Sneaky Interviews Troubadour from In Cold Chocolate by Dorothy St. James

Sneaky here with another pawsome interview of a pet character. Today, it’s my pleasure to be speaking with a cozy mystery cat whose current book is on tour with Escape with Dollycas Into a Good Book.

Welcome, Kitty, please tell us your name and your author’s name.

I’m Troubadour, a refined hairless cat, and I’ve given author Dorothy St. James the privilege of writing about me. I’m the star of the Southern Chocolate Shop Mysteries.

Did you say “chocolate?” Mmmm. I think your books will appeal to all those chocoholics out there. As far as being a refined cat, that’s a bit redundant. All cats are refined. It’s very mice to meet you, Troubadour. Love your name, too.

What book(s) have you appeared in? Please list them and their genre.

I’ve played a starring role in Asking for Truffle, Playing with Bonbon Fire, and In Cold Chocolate. They are all cozy mysteries.

I’m a cozy mystery cat, too. Your books sound quite yummy.

Are you in a series? If so, please give information about it.

Seriously? Did you think one book about me would be enough? I’m in the Southern Chocolate Shop Mystery series. I allow Penn, the sleuth/chocolatier in the book, to live in the apartment above the chocolate shop with me and my friend Bertie Bays. The lives of the humans that live in the apartment are oddly droll.

In the Southern Chocolate Shop Mysteries, Charity Penn, owner of The Chocolate Box, a gourmet chocolate shop in the heart of the quirky Camellia Beach community, has found a secret ingredient: A rare chocolate bean with a flavor unmatched anywhere in the world. But whenever she cooks up her treats, disaster and murder follow.

Wow, Meow. I’m hooked.

Are you based on a real animal such as your author’s? If so, please give further details.

Although Dorothy St. James has been owned by several cats in her life, she’s never had the honor of living with a hairless cat. Her loss, I say.

My author has had many cats but never a hairless one either. Cats are purrfect no matter what breed they are.

Can you share an excerpt from one of your books that features you in an important scene? If so, please include it.

Here’s a scene from IN COLD CHOCOLATE, where I point out an important clue. But do the humans pay attention? No. Of course not.

The frown on his lips deepened. “Are you trying to tell me how to do my job?”

“No, sir. Of course not. I’m trying to tell you something you might not know because you live in downtown Charleston and not out here on Camellia Beach.”

“I swear, Penn—”

I never did get to hear what was going to come next. I liked to think he was about to swear that he’d never met a civilian sleuth with such sharp instincts. But at that very moment, Troubadour, Bertie’s hairless cat, let out an ear-piercing yeow as he charged out of Bertie’s bedroom. He looked like a blur as he darted across the room and made a beeline straight for the detective who was still standing at the open door.

A shadow appeared on the floorboards of the porch beyond the door. I half-expected to see either Harley or Gavin to walk by on his way to their apartment or to pause to say hello. Having one of them pass by would also explain Troubadour’s sudden burst of energy.

I didn’t have a chance to look outside. As soon as Troubadour appeared, Stella jumped up, breaking her stay command. Barking as if the world had just caught fire, she ran at the kitty, stopping only because she’d reached the end of her leash. No amount of treats was going to deter her from what she saw as her duty to keep her nemesis (the cat) from getting close to (well) anyone. She tugged and jumped and made a noisy menace of herself.

Troubadour, unimpressed by this display, growled low in his throat. He swatted Stella on the nose before continuing on his path toward the door. This only made Stella even angrier. With a growly bark, she chased after the platinum-colored kitty.

My attempts to rein in her bad behavior had absolutely no effect. I ended up doing exactly what Lidia had warned me not to do. I scooped Stella into my arms. My frustrated pup chomped down on my wrist as I carried her into my bedroom. I gently set her down, pried her mouth from my wrist, and provided her with a handful of treats before closing the bedroom door.

“Sorry about that,” I said when I returned.

Troubadour was rubbing himself against the detective’s leg and purring loudly.

“I see you’re a cat person.” I peeked out the door. The mysterious shadow was gone.

“Actually, I prefer dogs.” Gibbons grimaced down at Troubadour, but didn’t do anything to stop the kitty from rubbing all over his pants.

I was sure I’d seen the shadow of person approaching the open door. “Did you see anyone walk by?” I asked him.

“No.” He suddenly looked suspicious. “Why?”

I peeked out the door again. “When Troubadour came running toward you, I thought I saw someone standing outside on the porch.”

He peered outside. “There’s no one out here.”

“No, there isn’t. But I’m sure I saw someone.” Had someone been lurking outside the door listening? Was someone still out there waiting for me to be alone? I hugged myself and shivered.

Pawsome, Troubadour. You’re quite the actor.

What do you like most about your role in your authors’ books?

I like that I don’t have to do much. I mean, there’s that annoying dog of Penn’s that I have to train. And I find I need to keep some unpleasant people who visit Penn in line. But other than that, I’m allowed to live like a king. I sip my milk (and occasionally some coffee) and lounge around. It’s a good life.

Yes, we pet characters do enjoy a nice standard of living but, then, so do real life pets. The ones with nice humans, of claws.

Are you a talking cat in your books or just a silent one like I am who just meows occasionally?

I’m much too important to “talk” with the humans. Besides, I’d rather give them the chance to figure things out on their own. How else will they learn?

My sentiments exactly.

What advice would you give other cat characters?

Don’t let your author turn you into “comic relief.” That kind of treatment is humiliating for you and for cats everywhere. Have some self-respect. Stand up for yourself. You’re a cat and that means something. Act like it.

Purrfect advice.

Do you have any new books coming out? Please give dates and details.

My author’s most recent book featuring me as the star is IN COLD CHOCOLATE (September 2018). The stupid dog gets to have her picture on all the covers of the books in the series. It’s sooo unfair.

The vintage seaside town of Camellia Beach, South Carolina seems like the perfect place for romance with its quiet beach and its decadent chocolate shop that serves the world’s richest dark chocolates. The Chocolate Box’s owner, Charity Penn, falls even further under the island’s moonlit spell as she joins Althea Bays and the rest of the turtle watch team to witness a new generation of baby sea turtles hatch and make their way into the wide ocean.

Before the babies arrive, gunshots ring out in the night. Cassidy Jones, the local Casanova, is found dead in the sand with his lover Jody Dalton-the same woman who has vowed to destroy the Chocolate Box-holding the gun. It’s an obvious crime of passion, or so everyone believes. But when Jody’s young son pleads with Penn to bring his mother back to him, she can’t say no. She dives headfirst into a chocolate swirl of truth and lies, and must pick through an assortment of likely (and sometimes unsavory) suspects before it’s too late for Penn and for those she loves.

Wonderful excerpt. I feel your pain about covers. I didn’t get on one until the 3rd of our series, but I’ve been lucky that Fido hasn’t gotten featured on one yet.

Are you and/or your author on social media? If so, please list your links.

You can find Dorothy St. James at:



Twitter: @dorothymcfalls


Dorothy’s e-Newsletter:

Read the 3rd book in the Southern Chocolate Shop Mystery series, IN COLD CHOCOLATE (Sept 2018)

Sea turtles, chocolate turtles, and a shot in the dark turn life on the small town of Camellia Beach upside down.

Thanks so much for the interview, Toubadour, and best whiskers to you and Dorothy on your new release and future books. I know you also have a blog tour right now, so I’m including the link to your author’s rafflecopter:

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