Sneaky Interviews Tigger from Sifting Through the Clues, a Cookbook Nook Mystery, by Daryl Wood Gerber

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 website:

http://darylwoodgerber.com/cookbook-nook-mysteries.php#sifting

Buy links Sifting:

Amazon

Barnes and Noble

Kobo

Google Play

Smashwords

Bitly:

Amazon

http://bit.ly/SiftingThroughClues

Barnes and Noble

http://bit.ly/B_and_N_SiftingThroughClues

Website:

http://bit.ly/DarylWebsite_SiftingThroughClues

AUTHOR BIO:

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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Hermione’s Kitty Korner Post #9: Happy National Pet Day

Purrs! Hermione here with the next installment of my Kitty Korner Column. Today, I’d like to wish all the pets out there a Happy National Pet Day! I’m very happy to have been adopted from Golden Paws Society into the De Louise household this past October with my brother Harry after Debbie and her daughter spotted us at the Shabby Tabby Cat Cafe and decided to give us a home. That was the luckiest day of our lives.

We are nearly nine months old now and are settled into this wonderful place. I’ve become very comfortable here as you can see from the following photos. Whether on my grandma’s keyboard, the cat tree in her back room where she keeps our litterbox, or the living room couch, I can always find a comfy spot to snooze.

When I first came here, I was not particularly welcomed by Stripey, the De Louise’s 10-year-old cat, but he’s grown accustomed to me and Harry. We still have occasional playfights, but we get along for the most part. We even eat and sleep together now.

There are some great toys here, too. We have a toy box that we can jump inside and pick out our favorite play things, although some of the less safe toys are hidden away from us.

I really like being the granddaughter cat of an author. I especially like helping her write her mysteries by clearing her computer desk. I am a little upset when she shoos me off. I can’t understand why she’d rather look at that boring screen than at my lovely face, but I try not to take it purrsonally.

Speaking of my lovely face, I’m so proud that she posted a photo of me near one of her paintings and said that I was as pretty as a picture. She got some nice comments that people think I’m even prettier. What do you think?

I do require a certain amount of attention, and I miss Debbie when she spends time writing or at book fairs, but I’m proud of her. She’s even been on TV on Linda Maria Frank’s show, The Writer’s Dream and is scheduled for an upcoming appearance on Between the Covers. She has published six books and is releasing a new one in May. She is quite purrlific an author. Check out all her books she displayed at a table at Long Island’s Local Author Fair. You can purrchase them by clicking on the pawprint on this blog or from her Amazon author page.

Debbie made up for the time she spent away from me by using me as a model with her new mystery, Sea Scope.

Here’s a photo of me and Harry with Debbie.

I can’t think of a better way to celebrate National Pet Day than writing about my happy life. I wish the same for all my fellow kitties and other pets out there.

Purrs until next time, Hermione.

Sneaky Interviews Lola from Murder in Tranquility Park, A Ferrara Family Mystery, by J. D. Griffo

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, Murder in Tranquility Park is on tour with Escape with Dollycas Into a Good Book. Hello, there, Kitty. What is your name and your author’s name?

My full name is Gina Lollobrigida Ferrara Scaglione, but everyone calls me Lola for short.  But when I’ve done something I wasn’t supposed to do my pet mom, Alberta, calls me by my full name.  Usually in a really loud voice.

My author’s name is J.D. Griffo.  The J.D. stands for Jean Dolores.

Very mice to meet you, Lola. Do I detect an Italian accent? How interesting. What books have you appeared in?

I have appeared in MURDER ON MEMORY LAKE, MURDER IN TRANQUILITY PARK, and the upcoming MURDER AT ICICLE LODGE.  All these books are cozy mysteries, but not for nothing, with so much murder and mystery in every book I’m not sure why they’re called cozy.

Good point, but usually there’s less violence in a cozy and no sex or bad language. Who needs those, anyway, when they can have cute cats like us in the stories?

Are you in a series?

Yes, the three books above are part of The Ferrara Family Mystery Series and since I’m part of the Ferrara family I’m in all three books.  J.D. knows better than to leave me out of all the fun!

Of claws. Are you based on a real animal such as your author’s?

Listen closely because I’ve got a secret – my author has never had a pet.  Isn’t that shocking?  It’s also fantastico because I can say without a doubt that I am a completely original creation that is the product of my author’s own imagination.

Well, it sure is easier to have a character cat than a real one. No litterbox cleanup and stuff like that, but my author has had cats all her life and swears by them. Each to their own.

Can you share an excerpt from one of your books that features you in an important scene?

I’d like to think that I’m featured in every important scene in every book, but here’s a scene from the upcoming MURDER IN TRANQUILITY PARK that takes place in Alberta’s cottage and thanks to me I help the family find a major clue.

Alberta, Jinx, Helen, and Joyce were sitting around Alberta’s kitchen table along with Bruno, Sloan, and Freddy, sitting on mismatched chairs brought into the kitchen from the rest of the house. There were trays of lasagna, baked ziti, and stuffed peppers; two cold-cut platters with prosciutto, soppresata, and capicola rolled into thin meat cylinders; several small dishes with mozzarella floating in a river of watery milk; platters stacked with sliced cheeses and sprinkled with olives; bowls of peppers in a variety of colors; little dishes filled with artichoke hearts; a bowl of broccoli rabe; in between all the trays and platters were scattered loaves of hard, crusty bread; and in the center of the table there was a huge bowl filled with meatballs, sausage, and bracciole. It was a feast fit for several kings, plus their entourages, but hardly anyone was eating and no one looked festive. Lola, whose shiny black fur with her chic white stripe over her left eye made her appropriately dressed for the occasion, sauntered into the kitchen enticed by the cavalcade of smells, but took one look at the dismal-looking crowd, let out a disdainful purr, and returned to her bed in the living room. At least in there an Eydie Gormé CD was playing from the DVD player so the room might be empty, but the atmosphere, at least, was festive.

