Sneaky Interviews Hex from Mysterious Merchandise, A Witch’s Thrift Shop Mystery by Astoria Wright

Meow, there. It’s Sneaky with an interview with a fellow cat character from a cozy mystery series.

Hello, black kitty. You look a lot like my author’s cat, Harry, who has a column on this blog. May I ask your name and your author’s name?

Hi, Sneaky. I’m Hex and my reluctant friend is named Naveed. We are allowing our story to be told by the cozy fantasy author Astoria Wright.

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

Mysterious Merchandise, a paranormal cozy mystery, will be our first book, but be on the lookout for other books to follow. 

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

 Yes, our series is called A Witch’s Thrift Shop. I, Hex, lead Alice Adelcraft into Magic Row, a street full of shops owned by witches and wizards. The first shop she comes across is A Witch’s Thrift shop, where magical items are to be found. Why do I lead her there? I have my reasons.

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

Naveed and I are black cats only when we choose to be, which is most of the time. We’re what you would call genies, or jinn. We take this form to make humans more comfortable, and because if any warlock discovered we were really jinn…let’s just say that would be bad for everyone. We’re not based on anything our author owns…it’s not like she has a magic lamp or anything. Or does she?

I guess readers need to read the books to figure that out.

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

*chuckle* Naveed says every scene with him is important. I’ll let him have this one:

“Wha- What’s wrong with Hex?” The boy asked.

“That’s not Hex. Down, kitty,” Alice said.

Naveed took ‘down’ to mean he should squat on the boy’s chest. His black eyes challenged her. He knew that wasn’t what she meant. Not unlike a real cat, he just wanted to be difficult about it.

Alice might not have much experience with cats, but she was getting the hang of handling a jinn. She narrowed her eyes right back, adding in her mind, “Off. Now. Naveed.” He gave a throaty growl, but hopped off Puck’s chest as she wished.

Scrambling to his feet, Puck looked between Naveed and the road behind him, as if debating whether or not to run.

“He’ll only chase you down again. And he might be angrier about it next time,” Alice said.

Tell Naveed that was a purrfect scene. Thanks for sharing it.

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

I love my role as Watcher of Magic Row. I set the whole plot in motion by leading Alice to Naveed’s lamp, where he should have stayed trapped, if you ask me.

Naveed says he doesn’t like anything, but I think he actually likes Magic Row and Alice might even be growing on him.

You sound like a very important character indeed.

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

I stay silent because I know better than to give away jinn secrets. Naveed can’t help himself. He hasn’t talked in his cat form – yet. But you never know with him.

I’ll take your word for it.

What advice would you give other cat characters?

You mean cat-jinns? I haven’t met any yet, other than Naveed. I suppose if I see another cat-jinn I’d tell them to keep their identities secret, revealing themselves only to people they trust 100%. For other magical cats, I guess my advice would be to stay close to their humans. Humans have a way of getting into all kinds of trouble when they’re not watched carefully.

Aint that the truth?

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

Mysterious Merchandise came out March 15th. Be on the lookout for Bewitching Bargains, the 2nd book in this series, which should be out soon, too.

Concatulations! I am sharing your blog tour and giveaway below. Best whiskers to you and your author on your new release.

Mysterious Merchandise (A Witch’s Thrift Shop Mystery)
by Astoria Wright

About Mysterious Merchandise

Mysterious Merchandise (A Witch’s Thrift Shop Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Novelwright Press, LLC (March 21, 2020)
Paperback: 142 pages
ISBN-10: 1949453243
ISBN-13: 978-1949453249
Digital ASIN: B084T5NVW2

When a black cat crosses Alice Adelcraft’s path, her luck changes, as does her worldview, especially when she stumbles into A Witch’s Thrift Shop. The merchandise is mysterious, the customers are curious, and the sign on the door reads: Shoplifters will be hexed. It might all be a joke, but the body of a witch outside proves someone was dead serious. Can Alice discover who killed the witch before the magical community discovers she isn’t one of them?

About Astoria Wright

Astoria Wright is a cozy fantasy author and a poet who is inspired by rainy days, good books, and positive people. She is often found sitting by a window or in her backyard sipping tea or coffee and writing or reading cozy mysteries, fantasy novels, or poetry. Join her mailing list at to see stories, poems, and thoughts that she only shares there.

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Sneaky Interviews Tinker from Murder Makes Scents: A Nantucket Candle Maker Mystery by Christin Brecher

Meow there, Mr. Cat. Mice to have you here on Sneaky’s blog.

Hey, Sneaky.  Thanks for having me. 

I’m Tinker.  A guy who smoked a pipe and liked to play cards named me.  Before we really got to know each other, someone killed him.  After that, I decided I’d live with Stella Wright.  When we first met, she thought I should be called Killer or Tiger.  I liked her style.  She makes candles and owns a store on Nantucket Island called the Wick & Flame.  She’s no card player, but she has more guts than any human I’ve ever seen. 

