Sneaky Interviews WonderDog from Lavender Toes: A Cold Cream Murder Mystery by Barbara Silkston

Today, I have a dog guest here. Welcome. Please introduce yourself and  your author.

My name is WonderDog. My author is Barbara Silkstone.

I’ve been described as looking like a child’s sketch of the wolf in Little Red Riding Hood. I’m guessing he must be a rather handsome wolf, as women can’t resist petting my head whenever they see me. My best friend is Puff, a snow-white cat. My mistress is Lizzy and Puff’s servant is Olive. The two gals are partners in a beachside business called Nonna’s Cold Cream. From what I understand, it’s a special cream that ladies like to smear on their faces. Humans do the silliest things.

You and  your co-characters sound very interesting. One day, I’d love to cat chat with Puff, too.  What book(s) have you appeared in? Please list them and their genre.

Puff and I have appeared in all six of the Cold Cream Murders. I’m usually the action hero although she’s had her share of adventures.

Excellent. I have a dog co-star, Fido the Golden Retriever, in my Cobble Cove series, too. Tell me more about your series?

COLD CREAM MURDERS—series

When Olive Peroni put out her family therapy sign, she never thought her top client would be the retired head of a New York crime family. When Olive’s Nonna dies leaving her a condo in Florida and a secret recipe for miracle cold cream, Olive grabs the chance at a new life in Starfish Cove, Florida, making designer creams for ladies who spend far too much time at the beach.

But when the quiet little community on the Gulf of Mexico soon begins to compete with a certain notorious coastal village in Maine, Olive finds herself solving odd-ball murders as often as she soothes wrinkles.

Clean, wholesome, and loaded with laughs!

Each book contains a recipe for homemade cosmetics!

GLOSSY LIPS – BOOK 1

SMOKEY EYES – BOOK 2

SOAP ON A ROPE – BOOK 3

SUN SCREAM – BOOK 4

LAVENDER TOES – BOOK 5

GRAMS’ CHRISTMAS BABY – SPECIAL EDITION

Those books sound pawsome.

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

My character is based on Lizzy’s rescue hound, WonderDog. He became a bit of a legend on the beaches. Not so much for heroics as for his stunning good looks and total disregard for things humans think important— like not tinkling in elevators.

Meow Out Loud! I love your sense of humor. I was loosely based on my author’s Siamese who has since travelled 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.

SMOKEY EYES – BOOK 2   COLD CREAM MURDERS

This is Olive thinking/speaking. She has a phobia about getting water on her face.

Déjà vu all over again. I remembered Sunday’s disaster like it was yesterday, actually the day before the day before yesterday. I swayed on the edge of the boat gripping the safety line for dear life.

Nancy stood at the steering wheel cackling as she backed out of the slip full throttle. The engine wasn’t powerful but the Very Crabby lurched and I broke into my Cirque du Soleil clown act.

My nose scraped the hull as I hung onto the safety line and looked to see where the Very Crabby was going. She was headed out of the marina—bound for the high seas where the sharks gather.

Lizzy stood on the dock, screaming something unintelligible.

I had to do the unthinkable. Let go and drop into the icky water. I hesitated, steeling myself for the ordeal. Less than twenty-four hours ago I was complaining about the chlorine in a crystal-clear pool, not recognizing Nirvana when I smelled it.

Splashing in, I bobbed to the surface. Alarmed—Lizzy was fifty yards away—I waved to her. I sunk, came up, tried to replicate my semi-swimming success in the pool and sunk again. Then repeated. And repeated again. I was getting dizzy from spitting out foul water. I was definitely losing my sense of humor.

My lightheadedness increased dramatically. I was a balloon in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade…floating…floating…Wait! I was floating!

Something was under me, lifting me out of the water. Dolphins sometimes rescue people. Could it be?

My face reached the surface. I coughed out more nasty water. Whatever was beneath me was soft and furry. As I forced my eyes open, a big fuzzy head came up under my chin. WonderDog!

I wrapped my arms around his neck. “You’re my hero!” I said between gasps.

He doggie-paddled me toward Lizzy.

“Good boy!” I whispered.

We were only about five yards closer to the dock when WonderDog began to falter. He didn’t seem to be a great swimmer and I was dragging him down. I couldn’t hold on to him much longer without drowning both of us.

Lizzy freed her foot and hopped up and down on one bare foot and one wedgie waving her arms like an over-caffeinated aerobics instructor. She screamed, “Hey!” over and over, pointing both hands at us with each yell. What was she doing?

A wave washed over me, and something hit me in the back of the head. “Use that for flotation until I can drag you and that mutt in!”

I looked over my shoulder. Jess’s boat rocked and splashed about ten feet away where he’d brought it to an abrupt halt also causing the water to lap into my face.

Ewww! I put my arm and WonderDog’s head on the life jacket that bopped me.

Jess slowly shook his head and tsk-tsked. “I thought we agreed you weren’t going to get into more boat fights.”

Excellent excerpt. Thanks for sharing.

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

I enjoy being a super sleuth along with Lizzy, Olive, and Grams. They need my sniffing skills and thug-pinning jaws. Being needed makes me feel like a hero. In Puff’s eyes I am a hero. The best part of any adventure is cuddling with her after it’s over. When she looks at me with those huge blue eyes, I feel quite proud of myself.

