Sneaky Interviews Seaview from Cat Conundrum, A Crazy Cat Lady Cozy Mystery by Mollie Hunt

Hello, Mr. Cat. Welcome to Sneaky’s the Library’s blog. What is your name and your author’s name?

Hello, Sneaky! Why, I’m called Seaview, but that’s a long story. It isn’t my real name, you see. My author’s name is Mollie Hunt. (That is her real name.)

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

Cat Conundrum is the name of the book. It’s Mollie’s  7th cozy mystery. I’m a first-timer, but it may not be my last.

I hope it isn’t. You sound like you would make a great recurring cat character.

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

As I understand it, the Crazy Cat Lady Cozy Mysteries are a series, but you don’t have to read them in order, so you can start with mine. He-he! They feature Lynley Cannon, a sixty-something cat shelter volunteer who finds more trouble than a cat in catnip. She certainly has her hands full with me.

Sounds pawsome.

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

I am a what humans call a Maine Coon cat. I’m big and strong with luxurious long silver furs, and though my author has seen cats like me at cat shows and in pictures, alas she has none of her own.

You must be quite handsome. I’m handsome, too. I’m a Siamese. I was loosely based on Debbie’s cat, Oliver, who has since gone to Rainbow Bridge. I am honored to keep his memory alive in the Cobble Cove mysteries.

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

Here you go! In this scene, Lynley has agreed to foster me as the police search for clues to a locked-room murder!

Cat Conundrum, Chapter 6

The microchip helps pets reunite with their people, sometimes across many miles. If your microchipped cat gets lost, a vet or shelter can easily trace you as long as you keep your information current.

The cat sat, comfortable as could be, on the back of the couch, staring out at the ocean. He was a large boy, extremely large, with the luxurious, long fur and sweet little tufts on his ears indicative of the Maine Coon breed. The color was a silver-gray with hints of cream on his underside. Samples of the blood on his paws had been collected for analysis, and as soon as we’d got back to the guesthouse, I’d washed off the remainder, revealing sparkling white booties. He was gentle and friendly, nothing like the aggressive wildcat the police had first presumed him to be. I’d been calling him Seaview, after the museum where he was found. He wore no tag and I couldn’t feel the distinctive capsule-shaped lump between his shoulders that would signify a microchip, though the shelter would check once their volunteer managed to make it by. Still, the perfect fur, the calm demeanor—he had to be somebody’s cat. I was certain someone would come forward to reclaim him soon.

That didn’t explain how he’d come to be in the study with the dead man. Had the man brought him along with him? Had the cat snuck in somehow? Once the victim had bolted the door, he would have been stuck for the duration.

The severe scratches on the victim’s face had not been done by a cat, even though on first scan, they had fooled Denny Paris, a seasoned animal investigator who had seen his share of maulings. But there was blood on Seaview’s paws—how did it get there if he weren’t the aggressor?

“Lots of questions, eh, Seaview?” I asked, giving his sideburn a scritch for which I was rewarded with a low, rolling purr. “I don’t suppose you could tell us the answers. You know it would save us all a lot of time and trouble if you would.”

Seaview’s only reply was a love-blink from his beautiful sea-green eyes.

What a purr-fect excerpt. Thanks for sharing.

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

I get to be both the villain and the hero. But you have to read the book if you want to know the twist.

Wow, Meow! I must do that or at least ask my author to read it to me.

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

Well, well, if you have ever heard one of my breed speak, you would not mistake it for a mere meow. Sometimes I trill, sometimes I scream, most of the time I just purr. But as to human-talk, I do not bother.

I was that way once myself at the beginning of my series, but now readers can “see” my thoughts and so can my fellow pet co-stars in the series. It’s lots of fun, but the human characters in the books can’t understand anything we pet characters say, so we have to use regular feline methods of communication – purrs, meows, yowls, etc.

What advice would you give other cat characters?

My friend and fellow feline, always be yourself. Though your author may think they want you to do this or that, it’s up to you to guide them in the purr-fect direction.

Excellent advice, Seaview.

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

The next in Mollie’s series will be Adventure Cat, coming fall of 2021. The feline star of that story is Spot from Cat’s Cradle, a Crazy Cat Lady short story, who will be making a startling comeback. I, however, may not be around for a while since my home is on the coast. There is a familial tie with Lynley’s friend Special Agent Denny Paris, so you never know. I could show up any time.

Mollie also has a sci-fantasy coming out at the beginning of 2021. Cat Winter is the second book in the Cat Seasons Tetralogy where cats save the world. Those cats do speak, but I don’t know them personally.

