washington, DC. Got up in the morning, squeezed into pantyhose, dressed, grabbed a piece of toast or a yogurt, and then sat in traffic for an hour. Don’t get me wrong. It wasn’t all bad. I liked DC.

But my Oma (German for grandma) needed help at the The Sugar Maple Inn on Wagtail Mountain. I have always loved that place. She didn’t have to twist my arm too hard to convince me to move there and become her partner.

My apartment on the top floor spans the width of the inn. In the front, my bedroom has a balcony that overlooks the tiny town of Wagtail. Village would be a better way to describe it. There’s a wonderful green space with sidewalks along both sides where most of the stores and restaurants are located. Did I mention that dogs and cats are welcome everywhere? There are even special menus for them in the restaurants!

On the other side of my apartment, a larger balcony overlooks Dogwood Lake. It’s the perfect place to relax. Not that I do much relaxing but life here is pretty nice. Oma hired Mr. Huckle, a wizened old butler who was down on his luck. Before I wake, he sneaks into my apartment with hot tea or coffee, a chocolate croissant, a dog treat, and a cat treat. And then he slips out again, like a little silent fairy. And I wake to a tray of goodies!

After I shower and dress, I feed my calico kitty, Twinkletoes. Then it’s my Jack Russell Terrier’s turn. Trixie adopted me and probably saved me from continuing in my old routine in DC. She’s a delight, but I have to admit that she has a nose for trouble – and for dead people. After I take her out, we go to the dining area and feast on the kind of breakfast I used to only get on vacation. Eggs Benedict, pumpkin French toast, chocolate chip pancakes, asiago cheese omelets and heavenly home fries. And that’s just a start! I balked at first, thinking I would balloon, but I do so much walking in Wagtail that it hasn’t been a problem.

Please don’t assume my life is just a big festival of pigging out. Running an inn means you’re on call 24/7. Most of the time the guests are great, and I can’t believe how lucky I am. Unfortunately, we’ve had a couple of murders in the last year. Shh, we try to keep that quiet because we live off tourism. But I’m sure those were flukes. Right?

Oma is finally taking a much deserved vacation. I thought she would never get to the point where she trusted me enough to leave me in charge of the inn. But it’s finally happening. While she’s gone, Wagtail will be hosting a murder mystery weekend called Murder Most Howl. Pretend murders! Now that I can handle. I hope.


You can read more about Holly, Twinkletoes, and Trixie in Murder Most Howl, the third book in the “Paws and Claws” mystery series, published by Berkley Prime Crime. The first two books in the series are Murder, She Barked and The Ghost and Mrs. Mewer.

GIVEAWAY: Leave a comment by 12 a.m. eastern on December 2 for your chance to win a copy of MURDER MOST HOWL. (US entries only, please.) Good luck everyone!

About the author
Krista Davis is the News York Times Bestselling author of the Paws & Claws Mysteries for animal lovers. Murder Most Howl is in bookstores now. She also writes the Domestic Diva Mysteries. Her 9th Domestic Diva Mystery is The Diva Steals A Chocolate Kiss, a chocolate mystery 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, two cats, and a hidden stash of chocolate.

Visit Krista at www.KristaDavis.com, pinterest.com/kristadavisbook, on twitter.com/kristadavis, and on Facebook. Krista also blogs at MysteryLoversKitchen.com and Killer Characters.com where the characters do the blogging!

My Musing ~ Murder Most Howl by Krista Davis

Murder Most HowlMurder Most Howl by Krista Davis is the third book in the “Paws & Claws” cozy mystery series. Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime, November 2015

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. . .

This was an enjoyable read. The mystery was good and I liked how the author set everything up to make this a captivating light drama that kept me engaged and entertained as the story moved towards a conclusion that was satisfying. I liked that the story weaved in a real murder while the townsfolk were enjoying a murder mystery weekend. Overall, this was a good mystery and I look for more wag tagging fun in the next book in this delightfully charming series.

My Musing ~ The Diva Steals a Chocolate Kiss by Krista Davis

Diva Steals a Chocolate KissThe Diva Steals a Chocolate Kiss by Krista Davis is the 9th book in the “Domestic Diva” mystery series. Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime, June 2015

The New York Times bestselling author of The Diva Wraps It Up unwraps an all-new tale in which chocolate is the kiss of death. . .

Domestic Diva Sophie Winston is in charge of the sweetest event in Old Town this summer. Amore Chocolates is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary with a chocolate tasting at the mansion of the company’s CEO, Joe Merano—and Sophie is running the show. With cookies, candy, and five kinds of chocolate cake, it’s a chocolate lover’s dream! But when Joe goes missing, the celebration becomes bittersweet. And when Sophie discovers the body of a competing chocolatier in the guesthouse, the event turns downright deadly.

