Sneaky Interviews O’Ryan from Final Exam, A Witch City Mystery by Carol J. Perry

Sneaky here with another pawsome interview of a pet character. Today, it’s my pleasure to chat with a cozy mystery cat whose current book, Final Exam, is on tour with Escape with Dollycas Into a Good Book. Hello, Kitty. What is your name and your author’s name?

My name is O’Ryan. Well, it used to be Orion, but it got changed. My author’s name is Carol J. Perry.

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

I’ve starred in all of the books so far in Carol’s Witch City Mystery series. Here they are: Caught Dead Handed, Tails, You Lose, Look Both Ways, Murder Go Round, Grave Errors, It Takes a Coven, Bells, Spells, and Murders, and Final Exam. All mysteries.

The books are in a series about things that happen in Salem Massachusetts. People call Salem “the Witch City!” I should know because I used to belong to a witch before I came to live with TV reporter Lee Barrett and her Aunt Ibby in the big house on Winter Street. (Some say that I was that witch’s “familiar.”)


Are you based on a real animal such as your authors? If so. Please give further details.

I am so much smarter than any cat Carol ever had that it isn’t even funny. Better looking too. She and her husband have a plain gray girl cat named Shadow who wouldn’t know how to solve a murder if it happened right under her little pink nose. I have a handsome yellow striped coat and magnificent whiskers.

I know what you mean. Us character cats can be superior to regular felines, although I have to admit cats, in general, are very smart. Debbie’s new kittens who write on my blog occasionally are cases in point.

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

Of course any scene with me in it is important, but I’ll tell you about one I like a lot. It’s from Bells, Spells, and Murders. Lee’s Aunt Ibby is a research librarian. She doesn’t take me to work with her, but we have a study full of books, all organized by the Dewey Decimal System. Anyway, sometimes when I have to help Lee and Aunt Ibby and Lee’s detective boyfriend Pete Mondello solve a murder, I go in there and pick out a book for them. Here’s how Lee told about it in the book.

* * * * * *

I was interrupted by a gentle tapping at my door. Aunt Ibby stood in the hall. “It’s almost time for the five o’clock news,” she said. “Is O’Ryan here with you? He usually watches with me. Happy Hour, you know? I have a taste of wine and he has a nice saucer of milk.”

“He’s not here,” I said. “I left him in the study, snoozing on the window seat.  Let’s go down and check on him, shall we?” I was concerned. It wasn’t like O’Ryan to miss happy hour.

We hurried down the one flight to the second floor. The door to the study was still ajar. When we entered the room O’Ryan looked up at us with an air of absolute innocence, as though he had nothing to do with the paperback mystery book on the floor. Then he yawned, lay down with his head on the open book, and once again, pretended to be asleep.

The book he’d chosen to use as a pillow was Agatha Christie’s classic, Hickory Dickory Dock.

Naturally it was exactly the clue they needed. I do stuff like that all the time.

That was purrfect, and I must say I love mysteries with librarians in them and of claws, cats. My author is a librarian in real life, and my human character, Alicia, in my Cobble Cove mysteries is a librarian.

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

I admit it. I love showing off how smart I am.

Well, why not? I say, if you got it, flaunt it.

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

I’m like you. When you are as clever as we are, who needs words?

So true.

What advice would you give other cat characters?

Pick your humans carefully. Try for nice kind ones who appreciate you and have good things to eat and a nice place to live.

Excellent advice.

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

The newest one just came out on February 26. It’s called Final Exam and it’s about Aunt Ibby’s forty fifth high school class reunion. There’s a murder of course and some pretty scary adventures for all of us. The next one after that is called Late Checkout. I know you’ll like it, Sneaky, because a murder happens in the stacks at the Salem Main Library! It’ll be out in time for Halloween, 2019.

Ooh, I have to let Debbie know about that one. Maybe she’ll add it to our home library or order it for hers.

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

Carol’s not too good about it. If I didn’t write her quarterly newsletter for her—I call it Cat Nip –it would never get done. She has a pretty good website. Go to You can request my newsletter there.

I don’t subscribe to newsletters, but I’m sure the readers of my blog may be interested in doing so.

Do you have any photos of yourself, O’Ryan?

Since I am an imaginary cat, I don’t photograph well at all. I’m sending you a picture of my nephew, Jack O’Ryan. He lives in Salem with his mom, Sandra. He looks exactly like me.

Nice looking fellows, both of you. Well, thanks for cat chatting today. Since I know you and your author are on blog tour for your latest release, I will share that information below. Best whiskers to you and Carol on your series.

Final Exam (A Witch City Mystery)
by Carol J. Perry

About the Book

Final Exam (A Witch City Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
8th in Series
Kensington (February 26, 2019)
Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
ISBN-10: 1496714601
ISBN-13: 978-1496714602

A cold case update in Salem, Massachusetts . . .

Life at the house on Winter Street is abuzz with preparations for Aunt Ibby’s 45th high school reunion, and Lee Barrett is happy to pitch in, tracking down addresses and licking envelopes. But as a field reporter for Salem’s WICH-TV, her priority is to be on top of the town’s latest news before anyone else.

When the local police dredge up a vintage sports car containing human remains, Lee is thrilled to be the first reporter on the scene. Once she learns the car is connected to the cold case her boyfriend Pete happens to be working on, her powers of investigation are quickly alerted. But it’s her Aunt Ibby’s emotional reaction to Lee’s TV report that puts her on the case. With the help of O’Ryan, her psychic feline sidekick, she’ll have to unravel a tangled past of secrets and promises to stop a killer from making history again . . .

About the Author

Carol J. Perry knew as a child that she wanted to be a writer. A voracious reader, whose list for Santa consisted mostly of book titles, she never lost sight of that goal. While living in Florida, Carol was on assignment for Southern Travel Magazine, preparing an article on the world’s largest sand castle which was being built near her home. That combination of events inspired her first young adult novel, Sand Castle Summer. That book was soon followed by half a dozen more.

Carol has always been an avid reader of mysteries. Her debut mystery novel is set in Salem and involves O’Ryan, a most mysterious cat, several witches and some strange Halloween happenings. Appropriately enough, this Salem-born author celebrates her birthday on Halloween Eve! Carol and her husband Dan live in the Tampa Bay area of Florida with two cats and a Black Lab. Visit her at

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