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From the "New York Times" bestselling author of "Murder Most Howl "comes another Paws & Claws mystery... 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 Ho From the "New York Times" bestselling author of "Murder Most Howl "comes another Paws & Claws mystery... 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. Includes delicious recipes for owners and pets!"


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From the "New York Times" bestselling author of "Murder Most Howl "comes another Paws & Claws mystery... 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 Ho From the "New York Times" bestselling author of "Murder Most Howl "comes another Paws & Claws mystery... 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. Includes delicious recipes for owners and pets!"

30 review for Mission Impawsible

  1. 4 out of 5

    Leslye ✴

    Another delightful visit to Wagtail! The dogs and cats kept me amused. The mystery kept me guessing. Holly and the staff at Sugar Maple Inn were engaging, as always. I have quickly come to care about all of them. My only complaint is that Ms. Davis can't write faster than I can read. My dog, Sophie, and I will just have to keep busy until the next installment is published. Another delightful visit to Wagtail! The dogs and cats kept me amused. The mystery kept me guessing. Holly and the staff at Sugar Maple Inn were engaging, as always. I have quickly come to care about all of them. My only complaint is that Ms. Davis can't write faster than I can read. My dog, Sophie, and I will just have to keep busy until the next installment is published.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Betty

    In this visit to Wagtail village, a town dedicated to animals. Dogs and cats are allowed to run free, no automobiles are allowed. Pet stores are everywhere and restaurants prepare special meals for cat and dogs. They are allowed in motels and hotels. This series features Trixie, a Jack Russel and Twinkletoes, calico cat. Trixie is cadaver dog and is always finding bodies. Twinkletoes is the ins ambassador. Their human companions are Holly Miller and her Grandmother, Oma, owners of the Sugar Mapl In this visit to Wagtail village, a town dedicated to animals. Dogs and cats are allowed to run free, no automobiles are allowed. Pet stores are everywhere and restaurants prepare special meals for cat and dogs. They are allowed in motels and hotels. This series features Trixie, a Jack Russel and Twinkletoes, calico cat. Trixie is cadaver dog and is always finding bodies. Twinkletoes is the ins ambassador. Their human companions are Holly Miller and her Grandmother, Oma, owners of the Sugar Maple Inn. The town has a festival that allows your furry friend to introduce you to your sole mate. Holly meets John and his golden retriever, Cooper. Walk with John and Cooper, Trixie locates another dead body. The tale has greed, jealousy, maternal inference, and betrayal. We meet Huey, a white German shepherd mix and his friend Duchess, mix breed both available for adoption. I highly recommend this book for a light and relaxing read. Recipes are included for both our furry friends and their humans.

  3. 4 out of 5

    LORI CASWELL

    Dollycas’s Thoughts The Sugar Maple Inn is hosting a matchmaking event – Animals Attraction, for pet owners. They have brought in their own matchmaker to pair up couples based on a very pet based questionnaire. Where you cat or dog sleeps says much about you and who your mate should be. As if running the event isn’t enough to keep Holly on her toes, her grandmother has secretly filled out a form for her. Her ex surprises her by showing up too. No, they were not matched together.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Chatting About Cozies

    The Animal Attraction Matchmaking event is ongoing at Sugar Maple Inn in lovely Wagtail, Virginia. With everything a pet owner and their beloved pets can desire, the Inn is booked, and singles have flocked to the mountains for matchmaker, Macon Stotts, to help match people and their pets. Unfortunately, someone didn't get along well with others because co-owner Holly's terrier, Trixie, soon sniffs out the corpse of a troublemaker. The Inn employees are caught up in a den of mistaken ID's, lies, The Animal Attraction Matchmaking event is ongoing at Sugar Maple Inn in lovely Wagtail, Virginia. With everything a pet owner and their beloved pets can desire, the Inn is booked, and singles have flocked to the mountains for matchmaker, Macon Stotts, to help match people and their pets. Unfortunately, someone didn't get along well with others because co-owner Holly's terrier, Trixie, soon sniffs out the corpse of a troublemaker. The Inn employees are caught up in a den of mistaken ID's, lies, misunderstandings, and enough secrets and intrigue to make this event seem like a mission impossible. Deputy Dave, Holly, Oma, and a bevy of guests and pets all work together to catch a killer. Original and fun pet cozy series! P.S. The pantry raids are hilarious!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Christina/ The Blog for Teachers, Readers, & Life!

    The Paws and Claws series has become one of my go to cozy mystery series! I have fallen in love with Wagtail!💖 The perfect book to curl up with on a cold day. Matchmaking with pets Romance and shenanigans (my favorite mix)=humor Two murders to solve with an abundance of suspects This one kept me guessing until the end because I suspected just about everyone. (I admit I needed the guide of who’s who a few times.) Krista Davis is one of my favorite cozy mysteries authors. I also enjoy her Domestic Diva se The Paws and Claws series has become one of my go to cozy mystery series! I have fallen in love with Wagtail!💖 The perfect book to curl up with on a cold day. Matchmaking with pets Romance and shenanigans (my favorite mix)=humor Two murders to solve with an abundance of suspects This one kept me guessing until the end because I suspected just about everyone. (I admit I needed the guide of who’s who a few times.) Krista Davis is one of my favorite cozy mysteries authors. I also enjoy her Domestic Diva series.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sue Ross