Your author sure is busy. You remind me of Salem, the black cat who made a guest appearance in our latest mystery, No Gravestone UnturnedHe also may return at some point but now resides in another state.

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

You can find Mollie Hunt, Cat Writer on her Blogsite: www.lecatts.wordpress.com

Amazon Page: www.amazon.com/author/molliehunt

Facebook Author Page: www.facebook.com/MollieHuntCatWriter/

@MollieHuntCats

Sign up for Mollie’s Extremely Informal Newsletter at: http://eepurl.com/c0fOTn

Pay her a visit. She’s all about cats.

Your author is like mine, and they are both members of the Cat Writers’ Association. We are so lucky.

I’m sharing your blog tour and giveaway below. Best whiskers to you and Mollie.

Cat Conundrum (Crazy Cat Lady Cozy Mysteries)
by Mollie Hunt

About Cat Conundrum

Cat Conundrum (Crazy Cat Lady Cozy Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
7th in Series
Independently Published (October 29, 2020)
Number of Pages: 292
Digital ASIN: B08KSK1531

A locked room. A dead man. The cat is the only witness, and he isn’t talking.

Locked-room murders are being committed in sleepy little Long Beach, Washington. As to the killer, Sheriff Matt Boulder has no idea who or why.

The sheriff needs help. He calls his friend, animal cop Denny Paris, and gets a surprise bonus: Lynley Cannon, amateur sleuth. This isn’t how the sixty-something cat shelter volunteer envisioned her beach vacation, but when Denny asks her to join him in the search, how can she refuse?

While the officers investigate one line of inquiry, Lynley takes a different approach. Her only clues, a cat found at the murder scene and a rich man’s missing wife, lead her thread by thread to a scheme more insidious than fiction.

But who will she tell when she turns out to be the one in the locked room?

About Mollie Hunt

Native Oregonian Mollie Hunt has always had an affinity for cats, so it was a short step for her to become a cat writer. Mollie is the author of The Crazy Cat Lady Cozy Mystery Series, featuring Lynley Cannon, a sixty-something cat shelter volunteer who finds more trouble than a cat in catnip. The 3rd in the series, CAT’S PAW, was a finalist for the 2016 Mystery & Mayhem Book Award. The 5th, CAT CAFÉ, won the World’s Best Cat Litter-ary Award in 2019. The 6th, COSMIC CAT, is the winner of the Cat Writers Association Muse Medallion Award for Best Cat Mystery 2019.

Mollie’s sci-fantasy, CAT SUMMER (Fire Star Press) also won a Muse Medallion, this time for Best Cat Sci-fi Fantasy. CAT SUMMER is the first in her Cat Seasons Tetralogy where cats save the world from an evil older than history—twice! Mollie published a stand-alone mystery, PLACID RIVER RUNS DEEP, which delves into murder, obsession, and the challenge of chronic illness in bucolic southwest Washington. Two of her short cat stories have been published in anthologies. She has a little book of Cat Poems as well.

Mollie is a member of the Oregon Writers’ Colony, Sisters in Crime, Willamette Writers, the Cat Writers’ Association, and the Northwest Independent Writers Association (NIWA). She lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and a varying number of cats. Like Lynley, she is a grateful shelter volunteer.

Author Links

You can find Mollie Hunt, Cat Writer on her blogsite: www.lecatts.wordpress.com

Amazon Page: www.amazon.com/author/molliehunt

Facebook Author Page: www.facebook.com/MollieHuntCatWriter/

Fire Star Author Page: http://prairierosepublications.com/authors_2/mollie-hunt\

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7768987.Mollie_Hunt

@MollieHuntCats

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Sneaky Interviews Marshmallow, the Cat from Mimi Lee Reads Between the Lines, A Sassy Cat Mystery by Jennifer J. Chow

Today, I’m honored to have another cat guest with me, Marshmallow from Mimi Lee Reads Between the Lines, A Sassy Cat Mystery, by Jennifer J. Chow.

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

I’m in Mimi Lee Gets A Clue and Mimi Lee Reads Between the Lines. Both are cozy mysteries.

Wow, Meow. I’m in a cozy mystery series, too, the Cobble Cove mysteries. Tell me about yours.

I’m in the Sassy Cat Mystery Series, where I solve cases, along with my human sidekick, Mimi.

Pawsome! My human sidekick is Alicia, the director of the Cobble Cove Library. I help her solve mysteries and murders, but she doesn’t realize I’m doing it.

