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Middle age can be murder ... At least that’s how it seems to former crime journalist, Wilhelmina Chance, whose near-fatal accident has given her a strange side effect ... she sees ghosts. 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 toMiddle age can be murder ... At least that’s how it seems to former crime journalist, Wilhelmina Chance, whose near-fatal accident has given her a strange side effect ... she sees ghosts. 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?...

Title : Ghostly Paws
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ISBN : 21456951
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Number of Pages : 305 Pages
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Ghostly Paws Reviews

  • Cindy
    2019-03-19 00:27

    I have no problem with ghosts appearing & talking to Wilhelmina Chance. I have no problem with cats directing her toward clues. (At first, I thought it was going to be dumb, but it didn't end up feeling that way.)What I did have a problem with was the writing style. First off, Wilhelmina Chance, supposedly, had been a crime journalist for 25 years; yet, in this story, she wasn't able to keep an open mind about fact finding, didn't think to look for a weapon, drew premature, self-confident conclusions about suspects, and was just plain dumb. Totally unbelievable.Secondly, Leighann Dobbs seemed to repeat descriptions of things way too frequently. For example, how many times did she talk about Pandora's eye color? Every time the cat was mentioned in the first nine chapters. What color are they? golden-green, greenish-gold, greenish-yellow, greenish-golden. Are you getting an image of the cat's eyes? Another example was all the concern going on throughout the book. "My heart warmed at the concern in her emerald green eyes." "light blue eyes tinged with concern..." "My heart pinched with concern..." "...melted a little at the concern in Striker's eyes..." "...the gentle tone of concern in his voice." "My heart warmed at the concern in his eyes." "Bing turned concerned eyes on me." "...heart warmed at the genuine concern in Hattie's voice." "Striker's concerned face came into view..." "Striker's eyes clouded with concern..." [repeated again on the next page] "...felt a flood of warmth at the genuine concern in ."I might have been more forgiving of these characteristics if the book had been billed as a children's book. But, would kids relate to a 40+ year old woman who is divorced with no children, has a bum leg and is noticing her aging eyes?In summary, the characters were not believable; the storytelling was repetitive & completely unimaginative; and Leighann didn't seem to have a target audience in mind.

  • Berit☀️✨
    2019-02-24 22:26

    This book made me realize my cats are slackers!😼The cats in this book are busy helping solve murders and protecting their owners, all my cats do is sleep and eat and then sleep again.... I enjoyed the touch of magic in the town of Mystic Notch.... also like the characters especially Willa and the ghosts and of course the cats.... The mystery was very well-developed and there is a beginning to a love connection, and thank goodness it is only with one person, let’s keep it that way! Thought this was a very good start to a fun cozy mystery series with a touch of the paranormal....****Narration: well then, I am writing this quite a bit after I listened, so nothing negative or positive is coming to my mind at the moment, it was very well done, but not exceptional and that’s OK❤️

  • Terri
    2019-03-12 06:48

    Willa Chance has returned to small town Mystic Notch after a career as a crime reporter 'down south' when she inherits a bookstore, home and cat. When Lavinia, the town Librarian is murdered, her Ghost demands that Willa find her killer.I enjoy cozies with a paranormal twist. This is the first book in a series that I see the potential in. The characters are likeable and the book light and fun.What I found frustrating though, was Willa. I liked her and yet, she drove me nuts. She would obsess on a suspect to the exclusion of the facts, started off with an antagonistic attitude to the sheriff investigating the case with no real basis and jumped in with a dramatic reveal scene where she accused the wrong person. I hope to see more development of her character as the series progresses.I also had an issue with her friend Pepper (owner of the local tea shop and a fun character otherwise) dosing people with herbs without their knowledge or consent.Yet, I did enjoy the other elements of the story and felt that I will like the series more as it evolves. There are elements of magic that have yet to be explored and a cast of characters which are interesting and engaging. I also want to see more of the mysterious cats and their secrets. So: not my favorite but hopefully a good launching place for more to enjoy in the future.

  • Gary Sundell
    2019-03-17 03:32

    I enjoyed this cozy with ghosts, cats and a hint of magic. I'll read the next one to see where it goes.Downside......arrrggggggg.....a cop boyfriend or potential boyfriend?