How sweet! Good for you.

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

Puff and I don’t have the ability to speak. We use the eye-thing to get our message across. Sometimes it can be very frustrating.

I agree. Pet to human communication can be a bit trying.

What advice would you give other dog characters?

For cats or dogs my best advice is when you sense your human roommate is worried or feeling down about something—a good cuddle can lift their spirits. I envy cats their ability to purr. I’ve seen a good purr sort out an entire mystery.

Great advice. Purrs can work wonders, Wonderdog.

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

I just released Lavender Toes. It will be another two or three months before Book 6 in the series is published. If readers will follow me on BookBub or FaceBook or my NewsLetter they’ll have notice when Book 6 arrives.

I’m sure they will want to do that. All your links and a giveaway are included in the blog tour I’m sharing below. Thanks so much for dropping by, and tail wags to you and your author on your new release.

Lavender Toes (A Cold Cream Murder Mystery)
by Barbara Silkstone

About Lavender Toes


Lavender Toes (A Cold Cream Murder Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
5th in Series
Independently Published (December 1, 2019)
Paperback: 174 pages
ISBN-10: 1712435833
ISBN-13: 978-1712435830

Digital ASIN: B0821NHR9V

Someone dear to Olive is found dead—toes up and barefooted—in Digby’s Bees lavender field. Olive and Lizzy team up with WonderDog to find the killer. Digby’s hives are home to the wondrous Soprano bees. The little buzzers are the source of the secret ingredient that powers their Nonna’s Cold Cream—a fountain of youth in a jar.

Finding the killer becomes more of a challenge as the gals protect Digby’s bees from a determined land developer who wants the beekeeper’s farm. The clock ticks as saving the honeybees becomes every bit as important as finding the cousin-killer.

While Olive and Lizzy buzz about, Grams, nonagenarian ace reporter for the Silverfish Gazette, takes on the story of a diamond heist in nearby Sarasota. Can the gals protect Grams from another near catastrophe or can the feisty lady handle it alone?

Help the Cold Cream gals solve the mystery of the Lavender Toes while once again bailing Grams out of trouble. And what about those bees?

Every book comes with a recipe for a homemade beauty product.

About Barbara Silkstone

Barbara Silkstone‘s most current series is COLD CREAM MURDERS ~ GLOSSY LIPS, SMOKEY EYES ~SOAP ON A ROPE. Coming this fall Book 5 in the series: LAVENDER TOES. This series will have at least 6 books when complete. The adventures take place in the imaginary burg of Starfish Cove, Florida ~ a place near and dear to Silkstone’s hometown of Redington Beach on the Gulf of Mexico just north of St. Petersburg, Florida.

Barbara currently lives in Central Florida with her eccentric kitty who adores Liam Neeson and chasing lizards (the cat, not Barbara) 🙂

Silkstone is the best-selling author of both Regency Pride and Prejudice variations, including the popular the MISTER DARCY SERIES OF COMEDIC MYSTERIES ~ PRIDE AND PREJUDICE contemporary variations. All her books are light-hearted adventures based on Jane Austen’s timeless tales of love denied and love discovered. “Feel good” tales to warm your heart.

She is also the author of the Wendy Darlin Comedy Mystery series. Five coffee-snorting tales that combine Cozy with outrageous adventures.

Plus a mixed bag of standalone cozy comedy mysteries: Zo White and the Seven Morphs, Cold Case Morphs, The Secret Diary of Alice in Wonderland … and more.

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Spotlight and Contest for Cozy Corgi Mysteries by Mildred Abbott

Cozy Corgi Mysteries
by Mildred Abbott

About the Cozy Corgi Mysteries

Cruel Candy (Cozy Corgi Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Independently published (December 5, 2017)
Paperback: 280 pages
ISBN-10: 1973449293
ISBN-13: 978-1973449294
Digital ASIN: B077XMYWNQ

Estes Park, Colorado: picturesque mountains, charming shops, delightful bakeries, a cozy bookstore… and murder.

Winifred Page and her corgi, Watson, move to Estes Park to hit the Reset button on life. Fred is about to open her dream bookshop, and the only challenges she anticipates are adjusting to small-town life, tourists, and living close to her loveable mother, Phyllis, and hippy stepfather, Barry.

When Fred steps into her soon-to-be-bookshop for the first time, she expects dust bunnies and spiders… not the dead body in the upstairs kitchen. The local police have an easy suspect—Barry.
Determined to prove quirky Barry innocent of murder, Fred puts on her detective hat, and with Watson by her side, she explores her new town and gets acquainted with her fellow shopkeepers. Could one of her friendly neighbors be the real culprit? And what would be the motive for killing the owner of the Sinful Bites candy store? The secrets Fred discover put her at odds with the local police sergeant and threaten her cozy future in Estes.

With snow falling outside, all Fred wants to do is curl up by the fire with a good book and Watson snuggled at her feet. But before she can begin her new life and put her plans for her bookshop into action, Fred and Watson have a mystery to solve…

(This culinary cozy mystery includes a recipe for delectable lemon bars.)


Traitorous Toys (Cozy Corgi Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Independently published (December 17, 2017)
Paperback: 276 pages
ISBN-10: 1973571080
ISBN-13: 978-1973571087
Digital ASIN: B078GCQC46

It’s Christmas in Estes Park, Colorado: cozy fires, twinkling lights, soft snowfall, and… murder.

