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Murder, She Barked

Paws & Claws Mystery, Book 1
Narrated by: Jeanie Kanaley
Series: Paws & Claws, Book 1
Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
4 out of 5 stars (433 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Holly Miller's life has gone to the dogs. She has no job, her boyfriend's former flame is sniffing around, and a scruffy but lovable Jack Russell terrier is scattering crumbs all over her borrowed car. Just when she thought things couldn't get worse, a troubling phone call about her grandmother sends her rushing home to the family inn on Wagtail Mountain.

The staff - and a frisky calico kitten named Twinkletoes - adopts Holly and her new dog on arrival. Someone in this friendly town is bad to the bone, though. One of the employees at the inn has been killed in a hit-and-run accident, which is looking anything but accidental. Now Holly and her furry companions will have to nose out the murderer before someone else gets muzzled.

©2013 Cristina Ryplansky (P)2015 Tantor

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A Decent Cozy Mystery

First, I need to respond to the user who really slammed the narrator. S/he must be truly spoiled by the multitudes of talented voice actors used in so many Audible books. The narrator is quite acceptable--really! I've experienced MUCH worse in monotone voices who sound like they've just learned to read. Jeanie K is very easy to listen to!

The story is intriguing with a lot of room to grow. It's fairly easy to forecast what's likely to happen in the long term relationships. Cozy mystery is the right term. Book candy of the nicest kind!

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  • Beatrice
  • Houston, TX, United States
  • 12-24-15

Love this new series

I enjoy Krista Davis's Domestic Diva series and I also enjoy this one as well. There's a lot going on and a lot of characters, but Davis does a good job weaving the story together so the reader does not get lost. I can't wait for the next book in this series to be released.

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Great book, bad narrator

The story was great, but the narrator sounded like she was reading a children's book to a group of toddlers.

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Another Go To Author

Once and awhile you just stumble upon something good and this series is really something good. A rescued dog, a cozy mystery, an adorable cat, a handsome childhood friend, and a wonderful grandma! How could things go wrong. Well, there is this pesky "fiancé" who keeps hanging around. A "fiancé" whom Holly needs to dump! Give these books a try, I don't think you will be disappointed!

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Good story, whiney narration

This narrator reads like she is addressing a bunch of little kids at a summer library program. She made the main character sound whiney, and some of the other female characters are embarrassingly portrayed in a register that is so high it's close to crossing over to dog-whistle territory. Really, really awful. Her accents are also just bad, with Oma's accent the worst.

But the story is very good, and I love the setting. What a fun place. Note to the author: "blanching" is the boiling process, not the cold-water after. That part is called "shocking." Surprising little error from an author who writes so much about food across all her novels.

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  • Skye
  • Washington, DC USA
  • 12-29-15

Do not waste your money!

Worst narrator I have heard in a LONG TIME!
Totally amateurish and juvenile. I have never written such a negative review and hope not to feel it necessary to do so again!

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Unappealing narration

The story is fabulous. Read this one - don't listen to it. I hate leaving negative comments; but, the narrator (director's doing?) does not add to this story. At least, it is soooo much not my style, I just cannot listen. Since the story is great, I am willing to try another one . . . the narrator at least has a nice voice and does accents well. So very sorry to leave this note.

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good read

I recommend the trip to the suger maple inn. I really enjoy this series on audio or in book form

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  • Debbie
  • Toney, Alabama
  • 04-16-19

Started Out Weak . . . Got Better and Better

When I started listening to Murder, She Barked, I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to finish it. Holly Miller sounded like (and I stress SOUNDED) a whiney middle schooler, not an adult, with a too-sweet voice and was driving her boyfriend’s car to see about her grandma (Oma), yet she had no idea what was wrong. Worrying about every little crumb or dog hair that got in the car . . . not much of a boyfriend . . . which bears out later in the story . . . the narrator is not good, but somehow I muddled through. The story, turns out, IS good, and Holly isn’t the immature gal she is made to sound like in the beginning. She is sweet, kind and just now figuring out what is important to her. I love the idea of the Wagtail Inn and the little town of Wagtail, which is a haven for pet owners. Figuring out who murdered Sven, the employee of the Inn, and the fear that Oma was the real target, was the focus of the story, but there was lots of great side tails . . . pun intended 😊. Excellent resolution to the book.

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A good start to a great series

As Murder, She Barked by Krista Davis opens, Holly Miller gets a phone call while supporting her boyfriend, Ben, in a trip with his boss summoning her to the side of her “Oma,” German for grandmother. Holly rushes to Wagtail, VA to see her Oma one last time, as she supposes. On the way, she gets adopted by a filthy, starving terrier while at the gas station. Arriving at the Sugar Maple Inn, which her Oma owns, Holly tries to figure out how to sneak the little dog into the hotel, only to discover that the entire town of Wagtail has gone to the dogs. And cats too. But they seem to discriminate against bunnies and birds. The hotel is made specially to accommodate people’s dogs and cats, with certain rooms designated just for cats and special play areas for pets. All the businesses and restaurants in the city allow patrons to be accompanied by their canine or feline (but as I said, not avian or lagamorph) companions. Another surprise for Holly is to find that Oma is not dying either. However, an employee of her inn was just killed in an act that looks to have been murder. And in another day, the mayor gets murdered too.

Holly spends time in Wagtail reconnecting with old friends she once knew as a child when she spent all her summers with her Oma. But despite all the gossip raging through the town on every topic, no one admits to knowing anything about the murders. While bonding with the newly-named Trixie and the calico kitten Twinkletoes who has also adopted Holly, Holly goes on a number of adventures, especially when she receives a text message proposal from Ben a day before he shows up in Wagtail with Kim, his ex-girlfriend and boss’s daughter.

The book begins with an intriguing first chapter but then takes its time to build up. It actually meanders its way through the story. A lot happens, but I can’t say more without giving away plot secrets. I especially like the animals seen throughout the book, who play key roles in helping to solve the murders.

Jeanie Kanaley performs the narration of the audio edition of this book. I especially liked Kanaley’s depiction of the pets, whom she really brings to life. Her narration comes across as very strong, depicting the actions of both humans and animals as realistic. The book does not anthropomorphize the animals, as some books do, but the narrator does a lot to give them real personae.

Murder, She Barked ends with a creative conclusion, something I did not expect. It comes across as a bit convoluted and confusing to this story. The inclusion of animals is what gives the book its strength. Without them, I might not have given the book a favorable review. Instead, I wish I could visit Wagtail to socialize with all the animals there. I give the book three and a half stars.