  • Imjussayin
    2019-02-24 02:38

    Ghostly Paws: Mystic Notch Mystery 1I had read that this series is better than the author's Blackmoore Sisters mystery series. It was certainly different. Our heroine is former crime journalist, Wilhelmina Chance. A near-fatal accident has left her with the ability to see ghosts. That turns out not to be much of a blessing because the ghost does not help Wilhelmina to solve who murdered her. Willa did get help from her cat Pepper, who can communicate with humans. Willa has not learnt how to speak with her cat as yet, and I am sure that story will unfold in future books, but I won't be reading them. As much as I liked the love story between the local Sheriff and the protagonist, it's not the usual affair, they are sisters, and there was a good intergenerational blend, Willa is not my kind of sleuth. Willa takes circumstantial evidence (which could easily be explained by alternative explanations) as satisfactory proof for an allegation of murder. And this woman was a criminal journalist in another life?It is an easy read that will appeal to those who enjoy, light, formulaic, fluffy, throw away mysteries. It holds no challenges, beyond incredulity. Connect with me on Twitter: RatingSexual Content: ULanguage: UViolent: UWould I read the next one or reread ?: NoMy rating system (* = star)0* Could not finish this book (waste of time)1* Finished the book but didn't like it.2* Finished the book it was okay.3* A good read worth your time.4* An excellent read often with a novel concept or unusual plot.5* A magnificent read. A prominent example of the genre.

  • Debbie
    2019-02-27 22:54

    I loved this book. It pretty much has everything. A murder mystery, cats, ghosts, witchcraft all tied up with likeable characters. Willa is a strong woman who goes about investigating without being accusing or obnoxious. She has a good relationship with her sister, a group of likeable characters that appear at her shop every morning, a sweet neighbor but mysterious. I eagerly await the next.

  • Dawn Michelle
    2019-03-08 02:42

    I enjoyed this book quite a bit; once I got used to the cadence of the narrator, I settled in for a good listen/read. Then chapter 3 hit and I was sure I knew who the killer was. I was 100% certain and thought that the author really needed to do a better job at disguising the "bad guy" better than that and resignedly settled back in to listen to 30 chapter leading up to the reveal. I. Was. Wrong. WHAT a red herring. Well done Ms. Dobbs, well done. One point Leighann Dobbs, Z E R O points to Dawn. Excellent read - this is a series that I am going to really enjoy reading.

  • Nola Arganbright
    2019-03-16 02:37

    Ghostly presenceA Cozy reader can never go wrong with a Leighann Dobbs book! I loved this paranormal cozy! The characters are fun and quirky. There are numerous feline sleuths and ghosts who hang around the book store. Move over Cat Who books there is another series to steal your thunder!

  • Joanne Moyer
    2019-02-27 23:38

    “Former crime journalist Wilhemina Chance returns to her home town of Mystic Notch after a near death accident that has left her with a strange side effect - she can see ghosts. After finding the local librarian dead in the library, Willa is visited by her ghost in the bookstore she owns and asked to find her killer. There seems to be magic in the town of Mystic Notch that not all the residents are aware of, but a group of ferals and housecats can talk to each other and communicate with some humans and they of course help to solve the case.This is a cozy and follows all the rules of one .... small town where everyone knows each other... lots of murder suspects and many twists and turns until the murderer is found.Maybe not the best I've read but still enjoyable and worth the time.And I of course always enjoy a talking cat or two ... :

  • Sarah
    2019-03-06 05:31

    Not exactly the brightest protagonist out there. While I do not mind amateur detectives, this one accuses people without evidence and rush in without thinking.... For someone who was once an investigative reporter she must have either faced libel suits all the time or forgot how to be an investigative reporter once she become a book seller. Will definitely skip this author in the future.

  • Betsy
    2019-02-22 05:43

    I found the book to never quite click with me. I wish that the story had more of the animals in it. In addition, the interaction amongst the ghosts seemed a little silly to me. 3 stars

  • Hilary S
    2019-03-03 01:42

    Willa is settling into Mystic Notch having inherited her grandmother's house and having set up a bookstore, one morning she is heading to the shop when she sees the Library lights on and the door open, as Lavinia (the Librarian) is renowned for sticking to a rigid timetable Willa is worried and she heads in, only to find Lavinia dead at the bottom of some stairs, the problem is that Lavinia's ghost has latched onto Willa and is insisting she finds out who murdered her.  Add in some quirky townsfolk, a sexy sheriff and lots of magical cats and Willa is in over her head!

  • H.L.
    2019-03-10 03:51

    (The rating is a 3.5 out of 5 stars) This was an interesting concept and kept my attention for most of the book. I feel this is a book you will have to read two or three times before being able to understand the overall theme of the book.

