Sneaky Interviews Honey Belle, the parrot, from Killers of a Feather: An Urban Tails Pet Shop Mystery by T.C. LoTempio

Killers of a Feather (Urban Tails Pet Shop Mysteries)
by T. C. LoTempio

About Killers of a Feather

Killers of a Feather (Urban Tails Pet Shop Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Setting – Connecticut
Beyond the Page (June 21, 2022)
Print length ‏ : ‎ 299 pages
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09ZLV8ZS2

Shell McMillan and her feline friends must unravel a mystery where everyone’s a suspect and no one’s to blame . . .

With the grand re-opening of her Urban Tails Pet Shop just days away, Shell McMillan has her hands full planning entertainment for the festive event, including a fortune-telling parrot. But her jubilant mood is soon threatened by ominous rumors of the return of Johnny Draco, a former investment guru who swindled money from most of the residents of Fox Hollow and then vanished without a trace. And when the parrot predicts a dire future for Draco and his dead body is found just hours later, no one can say they’re surprised—but no one will say who did it.

With virtually everyone in town a suspect, the police turn their focus on a good friend of Shell’s who was seen arguing with the victim shortly before his death. Determined to clear her friend’s name, Shell begins investigating Draco’s past, his former employer, and everyone who lost money to him. And when the trail of clues suggests there may have been a completely different motive for the murder, Shell suddenly realizes she’s uncovered a secret someone would kill to keep hidden—and that if she’s not careful, the parrot may be predicting she has no future at all . . .


Meow there. What is your name and your author’s name?

Honey Belle, and my author’s name is T. C. Lotempio

It’s a pleasure to meet you, but don’t get too close. You’re a bird and I’m a cat.

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

Ah, only this one, Killers of a Feather, a cozy mystery.

Concats on your new release.

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

This is a series, entitled the Urban Tails Pet Shop Mysteries. It chronicles the adventures of Shell McMillan, a former Hollywood actress who gives up LA for Fox Hollow, Connecticut, to run her late aunt’s pet shop.I am featured in book two in the series, Killers of a Feather, as a fortune-telling parrot that Shell has hired for the grand reopening of the pet shop. When I predict a dire end for one of the residents and his body is found a few hours later, well . . . you can take it from there!

That sounds pawsome. My author has a new cozy series, too, The Buttercup Bend Mysteries. There’s a Siamese in it also but not me.  There’s also other pets because the main lady owns a pet rescue. In my series, The second book my author is working on will feature a bunch of parrots but none tell the future.

In my Cobble Cove Mysteries, my latest book, Sneaky’s Supernatural Mystery, and Other Cobble Cove Stories, features a psychic who comes to the library in the title story.

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

My character is actually based on two birds. One was my author’s first pet, a parakeet named Happy. Happy was not just an ordinary parakeet, he had special talents—he could dance to music! My author used to put on Beatles records and Happy would happily dance along in his cage. The second bird was a real live parrot who was in a street fair in New York. The parrot’s owner had a  box of fortunes, and the parrot would pluck one of the fortunes from the box, thus telling the recipient’s fortune! My author was so impressed with that that she imbued this talent into me in this book!

Wow Meow. Debbie should talk to you about parrots for research on her next book. She never owned one, but she’s had plenty of cats.

Can you share an excerpt from your book featuring you in an important scene?

Gary and I made our way out of the bungalow and over to the shed. As we approached the worn-looking structure, I paused.

“Did you hear that?” I asked Gary.

Gary shook his head. “I didn’t hear anything.”

“It’s coming from the shed,” I said. I quickened my pace, and when I got to the door I paused and pressed my ear to the wood. “There it is again,” I cried.

Gary had come up behind me, and now he also pressed his ear to the door. “You’re right,” he said after a minute. “What is that sound?”

My face had morphed into a grim expression. “I hope it isn’t what I think it is.” I pulled on the door. “It’s stuck,” I said.

