Spotlight for Whiskers in the Dark, A Mrs. Murphy Mystery, by Rita Mae Brown

Whiskers in the Dark:
A Mrs. Murphy Mystery
by Rita Mae Brown

About the Book

Whiskers in the Dark: A Mrs. Murphy Mystery
Cozy Mystery
28th in Series
Bantam (June 4, 2019)
Hardcover: 288 pages
ISBN-10: 0425287181
ISBN-13: 978-0425287187
Digital ASIN: B07H72MD6Z

Death stalks the Blue Ridge Mountains as a centuries-old mystery resurfaces and murder mars the lead-up to an annual beagle competition, in a thrilling new tale from Rita Mae Brown and her feline co-author Sneaky Pie Brown.

A massive nor’easter has hit northern Virginia, where Mary Minor “Harry” Harristeen joins groundskeeping efforts at the National Beagle Club at Aldie as the date for its springtime Hounds for Heroes veterans’ benefit approaches. Harry’s fellow volunteers, including her oldest friend, Susan Tucker, comprise a spirited group of hunting enthusiasts, some former service members themselves. But things take a sinister turn when, after a routine tree cleanup along the Club’s hunting trails, retired foreign services officer Jason Holzknect is found dead, throat slit from ear to ear. Soon enough, another murder in their midst jolts the preparations, convincing Harry that the killer is familiar with the Club—and must be close by, masked in plain sight.

The intrigue extends to the grounds of Harry’s beloved local church, where the identity of an eighteenth-century skeleton wearing precious pearls remains a mystery. The anonymous woman’s neck had been snapped, and marks on the grave where her body was secreted indicate that someone recently tried to remove it, leading Harry to question how well she really knows those around her.

As always, Harry’s crime-solving cats Mrs. Murphy and Pewter, and Tee Tucker the Corgi share her determination to sniff out the foes among friends, even those long buried. Harry will need her four-legged companions’ help more than ever: a ghostly beagle only they can see may hold the key to the culprit.

About the Author

Rita Mae Brown is the bestselling author of the Sneaky Pie Brown mysteries; the Sister Jane series; the Runnymede novels, including Six of One and Cakewalk; A Nose for Justice and Murder Unleashed; Rubyfruit Jungle; and In Her Day; as well as many other books. An Emmy-nominated screenwriter and a poet, Brown lives in Afton, Virginia, and is a Master of Foxhounds and the huntsman.

Sneaky Pie Brown, a tiger cat born somewhere in Albemarle County, Virginia, was discovered by Rita Mae Brown at her local SPCA. They have collaborated on numerous Mrs. Murphy mysteries—in addition to Sneaky Pie’s Cookbook for Mystery Lovers and Sneaky Pie for President.

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Sneaky here with some breaking news, although many of you have probably heard this wonderful announcement. My state and my author’s has passed a bill to ban declawing cats. Here are videos that explains why this is such a great thing. We cats need our claws for many reasons and for people who don’t like us scratching their furniture, there are other ways to stop this that won’t hurt us.

Sneaky Interviews Lucy the Dog from Seeing Red, a Red Herring Mystery, by Dana Dratch

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, Seeing Red is on tour with Escape with Dollycas Into a Good Book. Hello, there, Kitty.

What is your name and your author’s name?

Hi, I’m Lucy. Lucy Vlodnachek. I live with my guy, Nick. And we’re staying with his sister, Alex.  He says it’s “temporary,” whatever that means. But Alex has a nice indoor place, with soft chairs and a comfy sofa, so I like it. And her neighborhood has a dog park. Did I mention the dog park?

I believe you did Lucy. I can tell by your wagging tail that you like that dog park.

Oh, and my author’s named Dana Dratch.

Mice to meet you both.

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

The first one was Confessions of a Red Herring. That’s when Nick and I first came to live with Alex. And in Seeing Red – that’s the new one — I take long walks with Nick. And with Alex. And with Baba (that’s their grandmother). And Alex takes me to the dog park!

You lucky dog, you.

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

It’s called the Red Herring mysteries from Kensington Books. I don’t know what a “red herring” is, but if it’s anything like bacon, I’m all for it.