    Nice It's always nice to go back to Wagtail for a visit. It wouldn't be a good visit without a mystery to solve. This one was as good as they get. I love the idea of a people pet match up weekend. Funny how the right pet finds us and we take all the credit. That's pretty much what happened at Animal Attraction weekend. If you like a little romance with your mysteries, you are sure to enjoy this one. Nice It's always nice to go back to Wagtail for a visit. It wouldn't be a good visit without a mystery to solve. This one was as good as they get. I love the idea of a people pet match up weekend. Funny how the right pet finds us and we take all the credit. That's pretty much what happened at Animal Attraction weekend. If you like a little romance with your mysteries, you are sure to enjoy this one.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Dawn Michelle

    I really love this series and boy was I surprised at who the killer was. BOY-howdy I didn't see that coming!! I really love this series and boy was I surprised at who the killer was. BOY-howdy I didn't see that coming!!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    Just finished Mission Impawsible by Krista Davis. I really wish that Wagtail was a real place. If you are not yet familiar with this amazing series and you are a pet lover, you need to read this series. Lisa K told me about this series just before the first book came out and I anxiously awaited its release. I have since read and loved each of these 4 books. The idea of a town where you can bring your pets with you on vacation is quite simply a wonderful idea for a cozy that is one of my most fav Just finished Mission Impawsible by Krista Davis. I really wish that Wagtail was a real place. If you are not yet familiar with this amazing series and you are a pet lover, you need to read this series. Lisa K told me about this series just before the first book came out and I anxiously awaited its release. I have since read and loved each of these 4 books. The idea of a town where you can bring your pets with you on vacation is quite simply a wonderful idea for a cozy that is one of my most favorite to arm chair travel too. Mission Impawsible had me worried about how this murder mystery would play out and yet it was perfectly planned out. I did not want to rush a word and as I finished the last sentence it hit me that I need to wait a really long time for the next book now! My time in Wagtail was up far too soon but what a great time I had. Beautiful Inn, Match Making Weekend, Breakfast in bed, Tea with your fur babies, fun shopping, sight seeing and more with like minded pet loving people, no cars and no cell reception...makes one want to consider a move. Book 4, Mission Impawsible will be out February 7th!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Ks Book Reviews

    Two thumbs and two paws up for MISSION IMPAWSIBLE, the newest installment in the Paws & Claws Mysteries! I am not the least bit surprised that MISSION IMPAWSIBLE was a brilliantly fun read. Author Krista Davis manages to make each new book in this series even better than the one before. This fourth addition to the series features a match-making event for pet owners. What could be more perfect for the animal loving town of Wagtail, Virginia? Of course, not everyone is feeling the love. And in a co Two thumbs and two paws up for MISSION IMPAWSIBLE, the newest installment in the Paws & Claws Mysteries! I am not the least bit surprised that MISSION IMPAWSIBLE was a brilliantly fun read. Author Krista Davis manages to make each new book in this series even better than the one before. This fourth addition to the series features a match-making event for pet owners. What could be more perfect for the animal loving town of Wagtail, Virginia? Of course, not everyone is feeling the love. And in a cozy mystery, that can mean murder. Okay, 99.999% of the time it does mean murder. With Krista Davis, as always, creating a mystery that grabs the reader from the very beginning, I couldn’t put this book down. I was so involved in this delightful story, the exciting end came before I knew it. The back of the book has some great recipes for people and dogs! Do something kind for yourself . . . pick up a copy of MISSION IMPAWSIBLE of your own!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Martha

    This is a purr-fectly lovely cozy mystery and a very easy and enjoyable listen. I really enjoyed the involvement and mischief of the pets. The human characters have some quirky traits that add interest and a little intrigue. This is the fourth story in the series but reads fine as a standalone. Holly is helping run her grandmother’s inn, the Sugar Maple Inn set in Wagtail, Virginia. Wagtail is aptly named as they love their four-legged friends. The Inn is hosting a special week-end Animal Attract This is a purr-fectly lovely cozy mystery and a very easy and enjoyable listen. I really enjoyed the involvement and mischief of the pets. The human characters have some quirky traits that add interest and a little intrigue. This is the fourth story in the series but reads fine as a standalone. Holly is helping run her grandmother’s inn, the Sugar Maple Inn set in Wagtail, Virginia. Wagtail is aptly named as they love their four-legged friends. The Inn is hosting a special week-end Animal Attraction Matchmaking event for pet owners. The rather eccentric matchmaker, Macon, is convinced that animals often pull people together. Holly isn’t interested in being matched but her grandmother, Oma, has filled out a form for Holly so she gets pulled into the matchmaking. Holly’s dog, Trixie, makes fast friends with Cooper and his owner, John. John shows interest in Holly until they stumble on a dead body. Holly is helping her friend, Zelda, to sneak out without her stalking ex, Hank, seeing her but someone sees Holly sneaking around the house. This is not good when the next morning Holly finds Hank’s bashed body under the trees. Initially Zelda is a suspect but then circumstantial evidence shifts to point to Holly. Holly has worked with the local Detective, Officer Dave and she is a bit put out that she is a suspect and he won’t share any information with her. Still it seems that Holly’s efforts to investigate get her deeper into trouble. There are various suspects floating around the Inn. Nessie and Sky are two late arrivals who are attending to keep track of their daughters who are participating in the event. It turns out that one of the ladies is the sister in law to the first dead man, a psychologist, Dr. Randall Donovan. Donavan had been rather unpleasant when checking in and had bad-mouthed Macon as a charlatan matchmaker. There is also cause for the local pharmacist to dislike Donovan. As if Holly isn’t busy enough, her own ex-boyfriend, Ben, who is not a big fan of pets, has shown up with a borrowed adoption dog, Huey, a sweet and lovable dog, to participate in the matchmaking. It seems Ben may be leaving the door open as a gathering of dogs and cats are breaking into the pantry. This is great fun following the antics of the animals while trying to figure out who the killer is and what the motives are. I recommend this to readers who enjoy cozy mysteries and animals as part of the story. Audio Notes: Elise Arsenault is a new narrator for me. She does a nice job with the characters, conveying the fun of the story. The narration made this a quick, easy experience for me. I received this from the publisher through Audiobook Jukebox. My rating 4.25.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Erin L

