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.

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