Sneaky Interviews Marshmallow, the Cat from Mimi Lee Reads Between the Lines, A Sassy Cat Mystery by Jennifer J. Chow

Today, I’m honored to have another cat guest with me, Marshmallow from Mimi Lee Reads Between the Lines, A Sassy Cat Mystery, by Jennifer J. Chow.

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

I’m in Mimi Lee Gets A Clue and Mimi Lee Reads Between the Lines. Both are cozy mysteries.

Wow, Meow. I’m in a cozy mystery series, too, the Cobble Cove mysteries. Tell me about yours.

I’m in the Sassy Cat Mystery Series, where I solve cases, along with my human sidekick, Mimi.

Pawsome! My human sidekick is Alicia, the director of the Cobble Cove Library. I help her solve mysteries and murders, but she doesn’t realize I’m doing it.

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

No, I’m much more inspired by Garfield, but my immense fluff came by my author’s real-life kitty observations.

I see. Well, I’m Siamese and loosely based on Oliver, my author Debbie’s kitty who went to Rainbow Bridge a few years ago.

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

This is from Chapter 10 of Mimi Lee Reads Between the Lines:\

Chapter 10

Marshmallow and the poodle exchanged a few words—well, barks or whatever. Nimbus crept over to the poodle, but the docile dog didn’t seem to mind her intense scrutiny.

Then Nimbus came over to me and did figure-eight turns around my legs.

“I’ll take that as a compliment,” I said to her.

The owner returned, but he’d thrown on a trench coat over his clothes and carried an umbrella. I noticed Nimbus dash and hide under the front desk. I wrinkled my nose at the sight.

Still, I focused on the customer and asked, “Is it raining?”

“Drizzling, and I don’t want my baby to get wet.” He took off his coat. “In fact, I might wrap him in this.”

Nimbus crept back out from under the desk and studied the pet owner as he paid for the grooming. The man left me a generous tip.

After the owner left, I turned to Marshmallow. “Nimbus acted oddly. What was with the hiding?”

Marshmallow turned to the kitten and questioned her using some staccato meows.

As the conversation continued, Nimbus seemed to shrink into herself and grow smaller.

Finally, Marshmallow translated for me. “She’s got a bad association with large coats.”

“How so?” I asked.

“Seems like she saw a dark figure draped in a huge coat very recently.”

“When and where was this?”

“Outside Roosevelt Elementary.” Marshmallow’s blue eyes looked deep into mine. “And get this. Nimbus saw this eerie man the day Helen Reed died.”

What a purr-fect excerpt. Thanks for sharing it.

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

Showing how savvy cats are at sleuthing—we’re the purr-fect detectives.

You got that right, Marsh.

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

Oh, I talk all right . . . and read. Too bad I can only speak directly into my human’s mind.

I only speak to my pet character co-stars and Debbie’s readers who can read my thoughts, but that only happened after our 4th book. Before that, I communicated with everyone using body language, which I still do with the human characters, and most of them are not too adept at reading that form of communication.

What advice would you give other cat characters?

Let your owners know who’s really boss in the book.

We felines know that cats are bosses inside and outside of books.

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

My next one is out on November 10th: Mimi Lee Reads Between the Lines. The one after that, Mimi Lee Cracks the Code, comes out in 2021.

Concatulations! The 5th book of our series, No Gravestone Unturned, came out in October and just finished a blog tour with the same nice lady, Lori, who is running yours.

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

My author is on social media. (I’d much rather use that time to take a nap.) You can find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram:

https://www.facebook.com/JenJChow

https://twitter.com/JenJChow

https://www.instagram.com/jenjchow/

I’m not on social media either, but I have my own blog as you can see. I’m sharing your blog tour and giveaway below. Best whiskers to you and your author on your new release.Mimi Lee Reads Between the Lines (A Sassy Cat Mystery)

About Mimi Lee Reads Between the Lines

Mimi Lee Reads Between the Lines (A Sassy Cat Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Publisher: Berkley (November 10, 2020)
Paperback: 320 pages
ISBN-10: 1984805010
ISBN-13: 978-1984805010
Digital ASIN: B084V8MB5M

When a local teacher is found dead, LA’s newest pet groomer Mimi Lee finds herself in a pawful predicament—with her younger sister’s livelihood on the line.