The winter holidays in charming Estes Park lulls Winifred Page and her corgi, Watson, into thoughts of spiced chai and gingerbread as they settle into their new home. Fred’s dream bookshop is becoming a reality, and with Christmas only days away, her only concerns are spending time with family, enforcing Watson’s diet, and finding the perfect gifts.

The toy store beckons Fred and her friend Katie, who dash in out of the cold, during a shopping spree to discover handmade toys, cuddly stuffed animals… and a dying man on the floor.

When Katie’s desperate attempts to save the man ends in her being taken in for his murder, Fred once again dons her detective hat. She puts aside her Christmas list and—with Watson sniffing around—begins a list of suspects. But as quickly as clues point to one person, new discoveries shift the spotlight to another.

With Katie’s freedom in the balance, Fred has little time to think about gifts or to enjoy the holiday lights and music. A killer is on the loose, one who became violent in a picture-perfect Christmas toy shop, and Fred and Watson can’t begin to predict what might happen next. . .

(This culinary cozy mystery includes a recipe for delectable gingerbread.)


Bickering Birds (Cozy Corgi Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Independently published (January 25, 2018)
Paperback: 278 pages
ISBN-10: 1976950767
ISBN-13: 978-1976950766
Digital ASIN: B0798LMPHP

Rocky Mountain National Park has it all: rugged peaks, pine-scented forests, enchanting bird-watching locations, and… murder.

The Cozy Corgi bookshop finally opens, and Winifred Page and her headstrong corgi, Watson, are ready to welcome their first patrons. With her new best friend, Katie, creating heavenly pastries in the bakery on the top floor of the store, Fred’s dreams are all coming together in delicious and unexpected ways.

When Katie caters a meeting of the Feathered Friends Brigade and drags Fred along, they expect nothing more than loquacious chatter about birds as they endeavor to build a professional relationship with the owner of the wild bird shop. Fred and Katie are quickly roped into a moonlight snowshoeing hike in hopes of spotting a rare owl. While the endangered bird proves elusive… the murdered man in the snow is hard to miss.

Fred’s growing relationship with Sergeant Wexler hits a snag when he forbids her from donning her sleuth hat yet again. But Fred is a lot like her corgi—she doesn’t like being told what to do, even if it puts an end to a possible romance.

As Fred and Watson delve into the lives of the ornithological club members, the tangled birds’ nest of an investigation makes Fred wonder if she should have left this one to the police. But when feathers begin to fly, Fred has no choice but to flush out a killer…

(This culinary cozy mystery includes a recipe for delectable ham and cheese croissants.)


Savage Sourdough (Cozy Corgi Mysteries)
Cozy Mysteries
4th in Series
Independently published (February 21, 2018)
Paperback: 294 pages
ISBN-10: 1980355282
ISBN-13: 978-1980355281
Digital ASIN: B079Y9H8MG

Opening the Cozy Corgi in Estes Park is a dream come true: small-town charm, fresh-baked bread, hours by the fire reading mysteries, and… murder.

For Winifred Page and her devoted corgi, Watson, the puzzle pieces of life are falling into place as they settle into their home in the Colorado mountains. Surrounded by family and friends, Fred begins to relax into the charm and beauty of being the owner of a bookshop and bakery.

The buzz of possible romance—though Fred wasn’t looking for a relationship—has quieted as one of her suitors is no longer a viable option while the other has moved into the friend zone. But all thoughts of romance, wanted or not, fly out the window when Fred finds a dead body in the Cozy Corgi bakery… again.

Things get stickier when Fred’s main suspect turns out to be a family member of one of the local police officers—the one who already despises Fred and her little dog. Determined not to let past grievances cloud her judgment, Fred tips her detective hat and pokes deeper into the murder investigation. But in a mystery that becomes smoke and mirrors, nothing is as it seems.

The revelations Fred unveils threaten not only her picture-perfect world but her very life….

(This culinary cozy mystery includes a recipe for delectable sourdough bread.)


Scornful Scones (Cozy Corgi Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
5th in Series
Independently published (April 27, 2018)
Paperback: 300 pages
ISBN-10: 1980944709
ISBN-13: 978-1980944706
Digital ASIN: B07CPL9MH7

With summer approaching, Estes Park is abuzz with flowers, baking, tourists, and… murder.

Tourist season is about to begin, and the lovely weather has Winifred Page and her corgi sidekick, Watson, leaving the comfort of the Cozy Corgi Bookshop and Bakery to reluctantly attend a celebration at the Black Bear Roaster coffee shop. But a chill of uncertainty settles over Fred when a choking death doesn’t seem so accidental—despite the dry, hazardous scones.

As Fred and Police Sergeant Branson Wexler rekindle a possible romance, Fred shares her suspicions. But is she seeing murder at every turn? Learning to trust her gut feelings, Fred risks the ire of the coffee shop owner to investigate not one, but two, deaths.

As suspects and motives abound, old resentments are uncovered, and Fred and Watson build new friendships even as they follow the crumbs to find clues to a killer.

(This culinary cozy mystery includes a recipe for delectable scones.)


Chaotic Corgis (Cozy Corgi Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
6th in Series
Independently published (June 24, 2018)
Paperback: 310 pages
ISBN-10: 1983240605
ISBN-13: 978-1983240607
Digital ASIN: B07DXSB1MM

At the height of the summer season, Estes Park explodes with people, wildlife, fireworks, and… murder.

