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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.

©2014 Cristina Ryplansky (P)2016 Tantor

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Just keeps getting better

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The more I visit Wagtail and the Sugar Maple Inn, the more I want them to be real. Great story, great setting, great characters, great narration......Love this series,

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Thoroughly Enjoyable!

I adore the premise of this series and wish a town and hotel of this caliber really existed in the Virginia mountains. It's not hard to imagine all of the special ways clients and pets are treated. It sounds so fun! The mysteries have kept me stymied. The author keeps the path just complicated enough so that it's not easy to deduce the answer. The characters are fun, and others are fun to dislike. All the makings if a very enjoyable series. I look forward to more Wag Tail mysteries! Write faster!! ;-)

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  • Madonna
  • FREDERICKTOWN, MO, United States
  • 02-18-16

fantastic! !!

great book and great story line. loved the characters and the narration was second to none. can't wait for the next one.

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The Ghost 👻 and Mrs Mewer

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The story was fun and the naration was very well done ✔. But this will be my last book because I cannot spend the kind of money you require now. The fun is gone. I will not be listening to Audiobooks again unless the price comes down. To spend $15:00 to $20:00 for an 8hr book is robbery.

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Sure wish Wagtail were a real place

This series is a light read, intriguing, and entertaining. The characters are not simple, nor are they overly complex. The mysteries are just intriguing enough to keep me wanting more. Sometimes Holly does not pick up on the simplest clues, but it makes her more believable. The narrator adds to the characters personalities as well, giving Oma, (the grandmother) a delightful German accent (reminiscent of my own German grandmother). There is a bit of romance included, also. The town of Wagtail and the descriptions of the mountain community, and old historic hotel has a permanent spot in my dreamworld. I wish it were a real place, where the pets are given some attention, rather than viewed as nuisances.

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Difficult to get through due to narrator

Would you try another book from Krista Davis and/or Jeanie Kanaley?

I love Krista Davis books so yes but not narrator.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator sounded like an elderly lady from deep in the Appalacian mountains. Worse she takes inappropriate pauses and strange accents on words and in strange places within sentences. It was difficult for me to get through this book and I had to make a conscious effort to get beyond the narrator to the story.

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Really a shame that the narrator made the story so difficult to get through. I love Krista Davis cozy mysteries and have listened to every audiobook in her other series. I will probably read the rest of this series instead of listening.

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Love Wagtail

Another nice cozy mystery. I love these books. Holly and her pets solve everything clean and neat. I just wish the ex finance would leave. She just doesn't need him around. I can't wait for Audible to get more of her books on their website. It is hard to wait, ya know?

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Charming Series

I love this series. The narrator does a perfect job too. I wish I could live in a town that caters to dogs and cats as much as Wagtail does!

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meh

Boring. Way too long for what it was. Not enough excitement. All the characters sounded the same and the narrator spoke too slowly.

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Amazing animal mystery

In Krista Davis’s second Paws and Claws Mystery book, The Ghost and Mrs. Mewer, Holly has just moved into her grandmother’s hotel as co-manager in Wagtail, a resort town that gets its claim to fame from being extremely animal-friendly. As she arrives just in time for Wagtail’s Halloween festival events, a group of ghost hunters filming a program on the ghosts that are supposed to haunt the town fill the hotel. The group is composed of four men, the leader Mark, as well as Felix, Grayson, and Brian who believe in ghosts and one woman, Eva, known as a ghost debunker. In addition, Mallory, known as Mark’s girlfriend, who takes claim for Mark’s accomplishments, shows up despite not being part of the show. That night, Holly’s strange Aunt Birdie calls at 4 a.m. claiming to be dangerously ill in order to test Holly’s devotion to her by timing how long it would take Holly to arrive at her house. In disgust, Holly takes off and comes upon a body in a shallow stream. Turning her over, Holly finds Mallory dressed in a ghost costume that she had not worn when last seen two hours earlier shortly after leaving a bar. Even though the doctor assumes she just fell into the stream due to being drunk, Holly and the local deputy suspect murder.

The problem is that of the ghost hunters, the only ones who knew Mallory, none has an alibi and all have weak motives. By getting to know these people who become her friends, Holly learns that Eva had once been engaged to Mark, but Mallory broke them up. However, the pair has gotten back in touch recently, and Eva comes to Wagtail thinking that they may be about to resume their relationship, only to find Mallory spending the weekend at Mark’s house.

Since everyone at Wagtail has at least one cat or dog, Holly has her Jack Russell terrier Trixie who adopted Holly in the previous book and her mischievous cat Twinkletoes. Trixie goes with Holly everywhere, and both critters have free run of the hotel, where they have become buddies with the pets of the ghost hunters. The pets not only had delightful flavor to the book but help in solving the mystery.

I really enjoyed this book, even more than the previous, Murder, She Barked, which was somewhat uneven in its pace. This book kept me occupied fully from start to finish. The key characters are well-developed, though there are a lot of lesser characters, such as employees of the hotel and a couple other guests, who get a bit confusing. Another detail that I really enjoyed was seeing the work of the ghost hunters and then of Eva’s demonstrations of how many so-called paranormal phenomena can be explained.

Readers of the print or kindle editions of this book also get to enjoy recipes for both human and pets as well!

Jeanie Kanaley performs the narration of this book’s audio version, and I deeply enjoyed this narrator. She has a distinct, gentle voice that I appreciated a lot. She doesn’t make strongly different voices for each character, but she doesn’t need to. I had no trouble recognizing the people in the book, and Kanaley’s friendly voice suits the details of the book well.

I really loved The Ghost and Mrs. Mewer. Just as you think you know the solution, something happens to change that. The conclusion is really satisfying, especially when the dogs help save the day! It’s a cute book, but not sappy, making for a great reading experience. I give this a hearty five stars!