As if that wasn’t enough, Sophie’s been receiving daily boxes of sweet treats. After ruling out her new beau and her exes, Sophie wonders if someone’s trying to send her a message—and if she’s next on a chocoholic’s hit list.

This was one book that kept me enthralled from beginning to end as I tried to figure out what was going on along with Sophie. In her latest adventure, chocolate is queen and someone is not playing fair when murder takes hold and Sophie inadvertently gets pulled in while trying to keep her distance. The author delivered a great whodunit that kept me guessing and I enjoyed watching it all unravel piece by piece by piece. Every time I thought I had it all sorted out, the author changed the direction all for the better when it all played out in the end. I especially enjoyed Sophie and the interactions with her men and glad of the outcome in that male arena. This was a great read and I’m really looking forward to the next book in this delightfully charming series.

Just Another Box of Chocolates For Sophie Winston by Krista Davis

Diva Steals a Chocolate KissContrary to what most people think, my life as an event planner is not an endless string of parties. Sometimes I bristle a bit when people think all I do is plan weddings and parties. For instance, last night I finished up a Pharmaceutical Packaging Trade Show. There were some heavy partiers in the crowd, but it’s not quite the same as planning a gala or a wedding.

I live in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, in nodding distance of Washington, DC. Old Town has a quaint historic charm that I love. But Washington is the big draw for conventions.

I’ve been taking it easy this morning, now that the trade show has wrapped up. I even strolled around my garden with a mug of hot tea in hand when I let out my dog, Daisy. It’s a perfect summer day. Not too humid or hot yet. When I reluctantly returned to the house, Daisy ran to the front door and pawed at it, making me wonder if someone stood on the other side.

When I cracked the door a bit, all I found was a small, red box. I picked it up, looking for the person who had left it. There wasn’t a soul in sight.

I took it inside and opened it to find chocolates. Beautiful chocolates. No two were alike. Milk chocolate, dark chocolate, some had white chocolate drizzled across the tops. They were gorgeous. Like little brown gems.

They had to be from Alex, the guy I’ve been dating on and off. I called to thank him, but he denied any knowledge of the chocolates. When I hung up, I took a closer look. No store logo. No enclosure card. Nothing.

It didn’t sound like something my ex-husband Mars would do. He likes to get credit for thoughtful gestures. Still, I phoned him to see if he had left them. Nope.

The next job looming on my horizon was the 60th Anniversary of Amore Chocolates. Someone from Amore might have left it as a gift, but their boxes looked different.

It was odd that the box didn’t bear a logo or a note. Maybe it was some kind of promotion for Célébration du Chocolate, the new store that was about to open in Old Town. Maybe they wanted to create a buzz about the mysterious chocolates appearing on doorsteps?

In any event, I wasn’t about to eat the unidentified chocolates – no matter how delicious they looked!

But someone tries the luscious chocolates! Find out what happens in The Diva Steals A Chocolate Kiss.


You can read more about Sophie in The Diva Steals A Chocolate Kiss, the 9th book in the “Domestic Diva” mystery series, published by Berkley Prime Crime. The first book in the series is The Diva Runs Out of Thyme.

About The Diva Steals A Chocolate Kiss

Domestic Diva Sophie Winston is in charge of the sweetest event in Old Town this summer. Amore Chocolates is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary with a chocolate tasting at the mansion of the company’s CEO, Joe Merano—and Sophie is running the show. With cookies, candy, and five kinds of chocolate cake, it’s a chocolate lover’s dream! But when Joe goes missing, the celebration becomes bittersweet. And when Sophie discovers the body of a competing chocolatier in the guesthouse, the event turns downright deadly.

As if that wasn’t enough, Sophie’s been receiving daily boxes of sweet treats. After ruling out her new beau and her exes, Sophie wonders if someone’s trying to send her a message—and if she’s next on a chocoholic’s hit list.

GIVEAWAY: Leave a comment by 12 a.m. eastern on June 23 for the chance to win a print copy of The Diva Steals A Chocolate Kiss. The giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. Winner will be notified within 48 hours after giveaway closes and you will have three days to respond after being contacted or another winner will be selected.

About the author
New York Times Bestselling author Krista Davis’s 9th Domestic Diva Mystery, The Diva Steals A Chocolate Kiss, is in bookstores now. She also writes a mystery series set on dog and cat-friendly Wagtail Mountain. The 3rd book, Murder Most Howl, will be released December 1st. 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.

Visit Krista at kristadavis.com, on Facebook, on Pinterest, on Twitter, at Mystery Lovers’ Kitchen, or at Killer Character.

BIG NEWS: The Diva Steals A Chocolate Kiss is #16 on the New York Time Bestsellers List – June 21, 2015.

