Sneaky Interviews Lord Peter Wimsey, the Cat from the the P.I.P, Inc. Cozy Mysteries by Nancy Lynn Jarvis

Oh, boy. I’ve suddenly become quite popular with guests. Today, I’m honored to have another cat to interview. What is your name and your author’s name?

I am Lord Peter Wimsey, aptly named after Dorothy Sayers aristocratic detective, but my friends call me Wimsey. My author is Nancy Lynn Jarvis.

Mice to meet you. Such a cool name. It makes you sound like a regal fellow which I’m sure you are.

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

I’ve been in three books so far, The Glass House, The Funeral Murder, and now in The Corpse’s Secret Life. My favorite book is The Funeral Murder because I was a hero in it, although my author tells me in the next book in her PIP Inc. Mysteries series, I am going to help her solve the murder. I’m excited about that. Her mysteries are cozies, and while I don’t talk in the series, being a crime solver will suit me, I think.

The main character…that is if you go by word count rather than the percentage of body covered by gorgeous orange fur…is Pat Pirard. She was downsized from her job of Santa Cruz County Law Librarian on her thirty-fifth birthday right after she spent all her savings to buy a sunshine yellow Mercedes convertible. I was terrified that I’d have to resort to hunting birds to survive and that my best friend, a dog named Dot, might have to catch gophers, but thankfully Pat is smart. She printed business cards telling everyone she was now Private Investigator Pat and has managed to keep us all fed and housed.

My only complaint is that she seems overly fond of a Sheriff Sargent with big feet who once stepped on me. Dot says it was an accident, but she’s gaga over him because he scratches her ears. He has apologized, and I am warming to him, but I’m not completely won over. 

MOL (Meow Out Loud). My author has stepped on her real cats’ tails, and they certainly let her know they don’t like it. Watch those big feet.

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

I am. My author had a cat with my name. She says writing about me and Dot, based on her Dalmatian Freckles, keeps us alive for her even though our namesakes have crossed the rainbow bridge.

The same with me. Oliver isn’t my namesake, but he was Debbie’s beloved senior cat who passed away four years ago.

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

Wimsey, her normally laid-back cat appeared suddenly, hissing and snarling as he bounded into Pat’s bedroom. He used his accumulated velocity to launch himself and leaped on Anne’s back, landing just above her waist and to the right of her spine. From there, he used the claws on all four of his feet to dig into her and climb her like a tree. When he reached her shoulder, he bit her before continuing his climb to her head. Anne screamed and twisted, startled by the attack and smarting from Wimsey’s sharp claws and teeth.

Pawsome excerpt. Thanks for sharing it. Great action scene.

What advice would you give other cat characters?

If you aren’t being given enough space in the books, roll over, paw the air while looking especially cute, and let your author know you need more to do.

I should try that some time. Debbie gets sidetracked by her other books.

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

The Corpse’s Secret Life is a new release. I’d tell you to pick up a copy, but you really should read the series in order because of the big-footed Sheriff Sargent and because books end with Pat getting her next assignment, so I’d recommend you start with The Glass House. You can get any of my adventures on Amazon.

I’ll keep a cat’s eye out for them.

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

I’m a very private cat, so I’m not, but you can find my author on Facebook and Goodreads under Nancy Lynn Jarvis.


Thanks for the interview, Pete. I’m sharing some information about your author. Best whiskers to you and Nancy on your books.

Bio as of 2021

Nancy Lynn Jarvis left the real estate profession after she started having so much fun writing the Regan McHenry Real Estate Mysteries series that she let her license lapse. But after seven books, she was ready for a new adventure and is currently working on the fourth book in her PIP Inc. series which features not-quite-licensed private investigator, downsized law librarian Pat Pirard. She has also edited crowd pleasers Cozy Food: 128 Cozy Mystery Writers Share Their Favorite Recipes and Santa Cruz Weird.