The Cozy Corgi Bookshop and Bakery is buzzing with tourists, and Winifred Page and her quirky corgi, Watson, celebrate the Fourth of July picnicking with family and friends—of the human and four-legged variety. As summer blooms with romance for Fred and Sergeant Branson Wexler, murder lurks around the corner.

With a friend’s life in danger, Fred and Watson doggedly pursue the investigation, even as Fred finds herself once again at odds with the police department. But caring for two chaotic corgis while navigating emotions from the past in the midst of solving a mystery might be too much, and Fred hits a roadblock.

As relationships are tested and secrets exposed, Fred might lose more than one person she loves…

(This culinary cozy mystery includes a recipe for delectable dog treat bars, but are also human friendly.)


Quarrelsome Quartz (Cozy Corgi Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
7th in Series
Independently published (July 31, 2018)
Paperback: 338 pages
ISBN-10: 1718003374
ISBN-13: 978-1718003378
Digital ASIN: B07FZVN8N4

A New Age conference comes to Estes Park, Colorado, bringing a cacophony of tie-dye, crystals, and murder. . .

As summer draws to a close, the Spirit, Health, and Heart Conference arrives, just in time for Winifred’s sisters to open their store next to the Cozy Corgi Bookshop. To Fred’s surprise, Chakras turns out to be a beautiful addition to the delightful mountain town. The shop even has a room so pleasing in its crystal tranquility that Fred’s corgi, Watson, approves—and hardly anything impresses him.

But not everyone is charmed by the crystals, tarot readings, and messages of personal enlightenment. When a famous spiritualist is found dead, Chakras and the entire town is plunged into a conflict that touches the lives of those closest to Fred.

Although she is hesitant to become involved, it is simply not in the cards for Fred to sit out the investigation. As she and Watson embark on a journey that forces them to take a look into the darker shadows of Estes Park, Fred soon finds herself digging into the secrets of those she loves…

(This culinary cozy mystery includes a recipe for delectable quiches.)


Wicked Wildlife (Cozy Corgi Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
8th in Series
Independently published (October 11, 2018)
Paperback: 336 pages
ISBN-10: 1728671647
ISBN-13: 978-1728671642
Digital ASIN: B07GV4LX6L

Fall gives way to winter in the Colorado mountains, ushering in snow, pumpkin spice, the bugling of elk, and murder…

Estes Park bustles with tourists and locals for its Halloween celebration, and Winifred Page and her corgi sidekick, Watson, are enjoying their favorite pastries as they greet trick-or-treaters outside the Cozy Corgi Bookstore and Bakery. But a chilling afterhours break-in at the charming bookshop leaves Fred and Watson shaken, especially with its connection to a recent poaching incident in the national park. By daybreak, on a cool morning walk through town, Fred discovers the body of one of the poachers…

When Fred’s close friend, park ranger Leo Lopez, asks for her help in proving the innocence of a fellow ranger, Fred and Watson join the investigation. But with every uncovered clue hinting the police have the right person, Fred must uncover a mystery whose webs reach into the past and her experiences over the past year.

Even amid the beauty of the snow covering the mountains and the twinkling lights of the beginning holiday season, Fred and Watson won’t make it to Thanksgiving without facing dangers and revelations that will change their lives.

(This culinary cozy mystery includes a recipe for delectable artisan garlic-infused bread.)


Malevolent Magic (Cozy Corgi Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
9th in Series
Independently published (November 15, 2018)
Paperback: 338 pages
ISBN-10: 1731191324
ISBN-13: 978-1731191328
Digital ASIN: B07HR2VX3X

Christmas week sparkles with holiday decorations, sweet potato pie, lively tourists, and murder…

Estes Park is a wonderland of twinkling lights and softly falling snow, and Winifred Page wants nothing more than to snuggle up in the mystery room with Watson at her feet—after all, Katie’s pastries are tempting pieces of heaven, especially beside a warm fire. But Christmas is fast approaching, and Fred is out on a cold morning visiting neighboring stores and planning a celebration at the Cozy Corgi Bookshop and Bakery.

Fred is welcoming the holiday spirit and appreciating the friendships, love, and support she’s found during her first year in her new hometown. But the night’s festivities become a scene for local drama, and by morning a trip to the magic shop to collect a present has Fred and Watson stumbling upon a murder scene. In an unexpected twist, Fred is asked to investigate, but the suspect list keeps growing, and every one of them would give Ebenezer Scrooge a run for his money.

With Fred still coming to grips with a recent betrayal, shifting through all the curmudgeons to crack the case may take more holiday magic than she and Watson possess.

(This culinary cozy mystery includes a recipe for delectable sweet potato pie.)


Killer Keys (Cozy Corgi Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
10th in Series
Independently published (January 24, 2019)
ISBN-10: 1794678808
ISBN-13: 978-1794678804
Digital ASIN: B07KDXRBWZ

A celebratory weekend at a historic inn brings a blizzard, delicious cornbread, a cozy fire, and a murder… or two…

Winifred Page and her sidekick corgi, Watson, join an assortment of family and friends to celebrate her uncles’ anniversary at Baldpate Inn, nestled above Estes Park, Colorado. A blizzard is approaching, but the prospect of being snowed in means more time in the lovely mountain retreat—complete with river rock fireplaces, log cabin rooms, and a collection of thousands of keys from around the world.