Mimi Lee is on top of the world. She has a thriving pet grooming business, the sweetest boyfriend, and a talking cat to boot. When she arrives at the elementary school where her sister Alice works, she’s expecting a fun girls’ night out—but instead finds a teacher slumped over in her car, dead.

Alice was the last one to see Helen Reed, which instantly marks her as the prime suspect. Unable to sit quietly and let the authorities walk all over her sister, Mimi starts snooping and talks to Helen’s closest contacts, including one jumpy principal, a two-faced fiancé, and three sketchy teachers. With the help of her sassy but savvy cat, Marshmallow, and a cute kitten named Nimbus, the clock’s ticking for Mimi to get to the bottom of yet another case before her sister gets schooled.

About Jennifer J. Chow

Jennifer J. Chow is the author of the hiss-terical Sassy Cat Mysteries, the Winston Wong cozies, Dragonfly Dreams, and The 228 Legacy. She lives in Los Angeles, where she hunts for all things matcha. Connect with her online and sign up for her newsletter at www.jenniferjchow.com. You can also find her on social media under @jenjchow.

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Sneaky interviews Coal, the Dog, from Fair Trade, A Barks and Beans Cozy Mystery by Heather Day Gilbert

Hello, there, Mr. Dog. Welcome to my blog. May I ask your name and your author’s name?

My name is Coal and I’m a Great Dane. My author is Heather Day Gilbert.

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

I’m in the Barks & Beans Cafe mystery series—Book 1 is No Filter, Book 2 is Iced Over, Book 3 is Fair Trade, and Book 4 (up for preorder) is Spilled Milk.

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

Yes, the Barks & Beans Cafe cozy mystery series is unique in that it features a cafe where customers can enjoy coffee and relax while petting shelter dogs. My owner, Macy, and her brother Bo run the place…and they’ve made a lot of good human/dog matches over the past year they’ve been open. I’m actually a rescued dog myself. 😉

Very nice.

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

I’m loosely based on one of my owner’s favorite dogs, her (sadly deceased) Shiloh shepherd, Liesel. Shilohs are a large breed, though not quite as big as Great Danes.

Aww. I’m loosely based on Debbie’s Siamese cat Oliver, who passed away three years ago this month.

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

Here’s a scene from me at Thanksgiving dinner in Iced Over. I hope it’s evident that, despite my size, I’m quite a well-mannered canine.

“My black Great Dane, Coal, shot me a polite and somewhat apologetic look from his pillow in the living room. The moment I’d started bustling around the table, he’d sat back on his haunches and made a rather Herculean effort to ignore me. His casual act didn’t fool me. We both knew that if I took the time to set the table, food would show up soon—most likely arriving with Bo, who was the cook in the family.

I’d surprised myself, though, by giving into a wild urge to replicate Auntie A’s mashed potatoes for the Thanksgiving meal. After several failed attempts, I’d finally gotten my potatoes mashed to perfection, blended with just enough milk, salt and pepper, and butter. I had a bowl of potatoes sitting in the microwave, waiting for the guests to arrive, at which point I’d heat them and drown them in even more butter.

To expand upon my mashed potato offering this Thanksgiving, I’d made yeast rolls and warmed a couple of cans of Auntie A’s canned applesauce. The rolls were turning a lovely golden brown, and the house smelled of apples, cinnamon, and bread—a heady combination that seemed just right.

Thankfully, Bo was handling the turkey, as well as the stuffing and gravy. Our pet shelter owner friend, Summer Adkins, was bringing a tossed salad and a couple of pies for dessert. Bo and I had agreed that we needed to invite a third party, simply because we’d celebrated the holiday for so many years with the two of us and Auntie A. We were used to cooking for three.

Something thudded against my back door.

“Let me in!” Bo’s hands were likely too full to ring the doorbell, which was just as well since it tended to send Coal into a frenzy.