Gary and I both put our shoulders against the aging wood and pushed. Finally the door groaned inward, and the two of us nearly toppled inside. The sound we’d heard was louder now, accompanied by another sound . . . the flapping of wings.

“That’s definitely a bird,” Gary said. “Maybe one of the parrots got out?”

I didn’t answer, just moved slowly forward. That particular sound, I knew, didn’t belong to just any parrot. It was the honking sound native to eclectus parrots—the same type of breed as Honey Belle.

“Didn’t you say Honey Belle was missing when you were here Saturday?” I called over my shoulder.

“Yep. The other cages were full, but hers and Captain Snaggle’s were empty.”

“Well, it sounds to me like Honey Belle might have come back.”

I’d turned the corner and now could see the rows of bird cages lining one wall. As I drew closer, I felt my heart skip a beat. All the cages were empty. “Gary,” I called. “The birds are gone.”

“They are?” He was next to me in an instant. He peered at the empty cages, scratching at his head. “They were all here Saturday, I swear.”

“Maybe one is still here,” I murmured. “Hear that?”

The sound of flapping wings was a bit louder now. “It sounds like it’s coming from over there.” Gary pointed to the far end of the shed.

Slowly I moved forward, Gary right behind me. When I got to the end of the aisle I peered cautiously around the corner. I sharp gasp escaped my lips as I caught sight of Honey Belle. The bird was sitting on a large stand positioned off to the left of an oak door. Her head was cocked, and she was flapping her wings back and forth.

I moved toward the bird slowly, so as not to frighten her. “Honey Belle,” I whispered. “Girl, what’s wrong?”

The bird let out another mournful honk. “Trouble,” she croaked. “You’re in big trouble, kiddo.” Her head bobbed toward the door, and I noticed it was slightly ajar.

Behind me I heard Gary mutter, “I don’t have a good feeling about this,” and I agreed, but we’d come this far. I, at least, had to see it through. I walked slowly over to the door and gave it a shove. Instead of swinging open, the door creaked open a couple inches and then stopped, as if something were blocking it. Through the small opening I could make out a workbench and some tools, so this was obviously a workroom of some sort. I leaned forward and poked my nose in, trying to peer around the edge of the door. I looked down, then gasped and put my hand to my mouth.

Adrian Arnold was sprawled awkwardly across the floor. His hair was matted with blood, and his hands were covered with what appeared to be bloody defensive wounds. There could be no doubt he was dead.

Great excerpt. Thanks for sharing.

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

Well, I am only in this book but it is a memorable appearance. I possess an important clue to the identity of the killer, since I was on the scene when the murder occurred!

That sounds like a pawsome role.

Are you a talking parrot in your books, or just a silent animal like I am, who just meows occasionally?

I talk in this book—spoiler alert—and my talent for repeating catchphrases helps catch a killer!

I’m sure you do a great job. I talk in some of my stories, but the humans can’t hear me.

What advice would you give other parrot characters?

Always listen to what your author tells you! And avoid giving him/her lethal fortunes!

MOL (mew out loud). I’m sure that’s good advice. Us cats have our own intuition to guide us.

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

You can find TC here:

And on Rocco’s blog:

Thanks so much for the interview, Honey Belle. I’m sharing your author’s blog tour below.

About T.C. LoTempio

T. C. LoTempio is the award-winning, nationally bestselling author of the Nick and Nora Mysteries, the Urban Tails Pet Shop Mysteries, and the Cat Rescue Mysteries. For more information, check out her and her cat Rocco’s blog at and visit her website at

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8 thoughts on “Sneaky Interviews Honey Belle, the parrot, from Killers of a Feather: An Urban Tails Pet Shop Mystery by T.C. LoTempio

  1. Honey Belle and I both thank you for the wonderful interview, Sneaky! and tell your human if she would like to be interviewed by ROCCO to shoot me an email! T.C.


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