"Big Little Spies": A Paws and Claws Mystery By Krista Davis: Review/Giveaway

Review by Cynthia Chow

Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win a copy of the book and links to purchase it.

When the appeal of their underground springs sputtered out as a tourist attraction, the town of Wagail, North Carolina, pivoted into becoming a pet-friendly destination for those looking for everything catering to their best friends’ needs. It makes it the perfect site to host the fundraiser For the There’s No Place Like Home Gala, an event being held at the Wagtail Springs Hotel to raise money and encourage forever home adoptions.

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The owner of the Maple Sugar Inn along with her grandmother Liesel Miller, Holly Miller welcomes the ladies of the Wagtail Animal Guardians as they lunch and work for such a good cause. Their leader Theona Barlow had recently passed away six months ago, and it seems that Judge Barlow is missing more than his late wife. His prized German Shepherd Fritz ran away when accidentally let loose by the housekeeper Dovie Dickerson, and in an effort to find him, she has called in pet detective Seth Bertenshaw. A missing canine is only one of the concerns worrying the beleaguered Judge, though. Liesel’s best friend Rose asks for Holly’s help in looking into a series of strange coincidences that have Rose and the judge believing that his house has been bugged with listening devices

Before Holly has time to decide whether or not they are being spied upon or just paranoid, her adorable pup Trixie lives up to his reputation as a body finder. To be technical about it, Trixie leads Holly to Fritz, who is standing over the body of the pet detective Seth. The investigation and evidence lead police to Rose, whom Holly knows is being framed for murder. Rose being the grandmother of Holly’s boyfriend Holmes Richardson has her determined to prove Rose’s innocence, which means that Holly will be looking into Seth’s many connections with the WAG Ladies. Jealousies, secrets, and financial scandals all become motives for the death of the rogue pet detective. 

New readers will have no trouble catching up with the heartwarming antics of this seventh of the series, as it introduces new suspects and potential victims with the visiting women of WAG. Rose and Judge Barlow’s unsuccessfully discreet relationship is a charming aspirational goal, especially as Holly and Holmes continue to blend their pet-filled families. While the relationships between the women are always at the forefront of the plot, their bond with their pets always lies in the background as they rely upon them for emotional support. An additional poisoning heightens the stakes, but the town of Wagtail always remains an enviable site for those looking to indulge their fur babies. Delicious meals and recipes catering as much to humans as to their pets make this the perfect cozy mystery for readers eager to spend time with these animal-loving, good-natured characters.

To enter to win a copy of Big Little Spies, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line "spies,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen May 29, 2021. US residents only and you must be 18 or older to enter. If entering via email please include your mailing address in case you win. BE AWARE THAT DUE TO THE CURRENT CRISIS THERE MAY BE A DELAY IN SHIPPING THE WINNING BOOK. You can read our privacy statement here if you like.

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Cynthia Chow is the branch manager of Kaneohe Public Library on the island of Oahu. She balances a librarian lifestyle of cardigans and hair buns with a passion for motorcycle riding and regrettable tattoos (sorry, Mom).
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  1. This is such an enjoyable series. I'd love to read this new addition!

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  2. This definitely sounds interesting! Count me in!

  3. Love stories with animals.
    Sounds like a good read.

  4. I love this series and I want to live in this town. Krista Davis is a wonderful writer. Also, compliments to the cover artist. Just beautiful!

  5. Great series. Looking forward to reading "Big Little Spies:.

  6. I love this pet friendly town.


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