My author is Christin Brecher.  I’d like to see her tackle the stuff she makes Stella do.  I’ve never met her because she’s allergic to cats.  What’s that all about?  I’m suspicious of her.

You sound like an interesting guy, Tinker. Sorry your author is allergic to you. That must make things tough, but as long as she likes to write about you, that’s the important thing.

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

I’m in all of the Nantucket Candle Maker Mysteries, which is what the humans refer to as cozy mysteries.  Humans call murder cozy… and they wonder why we cats are sometimes on our guard around them. The Nantucket Candle Maker Mysteries feature my human, Stella Wright, who lives on Nantucket, a small island off the coast of Massachusetts. Stella loves making candle at a store she owns and runs, the Wick & Flame. She also has a burning passion for justice.  Whenever trouble strikes, Stella is determined to shine a light on the truth.  She uses her keen sense of smell, nosy extended family, and entrepreneurial spirit to sniff out the clues and answers to murder…. with her extraordinary cat, who helps her at every turn.

My author might sneeze around me, but she likes the way I help Stella.  In the first book, Murder’s No Votive Confidence, I knew the murder victim better than anyone else, so I came in handy a lot. In Christin’s next book, Murder Makes Scents, I accidentally make some trouble in the beginning, but later I redeem myself.  I also get to hang out with a junkyard cat named Sugar for a day.  Sugar catches mice while I nap, but I ultimately help Stella find a key clue among the garbage bags. 

Pawsome. I have my own cozy mystery series, the Cobble Cove mysteries that my author writes. I’m not the only pet in it, but, as a library cat, I have the best roles.

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

Word around town is that Christin has a dog named Bandit.  I hear that my proclivity to head out of the house with Stella was inspired by Bandit.  If that’s true, I think I’d like this dog.


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

In the scene where I find the dead body in Murder’s No Votive Confidence, Stella calls me a “cursed cat, still and erect, eyes on us like a sentry.”  Needless to say, it took her a bit to warm up to me, but I like the image of myself as a sentry.

Moving on, here’s an excerpt from Murder Makes Scents where I meet my new pal, Sugar. In my opinion, making a new friend is a very important scene.  Also, you can see how much I’ve grown on Stella.

When I pulled into Wright Brothers Carting Company, neither Docker nor Ted were out front.  I parked my car and got out with Tinker.

“Hello?” I said, hoping someone inside the office would hear me. There was an eerie quiet to the place…  Usually, I could at least hear a radio playing or Docker and Ted talking from behind the garage.

Tinker walked straight ahead; his tail waving leisurely.  Then he suddenly darted behind the garage.

“Tinker,” I said in a yell-slash-whisper that was neither a yell nor a whisper.  “Pssst.”

 “Yeow,” Tinker screeched.

 I ran in the direction of my cat’s call, across the parking area, past the side of the office building, and to the back of the garage.  There, I found Tinker on all fours, tail perpendicular to the ground, nose extended at the same angle.  I think my yoga teacher from the three classes I took last year would call it Warrior One or Two.  Something Warrior.

 The focus of his gaze?  Across from him, a large gray cat lay low to the ground, looking for an opening to escape.

The scene ends with Stella asking me “How’d you like a playdate, my furry friend?” 

Pawsome! Thanks for sharing.

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

I get enough time to nap.  Stella says I have a zen-like ability to nap in crisis, but that’s when I get a lot of my best ideas for her.

Cats are superior nappers if I say so myself.

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

There are cats who can talk?   

Stella can understand me.  We don’t need words to communicate.

Same with me and Alicia and the Cobble Cove library people.

What advice would you give other cat characters?

Don’t give up your naps.

Great advice.

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

There’s another one in the works.  Fifteen Minutes of Flame.  I spend a lot of time in a haunted house in that one, but I end up growing very fond of the place.

That sounds like a purrfect read. I’ll ask Debbie to keep an eye out for it, and I’m sure the readers of this blog will be interested, too.

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

The bright screen place that humans are always staring into? 

MOL (Meow Out Loud). Yes. that’s the one.


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Thanks, Tinker. It was a pleasure having you here, and best whiskers to you and your author on your new release and upcoming books. I’m sharing your blog tour below.

Murder Makes Scents (Nantucket Candle Maker Mystery)
by Christin Brecher

About Murder Makes Scents

Murder Makes Scents (Nantucket Candle Maker Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Publisher: Kensington (February 25, 2020)
Mass Market Paperback: 272 pages
ISBN-10: 1496721411
ISBN-13: 978-1496721419
Digital ASIN: B07R6P9Z8M

Stella Wright loves creating candles at her Nantucket store—and she also has a burning passion for justice. Now, after visiting a perfume conference, she must solve a vial crime . . .

