Monday, January 14, 2019

Ghostly Paws (Mystic Notch #1) by Leighann Dobbs

Bookstore owners, kitties with a mission, a murdered librarian. Oh. My! Ghostly Paws was a spooktacular good time.
The Gist: On her way to work Willa noticed the library doors open earlier than they should have been and went investigating aaaaaaaand found the librarian dead at the bottom of the stairs. A simple fall...probably. Maybe. But something is off. She's sure of it. Especially when the librarian's ghost comes to visit her. O.o
Willa's a little older than most heroines (48) and a bookstore owner. Yay! She was easy to like and tenacious. A little quirky in that she can see ghosts.

There's the tiniest hint of a future romance with a cop who's come in to help work the case. I liked that element and the potential hero who's rather exasperated with her involvement but seems a good sort and is very caring and kind when need be.

The mystery was well done, too. The hunt for a potential killer and motive kept me guessing with numerous potential suspects.

All in all, Ghostly Paws was a nice intro to a new-to-me author and a new series. I enjoyed the characters, the mystery, the slight elements of woo-woo and how the cats were involved in the case-- the cats totally look out for their town and humans. I'll be reading more to see what happens next with Willa and her crew.

*And, seriously, yall, G is so happy. The star of the show is a gorgeous grey girl.
After a messy divorce sends her fleeing back to her hometown of Mystic Notch, nestled in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, Willa finds herself haunted by the tenacious ghost of the town librarian who insists Willa solve her murder.

Luckily, she has lots of help, including a quirky cast of small-town characters, the cat she’s inherited from her grandmother, and her best friend, Pepper, who claims her herbal teas can work magic.

But just when Willa thinks she’s discovered who the killer is, she finds out that things are not what they seem in Mystic Notch, and the case takes a strange turn that has Willa adding even some of her long-time friends to her suspect list.

Can Willa find the real killer in time to keep the magical balance in Mystic Notch on the side of good, or will evil prevail?

Amazon | Goodreads | Dobbs on HCBS
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