With the blizzard raging outside the rustic inn, the early arrival of a knitting group adds a touch of drama, but nothing can unravel the cozy party spirit. Even when the power goes out, the merrymaking continues by lantern light. But in the flickering shadows and twisting hallways, relationships transform, secrets are uncovered, and death comes calling.

A weekend of glittering celebration unlocks a storm of change for Fred and Watson…

(This culinary cozy mystery includes a recipe for scrumptious cornbread.)


Perilous Pottery (Cozy Corgi Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
11th in the Series
Independently published (March 5, 2019)
Paperback: 308 pages
ISBN-10: 1798779625
ISBN-13: 978-1798779620
Digital ASIN: B07N31J2LY

Estes Park is fired up by a new coffee shop and pottery studio bringing chocolate espresso pastries, fierce competitive spirits, and murder…

Winifred Page might feel apprehension as she steps into the Koffee Kiln—Carla Beaker’s new charming coffee shop and pottery studio—but her corgi sidekick, Watson, welcomes the idea of a new place for snacks. With Carla’s disdain for the Cozy Corgi Bookshop and Bakery, Fred fears the caffeine will come with a side of drama. What she finds is delicious chocolate espresso scones, decaf coffee… and a dead body.

As Fred and Watson fire up their investigative savvy, they face down one of Estes Park’s cold-hearted matriarchs. To solve a murder, Fred must confront her own insecurities as she navigates the tangled coils of obsessions, business deals, and betrayals.

(This culinary cozy mystery includes a recipe for a sinfully delicious chocolate espresso torte.)


Ghastly Gadgets (Cozy Corgi Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
12th in Series
Independently published (May 10, 2019)
ISBN-10: 1097658295
ISBN-13: 978-1097658299
Digital ASIN: B07P9GPQ7M

As the summer tourist season begins, downtown Estes Park bustles with celebrations, inventions, pastries, and murder…

Winifred Page’s twin brothers-in-law are finally ready to open their invention shop right next to the Cozy Corgi Bookshop and Bakery. But the noise level is keeping customers away from the bookshop and driving Fred and her corgi sidekick, Watson, out of their minds.

Adding to her stress, family and friends are gearing up to celebrate Fred’s fortieth birthday—not that she’s overly concerned about her age…. Mere hours after entering her new decade of life, resentments reach an explosive level as downtown Estes Park is rocked by a fearsome calamity.

As the shop owners of Elkhorn Avenue come to grips with the crisis, Fred and Watson are pulled into the investigation. While she’s unsure there’s a murder to solve, Fred soon discovers a host of secrets and lies….

(This culinary cozy mystery includes a recipe for tasty cream puffs.)

Meddlesome Money (Cozy Corgi Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
13th in Series
Independently published (August 5, 2019)
Paperback: 386 pages
ISBN-10: 1088449247
ISBN-13: 978-1088449240
Digital ASIN: B07RQMLNML

Summer in Estes Park is filled with tourists, wildlife, pastries, and scandal…

The Chipmunk Chronicles, the local newspaper, has a new gossip column—and gossip is great for the Cozy Corgi Bookshop and Bakery. Though infuriated by the way people are treated by the column’s author, Winifred Page can’t help wondering about the outrageous revelations. Fred’s grumpy corgi, Watson, however, is more concerned with an endless search for treats than the rumors flying around town.

When Gerald Jackson, a less than brilliant local lawyer, is featured in the column, people begin to suspect he’s working the town over in a quest for wealth rather than fighting for justice. As his status sinks, others are pulled under with him—people Fred loves.

For once, Fred and Watson are cajoled into investigation mode not for murder, but to help clear her friends’ names and their tarnished reputations. But while the greed and secret dealings in the dark she uncovers bring more questions than answers, murder finds a way to make an appearance after all…

(This culinary cozy mystery includes a recipe for crispy, golden empanadas.)

Precarious Pasta (Cozy Corgi Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
14th in Series
Independently published (October 22, 2019)
Paperback: 414 pages
ISBN-10: 1701847396
ISBN-13: 978-1701847392
Digital ASIN: B07ZG45BKR

Halloween creeps in, bringing costumes, carbs, and a corpse or two…

Estes Park is bustling with fall tourists as Winifred and Katie deck out the Cozy Corgi Bookstore and Bakery, while corgi mascot, Watson, helps in his own special way—snacking, napping, and being his adorable grumpy self.

When Fred and Leo’s date at the romantic restaurant, Pasta Thyme, leads to an invitation of a murder scene, instead of ghouls and goblins, Fred is haunted by ghosts from the past. Death might lurk around every corner as Fred investigates motives of infidelity, jealousy, and the dark shadow cast by a crime syndicate.

By the time Halloween night arrives, not everyone will get out alive…

(This culinary cozy mystery includes a recipe for luscious tiramisu.)