Stella and her globe-trotting mom, Millie, have come home from a perfume industry conference in Paris, where their trip was marred by witnessing the stabbing death of a young man. It’s a relief for Stella to be back on her picturesque island, with the comforting company of her cat, Tinker. But lingering danger may have followed them back across the ocean.

After someone breaks into her candle store, the Wick & Flame, Stella starts feeling spooked. And just as things threaten to ignite, Millie suffers a blow to the head. Stella receives an anonymous note claiming that her mother smuggled a secret formula out of France—and threatening her life if it isn’t returned. Now Stella’s picked up the scent of a cold-hearted criminal and an intriguing puzzle, and things are about to get wicked . . .

About Christin Brecher

Christin Brecher was born and raised in NYC, where her family and many childhood friends still reside. As such, she feels she is as much of a small-town girl as any. The idea to write the Nantucket Candle Maker series sprang from her life-long connection to the small island off the coast of Massachusetts. Spending summers there as a child, Christin read from her family’s library of mystery novels, after which she began to imagine stories inspired by the island’s whaling heyday, its notoriously foggy nights, and during long bike rides to the beach. After many years in marketing for the publishing industry, followed by years raising her children, Murder’s No Votive Confidence is Christin’s debut novel. Visit her at
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Harry’s Kitty Korner #15: I’m in a Story and a Book, and I play a Bigger Role than Hermione

Meow, there. It’s Harry, Debbie’s dark-furred cat here to wish you all a happy holiday and to share some pawsome news. My sister, Hermione and I are in Debbie’s short story, Murder Unwrapped. We don’t play big parts, but I play a larger role than Sis. The story is free if you subscribe to Kindle Unlimited and only $1.49 as an Amazon ebook. Here’s some information about it.

Richard Bright is a man with a plan. He’s an inventor who he wants to kill his wife with one of his inventions. He hopes to put his plan into effect on Christmas, but his invention isn’t quite perfected. Dealing with his wife isn’t an option, nor her two rambunctious kittens, Harry and Hermione. What sweetens the pot is her large inheritance and a pretty young woman who is now working at his shop. Will Richard’s plan to have his special gift ready in time pan out, or will it fizzle with some of his other unfinished projects?

See what I mean, we’re even named in the blurb. I’m so excited I could yowl. Also, Debbie is working on a new mystery in which me and Hermione are pets of the protagonist, but I can’t give anything away just yet. I can’t wait for her to finish working on it.

Sneaky also wanted me to mention that there’s a new holiday Cobble Cove story in which he stars along with his gal pal, Kittykai, who was introduced in the third book. Sneaky’s Christmas Mystery is the same deal – free on KU and only $1.49 for the Amazon ebook. I “purr” sonally think they’d make great gifts.

Another death has occurred in Cobble Cove near the holidays. This time, it’s the owner of the new pet store in town who was felled by a case of cat food that crushed his skull. Was it an accident, or murder? While the townspeople including the sheriff are divided in their opinions, Sneaky and Kittykai, the library and inn cats, sniff out the truth.

So now that I’ve shared some of Debbie’s holiday stories with you, it’s back to waiting for Santa Claws to fill our stocking with catnip toys (yes, we still share a stocking while Stripey has his own).

Merry Meowy Christmas from Harry, Hermione, and Stripey.

Feature Friday Film: Black Friday and Holiday Book Trailers

I hope you all had a nice Thanksgiving. Now it’s time to get serious about buying holiday gifts. Black Friday is the day that people offer a lot of great deals. If you or someone on your list likes to read mysteries, you should check out Debbie’s Black Friday deal for her second Cobble Cove mystery, Between a Rock and a Hard Place, that’s free today, November 29., only.

Here is the book trailer. Please note that Debbie’s cat, Oliver, now on Rainbow Bridge, appears in the video. He is representing me, Sneaky the Library Cat, who is the main pet character in these books.

Here is another book trailer of new holiday stories published by Debbie’s publisher, Solstice Publishing. Don’t miss Debbie’s “tail” featuring me, Sneaky’s Christmas Mystery, and Murder Unwrapped, her story about a not-so-nice inventor who is making his wife a surprise Christmas gift. These books will be released on Monday, December 2.


Spotlight for Ra the Mighty: The Great Tomb Robbery by A. B. Greenfield

Sneaky here announcing a great new book you parents need to add to your kitties (kiddies) shelves. It’s releasing today and is the second book of the Ra the Mighty series by A. B. Greenfield. If your little ones love cats, they will love this book. Don’t miss it.

Genre: Children’s mystery, historical mystery
Series: Ra the Mighty #2
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A royal cat detective and his scarab beetle sidekick are on the case when a precious tomb gets ransacked in the Valley of the Kings. Ra the Mighty adores his duties as Pharaoh’s cat: naps by the pool and plenty of snacks. But when a royal tomb gets robbed, Ra and his hardworking friend Khepri must team up to restore justice. The clues point to a young boy whom Ra admires. Will the Great Detective play favorites, or will he uncover the truth? Mystery awaits!