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.

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

Free eBook: https://adrianalicio.com/murderclub

Website: https://adrianalicio.com

BookBub: https://bookbub.com/authors/adriana-licio

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/19378391.Adriana_Licio

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/adrianalicio.mystery

Twitter: https://twitter.com/adrianalici

Please leave a message in the comments and we will pick a winner for an eBook of The Watchman of Rothenburg Dies.

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…

> Get a taste of Adriana’s world reading And Then There Were Bones the prequel to her An Italian Village Mystery series, exclusive to the subscribers on her mailing list – https://adrianalicio.com/murderclub

Author Links

Free Prequel: https://adrianalicio.com/murderclub

Website: https://adrianalicio.com

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/adriana-licio

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/program

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/adrianalicio.mystery/inbox/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/adrianalici

Purchase Link – Amazon FREE on Kindle Unlimited

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