The last year-and-half have been difficult, not only because of Covid 19, but because Nancy spent eight-and-a-half months out of her damaged home following the CZU Fire. She’s happy to be home again, writing, redecorating, and enjoying being a member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and Santa Cruz Women of Mystery.

Sneaky Interviews Sweet Pea from Paws of Death, A Canine Confections Mystery

Hi, there, Ms. Dog. You look familiar. I believe you’ve been on this blog before, but please introduce yourself and your author.

I’m Sweet Pea and my author is Amy Hueston.

Mice to have you here again, Sweet Pea.

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

Paws for Concern, Book 1. Paws for Alarm, Book 2. Paws of Death, Book 3. All in the Canine Confections series. And I’ve also appeared in the new Canine Confections Puzzle Book.

Yes, that’s where I know you from. I interviewed you for your first book Paws for Alarm.

Please give information about your series.

The Canine Confections series is located in Palm Beach, Florida. My mom Samantha owns a dog bakery. We live in mom’s aunt’s cottage on her Aunt Mary’s estate. Aunt Mary lives in the mansion but I’m okay with that because we go there all the time. Plus, there’s a cat in the mansion now and she’s a little snooty to me. I’m a little afraid of her paws and claws.

Mol (meow out loud). Nice to know you have a cat in your series, but you should be wary of her claws if you upset her.

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

Yes. Her name was Ebony. I am a black 35 pound Labrador Mix. Mixed with what I’m not sure. Maybe a little German Shepherd. I have a long, straight tail and white paws. My ears flap. I’m very cute, or so everyone tells me.

I’m based on my author’s Siamese cat, Oliver, who has since gone to Rainbow Bridge.

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

The scream had come from the direction of the library where Donna and Dick had been heading before the party. A few small dogs who hadn’t yet made their way out to the patio yipped. A couple of mid-size and larger dogs flattened their ears and huddled against their owners’ thighs. Sweet Pea leaned against my calf. I bent down and petted her behind the ears, then whispered into her ear. “It’s okay, little girl.”

Pawsome scene. I love libraries because I’m a library cat in my series. There was a murder in the Cobble Cove library once. It happened in the 3rd book of our series, Written in Stone, and there was also a scream.

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

I get lots of attention, pets, and treats. I also get the king-size bed.

I love sitting in the Bay window of the children’s room and participating in story times. I also like snoozing on the cat tree in Alicia’s office.

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

I don’t in human English. I whine a little if mom is being stingy with the treats just because she doesn’t want me getting too fat and unhealthy.

I only communicate with the other pets in the series. It didn’t start out that way, but now that there is another cat and two dogs, it’s helpful especially when trying to help Alicia and Gilly solve crimes. We all use non-verbal with the human characters.

What advice would you give other dog characters?

Stare up balefully like you haven’t eaten in weeks next time someone has a cookie in their hand.

Good advice. You sound almost as sneaky as a cat.

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

Whew! These 2, Paws of Death and Canine Confections Puzzle Book 1 coming out at the same time, kept us so busy, I think I need a second before I can answer that.

The puzzle book sounds interesting. You are a busy guy and your author, of course.

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

Oh yes! We love talking to new (and old) friends!

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Thanks so much for the interview. I wish you and your author the best of luck with the new release of your series. I’m also sharing the blog tour and giveaway for your book.

Paws of Death (A Canine Confections Mystery)
by Amy Hueston

About Paws of Death

Paws of Death (A Canine Confections Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Setting – Palm Beach, Florida
Happy Press (January 20, 2022)
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 264 pages
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 979-8985603002
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09QW32232

Two murders on the same strip of Worth Avenue in Palm Beach means dog bakery owner Samantha Armstrong and her fellow shopkeepers have reached their quota of bad stuff. Right?

They should be so lucky…

Samantha is thrilled that life in her new hometown has finally settled into a fun, peaceful rhythm. Canine Confections’ business is on the upswing, and her days are filled with jogs on the beach with her pooch Sweet Pea, cozy time with Aunt Mary on her aunt’s estate, and yummy treats at her upscale dog bakery. But things are not peaceful for long when Donna from the local gossip magazine, Pulse on Palm Beach, winds up dead at Samantha’s first foray into catering a millionaire dog’s birthday party.

