Meow, there or should I say, “bow, wow,” Mr. Dog. It’s great to have you here. What is your name and your author’s name?
I’m Streetman, a Chiweenie dog, and my author is J.C. Eaton, the husband and wife writing team of Ann I. Goldfarb and James E. Clapp.
Mice to meet you. I’ve never heard of a Chiweenie dog, but I imagine they are look like your picture on the cover of your book.
What book(s) have you appeared in? Please list them and their genre.
The genre is cozy mystery and here are the books I’m in:
Booked 4 Murder
Ditched 4 Murder
Staged 4 Murder
Botched 4 Murder
Molded 4 Murder
Dressed Up 4 Murder
Wow, Meow, Bow, Wow, Wow! Your authors are quite prolific. Please give information about your series.
I am in the Sophie Kimball Mysteries (Kensington Publishing) that take place in the retirement community of Sun City West, Arizona. My owner, Harriet, is the mother of amateur sleuth Sophie (Phee) who’s a bookkeeper/accountant at Williams Investigations in nearby Glendale, Arizona. Phee came out west to solve a mysterious book curse that threatened Harriet’s book club and winded up getting stuck here.
The series features a number of wacky characters, lots of hyperbole, and plots with a number of twists and turns. It’s meant to keep readers laughing and guessing whodunit.
My role has evolved and I’m proud to say that I am the star in Dressed Up 4 Murder.
Condogalations! My role in the Cobble Cove mysteries has also involved and, I play quite a larger role in the holiday short story, Sneaky’s Christmas Mystery, that followed my 4th book, Love on the Rocks. It’s a great feeling.
Are you based on a real animal such as your author’s? If so, please give further details.
Yes. I am based on the authors’ real dog, Streetboy, also a Chiweenie. However, I’m much more neurotic and have lots of neat quirks.
Can you share an excerpt from one of your books that features you in an important scene? If so, please include it.
This is a scene from Staged 4 Murder where I’m helping to solve a murder in a theater, and luckily for everyone, I found a box of animal pelts in the costume room. The narrator is Sophie Kimball.
“Streetman’s scared of mice,” my mother said. “He wouldn’t be acting that way. You know, Shirley said that sometimes spirits can inhabit the —”
“Oh for God’s sake, no one’s inhabiting anything.”
I reached over to open the box but the dog beat me to it. He tore into the cardboard and in what could best be described as sheer madness, he ripped the thing apart flinging the contents all over the room. All I could see were beady eyes, round black noses and, in some cases, teeth. Streetman grabbed the nearest one and shook it like a play toy. Then he growled and shook it again. My mother was horrified.
Excellent. It makes me want to read more.
What do you like most about your role in your authors’ books?
I make people laugh and I make them thankful I’m not their dog.
MOL (meow out loud)/BOL (Bark out loud)
Are you a talking cat in your books or just a silent one like I am who just meows occasionally?
I am a silent doggie.
Good for you.
What advice would you give other pet characters?
I would give dogs and cats the same advice – help your sleuths out by doing some investigating on your own.
Purrfect, doggone good advice.
Do you have any new books coming out? Please give dates and details.
Dressed Up 4 Murder was released on February 25, 2020
Broadcast 4 Murder is set for release in November 2020
Great! Thanks for the wonderful interview. I will also share the blog tour and giveaway for Dressed Up 4 Murder below. Best tail wags on your next adventures.
Dressed Up 4 Murder (Sophie Kimball Mystery)
by J.C. Eaton
About Dressed Up 4 Murder
Dressed Up 4 Murder (Sophie Kimball Mystery)
6th in Series
Publisher: Kensington (February 25, 2020)
Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
Digital ASIN: B07R8WYD83
Last one standing is the winner . . .
The holiday season has arrived and bookkeeper/amateur sleuth, Sophie “Phee” Kimball, would love nothing more than to enjoy the comforts of her new home with her detective boyfriend near Arizona’s Sun City West. Instead, her mother Harriet wants to showcase her chiweenie-chihuahua-dachshund Streetman in the Precious Pooches Holiday Extravaganza costume events. The festivities begin in October and end on St. Patrick’s Day—with the winner starring in the St. Pat’s Day parade. But things quickly turn an awful shade of green when Streetman uncovers a dead body under a tarp-covered grill in the neighbor’s yard.
The victim is Cameron Tully, a seafood distributor working out of Phoenix, who died from ingesting a toxic sago palm leaf. Before the police can even find a motive and suspect, another Precious Pooch owner nearly dies from the same poison. With Harriet believing someone’s targeting her and Streetman because of the costume contests, Phee will need a potful of Irish luck to sniff out a killer . . .
About J.C. Eaton
Meet Ann and Jim, Writing as J.C. Eaton
Ann I. Goldfarb
New York native Ann I. Goldfarb spent most of her life in education, first as a classroom teacher and later as a middle school principal and professional staff developer. Writing as J. C. Eaton, along with her husband, James Clapp, they have authored the Sophie Kimball Mysteries (Kensington), The Wine Trail Mysteries (Kensington Lyrical Underground), and the Marcie Rayner Mysteries (Camel). In addition, Ann has nine published YA time travel mysteries under her own name. Visit us at:
James E. Clapp
When James E. Clapp retired as the tasting room manager for a large upstate New York winery, he never imagined he’d be co-authoring cozy mysteries with his wife, Ann I. Goldfarb. Non-fiction in the form of informational brochures and workshop materials treating the winery industry were his forte along with an extensive background and experience in construction that started with his service in the U.S. Navy and included vocational school classroom teaching. Visit the website at www.jceatonmysteries.com and the blog at www.jceatonauthor.com
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