Sneaky’s Interview with Maggie, the Cat from Murder in the Bayou Boneyard, A Cajun Country Mystery by Ellen Byron

Hello, Ms. Kitty. Please introduce yourself and your author.

My name is Maggie, and my author is Ellen Byron.

It’s pawsome to meet both of you.

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

I first appeared in BODY ON THE BAYOU, the second Cajun Country Mystery, which is a cozy. Since then, I’ve kind of made an appearance in the rest of them. I was found as a kitten with my mom and brothers and sisters. I was adopted by the son of Maggie’s boyfriend, who named me after her. Sometimes I’m not named in a book, but if Xander is there, I’m somewhere there with him! The other books are A CAJUN CHRISTMAS KILLING, MARDI GRAS MURDER, and FATAL CAJUN FESTIVAL.Very mice.

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

Here’s the last page from BODY ON THE BAYOU, where I get my name:

Very Mice.

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

I pretty much just keep my human, Xander, company, which suits me just fine!

Sounds like a fulfilling job.

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

The latter.

Meow, too.

What advice would you give other cat characters?

Enjoy the ride! It’s fun being in a book.

That’s so true.

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

My author has a new book coming out – MURDER IN THE BAYOU BONEYARD, that released 9/8. It revolves around Halloween and is so much fun. I think Halloween is kind of scary, so I lay low in that book.

Halloween cozies are lots of fun. My author wrote one, too, our 5th Cobble Cove cozy, No Gravestone Unturned. We’re hoping it comes out before Halloween. I even witness the murder in this one.

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Thanks so much for the interview, Maggie. Best whiskers to you and your author on your new release. I’m sharing the blog tour and giveaway below.

Murder in the Bayou Boneyard: A Cajun Country Mystery
by Ellen Byron

About Murder in the Bayou Boneyard

Murder in the Bayou Boneyard: A Cajun Country Mystery
Cozy Mystery
6th in Series
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books (September 8, 2020)
Hardcover: 304 pages
ISBN-10: 1643854607
ISBN-13: 978-1643854601
Digital ASIN: B082H3BT6F

Maggie Crozat has the Halloween heebie-jeebies in USA Today bestselling and Agatha Award-winning author Ellen Byron’s howlingly funny sixth Cajun Country mystery.

Maggie Crozat, proprietor of a historic Cajun Country B&B, prefers to let the good times roll. But hard times rock her hostelry when a new cell phone app makes it easy for locals to rent their spare rooms to tourists. With October–and Halloween–approaching, she conjures up a witch-crafty marketing scheme to draw visitors to Pelican, Louisiana.

Five local plantation B&Bs host “Pelican’s Spooky Past” packages, featuring regional crafts, unique menus, and a pet costume parade. Topping it off, the derelict Dupois cemetery is the suitably sepulchral setting for the spine-chilling play Resurrection of a Spirit. But all the witchcraft has inevitably conjured something: her B&B guests are being terrified out of town by sightings of the legendary rougarou, a cross between a werewolf and vampire.

When, in the Dupois cemetery, someone costumed as a rougarou stumbles onstage during the play–and promptly gives up the ghost, the rougarou mask having been poisoned with strychnine, Maggie is on the case. But as more murders stack up, Maggie fears that Pelican’s spooky past has nothing on its bloodcurdling present.

About Ellen Byron

Maria DiRico

Ellen’s Cajun Country Mysteries have won the Agatha award for Best Contemporary Novel and multiple Lefty awards for Best Humorous Mystery. Her Catering Hall Mystery series, written as Maria DiRico, launched with Here Comes the Body and was inspired by her real life. She’s an award-winning playwright and non-award-winning TV writer of comedies like WINGS, JUST SHOOT ME, and FAIRLY ODD PARENTS, but she considers her most impressive credit working as a cater-waiter for Martha Stewart. A native New Yorker who attended New Orleans’ Tulane University, she lives in Los Angeles with her husband, daughter, and rescue furbaby. Sign up for her newsletter at

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Interview of Napoleon, the Basset Hound from The Watchman of Rothenburg Dies, a Homeswapper Mystery by Adriana Licio

Hello, Mr. Dog. Welcome to Sneaky the Library Cat’s Blog. May I ask your name and your author’s name,  please?

