Sneaky the cat Interviews Duke, the Dog from Carmel Conundrum by Stacy Wilder

Hello, Mr. Big Dog. What is your name and your author’s name?

My name is Duke. I’m a Labrador retriever and Private Investigator Liz Adams’ sidekick. I have the unique ability of being able to detect when people are lying. My author’s name is Stacy Wilder.

Amazing. Please tell us about the books in which you’ve appeared.

So far, I’ve appeared in the cozy mysteries, Charleston Conundrum and Carmel Conundrum. Warning, I get in a lot of trouble in Carmel Conundrum.

Trouble is always good in mysteries.

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

I’m part of the Liz Adams Mystery Series. The books travel to tourist destinations where Liz and I solve the latest case.

I’m jealous. The farthest I travel from the Cobble Cove Library is Alicia and John’s house when the library is closed.

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

I’m loosely based on the author’s Labrador, Eve. Although she can’t detect when people are lying, she’s a communicator. I’ve been told that she howls the words “I love you” for her breakfast in the morning.

MOL (Meow Out Loud). What a crazy dog.

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

Liz can be stubborn. Here’s a scene where I help Liz and her love interest Brad get together:

Brad had given me a rather chaste kiss goodnight. The hamster wheel in my head whirled around the state of our relationship and what direction it was headed. Duke hopped off the bed and whined at the door. “Really, boy? I just took you out.” He answered with another whine. “OK. I’m coming.” As soon as I opened the door, he headed in the opposite direction, straight down the hall to Brad’s room. He sat in front of his door and barked.

“Duke. No. Hush.” I grabbed his collar and attempted to tug him back down the hall.

Brad opened the door. “What’s up?” He wore pajama bottoms and no top. I couldn’t help but stare at the well-defined muscles in his chest.

“Sorry. I don’t know what his problem is. I thought he needed to go out.” Maneuvering out of his collar, Duke jumped onto Brad’s bed. “Looks like he wants to hang with me.” He grinned.

“Traitor.” I strode toward the bed and slipped his collar back over his neck.

Brad wrapped his arms around me. “Join us? I promise to behave.” He tenderly tucked a stray hair behind my ear. “Please, you scared me today.”

Pawsome excerpt. Thanks for sharing it.

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

I love letting Liz know when people are lying. Oh, and yes, treats. Lots and lots of treats.

Treats are always important to cozy mystery pet characters.

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

I communicate in dog speak. I yip when someone is lying. I whine when something is up. And of course I howl the words “I love you.”

We cats have much more discreet ways of getting our messages across. Besides the normal feline language of hisses, purrs, meows, etc., I also started communicating with my fellow pet characters and our readers later in the series. It’s a lot of fun.

What advice would you give other dog characters?

You can’t just sit on the cover and look pretty. You need a job to earn your treats.

Cats just have to look cute to earn their treats, but I pride myself on the good job I do helping Alicia. I earn every catnip and kibble I get from her and the library staff.

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

Cayman Conundrum is in the works. Release date will likely be in early 2024. My author beat her self-imposed deadline for her last book by a month, so an earlier release is possible.

I like that. I wish Debbie would write quicker. She’s currently working on her new Buttercup Bend series, but I wait patiently for her next Buttercup Bend book after our short story collection, Book #6: Sneaky’s Supernatural Mystery and Other Cobble Cove Stories.

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

We are active on Facebook and Instagram. My author also has Tik-Tok, Twitter, and Pintrest accounts that she’s still trying to figure out.

Purrfect. Thanks so much for the interview, Duke. I’m sharing your blog tour below. Best tail wags to you and your author.

Carmel Conundrum: A Liz Adams Mystery
by Stacy Wilder

About Carmel Conundrum

Carmel Conundrum: A Liz Adams Mystery
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Setting – California
Wild Hawk Press (December 10, 2022)
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 226 pages
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 979-8985426625
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0BPQXHL7Y

Stolen identities, a cult, a kidnapping, an attempted murder, and a budding romance . . .

Join Private Investigator Liz Adams, and her lie-detecting Labrador, Duke, in the scenic town of Carmel By-the-Sea, as the pair investigate the mystery of stolen identities. Complications arise when Liz becomes romantically entangled with her hot new client, Brad.

Enter Apollo, a charismatic cult leader, whose mission to save the homeless has a dark twist. Why does he continue to trespass on Liz’s property? She’s compelled to uncover the answer.

Tensions mount, as the stakes become a matter of life and death. Will Liz and Duke solve both mysteries before the damage is irreparable?

Travel with Liz from Charleston, SC to Carmel, CA, and back to discover the astounding truth.

About Stacy Wilder

Stacy Wilder has traveled to six out of seven continents Books have shaped her life and her travels. Her love of mysteries began with Nancy Drew.

Carmel Conundrum is the second book in the riveting Liz Adams Mystery series. In addition to mysteries, Stacy writes children’s stories, short stories, and poetry. She and her husband live in Houston, Texas, with a totally spoiled Labrador retriever, Eve.

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