    Another strong cozy mystery by Krista Davis. This time, the town is hosting some kind of matchmaking event for singles and their pets. In an attempt to get Holly back, Ben has faked his questionnaire hoping to be matched up with her. Instead, he's matched up with another woman. Holly is matched with a man who is hot, then cold toward her. She didn't want to be matched at all, so it's not the end of the world. Two deaths, pet hi jinks and all kinds of misunderstandings happen. In the end will the Another strong cozy mystery by Krista Davis. This time, the town is hosting some kind of matchmaking event for singles and their pets. In an attempt to get Holly back, Ben has faked his questionnaire hoping to be matched up with her. Instead, he's matched up with another woman. Holly is matched with a man who is hot, then cold toward her. She didn't want to be matched at all, so it's not the end of the world. Two deaths, pet hi jinks and all kinds of misunderstandings happen. In the end will they get the culprit? And who is letting the pets out every night? And what will happen with Huey, the loveable adoptable dog? So much fun.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Alisha Collins

    I started this book late yesterday evening and finished it this evening. I could not put it down!! It had me guessing through the whole book an who the killer was. If you've never read a Krista Davis book before this one is a perfect 1st read. Krista writes great stories that keep you going until the end. She describes the Sugar Maple Inn in such vivid detail that I can picture myself there. I started this book late yesterday evening and finished it this evening. I could not put it down!! It had me guessing through the whole book an who the killer was. If you've never read a Krista Davis book before this one is a perfect 1st read. Krista writes great stories that keep you going until the end. She describes the Sugar Maple Inn in such vivid detail that I can picture myself there.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Cat Tutt

    I love this series more with every book I read! This one was a lot of fun because there was not just one big mystery, but a couple of big ones, and a few little ones, and it added an extra element of suspense to the book to figure out what was, and wasn't, connected. I really enjoyed trying to piece them all together. Some of them ended up being very trivial, and then, of course, there's murder... and lots of things in between. It kept me guessing the whole time, and I was no where near solving I love this series more with every book I read! This one was a lot of fun because there was not just one big mystery, but a couple of big ones, and a few little ones, and it added an extra element of suspense to the book to figure out what was, and wasn't, connected. I really enjoyed trying to piece them all together. Some of them ended up being very trivial, and then, of course, there's murder... and lots of things in between. It kept me guessing the whole time, and I was no where near solving any of it before the big reveal. The characters are delightful, as they have been in all the books. There were maybe a couple of times I wanted to slap some of them upside the head, but that probably just makes them realistic. The animal characters were great, too, of course. Many of them had their own habits and personalities and played their parts in the book perfectly! All in all, #4 is another great book in the Paws and Claws series. My plan to put the series aside and wait for the holiday season to read #5, since it's a Christmas book, has been put aside... I can't leave Wagtail until I've read the entire series. So onward I go! *5 Stars

  14. 5 out of 5

    Micky Cox

    I love Wagtail and wish there were a real Wagtail to visit! Fantastic character development including the personalities of the cats and dogs. The mystery was quite well woven and interlaced with the characters' personal stories makes this a wonderful read. You could read this as a stand alone book, but you would be missing out on some very great entertainment and personal develop of the variety of characters that enhances each following book. The extra benefit is that this series is available in I love Wagtail and wish there were a real Wagtail to visit! Fantastic character development including the personalities of the cats and dogs. The mystery was quite well woven and interlaced with the characters' personal stories makes this a wonderful read. You could read this as a stand alone book, but you would be missing out on some very great entertainment and personal develop of the variety of characters that enhances each following book. The extra benefit is that this series is available in audio so it makes an excellent "listen on the go" story!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kristina