I’m Napoleon, or simply Leon, a Basset Hound with an attitude. My author slave is Adriana Licio.

It’s pawsome to meet you, Leon .

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

I am the star of The Homeswappers Mysteries, a cosy mystery series set across various small towns in Europe as my two bipeds visit the countries one corpse… I beg your pardon, one home swap at a time. Mind you, I don’t feature in the prequel, as that is set in Castelmezzano, a small village in Southern Italy where my bipeds live, when their life was still empty and lonely. At the time, the poor things hadn’t met me. Then they organised their first ever homeswap to Rothenburg ob der Tauber in Germany, our paths crossed and it was love at first sight. Well at least, it was for one of them. The other? Let’s just say the other is more of a troublemaker.

Sounds very interesting.

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

Adriana is owned by Frodo, a Golden Retriever, but he’s sweet and nice to the point of boredom (don’t tell Adriana as she can get quite touchy about her dog). For a starring role in a book, you need a dog with a strong magnetic personality…

As a cat I wouldn’t know about that, but Fido, my dog co-star in the Cobble Cove cozy mystery series, might not agree. Debbie doesn’t have dogs, so Fido isn’t based on any of her pets.

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

This excerpt is where I meet my human Dora for the first time (and Etta too!):

More convulsions came from beneath the cloak, then finally a nose emerged. Then a whole head with long ears, and finally, inch by inch, the body of a dog made its way through.

“A Basset Hound!” cried one of the tourists.

“Napoleon, what are you doing here?” the Night Watchman exclaimed. Then he turned to the tourists. “This naughty beastie never does as he is told.”

Napoleon barked in protest at being called a naughty beastie.

“We’d run too late if I were to take him back home. Anybody wish to take care of him as we go exploring?”

Dora immediately raised her hand, as did a man in the crowd.

“You make your choice, Leon,” the Night Watchman said.

The Basset Hound without hesitation moved towards Dora.

“Sorry, my man, but he prefers women.” The Night Watchman grinned and made a slight bow at Dora. “And you can take him home with you, too. I have had enough of him stealing my sausages and chewing my socks.”

“This cute doggy? I’d never believe that,” Dora said as Napoleon sat in front of her, his head tilted and the most endearingly frantic expression in his round brown eyes.

Etta sent Dora a dirty look. She didn’t like pets at all, not even outside. Cuddly toys were fine, but not real animals, the smelly, dirty things, raising their legs and peeing everywhere, shedding hair as if there were no tomorrow. That was something she would never put up with.

Great excerpt. Here’s a dog bone for your, Leon. Thank you for sharing it.

Thanks so much for the bone, Sneaky.

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

We’re lucky that Adriana thought to include me, as the two women, Etta and Dora, have a dangerous habit of ending up in trouble quite often, so they need someone strong and brave to look after them. And as they also have a tendency to stumble upon corpses wherever they go, they need a partner-in-sleuthing with a good hunch and a rational mind.

That makes good sense.

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

I’m not a talking dog – in the human sense, at least. But I can assure you that I make myself understood!\

I don’t doubt that.

What advice would you give other dog characters?

Be patient with your humans. Although they might drive you mad sometimes, don’t yell at them; use positive reinforcement techniques. I’ve tried clicker training with my humans, but then they tend to line up like little soldiers. Just let them know you’re happy with what they’ve done, cuddle them, smile at them. It takes a bit longer, but you will get better educated humans.

Interesting advice. We cats just ignore them. They get the picture.

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

Oh yes, we’re just launching this new series The Homeswappers Mysteries. The prequel, Castelmezzano: The Witch is Dead, is out at a special price of $0.99. The first book in series, The Watchman of Rothenburg Dies (when I initially meet my two human slaves), launched on 1 September.

