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, Sifting Through the Clues is on tour with Escape with Dollycas Into a Good Book. Hello, there, Kitty. What is your name and your author’s name?
My name is Tigger. I’m a ginger cat. My author’s name is Daryl Wood Gerber.
Hi, Tigger, Mice to meet you.
What book(s) have you appeared in? Please list them and their genre.
I appear in the Cookbook Nook Mysteries, a cozy mystery set in Crystal Cove, California. That’s on the coast. I love the sound of the ocean. There are 8 books in the series: Final Sentence, Inherit the Word, Stirring the Plot, Fudging the Books, Grilling the Subject, Pressing the Issue, Wreath Between the Lines, and Sifting Through Clues.
Sounds like a nice list. There are only 4 in my Cobble Cove mystery series, but I’m sure Debbie will be starting number 5 soon.
Are you in a series? If so, please give information about it.
My human, Jenna Hart, owns a culinary bookshop called the Cookbook Nook and the Nook Café with her aunt Vera. Jenna used to be an advertising executive in San Francisco, but she came home to help her aunt and to find her smile. She found me. I was a stray. She’s smiling, all right! Me, too.
Pawsome. I was found on the steps of the Cobble Cove Library and taken in by the nice people there. The library’s great, but I imagine it’s wonderful to live in a bookshop that has a cafe.
Are you based on a real animal such as your author’s? If so, please give further details.
No. My author has a dog named Sparky. He’s a darling golden doodle. She used to have cats as a girl. All black cats, so I’m told. She couldn’t have cats when she married her husband. Allergies. But she still loves them. She was particularly fond of the ginger cat color so she dreamed me up. And she loved the Tigger character in the Pooh stories, hence my name.
I’m glad your author can have cat characters even if she can’t have real life cats. My author has 3. She lost her Siamese Oliver (who I’m based on) last year and now has a black kitten and a calico one. She also has a 10-year-old tabby.
Can you share an excerpt from one of your books that features you in an important scene? If so, please include it.
If I share a scene, I’ll be giving away a big part of the story, so I can’t, but yes, I am instrumental in Fudging the Books. Well, Hershey and I are. He’s my pal. He wasn’t my pal at the beginning, but he warmed up to me by the end. We save the day. You’ll see.
I guess I’ll have to read to find out. Sounds exciting.
What do you like most about your role in your authors’ books?
I like that Jenna cuddles me a lot and plays with me and takes me to the shop. There’s a cat condo at the shop that her father made and it’s like the best thing in the world. I like playing with the children that come in to do crafts while their parents shop, too. My life is never dull. Unlike some other cats, I’m a people cat.
What a great role. I’m a people’s cat, too.
Are you a talking cat in your books or just a silent one like I am who just meows occasionally?
Oh, I don’t talk, but Jenna intuits what I’m saying at all times. She’s cool that way.
Sounds like Alicia and Laura. They both understand me.
What advice would you give other cat characters?
To love their humans and to not be aloof. Humans really like to cuddle. Me, too.
I like that advice. It’s purrfect. Thank you, Tigger.
Do you have any new books coming out? Please give dates and details.
Sifting through Clues comes out this month. I’m very supportive of Jenna throughout this story. She doesn’t need my help, but she needs me. That’s all that matters.
Of claws it does.
If there’s anything else you’d like readers to know about you, your author, or your new book, please post it below. Thanks again for being my guest, and best whiskers to you and your author on your new release.
Thanks so much, Sneaky.
Here are 3 TEASERS FROM SIFTING THROUGH CLUES:
The construction paper cookbooks that Bailey had fashioned were
a huge hit with children. Tigger, too. He had a blast trolling beneath
the kids’ table for ribbon and other craft scraps.
Mulling over my options, I made my way to the door. I paused
when I spied Tigger attacking a kick-and-scratch toy with zealous
vengeance. Apparently, he was feeling as pent-up as I was.
“Sorry, pal,” I cooed and lifted him for a hug. “It’s my fault you’re
out of sorts.” I set him on his kitty condo and fetched him a calming
chewable. “I’ll do better tomorrow. Promise.”
As he pulled in beside my VW, I gasped. My cottage door was
standing wide open.
“Tigger!” I raced out of Rhett’s truck and flew inside. I breathed
easier when I saw my cat at the tippy top of his kitty condo. The way
he was sitting, his head hanging over the edge, reminded me of
Snoopy on his doghouse pretending to be a vulture. I picked him up
and held him close. His heart revved like a motorboat.
I’m also including information on our blog tour:
The Agatha Award–winning author of Wreath Between the Lines returns to the Cookbook Nook, where culinary mysteries are giving everyone food for thought . . .
Book clubs from all over have descended on Crystal Cove to celebrate the library’s Book Club Bonanza week, and Jenna Hart has packed the Cookbook Nook with juicy reads and tasty cookbooks. But she’s most excited about spending an evening with the Mystery Mavens and their moveable feast, when they will go from house to house to share different culinary treats and discuss the whodunit they’re all reading. It’s all good food and fun for the savvy armchair detectives, until one of the members of the group is found murdered at the last stop on the tour.
As if that weren’t enough to spoil her appetite, Jenna discovers that all the evidence points to her friend Pepper as being the guilty party. And with Pepper’s chief-of-police daughter too close to the case to be impartial, Jenna knows she’ll have to step in to help clear her friend’s name before a bitter injustice sends her to jail. Sifting through the clues, Jenna unearths any number of possible culprits, but she’ll have to cook up a new way to catch the killer before Pepper’s goose is cooked.
Includes tasty sweet and savory recipes!
Buy links Sifting:
Barnes and Noble
Agatha Award-winning Daryl Wood Gerber writes the nationally bestselling Cookbook Nook Mysteries as well as the French Bistro Mysteries. As Avery Aames, she pens the popular Cheese Shop Mysteries. Daryl also writes stand-alone suspense. Fun tidbit: as an actress, Daryl appeared in “Murder, She Wrote.” She loves to cook, and she has a frisky Goldendoodle named Sparky who keeps her in line!
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