    Mission Impawsible by Krista Davis is the fourth book in A Paws and Claws Mystery series. Holly Miller and Liesel Miller, her grandmother, co-own the Sugar Maple Inn in Wagtail, Virginia. The inn is fully booked this weekend for their Animal Attraction Matchmaking event. Liesel (Holly calls her Oma) has hired Macon Stotts, a professional matchmaker, to pair up participants. Holly is waiting for their last guest, Gustav Vogel to show up. When Gustav fails to arrive by check in, Holly lets to the Mission Impawsible by Krista Davis is the fourth book in A Paws and Claws Mystery series. Holly Miller and Liesel Miller, her grandmother, co-own the Sugar Maple Inn in Wagtail, Virginia. The inn is fully booked this weekend for their Animal Attraction Matchmaking event. Liesel (Holly calls her Oma) has hired Macon Stotts, a professional matchmaker, to pair up participants. Holly is waiting for their last guest, Gustav Vogel to show up. When Gustav fails to arrive by check in, Holly lets to the room to two nervous mothers who have come to spy on their daughters (they want to make sure the girls are not matched with inappropriate men). Holly then goes off to walk the dogs and meets up with John Adele and his dog, Cooper. They decide to get a drink at The Alley Cat bar in the Shire. They are walking along when Holly hears Trixie barking. Holly knows that bark. Trixie has stumbled upon man on the ground (the dead as a doornail type). A letter in his pocket is addressed to Gustav Vogel. It looks like they have found the missing guest, and he will not be needing a room. Later the next morning, Holly is shocked when a gentleman with a German accent introduces himself as Gustav Vogel. Gustav had been mugged the previous day and ended up in the hospital. The deceased gentleman (using this term loosely) is Dr. Randall Donovan, a psychiatrist who had an extreme dislike for Macon. The weekend takes a turn for the worse when Trixie and Holly end up finding another body in Zelda’s backyard. It is Zelda’s ex-husband, Hank who has been stalking her all weekend. This time Holly ends up on the suspect list. Can Holly find the guilty party before she gets carted off by Officer Dave? I thoroughly enjoyed reading Mission Impawsible. It is always a pleasure to return the town of Wagtail. I found the novel to be well-written and have a good pace (or flow). I thought that there was just the right amount of humor and fun in Mission Impawsible. The characters are delightful. I appreciate the various personalities Ms. Davis created for this fictional town. She put together an eclectic mix that somehow all works together (Nessie and Sky will have you in stitches along with Huey). I wish the town of Wagtail was real. A town that caters to people and their animal friends (they do not discriminate). My dogs and cats would love to visit this animal paradise (actually, so would I). I thought the author crafted a well-rounded and challenging mystery. Most readers will have difficulty identifying the killer prior to the reveal (you need to pay very careful attention to the clues). I give Mission Impawsible 5 out of 5 stars. My only criticism is about Ben. Ben is Holly’s ex-boyfriend and a royal pain in the you know what. He shows up uninvited and expects to stay in Holly’s guest room. He then signs up for a dog and spends little time with it. He expects Holly to look after the sweet fellow. Ben is very vanilla. I hope we experience less of him in future novels. I have read all the books in A Paws and Claws Mystery series (in order), but a reader could pick up and read the books in any order. There is only one downfall with reading Mission Impawsible. You have finished it and now must wait so very long until the next book in A Paws and Claws Mystery series come out!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Penny Marks

    I absolutely love this series! I was so excited to be chosen to read and review for my honest opinion. All of Krista Davis Paws and Claws mysteries grab you from the first page to the last. I do have to admit that this one is my favorite so far because of the Animal Attraction Matchmaking event going on at Wagtail. Pet lovers rejoice! I wish Wagtail, Virginia was a real place because all the characters are so colorful and friendly. Krista puts it all in her mysteries, of course you have a myster I absolutely love this series! I was so excited to be chosen to read and review for my honest opinion. All of Krista Davis Paws and Claws mysteries grab you from the first page to the last. I do have to admit that this one is my favorite so far because of the Animal Attraction Matchmaking event going on at Wagtail. Pet lovers rejoice! I wish Wagtail, Virginia was a real place because all the characters are so colorful and friendly. Krista puts it all in her mysteries, of course you have a mysterious mystery, a dead body, and it keeps you on your toes throughout. You won't want to put it down especially with love in the air. I'm sure you will be surprised that Oma is trying really hard to match Holly up at this event. Is it in the cards for Holly or will she be the only single at the matchmaking event weekend? Or will she become so wrapped up in the mystery that she becomes the main suspect??? You will not be able to put this wonderful installment down in The Paws and Claws mysteries. Don't forget to check out the great pet friendly recipes out at the end of the book.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Tari

    This was another fun adventure spent in Wagtail. Just like the others, there is never anything dark or depressing about these books, they are just sheer enjoyment. I don't think I've ever guessed who the killer was in any of them due to the amazing plot twists and turns the author takes us on. Every time I read a Paws and Claws book, I feel like I'm back among friends. There was a matchmaking event going on in Wagtail in this installment. It was summertime and people were wanting to fall in love This was another fun adventure spent in Wagtail. Just like the others, there is never anything dark or depressing about these books, they are just sheer enjoyment. I don't think I've ever guessed who the killer was in any of them due to the amazing plot twists and turns the author takes us on. Every time I read a Paws and Claws book, I feel like I'm back among friends. There was a matchmaking event going on in Wagtail in this installment. It was summertime and people were wanting to fall in love. Renowned matchmaker Macon Stotts had matched up the guests at Sugar Maple Inn that weekend. It was also a weekend where people could hang out with a dog and see if they were compatible. The local shelter WAG had sent some sweet candidates over to spend the weekend. Everything seemed fine until the first body was found. It was a man who was not well-liked and he had a note in his pocket from Holly's grandma. Holly wasn't sure if this would implicate Oma or not but she wasn't going to stand around and let it happen. As it turned out, Ben, her ex-boyfriend was among the people coming to be matched. He was able to help with the investigation. Holly herself might have even found a new guy to be interested in but as with a lot of the folks, she was finding out all was not what it seemed. This mystery featured Zelda, who worked at the inn and was a self-proclaimed pet psychic. I've always liked Zelda and thought it was fun to have her included in a lot of the book this time. That way we readers get to know the not-quite-main characters a little bit better. In this series, Holly doesn't quite have the typical best friend that we see the main character having and I like seeing her interact with either Zelda or Shelly, although Shelly wasn't in this one very much, just mentioned as serving here and there. I was really pleased with the happy ending--not only did the humans (who weren't the killer) have a good end, the dogs did too! I'll have to say bye to Wagtail for awhile since I have a real and virtual pile of books calling to me but I will be back, Trixie and Twinkletoes! Even if I have to re-read until another book comes out! ;)