My Musing ~ The Ghost and Mrs. Mewer by Krista Davis

The Ghost and Mrs MewerThe Ghost and Mrs. Mewer by Krista Davis is the second book in the “Paws and Claws” mystery series. Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime, December 2014

Wagtail, Virginia, the top pet-friendly getaway in the United States, is gearing up for a howling good Halloween—until a spooky murder shakes the town to its core . . .

Holly Miller doesn’t believe in spirits, but the Sugar Maple Inn is filled with guests who do. The TV series in development, Apparition Apprehenders, has descended on Wagtail’s annual Halloween festivities to investigate supernatural local legends, and Holly has her hands full showing the ghost hunters a scary-fun time.

But the frights turn real when Holly’s Jack Russell, Trixie, and kitten, Twinkletoes, find a young woman drowned in the Wagtail Springs Hotel’s bathhouse—the spot of the town’s most infamous haunting. The crime scene is eerily similar to the creepy legend, convincing Holly that the death wasn’t just accidental. Now she’ll have to race to catch a flesh-and-blood killer—before someone else in town gives up the ghost . . .

This was very enjoyable read that was both engaging and entertaining. The diverse cast of characters are back along with a bevy of new people who are visiting Sugar Maple Inn. Among them is a killer at large and once our intrepid group is on the scent, a killer will be apprehended. Krista always writes a delightfully charming tale that is hard to put down. . .I tend to forsake chores to get to the end of her stories. The mystery was nicely done and I especially like how it all flows together in tightly woven package.

Another Day in the Life of Holly Miller by Krista Davis

The Ghost and Mrs MewerHave you ever moved to a place where you knew you were meant to be? At the moment, I’m energized and content and happier than I probably deserve. I just gave up city life for the Sugar Maple Inn on Wagtail Mountain. The inn has been in my family for decades. My grandmother, whom I call Oma (German for grandma) offered to make me a partner in the inn, and I’ve taken her up on it.

I started my first day by stepping onto the balcony outside my bedroom to look out over the town of Wagtail. Once a resort where people came for the mineral water (supposedly even Thomas Jefferson and family visited!) Wagtail had to reinvent itself when mineral springs lost popularity. Now it’s the premier vacation spot for people who want to travel with their dogs and cats. The entire town caters to them with specialty shops and activities for people and their pets. Restaurants even have dog and cat menus!

The mountain air is crisp and clear. Nothing is beeping or revving or honking, except the geese, because Wagtail is an electric golf cart community. There’s a broad pedestrian zone with a park-like area in the middle of town that’s bordered by stores. Some of the coffee shops and bakeries are already open. Early risers are running and walking with dogs and cats. And in the distance, over the tops of the roofs, the mountains shimmer in sunlight like an undulating quilt of oranges, reds, and golds.

I’m trying hard to ignore the fact that the rest of my apartment on the top of the inn is cluttered with moving boxes. I’ll get to them eventually but I’m eager to jump into my new job. I don’t want Oma to think I’m a slacker! After feeding my calico kitten, Twinkletoes, and letting Trixie, my Jack Russell Terrier, out, I join Oma in the dining room for breakfast. Talk about luxury – a gourmet breakfast every morning and no dishes to wash!

The special this morning is spiced pumpkin waffles. I eye the syrup and whipped cream that comes with it. They even have a doggie version! Trixie watches me hopefully, wagging her little tail. I know I should eat something healthy but it’s my first day here. I should celebrate, right? I cave in and order the waffles with a bowl of fresh fruit salad to make me feel better about it. That will counteract the whipped cream and syrup, won’t it? Trixie is having the little doggie version for her breakfast.

Oma tells me that the Apparition Apprehender ghost hunters are arriving today. She has to go to a meeting, so it will fall to me to make sure everything goes smoothly. No problem. I don’t believe in ghosts but it seems like everyone else in Wagtail does. I guess that’s not surprising in a town as old as Wagtail. There’s even a creepy legend about a murder at the abandoned Wagtail Springs Hotel on the other side of town. I might not believe in ghosts but I’ve learned not to spoil everyone else’s fun. After all, it’s not as though the ghost hunters could actually conjure up some old ghosts. Could they?


You can read more about Holly in The Ghost and Mrs. Mewer, the second book in the “Paws and Claws” mystery series, published by Berkley Prime Crime. The first book in the series is Murder, She Barked.

GIVEAWAY: Leave a comment by 6 p.m. eastern on November 27 for the chance to win a copy of THE GHOST AND MRS. MEWER. The giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.

Meet the author
Like her characters, Krista Davis has a soft spot for cats, dogs, and cupcakes. She lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia with three dogs and two cats. The Ghost and Mrs Mewer is the second book in her Paws and Claws Mystery series. Three of those books have been nominated for Agatha awards and three have made the New York Times Bestseller list.

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