  • Altivo Overo
    2019-03-06 02:55

    Amusing, entertaining, light reading. I guess when books are labeled "cozy mystery" that's what we expect. Characters who are not quite real, or sometimes pure cardboard, in settings that can't possibly be real. The town of Mystic Notch is somehow large enough to support a bookstore, a library, a tea shop, a fast food cafe, and a church (of unclear denomination, sometimes it sounds typical New England protestant yet some references suggest it might be Roman Catholic.) The cast of characters is small but eclectic, even if you don't count the ghosts (Robert Frost and Franklin Pierce haunt the bookstore, and the ghost of the murder victim appears in multiple locations.)As you can tell, this one was a bit too light-headed for me. The puzzle was interesting but not difficult, while the actual sequence of events was just too unbelievable. Still, it made me laugh. Probably I laughed at the wrong things, but it was funny.This is certainly not Dorothy Sayers or Agatha Christie material. But if you like the kind of mystery that has food in the title, you'll probably like this. I picked it up because the murder victim is the librarian, and the primary sleuth is the town's bookseller. I wasn't expecting the mysteriously hyperintelligent but non-speaking felines, but they fit right in with the rest of the furniture, including Frederic Remington western bronzes, antiquarian books, a mansion and occupants worthy of an Addams Family episode, and the aforementioned ghosts.Fortunately it doesn't take much time and effort to read it.

  • Betty
    2019-03-15 00:50

    Many CatsThis book has much that well hold your interest. It is a paranormal, ghosts, magic, cats that help their humans in many ways. Many cats lived in Mystic Notch where Willa has return home after a accident and is now able to see ghosts. She has inherited her Grandmother's house, bookstore and cat, Pandora. Willa finds the Librarian dead. Her sister Augusta aka Gus is the local sheriff. Gus asked the neighboring sheriff for help. Willa slowly learning about the ghosts she now sees and the magic that is awash in the town. Willa needs learn the answer in order to keep evil away and that good prevail.

  • Lisa
    2019-02-26 04:47

    A vaguely amusing cosy cat mystery...with plenty of great cats but lots of eye rolling regarding the humans...especially the protagonist.Really? She was a crime journalist? I do not think so!!!She did have an accident though so perhaps her brain didn't work after that or something.She believes in ghosts but couldn't possibly believe in magic because that would be ridiculous!!! was okay and I did finish it (audio version) but I wouldn't recommend it.

  • Cris
    2019-02-19 23:49

    Light reading, funny, full of cats, thanks to my sister Cintia I discovered this new trend called "cozy mystery"

  • Kim Norman
    2019-03-13 01:48

    I am not in the habit of reading cozy mysteries but I really enjoyed this one. I found it engaging and it kept me interested. I will definitely read more by this author and will likely continue with this series.

  • Kimberly
    2019-02-18 05:32

    This was a great start to this mystery series. I liked the vast majority of the characters. They are quirky. I like the cats in the book, and getting to hear them is fun. The mystery is well done, although not everything was cleared up by the end. Guess I'll just have to read more. ;) :)

  • Ellen
    2019-03-15 22:45

    It's a bit different from the normal paranormals I usually read, but I think I liked it. Trying book two now.

  • C.
    2019-03-16 22:27

    This was a fun read! Well written and well developed characters. I liked the characters and Pandora the cat, and look forward to reading more mystery-adventures with them.

  • Toni
    2019-03-13 23:43

    Another fun read by Leighann Dobbs. The characters are believable everyday people who have normal jobs. Then slowly, the reader discovers the cats have intelligence and a hint of magic.I enjoyed it a lot and have already got the next book in the series.

  • Jessica
    2019-02-17 22:56

    Total junkfood book but a fun story. I'd like to read at least the next book in the series.

  • Mary Brown
    2019-03-07 04:54

    Synopsis:Middle age can be murder ... At least that’s how it seems to former crime journalist, Wilhelmina Chance, whose near-fatal accident has given her a strange side effect ... she sees ghosts. 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? (Goodreads)Review:The characters are well developed and well rounded. Willa is someone who is not afraid of hard work. Although she is older than most protagonists in cozy mysteries, much of the time she did not act like she was older. She really did not appear to have much experience with men. And although she was a crime journalist at one time in her career, she did not quickly pick up on clues. She did not even think to look for the murder weapon. She just did not seem that realistic to me. I liked her but I really did not believe her. I enjoyed the paranormal aspects to this book. I really like ghost cozy and this one was pretty good. I just wish that there were more interactions between Willa and Lavinia, the ghost that has asked Willa for help. I did enjoy all of the mystical cats and how they worked together to help Willa solve the mystery.The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read. The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and I through much of the book, I felt like I was right there, watching the activity going on around me. I enjoyed the enchanting setting of Mystic Notch and would love to go and visit sometime. The mystery was carried on well throughout the book and I did not figure out the killer until it was revealed at the end.I would recommend this book to those readers who enjoy paranormal cozies. If you like mystical cats and a mystical setting, then give this book a try. I will definitely read the other books in the series.