  18. 4 out of 5

    QNPoohBear

    The Sugar Maple Inn is hosting a first ever matchmaking event for pet lovers. Oma has hired Macon Stotts, professional matchmaker, to fix up dog and cat lovers based on attraction between pets and a simple questionnaire. Oma is nervous for everything to go right. With one guest left to check in, the inn is packed and Holly has her hands full. She's too busy to think about romance right now. Then she meets adorable dog Cooper and his owner John who may make Holly rethink her decision. When a rude The Sugar Maple Inn is hosting a first ever matchmaking event for pet lovers. Oma has hired Macon Stotts, professional matchmaker, to fix up dog and cat lovers based on attraction between pets and a simple questionnaire. Oma is nervous for everything to go right. With one guest left to check in, the inn is packed and Holly has her hands full. She's too busy to think about romance right now. Then she meets adorable dog Cooper and his owner John who may make Holly rethink her decision. When a rude man interrupts the festivities claiming Macon is a fraud and animals can't feel love, Holly and Oma are worried. This could be bad for business. When the rude man turns up dead, Oma is truly worried. There's a murderer in town and Oma, Holly, Macon and the guests could be the one! To make matters worse, Holly's ex-boyfriend Ben returns with a borrowed shelter dog in tow. Ben the animal hater? Ben who lives in a small no-pets allowed apartment? Holly is a little suspicious but thinks perhaps Ben has changed. Twinkletoes disagrees. To further complicate Holly's life, Zelda's low-life ex-husband pops back into her life and a big time criminal is on the loose. Now she REALLY doesn't have time for romance since she has to help her friend and try to solve the mystery of the dead man before she or Oma end up in jail. I just love Wagtail! I want to move there or visit the inn for a long while with a borrowed dog for company. The town is so charming and I love how pets are always treated like royalty. The concept of the matchmaking event was unusual. The rude man had no business being there and was completely wrong. The pets in this series prove they care about humans who are kind and loving towards them. However, some of the pets in this story really needed new owners who treat them like pets and not toys or babies. Imagine a dog that has never set foot on pavement but carried around in a carrier and wears booties when set down on the ground. For such a lovely place they do have their fair share of crime though. This mystery contains two deaths and a mugging. I had absolutely no idea who the killer was until a moment before Holly figured it out. I had a couple of suspects in mind and I was so off base. Holly went through a similar list. My only major problem with the mystery plot is that it relies too much on coincidences. I took off a star because of that. Also the overbearing mother subplot annoyed the heck out of me. Romance wise-Holly doesn't get very far. She's adamant she doesn't want Ben back but she isn't ready for romance. I think she should stay single and stick with Trixie and Twinkletoes for company. None of her potential love interests have been very good. Hollis is taken and doesn't live in Wagtail, Ben is just a friend and John is a bit of a creeper. I have mixed feelings about him even after all was revealed. He comes across too strong in the meet cute for me and I would have rejected him outright -Cooper or no Cooper. There are many matches being made-some with unnamed people and some with secondary characters. There's a lot of kissing and loving going on in the background and Holly also thinks there may be some room hopping. As for characters, I really like Holly. She's not too ditzy and she has her furbabies to help her judgment. She knows what she doesn't want and she is loving and protective of Oma. Her theories about the murderer were sound and I made many of the same judgments she did. Oma is a dear and there's a potential romance for her brewing as well. She deserves it after working so hard all by herself so long. Casey and Zelda, the inn employees don't appear much in this story. Casey adds a bit of comic relief and Zelda advances the plot. I wanted more of wacky Zelda interpreting for the animals. I didn't understand why she didn't get a restraining order against Hank. Ben serves to help Holly decide what she doesn't want out of a relationship. He's rather dull and stupid when it comes to relationships with people. I didn't really like his plot all that much. There are tons of new characters here. Matchmaker to the stars Macon Stotts can't possibly be for real. He has every motivation to be a murderer, but is he? Can he really be what he says he is? Does he believe the stuff he says? Macon has some great ideas and some totally off the wall theories. I do agree that pets help break the ice and help people meet each other and I agree that animals are a good judge of character. His questionnaire seemed right on but his other theories about biology and literal love at first sight (or sniff) sounded a little wacky to me. The next major new characters are Nessie and Sky-strangers who show up at the inn at the same time and forced to share the same room. They find a common bond which I felt went WAAAYYY to over the top and was extremely unrealistic. I couldn't stand Nessie and her treatment of her pampered pooch. Then there's Hank, Zelda's ex. He's a classic con man. He can be charming until he wants something. I didn't like him at all and none of the townspeople do either. Laura Pisani and her cat Marmalade round out the cast of characters. She is a little difficult to get to know because she doesn't appear much in the story until late in the plot. She advances the plot quite a bit. Finally, the animals are the stars of the show. Trixie is a little better behaved-except when she sniffs out a dead body. I loved Huey the shelter mix staying with Ben. His plot was a lot of fun. The animal antics were funny but rather unbelievable. I highly recommend this series to animal lovers and cozy mystery fans!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    **I voluntarily reviewed this ARC** This book was impawsible to put down! I adore Wagtail and wish it was a real place (minus the murders). Krista davis is a master of misdirection and had me guessing (incorrectly) the entire time. I also loved the animal antics that went on throughout the book.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Patty

