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Publication Order of Paws and Claws Mysteries Books

Murder, She Barked (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Ghost and Mrs. Mewer (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder Most Howl (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mission Impawsible (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Not a Creature Was Purring (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Dog Who Knew Too Much (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Big Little Spies (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Good Dog's Guide to Murder (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Dog Across the Lake (2024)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Wagtail Murder Club (2025)Description / Buy at Amazon

The Paws and Claws book series is a popular series of cozy mystery, thriller, and crime fiction stories. It is written by a renowned American novelist named Krista Davis. The series began in 2013 and comprised of 6 books up to 2019. Each of the books of this series features the chief protagonist in the role of Holly Miller. She is shown as the owner of an inn located in Wagtail, Virginia called Sugar Maple Inn. Holly Miller keeps getting indulged in murder mysteries and uses her wit and intelligence to catch the killers. She is assisted by her pet Jack Russell Terrier named Trixie and her grandmother’s CAlico cat named Twinkeltoes to carry out the investigation. Holly’s pet dog does most of the sniffing and helps her in enlisting suspects. Twinkletoes also comes in handy in tracking down the culprits and catching them. The books are primarily set in Virginia.

Every book of this series has a lot of following all over the world. They are loved by readers with a particular interest in cozy mysteries. The success and wide popularity of this series have allowed author Krista Davis to become immensely popular. She received a huge boost and motivation and went on to write other books in her successful writing career. The debut book of the Paws and Claws series written by author Krista Davis is entitled ‘Murder, She Barked’. It was released in 2013 by the Berkley publication. The book opens by depicting that Sugar Maple Inn is a premier vacation spot for owners of pets in the country. It is owned by Holly Miller, who hails from the tourist town of Wagtail in Virginia where her inn is also located. The situation turns panicky when it is learned that a killer is roaming freely in the town.

Holly Miller decides to take things in her own hands and catch the murderer to help bring things to normal in her tourist town. All her life she has been surrounded by dogs. With no job at hand, her boyfriend’s ex-flame sniffing around, and her loveable Jack Russell, Trixie, scattering dirt and litter in her car very often, she thinks that her life could not get worse. Just then, she gets a troubling call from her grandmother, who asks her to come rushing to the family inn based on Wagtail Mountain. As Holly Miller and her dog are welcomed by the inn’s staff and her grandmother’s kitten Twinkletoes, she hears the shocking news of the killing of an employee in a car accident. Initially, the case appeared to be a hit-and-run, but when Holly Miller looks into the matter carefully, she discovers that the employee was murdered. Joined by the furry companions, Holly Miller sets out to track down the culprit and catch him before another murder takes place in the town.

Another interesting installment of this series is called ‘The Ghost and Mrs. Mewer’. It was also published by Berkley in 2014. Once again, Holly Miller and her pets are depicted in central roles. Initially, it is shown that the guests in Sugar Maple Inn claim that there is the presence of spirits in the inn. But, Holly doesn’t pay any heed to their claims thinking that they are just rumors. A TV series is in development as the town gears up for the annual festivities of Halloween. Holly Miller is asked to help the crew and ghost-hunters in investigating the supernatural presence. Later, a young lady is found dead by Holly’s pets in the bathhouse of the Springs Hotel in Wagtail. The place is considered to be the most haunted spot in the entire town. Thus, the claims of supernatural presence begin to be taken more seriously.

When Holly Miller arrives at the crime scene, she discovers that attempts have been made to make it look like a creepy legend. This makes her even more convinced that it is not the work of any spirit, rather a dangerous killer is present among the people of the town. Subsequently, she indulges in a race against time to hunt the culprit before another innocent person ends up dead. Also, Holly Miller tries to put a stop to the claims of the spirits’ presence in the town by proving that the woman was murdered by a human and not by any ghost.

Krista Davis is a NY Times bestselling American writer. She likes to write a mystery, thriller, and suspense novels and has successfully written three-book series, Domestic Diva, Pink & Ink, and Paws and Claws Mysteries. All the books written by Krista Davis are widely popular. They are known for their rich content, exciting characters, intriguing setups, and mind-blowing storylines. Krista Davis has lived in Northern Virginia for several years and has also stayed in Old Town, Alexandria for some time. As of today, she resides in the Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains with a group of cats and dogs. Krista Davis likes to entertain family and friends, but doesn’t want to do the cleaning work afterward. This color of her personality is also depicted by the central character of her Domestic Diva novels, Sophie Winston. She claims that it was her dogs and cats that inspired her to develop the animal characters in her novels. Krista’s love for trying out different recipes can be easily seen in her books. She has even included several recipes in those novels.

Krista’s successful books have helped her to win several popular awards. They have also allowed her to get established as a noteworthy author. It was only after one of her books got an Agatha Award nomination that she started getting noticed for her work. Thereafter, she developed a huge fan following and the number kept increasing kept on increasing with each published novel. Krista Davis hopes to continue writing mind-blowing novels in the coming years. She also intends to keep entertaining her fans for as long as she can. Currently, Krista is trying to finish the writing part of a new novel. She is hopeful of publishing it soon. Until then, she hopes her fans will continue to read her books available in the market and help to make them even more successful.

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3 Responses to “Paws and Claws”

  1. Lorraine Black: 2 years ago

    Please be inspired to write another Paws and Claws mystery. I love your Domestic Diva series also.

    • Laura: 2 years ago

      Love your paws,and claws ..waiting for another soon?

    • Mary Calvert: 4 months ago

      Dear Kristen,
      I have SO enjoyed your Paws And Claws mystery series! I have been so happy listening to your audiobook series, and find every little thing about them to be entirely entertaining! I look for books with similar content, animals, humor, extremely good mystery content…and nit many live up to yours! Could you pleeeease find it in you to pen a few more of these?! I feel like they were written just for me! I know that many thousands of others MUST feel the same! I know you have other series, and I will attend to them soon. But I just had to ask you…, very kindly,…to please consider more Paws And Claws?!
      Thank you so much for these delicious novels! Bless you for them all!
      Best Wishes,
      Mary Calvert.


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