  • Sara
    2019-03-01 03:30

    Enjoyable debut to a new series!Wilhemina "Willa" Chance has been a crime journalist "down south", but after being seriously injured in an accident she returns to her hometown, Mystic Notch. She's settling back into the small New Hampshire town where she's opened a bookstore, getting reacquainted with her younger sister (who happens to be the sheriff) and spending time with her good friend Pepper who claims she can "fix what ails ya" with what she adds to your tea.One morning as she walks to the bookstore, she notices lights on in the library and is curious as Lavinia, the librarian never opens the library that early. She investigates and finds Lavinia dead at the bottom of the steps.Where it really gets interesting is back at the bookstore when she sees a mist, knowing what's to come. Since her accident, Willa can see spirits and sure enough, Lavinia is there to tell Willa that she did NOT fall but was pushed down the steps.Add to the mix Pandora, the cat Willa "inherited" from her grandmother...a cat that...could it be? Is Pandora trying to tell Willa something? I couldn't help but think "How wonderful it would be if Joe Grey and Dulcie would visit Pandora and the other cats" (if you haven't read the Shirley Rousseau Murphy books, I recommend them!).I'm looking forward to the next installment!

  • Julia
    2019-02-22 02:27

    This was a good story with interesting characters and a fun premise. I like the main character, although there are a great many unanswered questions about her and her past - I assume "all will be revealed in time", but a bit more backstory might have been helpful. As it was, it seemed as if the author was telling the tale in fast-forward. There were so many places throughout the story where I wished for additional details and didn't get them, and there were some really large leaps of time - for example, several times "the regulars" would show up for coffee at the bookstore with coffee in hand for their morning gossip and then leave after what surely couldn't have been more than 5-6 minutes of conversation. And there were several other situations when I didn't feel like the use of time was quite right. It's a small thing, and really didn't effect my enjoyment of the story overall... but it made me feel - as I said - like I was reading the story in fast-forward.That said, I would definitely read additional books in the series - if for no other reason than to get to the answers to all the unanswered questions that this book left about the setting and characters. I'm officially intrigued.

  • Jeanie Jackson
    2019-03-16 04:53

    LeighAnn Dobbs has created another delightful series, offering hints and teases of something special about the small town of Mystic Notch to enhance this wonderful cozy with a touch of paranormal. I really enjoyed the main character, bookstore owner Willa Chance, and look forward to finding out more about her, her sister Augusta, the sheriff, her friend Pepper, and Eddie Stryker. With only a few strokes, Ms. Dobbs has fleshed out these secondary characters to make me want to learn more about them as well as Willa and of course, Pandora! I anxious to read the next book, A Spirited Tale right now! The only negative was that Willa latch on to an idea and wouldn't let it go even with evidence to the contrary. Many cozy reader main characters do it but since she was an invetigative reporter it seems even worse. Or are they like many news writers who donot worry to much about reality.

  • Julia
    2019-02-25 23:48

    My opinions about Ghostly Paws are all over the place. Let me first address that I don't typically go for books that are centered around cats and are directed toward divorced, middle-aged women. But I got this e-book for free, and hey, I like cats and mysteries.Things I liked: homey atmosphere, paranormal activity, cool names (e.g. Elspeth Whipple, Ophelia Withington, Lavinia Babbage)Things I disliked: a main character who is supposed to be a clever detective journalist (she isn't), editing mistakes (plural "Appletini's"), cat mistakes! (calicoes are almost never male, sorry Otis)3 Stars - The final sentence sums up the whole book: It almost seemed as if she was trying to tell me something, and I wondered, not for the first time, if my cat knew more about what was going on, than I did.

  • Lesley
    2019-02-19 22:56

    This was a clever book and a fast read. It had the fun of an Agatha Christie type murder mystery with charming characters. The protagonist is a 48 year old woman ( a pleasure to have a heroine of that age) who is likable and easy to relate to. The fact that after an accident, which still causes her to limp, she can see ghosts, is even more fun. I really enjoyed this little book. It was a stormy afternoon and I didn't feel like submerging myself into anything deep, and this novel satisfied my desire to read, my paranormal interests, and filled the void in wanting to solve a mystery. If you like a lighthearted paranormal mystery and a sleuth who isn't young or old then you'll enjoy this little novel. Lots of fun!

  • Kirsti
    2019-03-15 06:30

    I do love a good cozy mystery! I should add that is especially if they involve cats, and this one has a great band of cat characters I know I'll fall in love with. As far as characters go, Willa herself isn't too bad either, especially because she enjoys reading and books. There's a budding romance too, so we'll just have to see where that goes.I think I'll have to check out the next book on Kindle soon. Five stars.