Evil Elves (Cozy Corgi Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
15th in Series
Independently published (December 17, 2019)
Paperback: 360 pages
ISBN-10: 1676477276
ISBN-13: 978-1676477273
Digital ASIN: B07ZM2182S

Christmas ushers in snowstorms, fruitcake, and a horde of Santa’s naughty elves…

No place is more perfect for the winter holidays than the charming mountain town of Estes Park. As the Cozy Corgi Bookshop and Bakery glistens with lights and garlands, Winifred Page allows the seasonal merriment to brush away all worry and fear. Watson, her grumpy corgi, is about as far from stressed as possible—after all, with the holiday baking, delectable crumbs are everywhere.

Estes Park’s new Christmas store is chosen to receive exclusive rights to sell a much-coveted collection of tiny elf figurines, but not everyone is thrilled, especially not the owner of the original Christmas shop. Bickering between local merchants is nothing new and doesn’t dampen the Christmas cheer or holiday glee. However, when nightly break-ins begin to occur, Santa himself is caught in the act, Fred and Watson are pulled away from the bookshop to investigate the holiday mayhem.

Unfortunately, while Santa keeps a list of nice and naughty children, he’s allowed his elves to have free rein, and there’s nothing nice about them…

(This culinary cozy mystery includes a recipe for honestly delicious fruitcake.)

About Mildred Abbot

Reading the Cozy Corgi series is pretty much all you need to know about Mildred. In real life, she’s obsessed with everything she writes about: Corgis, Books, Cozy Mountain Towns, and Baked Goods. She’s not obsessed with murder, however. At least not at her own hands (nor paid for… no contract killing here). But since childhood, starting with Nancy Drew, trying to figure out who-dun-it has played a formative role in her personality. Having Fred and Watson stroll into her mind was a touch of kismet.

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Traitorous Toys (Cozy Corgi Mysteries)

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Savage Sourdough (Cozy Corgi Mysteries)

Scornful Scones (Cozy Corgi Mysteries)

Chaotic Corgis (Cozy Corgi Mysteries)

Quarrelsome Quartz (Cozy Corgi Mysteries)

Wicked Wildlife (Cozy Corgi Mysteries)

Malevolent Magic (Cozy Corgi Mysteries)

Killer Keys (Cozy Corgi Mysteries)

Perilous Pottery (Cozy Corgi Mysteries)

Ghastly Gadgets (Cozy Corgi Mysteries)

Meddlesome Money (Cozy Corgi Mysteries)

Precarious Pasta (Cozy Corgi Mysteries)

Evil Elves (Cozy Corgi Mysteries)

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Sneaky the Library Cat Interviews Bear, the Labrador Retriever from Death By Proxy, a DIY DIVA Mystery by Paula Darnell

Meow, there. It’s Sneaky with an interview with a dog character from a cozy mystery. What is your name and your author’s name, Mr. Dog?

I’m Bear, a handsome chocolate Labrador retriever, and my author’s name is Paula Darnell.

It’s doggone nice to meet you. What book(s) have you appeared in? Please list them and their genre.

I’ve appeared in three DIY Diva cozy mysteries: Death by Association, Death by  Design, and Death by Proxy, the latest in the series.

Condogalations!

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

I like to think I’m unique, but I have to confess that I’m a combo of my author’s dogs, a yellow Lab, and a Pryador (black Lab/Great Pyrenees)

There’s no shame in that. You should be proud. I was based on my author’s Siamese cat, Oliver, who has now gone to Rainbow Bridge. I am glad I can still honor him by being in her Cobble Cove books and in her recent holiday story, Sneaky’s Christmas Mystery.

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 Death by Proxy. The scene takes place at Tracey’s house, where she’s holding a bridal shower for my mommy, Laurel McMillan, the DIY Diva.

Just as I was about to get up, Bear began barking frantically. I could tell his little nuances, and this sounded like more than just wanting to come back inside the house. I excused myself and went to the kitchen door. He had his front paws braced on the door, but he backed down as soon as he saw me coming and raced inside when I opened the door. Oddly, he didn’t even pause in the kitchen, where extra food was laid out on the counter tops.

“Bear, come here,” I called, and he turned and ran back to me, but then took off again.

Tracey was about to open the front door when she saw Bear coming. “Just a delivery,” she said. “Probably the sandals I ordered online.” Tracey bought almost everything, except her groceries, online, so she was constantly getting packages delivered.

I went over to the door and held Bear by his collar, tipping his blue bow tie to a sporty angle, while Tracey opened the door.

At the sight of the skinny, long-haired young man, dressed in a gray short-sleeved shirt and matching pants, Bear snarled and growled, and the man hastily handed Tracey a package and beat a quick retreat while Bear barked furiously.

“That’s odd,” I said as Tracey closed the door. “Bear usually barks when I get a delivery, but he’s never acted like that before when someone came to the door.”

“Maybe he didn’t like the guy,” Tracey said. “He looked sort of sketchy to me. I’m just going to put this in the bedroom, and I’ll be right back.”

The guests had all watched Bear’s performance in surprise, but, now that he’d settled down, they complimented him on being a good watch dog. It was a wonder he hadn’t knocked someone over in his frenzied dash to the front door. I straightened his bow tie, and told him to sit as I joined Amy and Cynthia, who were talking to Jennifer now.

“What a cute bow tie!” Amy said. “Is he going to wear it to the wedding?”

“How did you guess?” I chuckled. “Tracey suggested that he could be the ring bearer, but I thought that would be taking things too far.”

Pawsome. Thanks for sharing.

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

I get to go with my mommy on walks every day, and we have a lot of adventures.