    I’ve received this wonderful book from the author herself, in exchange for a fair and honest review. This should not be a problem, since I adore this series oh so much! Mission Impawsible is the fourth installment in the Paws and Claws series, located in Wagtail, Virginia where Holly and her grandmother, Oma run the pet-friendly Sugar Maple Inn. I was happy to read that Oma is back from her vacation in this story to add to the rich line of characters! Holly and Oma are hosting a matchmaking e I’ve received this wonderful book from the author herself, in exchange for a fair and honest review. This should not be a problem, since I adore this series oh so much! Mission Impawsible is the fourth installment in the Paws and Claws series, located in Wagtail, Virginia where Holly and her grandmother, Oma run the pet-friendly Sugar Maple Inn. I was happy to read that Oma is back from her vacation in this story to add to the rich line of characters! Holly and Oma are hosting a matchmaking event appropriately named Animal Attraction at The Sugar Maple Inn and the event is a huge turn-out! The guests fill out a form that eventually matches them up with someone they should supposedly be a good fit for. Most everyone that has attended has brought their beloved pets along, but Holly quickly realizes that not only fluffy cats and bouncy dogs have invaded Wagtail, but so have a few deceivingly, sleazy rats, and I don’t meant the four-legged kind! We are quickly introduced to a few duplicitous and delusory guests; one unbearably deplorable man who ends up dead during Holly’s first matchmaking date that she most certainly did not set up! As the plot thickens, it’s plain to see that a handful of the guests are hiding some very twisted secrets, and many of them are not at all who they seem to be! While practically everyone in Wagtail is under suspicion of the murder, even Holly seems to be in a bind that she may not get out of! Aunt Birdie makes a grand and surprising appearance that adds fun and intrigue to the story, and of course Holly’s ex-boyfriend “The Ben”, as Oma calls him, returns to Wagtail in a deceptively, and somewhat annoyingly, but charming scheme to attempt to win back Holly’s heart. There are so many new lovable furry friends introduced in this story that are weaving their own ‘tail’ and aiding to help Holly catch the real murderer. Trixie and Twinkle-toes make so many new friends, ones that are heroic and hilarious at the same time. Every dog has his day in this book for sure! I love this series so much and wished there really was such a place as Wagtail, Virginia where the town caters to our beloved fur babies in the most amazing and delightful ways. Holly is so lovable, and maybe true love finds her in this installment during the match making event, or maybe he’s not what he seems to be either?? Read this wonderfully, well written funny, and delicious story to find out for yourself!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Diane ~Firefly~

    This was an interesting case. The town has a matchmaker in town who is using people's pets to help match them up. Of course Trixie finds another dead body which gets Holly involved in the investigation. At the same time Zelda is dealing with her ex and Oma might be trying for a match of her own. Plus the animals keep getting out of their rooms. (view spoiler)[I really liked that Holmes wasn't around since he is engaged. Not sure what I think about her new guy since he thought she was stalking him This was an interesting case. The town has a matchmaker in town who is using people's pets to help match them up. Of course Trixie finds another dead body which gets Holly involved in the investigation. At the same time Zelda is dealing with her ex and Oma might be trying for a match of her own. Plus the animals keep getting out of their rooms. (view spoiler)[I really liked that Holmes wasn't around since he is engaged. Not sure what I think about her new guy since he thought she was stalking him. Glad to see Ben hook up with someone else (hide spoiler)]