On 15 October, we leave quaint Rothenburg to go to Bad Doberan in the region of 1,000 lakes in Germany for A Wedding and a Funeral in Mecklenburg. Our latest homeswap partners have a family wedding coming up (their son) and Etta and Dora are raving about it. I’m more interested in meeting Milla, a pretty German Wirehaired Pointer…

But there’s more! Those who are well informed might tell you that on 1 December, we land on a small Danish island complete with a delicious Christmas market, baked delicacies and mulled wine in An Aero Island Christmas Mystery. I can smell something tricky happening along the way… but hopefully I’m wrong!

Wow Meow or should I say, Bow Wow? That’s quite a schedule.

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How generous of you, Leon. Thank you for the interview and best tail wags to you and your author on your new release. I’m sharing it below.

The Watchman of Rothenburg Dies: A German Cozy Mystery
(The Homeswappers) by Adriana Licio

About The Watchman of Rothenburg Dies

The Watchman of Rothenburg Dies: A German Cozy Mystery (The Homeswappers)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Publisher: The Hometravellers Press (September 1, 2020)
~180 pAGES
Digital ASIN: B08DD8C46D

A holiday is a time to relax, unwind and see the sights. But for two adventurous sexagenarians, the sights have a tendency to include dead bodies.

Etta and Dora, both newly retired teachers, travel from their home in Southern Italy to a fairy-tale German town for their first home swap holiday, delighted by their neighbours’ warm welcome. But the welcome turns sour when the Night Watchman of Rothenburg is brutally murdered while his tour group takes photographs nearby, a halberd buried in his chest and a peculiar iron mask by his side.

When the murderer claims a second victim and the son of their hospitable neighbours becomes the number-one suspect, Etta’s analytical mind goes to work. Why was a shame mask left at the scene of each murder? Is there a clandestine trade going on behind the scenes of apparently upstanding local businesses? And why does every lead take her back to the sinister Devil’s Ale pub and the terrifying gang who lurk within?

Meanwhile, Dora has a puzzle of her own – how can she persuade Etta that a loveably disobedient Basset Hound called Napoleon is now a permanent part of their lives?

◆◆◆ Pack your bags, jump into the backseat of Etta and Dora’s old Fiat 500, and join them on their travels around Europe. There’ll be mystery, murder and mayhem aplenty wherever they go. ◆◆◆

About Adriana Licio

She loves loads of things: traveling, reading, walking, good food, small villages, and home swapping. She runs her family perfumery, and between a dark patchouli and a musky rose, she reads and writes cozy mysteries.

She resisted writing as long as she could. But one day she found an alluring blank page and the words flowed in that weird English she’d learned in Glasgow…

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Sneaky Interviews Saber the Cat from Meowing for Murder, the first Clever Cat Detective Cozy Mystery by Sandra Baublitz

Hello, Mr. Cat. Please introduce yourself and your author.

My name is Saber. My author’s name is Sandra Baublitz.

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

I have appeared in the Dog Detective series of cozy mysteries, in Books 2 and 3. Book 2 is Bassets and Blackmail. Book 3 is Canines and Crime. Now, I have my series. The first book is Meowing for Murder.

That’s pawsome. It’s great to have your own series. I’m the main star of the Cobble Cove cozy mystery series, and Debbie has beefed up my role in the recent books. I even helped her win an award from the Cat Writers’ Association for my eBook, Sneaky’s Christmas Mystery. Notice that I’m in the title. In the upcoming 5th book of the series, I actually witness a murder, but I don’t want to give away any other spoilers just yet.

Tell me about your series, Saber.

I am in two. I’m in A Dog Detective Series, and now, I am in and am the star of A Clever Cat Detective Series. Hint: I’m the clever cat.

You’re the clever cat, and I’m the sneaky cat – mol (meow out loud).

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

Yes, I am based on a real cat. My author’s cat. Miss Kitty. She is black too. My author found her. Miss Kitty showed up at her house, and she was starving. She was so skinny, her ribs showed. My author nursed her back to health. And now she is a fine and healthy queen of the household. And my author is her servant. It is Miss Kitty who convinced my author that she needed to have a black cat in the Dog Detective series. Miss Kitty said the dogs shouldn’t have all the fun.