Adventures are the best for us character pets.

Do you talk in your books or are just silent like I am, although I meow and make other cat sounds to communicate with Alicia and the other characters?

Woof! I don’t talk, but ‘m really good at barking, though.

So I hear.  What advice would you give other dog characters?

Have your pet parent make some yummy tuna rice treats for you. They’re one of my favorites. The recipe is in the back of Death by Proxy.

Yummy. I love tuna, but the only recipe in one of our books was for peanut butter sandwiches because the owner of Fido, my dog co-character, eats them for lunch every day and has a special recipe for them.

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

My author has a historical mystery, The Six-Week Solution, coming out in January, but I’m not in that one. It’s set in Reno, Nevada, in 1955, where a deputy sheriff’s investigation into a deadly accident leads to his discovery that some of the women staying at local divorce ranches for six weeks so that they can get a quick divorce are in grave danger.

That sounds interesting. My author has written a few non-cozy books, too. Her latest was Sea Scope, a psychological mystery about a murder at a lighthouse. There are two cats in it who play small roles.

It was nice chatting with you, Bear, and best of luck to you and your author on your new release. I’m sharing your author’s blog tour for the book below along with another great excerpt.

Death by Proxy: A DIY Diva Mystery
by Paula Darnell

About Death by Proxy


Death by Proxy: A DIY Diva Mystery
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Cozy Cat Press (November 2019)
Print Length ~220 Pages

With preparations for her upcoming wedding to handsome Wes Wesson, a Center City police lieutenant, on track and her DIY Bridal Crafts class at Hawkeye Haven’s community center wrapped up, DIY Diva Laurel McMillan looks forward to a calm pre-nuptial week to finalize her wedding plans. There’s only one problem: the week turns out to be anything but calm. Laurel and Wes narrowly escape being run down in the parking lot of their favorite restaurant. Laurel’s bridal shower is interrupted by a mysterious stranger who sends Laurel’s lovable chocolate Labrador retriever Bear into a frenzy, and when Laurel and Wes go to meet Lisa, their real estate agent, at a house she promised to show them, they discover Lisa’s sister’s body floating in the pool. Strangely, Lisa seems more concerned with selling houses than she does with her sister’s death. After Lisa’s mother inadvertently reveals family secrets, Laurel wonders whether Lisa could have killed her own sister. Will the mayhem and murder stop before Laurel discovers the key to the killer’s game plan?

EXCERPT DEATH BY PROXY

“Duane Harris Wesson! Is that your idea of a proposal?”

If I’d been standing, I’d have put my hands on my hips, but I was sitting beside Wes on the sofa in my den. He’d just suggested that a riverboat cruise on the Mississippi would make a great honeymoon, but he hadn’t asked me to marry him!

“Uh, definitely not.” My boyfriend grabbed a pillow, placed it on the tile floor in front of me, and knelt on the plush cushion. He took my hand. “Laurel, sweetheart, I love you, and I’d love for us to spend the rest of our lives together.”

He fumbled in his jacket pocket for a moment before pulling out a small velvet-covered box. He opened it and took out a spectacular diamond ring. “Will you marry me?”

“Yes!” I said breathlessly, and Wes slipped the stunning ring onto my finger.

Bear, my chocolate Labrador retriever, had been snoozing on his bed in front of the fireplace, but sensing that something was up and not wanting to be left out, he came over and sat in front of me, next to Wes, and put his head on my lap.

Wes put one arm around me and the other around Bear, as I leaned forward to kiss him.

“Think I can get up now?” Wes asked.

“Yes.”

“Good,” He rose and sat beside me. “That’s a relief. When you called me by all three of my names, I knew I had to up my game. When I was a kid, my mom used to say that to me when I was in trouble.”

“Well, you’re redeemed. Not many men would tolerate a dog nudging his way into a proposal. You’re a very special man, and I love you madly.”

Wes took me in his arms, and we managed a proper kiss before Bear began gently prodding us with his nose.

“Don’t worry, Bear,” Wes reassured him, as he scratched behind the inquisitive dog’s ears. “You’ll always be part of our family.”

About Paula Darnell

An instructor at five colleges over the years, Paula Darnell most often taught the dreaded first-year English composition classes, but she’s also been happy to teach some fun classes, such as fashion design, sewing, and jewelry making. Paula has a Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Iowa, Iowa City, and a Master’s degree in English from the University of Nevada, Reno.

Like Laurel, the main character in Death by Association, Paula enjoys all kinds of arts and crafts. Some of her memorable projects include making a hat and a cape to wear to Royal Ascot, sewing wedding gowns for both her daughters, exhibiting her textile and mixed-media artwork in juried art shows, and having one of her jewelry projects accepted for inclusion in Leather Jewelry, published by Lark Books. She sells some of her jewelry and hair accessories in her Etsy shop: www.etsy.com/shop/PaulaDJewelry.

Paula’s interest in DIY craft projects and fashion led to her writing hundreds of articles for print and online national publications.

Living in a guard-gated community governed by a homeowners’ association gave Paula the idea for the setting of Death by Association. She finds that residing in an HOA community can be both a blessing and a curse. A Happy-New-Year greeting from her community association called on residents to “start the new year by reviewing your Rules and Regulations booklet,” something unlikely to top anyone’s list of New Year’s resolutions.