I believe “red herring” is a literary term, but we cats do enjoy herring, the fish.

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

Alex says I’m “definitely one of a kind.” She loves me!

Aww. How sweet. It’s nice to be loved by your character co-star. I know Alicia loves me, too, as does most of the Cobble Cove library characters.

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

Our neighborhood dog park got an agility course. It’s cool. And Alex took me. We had fun. But some of the stuff? Like those moving, shifty things? Yuck! But Alex took me again and I learned how to work it. Here’s what she said:

The next morning, Lucy and I took a new approach to the agility course at the dog park.

I unclipped her leash, and she tore around the  thing at  top speed. She raced up and down the ramps. She whipped through the tunnels. She ran a wide arc, avoiding the entire cluster of weave poles. Twice. And totally ignored the teeter-totter.

When she crossed the finish line, we bounced up and down like a couple of maniacs.

“I’m sorry, but your dog didn’t complete the course,” a woman with a leashed Weimaraner stiffly informed me.

“Sure we did,” I said, as the puppy danced around my feet. “We’re practicing for the freestyle.”

More like Lucy-style. Too bad I couldn’t tackle my life the same way.

Thanks for sharing that pawsome excerpt.

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

When stuff happens, I’m always right there. In the middle of it. Nick says I’m “big trouble on little feet.”

In this one, I ate something I shouldn’t have. Alex called it “evidence.” Evidence isn’t as good as bacon and eggs.

Something tells me you really enjoy eating, Lucy. I don’t blame you. I love the special treats the library people sneak me from the snack room.

Are you a talking dog in your books or just a silent one who just barks occasionally?

Alex and Nick have gotten pretty good at figuring out what I’m trying to tell them. Baba too. (And she gives me treats when she thinks no one’s looking.) And I made a new friend. His name is “Marty.” He likes to play ball, and he’s helping me learn stuff.

I find that human characters can take a bit of time learning pet character language, but they eventually figure it out.

What advice would you give other dog characters?

Don’t eat evidence. Or socks. Stick with bacon. It’s safer. And delicious.

Purrfect advice for a dog to give.

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

Seeing Red is just out. Like right now. And I’m on the cover! And I’m seeing my picture everywhere. So it’s good. Somebody disappears, and Alex is trying to find them. And there are spies. And stolen art. And doughnuts!

The next book is called Red Hot. And that comes out in May of 2020. There’s a lot of me in that one, too. We’ll get into some scrapes. But I’ll be there to protect everybody!

Those sound very interesting. I wish you and Dana luck with them. I’ve included more information about your new release and blog tour below. Thanks for the tail-wagging interview today.

Seeing Red
(A Red Herring Mystery)
by Dana Dratch

About the Book

Seeing Red (A Red Herring Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Kensington (May 28, 2019)
Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
ISBN-10: 1496716582
ISBN-13: 978-1496716583
Digital ASIN: B07H1VFL64

If it wasn’t for art thieves, spies and killers, Alex Vlodnachek’s life would be bliss.

Her freelance career is catching fire. Her relationship with B&B owner Ian Sterling is flirty and fun. She’s even attending a glittering cocktail party at his sprawling Victorian inn.

But, to this ex-reporter, something seems “off.” And it’s not the canapés. When Ian’s father vanishes, the enigmatic innkeeper asks for her discretion. And her assistance.

Meanwhile, Alex is having the opposite problem at her tiny bungalow: People keep piling in uninvited. Including a mysterious intruder found sleeping in her kitchen. Her grandmother, Baba, who shows up “to help”—with Alex’s own mother hot on her heels.

When the intrepid redhead discovers a body in the B&B’s basement and a “reproduction” Renoir in the library, she begins to suspect that Ian is more than just a simple hotel owner.

With editor pal Trip, brother Nick, and rescue-pup Lucy riding shotgun, Alex scrambles to stay one step ahead of disaster—and some very nasty characters.

Can she find the missing man before it’s too late? Or will Alex be the next one to disappear?

About the Author

Dana Dratch is a personal finance writer and the author of CONFESSIONS OF A RED HERRING and SEEING RED. She’s currently working on the third Alex Vlodnachek mystery adventure, RED HOT. Get updates at

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