You have to believe me that I tried, really, really tried to get into this book, but I couldn’t. I was expecting something spectacular but it never reached my expectation.
In the first installment, Holly Miller races back to her Oma’s hotel in Wagtail, Virginia.
Her Oma’s best friend Rose has called her but doesn’t give any specifics, so Holly hurriedly leaves a dinner party and takes her fiancé Ben’s car.
As she needs to stop for gas, a frightened Jack Russell manages to find her way into the car and Holly explains that she can’t come with her. The dog just sighs in her sleep and she continues the drive in the pounding rain and fog.
With a few miles to go, Holly nearly hits someone in the middle of the road as a car explodes down the ravine.
After calling the police, she waits where she’s reunited with officer Dave Quinlan. He takes her statement and continues on to The Sugar Maple Inn.
It’s been awhile since she’s been there and she’s impressed with the renovations that have been made.
Night Auditor Casey Collins gets her settled when guest Mr. Luciano comes in saying that he was attacked in the parking lot.
Officer Dave returns to get his statement and Holly goes to her suite and is stunned to find out that Wagtail is now a destination for pets and their owners.
The next day, Mayor Jerry Pierce is murdered and Ben and his ex-girlfriend, Kim come to town. Ben works for Kim’s father and he has a cabin outside Wagtail. The reasoning behind their arrival is the father’s car was stolen and he’s sent Kim to get it.
Holly’s stray runs away and pet psychic Zelda (and hotel employee) tells her that the dog is meant for her and will return.
Later, Holly believes that her Oma was the intended target of the hit and run that caused the death of her employee, Sven.
Oma doesn’t believe it and Holly starts to look into the possibility with the help of her longtime friend, Holmes Richardson, Rose’s grandson.
With all of the changes in town, Holly discovers that Oma has secrets of her own and has to take it all in.
My problem with the story is it just drags. For the most part, I wasn’t sure what was going on and there were too many characters (along with pet names) which added to the confusion.
The characters themselves are great along with the town. In fact, everything was perfect, except for the pacing and the abundance of characters.
I’m hoping that the series picks up and becomes on par with Davis’ other series (which I love) but I can definitely tell the difference in both writing formats.
Keeping my fingers crossed for this series!