Holly Miller blogs
for the Paws and Claws Mysteries
by Krista Davis
I'm finally settled in my apartment on top of the Sugar Maple Inn. My boxes are unpacked, my clothes are hanging in the closets, and I'm loving my new life on Wagtail Mountain. I haven't found the remote control for the TV yet, but Trixie, my Jack Russell Terrier, and Twinkletoes, my calico kitten, must know where it is because they turn the TV on all the time.
Trixie and Twinkletoes are double trouble - in a good way. What happened in THE GHOST AND MRS. MEWER wasn't their fault at all. True, the two of them found a body and managed to drag me into a murder, but now that I think about it, they never would have done that if my crazy Aunt Birdie hadn't pulled a fast one on me in the middle of the night. I'm clueless about how to handle that woman!
I have to admit that it was pretty exciting to have a team of ghost hunters staying in the inn. They were an interesting bunch. I never gave ghosts much thought before I met them. I didn't expect them to be so scientific and knowledgeable. The problem with ghosts is that it's very hard to prove they are responsible for the odd things that happen. The ghost debunker showed me some very logical reasons for some ghostly occurrences. But some of the scientific rationale to explain away ghosts is as mysterious and unlikely as a ghost! No wonder people are so confused about whether they exist.
Wagtail is all decked out for the holidays now. The staff of the Sugar Maple Inn has had a ball decorating trees and hanging pine roping. There are candles in all the windows and the smells from the inn kitchen are just heavenly. We even had a light snow yesterday.
I love walking through town after dark. It's like a magical winter wonderland. Lights twinkle everywhere, and there's caroling every night at the big tree in the middle of the pedestrian zone. Dogs even join in the singing, and no one minds if they're a little off key.
This is my first Christmas with Trixie and Twinkletoes. They both deserve something very special. Of course, a lot of cool dogs are wearing THE GHOST AND MRS MEWER bandanas, so Trixie already has one of those. And Twinkletoes loves her new Christmas catnip toy! I'll have to think of something else for them.
THE DIVA WRAPS IT UP