  22. 5 out of 5

    Joy

    3.5 stars

  23. 5 out of 5

    OpenBookSociety.com

    http://openbooksociety.com/article/mi... Mission Impawsible Paws and Claws Mystery, Book #4 By Krista Davis ISBN13: 9781101988565 Author website: http://www.divamysteries.com/ Brought to you by OBS reviewer Kayt Synopsis: From the “New York Times” bestselling author of “Murder Most Howl “comes another Paws & Claws mystery… 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 prepa http://openbooksociety.com/article/mi... Mission Impawsible Paws and Claws Mystery, Book #4 By Krista Davis ISBN13: 9781101988565 Author website: http://www.divamysteries.com/ Brought to you by OBS reviewer Kayt Synopsis: From the “New York Times” bestselling author of “Murder Most Howl “comes another Paws & Claws mystery… 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. Includes delicious recipes for owners and pets!” Review: If you love your pet and you love your cozies, there is no series better to read the Krista Davis’ “A Paws and Claws Mystery”. You cannot find a better fit if that is your wheelhouse or a better writer in this genre’. Who would not want to live in a wonderful town in the mountains that caters to owners and their furbabies, is inhabited by amazing people and has an Oma(German for grandmother). Mission Impawsible is the fourth book is this fabulous series. I could not put it down! The only downside to that is the book ended too soon and I had to leave my heaven on earth town of Wagtail, Virginia. Holly Miller is a great lead character and I want to hang out with her and her Oma and never leave. Although the murder rate could be a problem. In this installment of “Paws and Claws” Holly and her Oma are preparing for a big matchmaking event for pet owners at their wonderful Sugar Maple Inn. Holly is still unsure of her own love life, but that does not stop Oma from trying to find a man for her. Everyone is involved in the big event, including Holly’s furbaby Trixie the Jack Russel and Twinkletoes the cat. Once the event is going full force, Holly finds a man alright, but he is stone cold dead and things do not look good. He has a letter from Oma on him. What could that mean, who is he, who did this and why did Holly have to find the body again. Trixie is going to have to stop getting her into these messes. Krista Davis is such an amazing author. Her writing style flows, takes you on a journey filled with mystery, murder and laughs. Her characters feel like friends and they draw you in so you do not want to leave. There is truly no setting that I would want to hop into and stay for a good long while. There are so many wonderful scenes, plots, clues, conversations, you just never want to put the book down. I enjoyed the path of finding out whodunit as much as I did the time with the furbabies. Ok maybe not as much, but just about. Holly is intelligent and strong and a wonderful friend and granddaughter. There really is nothing I could say bad or slightly not good about this book other than this – it ended and Wagtail is not real, yet. Even though Mission Impawsible is the fourth book in this fantastic series, you do not have to read them in order. Krista Davis does enough to get you caught up without dragging the story down at all. I would suggest you do read them all because come on – pets are catered to in a mountain town and they are great. I would recommend this book and series to any cozy reader. I would say it is necessary reading for anyone who loves their pets and reads cozy mysteries. And I would also say we all need to band together and make Wagtail a reality. This is definitely one of the best cozies out there. Do yourself a huge favor and read this one and all of them in the series. Seriously, pets catered to, a beautiful setting, fabulous characters and a superbly written mystery – it doesn’t get any better! *OBS would like to thank the publisher for supplying a free copy of this title in exchange for an honest review as part of their ongoing blog tour*

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Wilhoite

    Kept me guessing till the end! Can't wait for the next trip to Wagtail! Kept me guessing till the end! Can't wait for the next trip to Wagtail!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Courtney

    Mission Impawsible follows the lovable heroine, Holly, as she and her investigative team, Trixie and Twinkletoes, work to solve the town of Wagtail's latest suspicious murder. While it is the fourth in the series, this was my first Paws and Claws mystery, but it will not be my last. I loved reading about the picturesque town of Wagtail, Virginia and easily got to know Krista Davis' cast of likable characters. I have already picked up the first three books in the series and can't wait to dive in! Mission Impawsible follows the lovable heroine, Holly, as she and her investigative team, Trixie and Twinkletoes, work to solve the town of Wagtail's latest suspicious murder. While it is the fourth in the series, this was my first Paws and Claws mystery, but it will not be my last. I loved reading about the picturesque town of Wagtail, Virginia and easily got to know Krista Davis' cast of likable characters. I have already picked up the first three books in the series and can't wait to dive in!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    This is the first new book I've purchased in awhile and it was so worth it! I'm a big fan of Krista Davis's books and couldn't wait to get my hands on her latest. Wagtail is the type of small, mountain town that I'd love to visit, even though I don't have any pets and I'm not really a "dog person". While there is a lot of interaction with the characters' furry friends, I don't think it's overwhelming for readers who aren't as enamored with animals. The plot moves at a good pace, and I had a hard This is the first new book I've purchased in awhile and it was so worth it! I'm a big fan of Krista Davis's books and couldn't wait to get my hands on her latest. Wagtail is the type of small, mountain town that I'd love to visit, even though I don't have any pets and I'm not really a "dog person". While there is a lot of interaction with the characters' furry friends, I don't think it's overwhelming for readers who aren't as enamored with animals. The plot moves at a good pace, and I had a hard time putting the book down. I never found myself wishing the story would just hurry up. This book, released just in time for Valentine's Day, is based around a matchmaking event in town. The main character, Holly, is approached by John, textbook editor and aspiring author, saying the two of them were matched as potential couple, even though Holly didn't sign up to participate in the matchmaking event. I have to say I wasn't a fan of John, and found him to be overly dramatic about everything. I did enjoy the other usual characters, like Oma, Zelda, Dave, and Ben, though I missed a certain other friend who's been in all the book up to this one. I was kept guessing the culprit throughout the whole book and suspected almost everyone at some point. I love this series more with each book!