“Coming!” I shot a look at Coal, who continued to feign indifference by focusing on a ladybug crawling on the wall. I couldn’t help but chuckle. “Stay,” I commanded, although he was well-trained enough that he didn’t even need me to say it. He already knew it was Bo, and that no matter how big and intimidating my brother looked, he was not to bark at him.

Coal instinctively got a fact some people failed to pick up on—you cross my brother, you cross me. And my loyal dog would rather roll over and die than to cross me. “

-copyright Heather Day Gilbert 2020

Pawsome excerpt. There are Thanksgiving scenes in my author’s first book, A Stone’s Throw and our latest mystery, No Gravestone Unturned. I’m in both books, but I don’t play a role in those scenes.

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

I’m a support to my owner, Macy. She was divorced last year and she lost her great aunt who had raised her, as well. So she really needed me around.

It’s always good to support your main character. I support Alicia when she comes into danger by investigating murders in Cobble Cove.

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

I’m a silent dog (except when I yowl to ‘talk’)—this series contains no magical elements.

I used to be silent except for emitting normal cat sounds and still am to my characters co-stars, but readers can now read my thoughts since the 4th book of the series. I think it adds to the fun.

What advice would you give other dog characters?

Just be yourself! Also, protect your human.

Great advice.

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

The fourth book in the Barks & Beans Cafe series, Spilled Milk, is already up for preorder on Amazon here: https://www.amazon.com/Spilled-Milk-Barks-Beans-Mystery-ebook/dp/B08JS228FZ. Everyone says I look adorable on this cover, so check it out!

You look terrific. I’ve only been on one cover in my series, Written in Stone, but there have been other cats on Love on the Rocks (Kittykai who joined the series in that book) and No Gravestone Unturned (Salem the black cat who was a guest in our latest mystery).

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

You can find Heather on Pinterest (heatherdgilbert), Instagram (@heatherdaygilbert), Twitter (@heatherdgilbert), and Facebook (heatherdaygilbert). You can find all her books at heatherdaygilbert.com.

I’m sure our readers will check those out. Thanks for the doggone good interview, Coal, and best tail wags to you and your author on your new release and upcoming books in the series. I’m sharing your blog tour and giveaway below.


Fair Trade (Barks & Beans Cafe Cozy Mystery)
by Heather Day Gilbert

About Fair Trade


Fair Trade (Barks & Beans Cafe Cozy Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Publisher: WoodHaven Press (October 27, 2020)
Number of Pages: ~215
ASIN: B08C69SN7L

Welcome to the Barks & Beans Cafe, a quaint place where folks pet shelter dogs while enjoying a cup of java…and where murder sometimes pays a visit.

With the one-year anniversary of the now-successful Barks & Beans Cafe approaching, siblings Macy and Bo Hatfield set up an iced coffee booth at the state fair. Taking a break from brewing, Macy bumps into Carolina, a long-lost childhood friend who’s now sitting pretty as a country superstar. Macy tries not to fangirl too hard when her old friend extends an invitation to meet the rest of the Carolina Crush band before their opening show.

But when Carolina falls victim to not one, but two near-death experiences, Macy takes it upon herself to find out who has it in for her old friend. Fortified with plenty of roasted corn, cinnamon rolls, and her brother’s signature iced maple latte, Macy takes to the Ferris wheel to get the lay of the land from the air. She discovers too late that this year’s fair isn’t all fun and games…but she’s already locked in for the ride.

Join siblings Macy and Bo Hatfield as they sniff out crimes in their hometown…with plenty of dogs along for the ride! The Barks & Beans Cafe cozy mystery series features a small town, an amateur sleuth, and no swearing or graphic scenes.

The Barks & Beans Cafe cozy mystery series in order:
Book 1: No Filter
Book 2: Iced Over
Book 3: Fair Trade

About Heather Day Gilbert

HEATHER DAY GILBERT, an ECPA Christy award finalist and Grace award winner, enjoys writing contemporary mysteries set in her home state of West Virginia. Her novels feature small towns, family relationships, and women who aren’t afraid to protect what they love.

You can find all her books at heatherdaygilbert.com.

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