Once again, Samantha finds herself smack dab in the middle of the investigation. But this time, it’s another reporter from Pulse that’s making her center-stage. With the aid of her precious Sweet Pea, Samantha pads around the splashy Worth Avenue sniffing out clues. Unfortunately, the more she searches, the more suspects she finds. And it doesn’t help that Angelina from Mystic Dreams has hired a psychic who warns that trouble in Palm Beach isn’t about to end anytime soon.

Includes an original recipe from the world-famous Three Dog Bakery!


Like a bad penny that never fails to show no matter how much you wish for a silver dollar, Dick appeared across the street

Two occasions of dipping my toes back into the dating pool after my old boyfriend broke my heart back in Sun Haven, and I was already wanting to go full-on up to my ankles with this guy.

“Snowball, you’re going to have to play nice if you want to live here,” I said, hearing the empty threat in my words and knowing there was zero chance we would ever give the cat away just because we had a learning curve on how to make this work.

Now that I didn’t have to worry as much about my income stream, I could think about other things…sweeter things…like Peanut Butter Clusters and PupCakes

The furry girl and I were whizzing along Ocean Avenue for another day of work in paradise.

“It’s not my fault you’re a magnet for murder.”

Aunt Mary in spandex was one thing. Trumble in spandex was a good reason to wash my eyes out with battery acid.

A few months ago, when I lived in Sun Haven, I didn’t run into a murderer once, far as I know. This town was rife with them

About Amy Hueston

Amy Hueston’s Canine Confections mystery series has an abundance of dogs and pastries, two of her favorite things. When she isn’t writing her latest mystery or suspense, she can often be found either singing professionally or petting the nearest dog.






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Sneaky’s Interview of Earl Grey, the Cat from Fake Death, the First Dotty Sayers Antique Cozy Mystery by Victoria Tait

Meow, there. I’m very excited to welcome another cozy cat to my blog today. Hello, Mr. Cat. What is your name and your author’s name?

I’m Earl Grey, and my author is Victoria Tait.  Victoria chose my name from suggestions her readers sent to her.

Welcome, Earl. I love your name. Reminds me of the tea served at the Cobble Inn.

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

Fake Death is my first book, and it’s a Cozy Mystery.

I was happily lying by the fire in Windrush Hall, lamenting the loss of my old companion, The Duke if Ditchford, when this kind, timid lady squatted down to stroke me.  She was called Dotty and I knew immediately she would make an excellent companion.  But she had her own problems, and it was only when Norman, who preparing my food and cleaned and lit the fire, was arrested that Dotty agreed to take me home.

Concats! Sounds like a great book, and I love cozy mysteries because I’m in one, too. I’m a library cat in the Cobble Cove mysteries.

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

The Dotty Sayers Antique Mystery series and this is book 1, where Dotty and I meet. 

I’ve had more adventures but you’ll have to read the next books, Valued for Murder and Bidding for Revenge, to read about them.

Sounds pawsome.

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

I am based on my author’s nieces’ British Blue cat, Teddy Bear, although he is a lot greedier and lazier than me. (Author note – Really?)

My author is very sad and misses her cats, Izzy and Leah.  They were rescue cats which she and her family had in Kenya and brought all the way back to the UK with them.  But when my author and her family had to move to Southern Europe, during Covid, they couldn’t take the cats with them.

Izzy and Leah are enjoying life on the Island of Arran, Scotland, and although it’s chilly in winter, they have their own chairs by the log burning fire.

Awww. I hope your author can be with her cats again one day. I’m based on my author’s Siamese cat, Oliver, who has since passed to Rainbow Bridge, but I carry on his memory. My author now has three cats who also appear in her other books, My co-cat co-star who joined the series in the 4th book and has appeared in some of the stories is a calico who is based on Debbie’s cat, Hermione.