Your author’s cat is very smart. I’m also based on a real cat. He was Debbie’s Siamese, Oliver, but he’s gone to Rainbow Bridge. She has three other cats now, one of them is a black cat named Harry. There’ll be a black cat guest in the 5th Cobble Cove mystery coming out soon, but he won’t be named Harry.

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

Yes, I can.

Excerpt from Canines and Crime:

Paw straightened up, swiveled his head, and ran through the gloomy corridor backstage.

Bruce and I ran after him with Alma and Jill bringing up the rear. When we got there, Paw’s head was wedged behind a tall wooden cabinet, the wardrobe, his tail waving languidly. Meowing, along with a small child’s voice, came from behind the wardrobe.

Paw wedged his head against the tall wardrobe and peeked an eye through the gap between the back of the wardrobe and the wall.



A child’s giggle sounded from behind the wardrobe. Paw raised his right front leg and thrust it forward in the gap as he woofed encouragement to the child.

“Meow. Meow.”

I heard a rustling behind the wardrobe. A child’s voice said, “Hey! Come back here, Kitty!”


Paw jumped back, pulling his leg out of the gap and sat on his haunches just before Saber poked his head out from behind the wardrobe. The cat slinked out, twitched his tail then turned and poked his head back in the gap. “Meow!”

More rustling sounded from behind the wardrobe. “All right,” the young boy’s voice grumbled. “I’m coming.”

I held my breath as I waited to see the child emerge. Slowly, tousled brown curls peeked from behind the wardrobe and the young boy lifted his head and scowled at those of us standing in the hallway. Saber pulled his head from the gap and sat down while Paw leaned forward and slurped the boy’s face.

He giggled, reached up with a small hand, and wiped his face, saying, “That tickles.”

Harry poked my arm and jerked his head toward the little boy, indicating I should take the lead. I slowly knelt by Paw and placed my hand on his back. “Hi there. This is my dog, Paw. He’d like you to come out and play with him.”


“My name is Clarissa. What’s yours?”

The boy stared solemnly at me. “Taylor.” He edged closer to Paw and put a tentative hand on Paw’s broad chest. “He sure is a big dog.”

“He’s a St. Bernard. They get big although Paw is large for his breed.”

Paw sniffed at the boy’s curls and nuzzled him, eliciting more giggles from the child.

The boy crawled out from behind the wardrobe and I got a good look at him. The child was small which explained how he could fit behind the wardrobe. I glanced over my shoulder at the others to see Jon Kenyon’s irritated scowl dissolve into a look of concern and Jill cover her mouth with her hand in a gesture of dismay.

I turned back to Taylor. “Where’s your family? Your parents?”

The boy shrugged. “They’re dead.”

Behind me, Jill gasped.

Taylor looked up at the others and began to edge back toward the wardrobe.

Before I could do anything, Paw lay down on his side and rolled on his back, woofing for attention.

It worked.

The boy shifted his attention back to Paw and reached out to rub his belly. Saber, not wanting to relinquish the boy’s attention, hurried over to rub against his side. While the cat and dog held his attention, I stood up and moved over to speak to Bruce and Harry.

Here’s a Teaser from Meowing for Murder, too:

Although they had only arrived yesterday, Lillian was going to try the harness this morning because she wanted to canvass the neighborhood in her investigations. No sense in keeping Saber cooped up if he was willing to tolerate walking on the leash.

The cat lay stretched out in the middle of her bed, snoozing contentedly.

Lillian approached him cautiously and caressed his back. As she gently eased on the harness, Saber wiggled and grumbled, but fortunately, he didn’t bite or claw at her.

She securely latched the harness, stood up, and stepped back.

Saber glared at her, jumped off the bed, and turned in circles, shrugging and bucking to free himself of the harness. He raced out the bedroom door.

From the living room, Miriam screamed. “What’s wrong with your cat?”

