Sneaky Interviews Tinker from Murder Makes Scents: A Nantucket Candle Maker Mystery by Christin Brecher

Meow there, Mr. Cat. Mice to have you here on Sneaky’s blog.

Hey, Sneaky.  Thanks for having me. 

I’m Tinker.  A guy who smoked a pipe and liked to play cards named me.  Before we really got to know each other, someone killed him.  After that, I decided I’d live with Stella Wright.  When we first met, she thought I should be called Killer or Tiger.  I liked her style.  She makes candles and owns a store on Nantucket Island called the Wick & Flame.  She’s no card player, but she has more guts than any human I’ve ever seen. 

My author is Christin Brecher.  I’d like to see her tackle the stuff she makes Stella do.  I’ve never met her because she’s allergic to cats.  What’s that all about?  I’m suspicious of her.

You sound like an interesting guy, Tinker. Sorry your author is allergic to you. That must make things tough, but as long as she likes to write about you, that’s the important thing.

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

I’m in all of the Nantucket Candle Maker Mysteries, which is what the humans refer to as cozy mysteries.  Humans call murder cozy… and they wonder why we cats are sometimes on our guard around them. The Nantucket Candle Maker Mysteries feature my human, Stella Wright, who lives on Nantucket, a small island off the coast of Massachusetts. Stella loves making candle at a store she owns and runs, the Wick & Flame. She also has a burning passion for justice.  Whenever trouble strikes, Stella is determined to shine a light on the truth.  She uses her keen sense of smell, nosy extended family, and entrepreneurial spirit to sniff out the clues and answers to murder…. with her extraordinary cat, who helps her at every turn.

My author might sneeze around me, but she likes the way I help Stella.  In the first book, Murder’s No Votive Confidence, I knew the murder victim better than anyone else, so I came in handy a lot. In Christin’s next book, Murder Makes Scents, I accidentally make some trouble in the beginning, but later I redeem myself.  I also get to hang out with a junkyard cat named Sugar for a day.  Sugar catches mice while I nap, but I ultimately help Stella find a key clue among the garbage bags. 

Pawsome. I have my own cozy mystery series, the Cobble Cove mysteries that my author writes. I’m not the only pet in it, but, as a library cat, I have the best roles.

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

Word around town is that Christin has a dog named Bandit.  I hear that my proclivity to head out of the house with Stella was inspired by Bandit.  If that’s true, I think I’d like this dog.


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

In the scene where I find the dead body in Murder’s No Votive Confidence, Stella calls me a “cursed cat, still and erect, eyes on us like a sentry.”  Needless to say, it took her a bit to warm up to me, but I like the image of myself as a sentry.

Moving on, here’s an excerpt from Murder Makes Scents where I meet my new pal, Sugar. In my opinion, making a new friend is a very important scene.  Also, you can see how much I’ve grown on Stella.

When I pulled into Wright Brothers Carting Company, neither Docker nor Ted were out front.  I parked my car and got out with Tinker.

“Hello?” I said, hoping someone inside the office would hear me. There was an eerie quiet to the place…  Usually, I could at least hear a radio playing or Docker and Ted talking from behind the garage.

Tinker walked straight ahead; his tail waving leisurely.  Then he suddenly darted behind the garage.

“Tinker,” I said in a yell-slash-whisper that was neither a yell nor a whisper.  “Pssst.”

 “Yeow,” Tinker screeched.

 I ran in the direction of my cat’s call, across the parking area, past the side of the office building, and to the back of the garage.  There, I found Tinker on all fours, tail perpendicular to the ground, nose extended at the same angle.  I think my yoga teacher from the three classes I took last year would call it Warrior One or Two.  Something Warrior.

 The focus of his gaze?  Across from him, a large gray cat lay low to the ground, looking for an opening to escape.

The scene ends with Stella asking me “How’d you like a playdate, my furry friend?” 

Pawsome! Thanks for sharing.

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

I get enough time to nap.  Stella says I have a zen-like ability to nap in crisis, but that’s when I get a lot of my best ideas for her.

Cats are superior nappers if I say so myself.

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

There are cats who can talk?   

Stella can understand me.  We don’t need words to communicate.

Same with me and Alicia and the Cobble Cove library people.

What advice would you give other cat characters?

Don’t give up your naps.

Great advice.

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

There’s another one in the works.  Fifteen Minutes of Flame.  I spend a lot of time in a haunted house in that one, but I end up growing very fond of the place.

That sounds like a purrfect read. I’ll ask Debbie to keep an eye out for it, and I’m sure the readers of this blog will be interested, too.

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

The bright screen place that humans are always staring into? 

MOL (Meow Out Loud). Yes. that’s the one.


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Thanks, Tinker. It was a pleasure having you here, and best whiskers to you and your author on your new release and upcoming books. I’m sharing your blog tour below.

Murder Makes Scents (Nantucket Candle Maker Mystery)
by Christin Brecher

About Murder Makes Scents

Murder Makes Scents (Nantucket Candle Maker Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Publisher: Kensington (February 25, 2020)
Mass Market Paperback: 272 pages
ISBN-10: 1496721411
ISBN-13: 978-1496721419
Digital ASIN: B07R6P9Z8M

Stella Wright loves creating candles at her Nantucket store—and she also has a burning passion for justice. Now, after visiting a perfume conference, she must solve a vial crime . . .

Stella and her globe-trotting mom, Millie, have come home from a perfume industry conference in Paris, where their trip was marred by witnessing the stabbing death of a young man. It’s a relief for Stella to be back on her picturesque island, with the comforting company of her cat, Tinker. But lingering danger may have followed them back across the ocean.

After someone breaks into her candle store, the Wick & Flame, Stella starts feeling spooked. And just as things threaten to ignite, Millie suffers a blow to the head. Stella receives an anonymous note claiming that her mother smuggled a secret formula out of France—and threatening her life if it isn’t returned. Now Stella’s picked up the scent of a cold-hearted criminal and an intriguing puzzle, and things are about to get wicked . . .

About Christin Brecher

Christin Brecher was born and raised in NYC, where her family and many childhood friends still reside. As such, she feels she is as much of a small-town girl as any. The idea to write the Nantucket Candle Maker series sprang from her life-long connection to the small island off the coast of Massachusetts. Spending summers there as a child, Christin read from her family’s library of mystery novels, after which she began to imagine stories inspired by the island’s whaling heyday, its notoriously foggy nights, and during long bike rides to the beach. After many years in marketing for the publishing industry, followed by years raising her children, Murder’s No Votive Confidence is Christin’s debut novel. Visit her at
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