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

This scene seems funny now, but at the time I was really annoyed with that Welsh Inspector Evans, when he locking me and Norman up in a room in Cirencester Police Station.

“I’ve come to collect Norman’s cat.”

“That’s a shame,” giggled Constable Varma.  “It’s done a far better job of winding up the inspector up than any of the rest of us can do.”  The constable entered a key code on a panel beside a second door and they stepped into a brown vinyl floored corridor.

Dotty heard loud meowing.

“See what I mean,” grinned Constable Varma.

Dotty stopped and laid a hand on her companion’s arm.  She lowered her voice and asked, “Why did you arrest Norman?”

Constable Varma leaned forward and whispered back.  “He has no alibi after he left Aunt Beanie and his poppy brooch was found in the vicinity of the crime scene.  The one with the dead cat on it.”

“Sphinx,” corrected Dotty.

Constable Varma straightened up.  “So you did recognise it.  And where is my photo?”

“Sorry, I didn’t mean to take it.”  Dotty crossed her fingers.  She didn’t like lying.  “But David was in a rush to leave.  And I only recognised Norman’s poppy when we were travelling back to Akemans.”  She squeezed her fingers tighter.  A second lie.

“Well, it doesn’t matter.  Norman identified the brooch as his from the same photograph the inspector had.”

“We know he had a scuffle with Captain Ward.  Aunt Beanie told us.”

“But with a lack of other suspects, the evidence of the brooch and no alibi, the inspector arrested him anyway.  Besides, Norman isn’t shouting his innocence from the rooftops.  Mind you, he can hardly get a word in, not with the noise that cat’s making.”

They heard more haunted meowing.

“I suppose we better rescue the cat.  And Inspector Evans,” concluded Dotty.

Constable Varma knocked on a door at the end of the corridor.

“What?” demanded Inspector Evans.

She pushed open the door and said, “Inspector, Dotty Sayers has come to collect the cat.”

“You?” he accused Dotty.  “Perhaps you should join this interview.  At least you’ll have more to say about it than Mr Climpson.”

A loud meow came from a black rigid bag with a curved top, in the corner of the room.  Next to it was a plastic supermarket shopping bag.

“On second thoughts, just get that cat out of here.  It’s doing my head in, it is.”

Norman was pale, but he looked composed, almost resigned to his fate.  He stared at the table and didn’t greet Dotty.

She leaned down and asked, “Norman, are you OK?  Can I contact anyone for you?”

Norman slowly shook his head.

“What about a lawyer?” pressed Dotty.  In TV programmes the accused was always asked if they wanted a lawyer and if they couldn’t afford one, the police called a duty lawyer who was either inexperienced, or flustered with too many cases to deal with.

“I’ve asked Mr Climpson if he would like a lawyer present,” confirmed the inspector, “but he declined.”

“I think you should get one.”  Dotty was worried.  How would Norman stand up to Inspector Evans’ relentless questioning?  She was certain that since the inspector had a suspect, who’d had the opportunity to kill both Todd Mountebank and Sarah Roberts, he wouldn’t let him go without firm evidence of Norman’s innocence.

Norman slowly shook his head again.

“Mrs Sayers,” demanded the inspector.  “Please collect that cat and leave.”

Dotty squeezed Norman’s arm, picked up the cat basket and plastic bag, and reluctantly followed Constable Varma out of the interview room.

Constable Varma took hold of the supermarket shopping bag and remarked, “At least I should be able to go home soon.”

The cat basket was heavy and Earl Grey continued to meow.  Dotty bent down and looked into his large yellow eyes, partially obscured by the black mesh of the cat basket.  “It’s OK, I’ll look after you,” she murmured.

She heard a metallic crashing noise and looked up.  Constable Varma had dropped the shopping bag, and tins of cat food were rolling across the floor.

“Oh, toda.”