  27. 5 out of 5

    K.A. Davis

    I was delighted to have the chance to read the brand new release, MISSION IMPAWSIBLE, by Krista Davis! I always enjoy a visit to Wagtail, Virginia and a chance to catch up with Holly Miller at the Sugar Maple Inn. This new adventure did not disappoint! Starting out with the Animal Attraction Matchmaking event, Krista allows the reader to immerse themselves in the festivities and enjoy the atmosphere. She paints colorful characters and charming scenes, drawing you in, making you a part of the tow I was delighted to have the chance to read the brand new release, MISSION IMPAWSIBLE, by Krista Davis! I always enjoy a visit to Wagtail, Virginia and a chance to catch up with Holly Miller at the Sugar Maple Inn. This new adventure did not disappoint! Starting out with the Animal Attraction Matchmaking event, Krista allows the reader to immerse themselves in the festivities and enjoy the atmosphere. She paints colorful characters and charming scenes, drawing you in, making you a part of the town. I loved the fun events such as the Yappy Hour Parade! However, it’s not long before Holly’s darling dog, Trixie, who has quite the reputation for finding dead bodies, lives up to that reputation. From there the story moves at a quick pace taking the reader on a ride of murder and mayhem. Along with the murder plot, there’s the secondary mystery of trying to figure out who the victim really is and who keeps letting the dogs out in the dead of night? Humor ensues with Holly catching the hotel’s pets raiding the pantry for midnight snacks. The Animal Attraction Matchmaking event also provides plenty of entertainment on its own and the author provides interesting, fun facts about love and romance…really! Holly’s grandmother, Oma, tries to set her up for love during the event, but Holly seems content to sit on the sidelines and be an onlooker. Will Oma succeed or will Holly be sidetracked by another dead body? In addition to a delightful tale, Krista provides plenty of mouth-watering recipes at the back of the book, including some for your furry friends. I tried her recipe for Fried Chicken. I think I’ve only made fried chicken once in my life and that was a lifetime ago…for some reason it intimidates me. But Krista’s recipe for Fried Chicken proved to be easy to make resulting in crispy, perfectly seasoned chicken! I received an advanced copy and willingly provided a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    This series is such a delight to read. Wagtail is a place I wish I could visit and take my cats to stay at the Sugar Maple Inn. Book four proves this series just keeps getting better. Great characters and a whodunit that is well written and kept me guessing! I hope there are more books in the series to look forward to.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Mary Ann

    Computer Dates with Animals, Con Men and Murder We are back in Wagtail and the town is hosting an event to meet the "perfect" match using a computer-generated match with a matchmaker and the people's pets. People are supposed to fill out the forms truthfully, but many fudge the truth (or downright lie) and then Macon makes a match for them. The problem is that two of the participants have mothers who are overprotective and they both are fighting to find someone. A psychiatrist who professes that Computer Dates with Animals, Con Men and Murder We are back in Wagtail and the town is hosting an event to meet the "perfect" match using a computer-generated match with a matchmaker and the people's pets. People are supposed to fill out the forms truthfully, but many fudge the truth (or downright lie) and then Macon makes a match for them. The problem is that two of the participants have mothers who are overprotective and they both are fighting to find someone. A psychiatrist who professes that love is not a true thing and that feelings for animals is neurotic shows up and insults people. He is known for being a horrible psychiatrist that is very controlling and not very caring of the patients.    Holly is still working at her grandmother's inn and loves being there. "The Ben" is coming up to the inn again for the weekend, he has requested a dog to "try out" and is shocked when the dog is not what he imagined it would be. He wants a small dog that is calm, showing just how much he doesn't know about dogs. He is trying to convince Katie that they belong together. Holly's grandmother does not like Ben and has signed Katie up for the matchmaking. When her match shows up, she states that she didn't sign up and then finds out about her grandmother's actions. Eventually, John and Katie go out together and as they are walking, her dog finds the body of the psychiatrist, but he has no identification and has a letter from Holly's grandmother in his pocket. To confuse things, when the real person shows up, Holly's grandmother is confused and admits to Holly that she was trying to find someone for herself.    While all this happens, Zelda's ex-husband, Hank shows up and starts causing problems, too. Dave is trying to do his best, but he suspects Holly and Zelda of murdering Hank, he thinks that Hank murdered the psychiatrist and the confusion continues.    All of this just pushes Holly and Zelda into trying to find the true murderer so that neither one is charged and the real person is caught and brought to justice.    Fun story and a fast read (running out of time on the library loan). I did find it hard to put down and was getting testy with all the interruptions (kids) because I wanted to finish this book. Wagtail seems like a place that I would love going to visit, but I don't think I would take my cats with me, my dog, yes, but my cats, no.     

  30. 5 out of 5

    FangirlNation

    The Sugar Maple Inn in Wagtail is hosting an Animal Attraction dating week that matches couples based upon their pets' interests. The event proves to be popular, when Holly finds out that her grandmother has entered her into the event against her wishes. When the man matched to her talks her into going out with him, they find the body of a man whose only identification is a letter from Holly's Oma (Grandma) naming him as the man who never showed up that night. Imagine everyone's amazement when, The Sugar Maple Inn in Wagtail is hosting an Animal Attraction dating week that matches couples based upon their pets' interests. The event proves to be popular, when Holly finds out that her grandmother has entered her into the event against her wishes. When the man matched to her talks her into going out with him, they find the body of a man whose only identification is a letter from Holly's Oma (Grandma) naming him as the man who never showed up that night. Imagine everyone's amazement when, the next day, a man arrives  at the inn giving his name as the one they have assumed to be the dead man's. It turns out the real man was mugged the night before and all his papers stolen. He arrived late because he'd spent the night in the hospital. Read the rest of this review, more reviews, and other wonderful, geeky articles on FangirlNation

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