Sneaky here with another pawsome interview of a pet character. Today, it’s my pleasure to chat with a cozy mystery dog whose current book, Beach Blanket Homicide, is on tour with Escape with Dollycas Into a Good Book. Hello, Boy. What is your name and your author’s name?
First, thank you to Sneaky for having me here today. Currently my name is Paco. I used to be called Cornelius (a name I detested, obviously). It was given to me by a former owner who was murdered. My new person, Lucy, didn’t like it either so she calls me Paco and since I’m part Chihuahua, I’m good with it. My author’s name is Maria Geraci.
Tail wags to you.
What book(s) have you appeared in? Please list them and their genre.
Beach Blanket Homicide – cozy mystery
Whack The Mole- cozy mystery
Purrfect. Are you in a series? If so, please give information about it.
Yep! My series’ name is Whispering Bay Mystery. It’s about me, a handsome Chihuahua Terrier mix who can see dead people, which allows my pet (she thinks she’s my owner, but we know better), Lucy, to help solve crime. Besides making the most delicious muffins in the world, Lucy is also a human lie-detector, which comes in kind of handy because boy, can these humans lie or what?
I know what you mean, Paco. Even the honest people of Cobble Cove occasionally tell a mistruth especially when they are killers – MOL (meow out loud). Your series sounds pawsome.
Are you based on a real animal such as your author’s? If so, please give further details.
My author has 5 pets in the house (4 dogs and one cat). I guess you could say I take my good looks from Darwin (her Chihuahua terrier mix), my name from Paco (a miniature Schnauzer), my stubbornness from Truffles (a dachshund), my braveness from Rex (a Yorkie) and my overall sneakiness from Lizzie (the cat, naturally).
Now Paco, I take a bit of offense at your opinion of cats. I admit it’s true they’re Sneaky, though (that’s how they named me at the Cobble Cove Library when they took me in).
Can you share an excerpt from one of your books that features you in an important scene? If so, please include it.
I would love to! Here’s an example of why I’m so awesome! This is from BEACH BLANKET HOMICIDE:
I wheel the empty food cart into the building and make my way to the kitchen. I’m almost finished gathering the supplies we’ll need to replenish the coffee station when I hear a familiar whimpering sound. I turn and see a little tan dog huddled in the corner.
“Paco! What are you doing here?” I scoop him up and clutch him to my chest. He’s trembling. How on earth did Abby’s dog get inside the building? She wasn’t with the other members of the Sunshine Ghost Society who came by the booth, but she must be here at the festivities. Maybe she’s avoiding me after yesterday’s brouhaha over the tuna salad sandwich. Whatever. She’ll just have to get over it.
“Are you okay, little guy?” Paco licks my hand, but he’s still trembling. “Let’s go find your momma.”
I leave the cart inside the kitchen and walk out into the sunshine. There are even more people here now than before. Combing through the crowd, I see lots of familiar faces, but no sign of Abby.
Sarah is probably wondering what’s keeping me. I should probably take Paco back to the food booth. Maybe Sarah can watch him until Abby shows up. My eyes are itching, and my nose is running. There’s absolutely no doubt that I’m allergic to this sweet little dog.
I weave our way through the crowd. I’m almost back to the food pavilion when Paco starts struggling against me. Before I can stop him, he leaps from my arms and runs away.
Blast! What if he takes off for the beach? Or worse, the road? If anything happens to Paco, I’ll never forgive myself, so I run after him. Good thing I’m wearing tennis shoes.
He’s almost back to the building when I trip over a hibiscus bush and land face first in the dirt. Luckily, the bush cushioned my weight so that I’m not hurt, but there’s blood dripping from my elbow. I straighten up and brush the dirt off my face and feel my hair for any damage. Even though I can’t see myself, I’m confident there’s not a hair out of place. Maybe all that hairspray wasn’t such a bad idea after all.
Paco is waiting for me by a side door to the building. He’s panting (yeah, me too, buddy) like he’s out of breath and looking at me with those adorable eyes of his like he’s trying to tell me something.
“You want to go back inside?” A part of me feels foolish talking to him like he can understand me, but he wags his tail and barks as if he’s answering.
“I’ll take that as a yes. But this is the wrong door, sweetie.”
There must be at least eight keys on this ring. I have no idea which one will open this particular door. On a whim, I place my hand over the knob and Paco yelps in excitement, like he’s encouraging me on.
I turn the knob, and the door opens.
Huh. That’s weird. I thought Gus said all the doors were supposed to be locked.