As Dotty helped Constable Varma collect the tins and packets of cat food, she asked, “Why can you go home?”

Constable Varma looked up at her.  “Because Inspector Evans is convinced he’s caught his man.”

Purrfect scene. Thanks for sharing it.

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

Eating, sleeping and receiving attention from my companion Dotty.  I also like playing and messing around with my friend Agatha, a wiry, black Berkshire piglet.  Her companion has this enormous oven they call an Aga, and Agatha and I love to lie next to it absorbing the heat.

Cool, I mean warm – MOL (meow out loud). I love the sunny window in the Cobble Cove library’s children’s room.

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

I don’t talk and I try to keep out of the way.  I only meow if I’m hungry, ignored or in trouble.

That makes sense. It my latest adventures, I communicate with the other pets and vice versa. The humans have no idea how we help solve the crimes and protect them, although I think my lady Alicia is starting to suspect something.

What advice would you give other cat characters?

Keep out of the way and don’t trust anyone.  There are dead bodies everywhere in cozy mysteries and some unsavory characters, particularly the police.  I’ve even been catnapped (read Valued for Murder) although I was fed with homemade French cooking.  The best.

I’ve been in some tough spots myself, locked in a secret room, but cozies are great in that they usually end on a positive note. The food is also fantastic.

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

10th June – Valued for Murder, book 2 in the Dotty Sayers Antique Mystery series

19th August – Bidding for Revenge, book 3 in the Dotty Sayers Antique Mystery series

Hour is Come, the prequel, which I wouldn’t bother with as I’m not in it, and Dotty is looking after her husband’s black Labrador, is available to download for free at my author’s website,

Wonderful! I may have another book coming out soon, too. It’s a collection of my story adventures that haven’t been published in print form yet. There’s also a new story that’s going to be featured in it that takes me into the supernatural realm. I can’t wait. It should be fun.

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

You can find me and my author on

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Thanks so much for the interview, Earl. I’m also featuring your author’s blog tour below. Best whiskers to you both on your new series.

Fake Death (A Dotty Sayers Antique Mystery)
by Victoria Tait

About Fake Death

Fake Death (A Dotty Sayers Antique Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Kanga Press (April 8, 2022)
Number of Pages c. 240
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09TLDS3G1

A dead body. Multiple disguises. Can an amateur sleuth see through the charade – or become a tragic victim?

Young military widow, Dotty Sayers, is delighted with her new job at an auction house in Britain’s picturesque Cotswolds. She agrees to take part in a Remembrance parade to commemorate her husband and his fallen comrades. But drama ensues when an unknown soldier is found dead.

Dotty assists the police and appraises objects found at the victim’s house, but rather than identifying the deceased, she discovers numerous personas. When a suspect is arrested, and Dotty is asked to look after Earl Grey, a British Blue cat, she realizes appearances can be deceiving. Can she track down the real culprit and prevent an innocent man from being imprisoned?

Can Dotty unmask the killer without putting her own life at risk?

Fake Death is the first book in the captivating Dotty Sayers Antique Mystery series. If you like intriguing mysteries, entertaining characters and the glorious British countryside, then you’ll adore Victoria Tait’s enthralling tale.

Buy Fake Death and unmask a killer today!

About Victoria Tait

I was born and raised in Yorkshire, UK, and never expected to travel the world. But I fell for an Army Officer, and I’ve followed him from Northern Ireland, up to the Scottish Highlands, across to Africa and the Kenyan Savannah, back to the British Cotswolds, and we are now living in Sarajevo, in Bosnia and Herzegovina, in Southern Europe.

I never expected to be an author, but all this moving is not ideal for holding down a job. Instead, I’ve taken the experiences of the places I’ve lived to write vivid and evocative cozy mystery books with determined female sleuths.

I have two fast-growing teenage boys, and together we’ve learnt to ski on the Bosnian mountains. I also enjoy horse riding, mountain biking and I’ve started running as a way to improve my physical fitness, mental wellbeing and shed some excess pounds.

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