Paula lives in Las Vegas, Nevada, with her husband Gary and their 110-pound dog Rocky, whose favorite pastime is lurking in the kitchen, hoping for a handout.

Author Links

Author’s websitehttps://www.pauladarnellauthor.com/

Twitter – https://twitter.com/PaulaJDarnell

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/18782445.Paula_Darnell

Pinterest – https://www.pinterest.com/paulad0057/

Etsy shop – https://www.etsy.com/shop/PaulaDJewelry

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Sneaky’s Feature Friday Film: Blessing of the Animals

Debbie asked me to show these videos because she’ll be attending a Blessing of the Animals at her church this Sunday. As part of that service, pets who have left this Earthly plane for Rainbow Bridge or Pet Heaven will also be remembered.

The first video is one of the Fireside Chats that Debbie’s Pastor has been filming on important topics and the church’s view on them. This week’s topic was “Do all dogs (and cats) really go to heaven.” The other videos are of Blessings of the Animals at other churches that traditionally take place in October to honor the feast day of Saint Francis of Assisi, the patron saints of animals.

Sneaky Interviews Vanilla the Dog from Blind Sight, A Lucille Pfiffer Mystery by Tanya R. Taylor

Sneaky here with one another pet character interview. Today, I’m speaking with a dog whose current book, Blind Sight is on tour with Escape with Dollycas Into a Good Book.

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

My name is Vanilla; they call me “Nilla” for short. My author’s name is Tanya R. Taylor.

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

I appear in the Lucille Pfiffer Mystery Series. The first book is BLIND SIGHT and the second is BLIND ESCAPE. I will also be appearing in other books in this series. It’s a Cozy Mystery series.

Pawsome. I love cozy mysteries. I’m in a series myself, The Cobble Cove mysteries, although purrsonally I think they should be called Sneaky the Library Cat mysteries. Tell us about your series.

My owner, Lucille Pfiffer is blind, and I’m her companion and protector, although she thinks she’s big and bad enough to protect herself. She’s really good at solving mysteries and I think I’m kind of good at it myself. 

I’m good at discovering clues. I think animals and mysteries go together because they have such good sixth senses.

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

Yes, I am. My real name is Vanilla, just like in the books. I am the cute pet of my author’s daughter, Mercedes, and we have a very loving family.

That’s wonderful. My author has three cats, but she lost the Siamese, Oliver, on whom I was based.

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

Sure. Here it is:

Nilla got to explore one of the mazes and Theodore laughed heartily as she seemed to be confused about midway as to which direction to take. He tried to coach her, but I don’t think she trusted Theodore to lead her in the right direction, especially after she knew she was responsible for biting those toes of his countless times. Theodore must’ve thought for a moment before volunteering his help that revenge is sweet!

Bow Wow! That was wonderful. Thank you.

What do you like most about your role in your authors’ books?
My author adds humor to this series and I like that. She also portrays me the way that I am in real life.

That’s nice. My author also tries to add humor to our mysteries. I think people enjoy that.

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

I’m a dog – a Shih Tzu, actually. I talk all the time. They call it “barking’, but I call it “talking”.

I know what you mean. I also like to meow, purr, and do the wide range of cat noises.

What advice would you give other dog characters?

Be yourself and let that shine through in your role. That’s my best advice.

Purrfect.

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

BLIND SIGHT is just Book one in the series, so far. There are many more books to come in this series, so make sure to be on the look-out.

I’ll do that, and I’m sure my readers will, as well.

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

My author is. Here are her links:

Website: tanya-r-taylor.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tanyartaylorbooks/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/tanyartay

My author will look you up. Thanks so much for the interview, and best tail wags on your new release. I’m sharing your blog tour below.

BLIND SIGHT
(Lucille Pfiffer Mystery Series)
by Tanya R. Taylor

About the Book


BLIND SIGHT (Lucille Pfiffer Mystery Series)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Self Published (July 28, 2019)
Number of Pages: 200
Digital ASIN: B07RVF7W99

Lucille Pfiffer sees, but not with her eyes. She lives with her beloved dog Vanilla (“Nilla” for short) in a cozy neighborhood that is quite “active” due to what occurred in the distant past. Though totally blind, she plays an integral role in helping to solve pressing and puzzling mysteries, one right after the other, which, without her, might remain unsolved.

The question is: How can she do any of that with such a handicap?

About Tanya R. Taylor

Tanya R. Taylor has wowed readers with her riveting plots and compelling themes.

She is the author of several #1 bestsellers on Amazon and published her first book titled: ‘A Killing Rage’ as a young adult.

She has worked in the Financial arena and is also a seasoned ghostwriter. Her book ‘Cornelius’ climbed to #1 in the Teen & Young-adult Multi-generational Family Fiction category. And her supernatural, suspense/thrillers – ‘CARA’ and ‘INFESTATION: A Small Town Nightmare’ are multiple times #1 international bestsellers.

Tanya writes in various genres including Paranormal Romance, Fantasy, Thrillers, Science-fiction, Mystery and Suspense.

She has a passion for the welfare of children and animals. Her hobbies include Reading, writing, and researching.

Author Links

Website: https://tanya-r-taylor.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tanyartaylorbooks/

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/tanya-r-taylor

Twitter: https://twitter.com/tanyartay

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8634397.Tanya_R_Taylor

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