After a few moments it sounded as if Eydie got a case of laryngitis and lost her voice. There was an earsplitting screeching sound heard from the living room, immediately followed by the sound of a loud crash, and topped off by a triumphant meow.

“Lola!” Alberta cried. “What have you gotten into now?”

Alberta ran into the living room followed by the rest of the group to find Lola standing on top of Eydie Gormé’s album and spinning around the record player purring contentedly and clearly enjoying herself. A brown wicker cornucopia and wooden pieces of fruit were strewn all over the hardwood floor, obviously the cause of the loud crash. Mesmerized, Jinx bent down and picked up a fallen banana as if she had just found the proverbial needle in a haystack and found out the needle was encrusted with diamonds and precious jewels.

Excellent excerpt. I applaud you with my paws, Lola. My author has a cat who jumps on counters, too. He doesn’t uncover any clues, though.

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

What I love the most is that no matter what scene I’m in I always seem to be the center of attention.  I guess when you look like I do with such luxurious black fur and a chic white stripe over my eye, it’s hard not to go through life without a spotlight on you.  But I really do relish the fact that everybody wants to pick me up and cuddle.  Alberta, Jinx, the whole family, their friends, even cranky Helen, no one can keep their hands off of me.

Lucky you. I have a lot of admirers in Cobble Cove, too. You sound like a handsome guy. I’m Siamese, and I know human characters find me attractive, too, with my blue eyes and beige color points.

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

For now it makes me triste . . . sad to have to admit that I’m a silent cat. However, I do make my presence known in non-verbal ways.  But who knows what future books will bring and maybe some day the world will hear my beautiful voice and everyone will say, “Oh Lola sounds bellissima!

Don’t feel bad. I don’t human talk either, but we character cats are quite adept at body language.

What advice would you give other cat characters?

The best advice I can share is one that my friend Felix gave me when I was just a kitten and breaking into the business.  Felix told me to get an ironclad clause in my contract to make sure I appear on the cover of every book.  He said it would guarantee my popularity even if I never got to speak a word.  Felix was a very wise cat, he was.

I wish I had spoken to someone that smart. I didn’t get on the cover of my author’s books until the third one when I threatened to go on strike if she didn’t listen to me about that.

Do you have any new books coming out?

Oh yes!  MURDER IN TRANQUILITY PARK, which is book two in The Ferrara Family Mystery Series, comes out this month.  It’s very good. Lots of murder, suspense, and I didn’t figure out whodunit until the last chapter!  Then after that, MURDER AT ICICLE LODGE comes out at the end of the year.  And I’m very excited for that one because we all get to go on a road trip.  So never fear, there’s a lot more of me and, well, the rest of the Ferrara’s to come.

Oooh, road trip. I should ask Debbie to consider having Alicia or one of the other librarians at the Cobble Cove library where I live take me on one.

Are you and/or your author on social media?

Claro! We are social media royalty! We have our very own author page at Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Michael-Griffo/e/B004MRYH6K And you can find us on Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/michael.griffo.33, Twitter @Michael2264 and Instagram #j.d.griffo.  Plus, we even have our own website – www.michaelgriffo.com   Come visit us and say ciao!

Will do, Lola. Grazie for the interview, and best whiskers to you and your author on your new release and blog tour that I’m sharing below.

Murder in Tranquility Park
(A Ferrara Family Mystery)
by J.D. Griffo

About the Book


Murder in Tranquility Park (A Ferrara Family Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Kensington (March 26, 2019)
Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
ISBN-10: 1496713966
ISBN-13: 978-1496713964
Digital ASIN: B07F5XG3CQ

Alberta Scaglione and her twentysomething granddaughter, Jinx, love to spend time—and solve crime—together . . .

Ever since Alberta Scaglione inherited her spinster aunt’s Cape Cod cottage, she’s been enjoying the good life in Tranquility, New Jersey, with her black cat, Lola. But since things are mostly quiet in this town, she finds other things to do—like joining Jinx for morning jogs in Tranquility Park. She has to do something to stay healthy, as long as it doesn’t involve Jinx’s healthful tofu sausages and gluten-free pasta. But when they stumble across a treehouse hidden in the trees, and a dead body underneath it, they take a detour into solving a murder. Now the Ferrara ladies will have to exercise extreme caution to avoid a permanent decline in their health . . .

Includes Italian recipes from Alberta’s kitchen!

About the Author

Italian by birth, Jersey by upbringing, J. D. Griffo is an award-winning playwright and author who has written ten novels, over twenty plays, and a handful of screenplays that have yet to see the light of day.

Griffo studied Journalism and Marketing at New York University, graduating magna cum laude many, many years ago, as well as Creative Writing at the New School and Gotham Writer’s Workshop.

And the J. D. stands for the author’s mother – Jean Dolores – who absolutely loved to read and tell stories.

Author Links

Twitter – https://twitter.com/Michael2264

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/j.d.griffo/

Purchase Links – AmazonB&NKoboGoogle PlayIndieBound

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