I walk into a small room filled with boxes, which leads me to think this is a storage area. Since I’m here, I might as well head back to the kitchen to collect the coffee cart.
Except Paco takes off running. Again. Which is really annoying. At least this time there are no bushes to trip over.
“Paco!” I yell. “Come back this instant!”
I search the kitchen but he’s not there, so I make my way into the large main room. There’s a table set up with balloons and flyers in anticipation of the tours, but there’s no sign of Paco.
Then I hear the sound of his toe nails clicking against the tile floors. “I hear you!” My voice echoes in the vast empty building.
Paco barks in response like we’re playing a game.
I follow the sound through a hallway and into an empty classroom.
“Ha! I found you!”
Paco sits there patiently like he’s been waiting for me to show up. Then he looks down at something, and it takes me a few seconds to realize what it is.
She’s lying perfectly still like she’s asleep, only…there’s a little puddle of blood on the floor next to her head.
Oh my God.
I crouch next to her and shake her arm. “Abby, are you all right?”
Paco looks at me with those big eyes like he’s begging me to help her. It’s been a while since I took a CPR course and I’ve never had to use it, but I don’t think the basics have changed.
I check to make sure Abby is breathing, which, she’s not. Then I check the vein in her neck for a pulse and my own pulse goes wildly out of control.
I push up the sleeve of her sweater and check her wrist to make sure I haven’t made a mistake.
But I haven’t.
It looks as if I don’t have to worry about Abby holding the tuna salad sandwich incident over my head because Abby isn’t asleep.
Oh, boy, Paco, you this sounds Meowvolous.
What do you like most about your role in your authors’ books?
That all the action starts with me of course. If it wasn’t for me finding the dead bodies, Lucy would be clueless as to what’s really happening around her.
It’s great to be a star, even though the human characters think they are.
Are you a talking cat in your books or just a silent one like I am who just meows occasionally?
First off, I would never meow (that’s so undignified). I don’t do “people talk” but I do a lot of non-verbal communication that seems to get the point across.
Sorry about that. I forgot you’re a dog. Non-verbal works for us kitties, too.
What advice would you give other cat characters?
Be yourself! It’s why Lucy fell in love with me.
Great advice and one I always follow.
Do you have any new books coming out? Please give dates and details.
Whack The Mole, Whispering Bay Mystery 2 (came out Feb 22)
Murder By Muffin, Whispering Bay Mystery 3 (coming this April)
Condogalations! Thanks so much for being my guest today, and best tail wags to you and your author on your series. I’m sharing your blog tour and doggone great giveaway below.
Beach Blanket Homicide
(Whispering Bay Mystery)
by Maria Geraci
About the Book
Beach Blanket Homicide (Whispering Bay Mystery)
1st in Series
Independently Published (November 27, 2018)
Paperback: 268 pages
Digital ASIN: B07K6WXBG8
The first book in a fun, quirky chick-lit mystery series featuring Lucy McGuffin, world’s best muffin maker and amateur sleuth.
Everyone agrees that Lucy McGuffin bakes the best muffins in Whispering Bay, but she’s got another talent, one that she’s tried her whole life to hide. Lucy can always tell when a person is lying or telling the truth. Being a human lie detector isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Especially when you don’t really want the answer to the universal question: Does this dress make my butt look too big?
When Lucy is hired to cater the grand opening celebration of the city’s new community center, she stumbles across the dead body of Abby Delgado, a prominent member of the Sunshine Ghost Society. Lucy’s brother, Father Sebastian, a local priest, is the last person to have seen Abby alive. Convinced he’ll be breaking a confidence, Sebastian refuses to cooperate with the police, forcing Lucy to put her skills to the test to save her brother’s good name.
Enter the town’s new hotshot deputy, Travis Fontaine. Travis doesn’t want an amateur like Lucy snooping around his turf, so he offers her a deal. He’ll stay out of her kitchen if she’ll stay away from his crime scene. But Lucy isn’t about to let her brother’s fate rest in the hands of an arrogant cop. Good thing she has her best friend Will and her new little rescue dog, Paco, to back her up, because its up to Lucy to figure out what everyone in the quaint little beachside town is hiding.
About the Author
Maria Geraci writes quirky, fun, romantic women’s fiction and cozy mysteries. She’s a two time RITA® Finalist, as well as a finalist in the National Readers’ Choice Awards and Romantic Times’ American Title Contest. She lives in central Florida and is always on the lookout for the perfect key lime pie recipe (but not the kind they served on Dexter).
Website – http://mariageraci.com/
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/MariaGeraciBooks
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/authormariageraci/
Purchase Link – Amazon
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