Lillian ran down the hall and stopped suddenly.

Saber just missed her legs as he flew around the room in a frenzy. Fortunately, the cat didn’t knock anything over. He raced in circles for several minutes then flopped down on his side.

“What did you do to him?” Miriam asked.

“I put on his harness.”

“Harness? Do cats wear those? Lillian, you can’t honestly think you’re going to take that cat for a walk, do you?”

Lillian ignored her sister and approached Saber. “Hey, sweetie. Don’t you want to go for a walk outside?”

Saber lay on the floor, grumbling under his breath. When Lillian bent to touch him, the cat jumped up and ran to the door, turning his back to her.

Miriam laughed.

Lillian stood up, placing her hands on her hips. Over her shoulder, she said to her sister, “You’re not helping.”

To Saber, she said, “I’m going for a walk around the neighborhood to see if I can find out any information about what happened last night. If you want to go with me and get outside, you’re going to have to wear that harness and leash. If not, you can stay here with Miriam.”

Lillian turned around and returned to her bedroom, where she pulled the leash from her luggage. When she returned to the living room, Saber still sat by the door, but he faced her. He stood up as she approached, so she bent down and attached the leash. When she opened the door, the cat willingly walked out without complaint.

Lillian threw a smirk over her shoulder to her sister, who sat with mouth agape.

She stepped out onto the porch and closed the door with a click. Breathing a silent sigh of relief that Saber cooperated, she and the cat moved down the steps and along the front walk. Lillian stopped and allowed Saber time to sniff the sidewalk and gaze around. She turned to the right, but Saber pulled on the leash to cross the street. Deciding to allow the cat his way, Lillian followed him across the street.

Purrfect excerpt. Thanks for sharing.

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

I like finding clues in my author’s books. I also like keeping everyone on their toes when I hiss at them, or occasionally claw. And of course, it’s important to keep my fellow detective, Lillian, safe. Humans don’t always use the best judgment. It’s up to a cat to keep them from walking into trouble.

That’s the truth. I try to protect Alicia. In my forthcoming book, but there’s a good reason I can’t, but, again, I will save the spoilers for when the book is released.

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

I meow. Also, I hiss or growl a warning.

That used to be my modus operandi until Debbie started allowing her readers to see my thoughts. I think this makes for a fuller feline experience, just my humble cat opinion.

What advice would you give other cat characters?

Well, I have rules for detecting. And my first rule is: Don’t get distracted by a mouse when you’re on a case. I think that’s important to remind other feline characters. Otherwise, just be your normal awesome catness.

Great advice. It’s very easy for us cats to become distracted, as you know, and it can have disastrous consequences..

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

Yes. Meowing for Murder. The first book in my Clever Cat Detective Series is releasing September 15. Lillian and I go to visit her sister, Miriam, and find a dead body in her sister’s living room. Now, it’s up to us to find out why the woman broke in and who killed her.

That sounds like it will be a bestseller.

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

Yes, we are on social media. Here are the links:

Thanks so much for joining me, Saber. Best whiskers to you and your author on your new release and new series. I’m sharing her bio below and some other details she asked me to include about both your series.

Author’s Bio:

SANDRA Baublitz is a lover of all animals. She has always loved dogs and cats.

A Dog Detective series originally began as a contest entry. Paw’s creation was influenced by the Beethoven movies and the author’s desire to own a Saint Bernard.

The author never got the opportunity to own a St. Bernard and her current cats will not allow a new addition.

Lillian and Saber crashed the party in Book 2 of the series. Saber demanded his own series and the Clever Cat was born.

Ms. Baublitz hopes her readers enjoy reading about them as much as she enjoys writing about them.

Sneaky’s Feature Friday Film: Bird Watching: A Cat’s Favorite Hobby

For a change, instead of featuring cat videos for cat lovers on my Feature Friday Film column, I’m featuring videos that cats love. When you view this, bring your kitties over to the computer or phone and let me know their reactions.

This is a long one, great for when people work and want to keep their kitties occupied.