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

No, I’m much more inspired by Garfield, but my immense fluff came by my author’s real-life kitty observations.

I see. Well, I’m Siamese and loosely based on Oliver, my author Debbie’s kitty who went to Rainbow Bridge a few years ago.

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 Chapter 10 of Mimi Lee Reads Between the Lines:\

Chapter 10

Marshmallow and the poodle exchanged a few words—well, barks or whatever. Nimbus crept over to the poodle, but the docile dog didn’t seem to mind her intense scrutiny.

Then Nimbus came over to me and did figure-eight turns around my legs.

“I’ll take that as a compliment,” I said to her.

The owner returned, but he’d thrown on a trench coat over his clothes and carried an umbrella. I noticed Nimbus dash and hide under the front desk. I wrinkled my nose at the sight.

Still, I focused on the customer and asked, “Is it raining?”

“Drizzling, and I don’t want my baby to get wet.” He took off his coat. “In fact, I might wrap him in this.”

Nimbus crept back out from under the desk and studied the pet owner as he paid for the grooming. The man left me a generous tip.

After the owner left, I turned to Marshmallow. “Nimbus acted oddly. What was with the hiding?”

Marshmallow turned to the kitten and questioned her using some staccato meows.

As the conversation continued, Nimbus seemed to shrink into herself and grow smaller.

Finally, Marshmallow translated for me. “She’s got a bad association with large coats.”

“How so?” I asked.

“Seems like she saw a dark figure draped in a huge coat very recently.”

“When and where was this?”

“Outside Roosevelt Elementary.” Marshmallow’s blue eyes looked deep into mine. “And get this. Nimbus saw this eerie man the day Helen Reed died.”

What a purr-fect excerpt. Thanks for sharing it.

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

Showing how savvy cats are at sleuthing—we’re the purr-fect detectives.

You got that right, Marsh.

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

Oh, I talk all right . . . and read. Too bad I can only speak directly into my human’s mind.

I only speak to my pet character co-stars and Debbie’s readers who can read my thoughts, but that only happened after our 4th book. Before that, I communicated with everyone using body language, which I still do with the human characters, and most of them are not too adept at reading that form of communication.

What advice would you give other cat characters?

Let your owners know who’s really boss in the book.

We felines know that cats are bosses inside and outside of books.

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

My next one is out on November 10th: Mimi Lee Reads Between the Lines. The one after that, Mimi Lee Cracks the Code, comes out in 2021.

Concatulations! The 5th book of our series, No Gravestone Unturned, came out in October and just finished a blog tour with the same nice lady, Lori, who is running yours.

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

My author is on social media. (I’d much rather use that time to take a nap.) You can find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram:

https://www.facebook.com/JenJChow

https://twitter.com/JenJChow

https://www.instagram.com/jenjchow/

I’m not on social media either, but I have my own blog as you can see. I’m sharing your blog tour and giveaway below. Best whiskers to you and your author on your new release.Mimi Lee Reads Between the Lines (A Sassy Cat Mystery)

About Mimi Lee Reads Between the Lines

Mimi Lee Reads Between the Lines (A Sassy Cat Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Publisher: Berkley (November 10, 2020)
Paperback: 320 pages
ISBN-10: 1984805010
ISBN-13: 978-1984805010
Digital ASIN: B084V8MB5M

When a local teacher is found dead, LA’s newest pet groomer Mimi Lee finds herself in a pawful predicament—with her younger sister’s livelihood on the line.

Mimi Lee is on top of the world. She has a thriving pet grooming business, the sweetest boyfriend, and a talking cat to boot. When she arrives at the elementary school where her sister Alice works, she’s expecting a fun girls’ night out—but instead finds a teacher slumped over in her car, dead.

Alice was the last one to see Helen Reed, which instantly marks her as the prime suspect. Unable to sit quietly and let the authorities walk all over her sister, Mimi starts snooping and talks to Helen’s closest contacts, including one jumpy principal, a two-faced fiancé, and three sketchy teachers. With the help of her sassy but savvy cat, Marshmallow, and a cute kitten named Nimbus, the clock’s ticking for Mimi to get to the bottom of yet another case before her sister gets schooled.

About Jennifer J. Chow

Jennifer J. Chow is the author of the hiss-terical Sassy Cat Mysteries, the Winston Wong cozies, Dragonfly Dreams, and The 228 Legacy. She lives in Los Angeles, where she hunts for all things matcha. Connect with her online and sign up for her newsletter at www.jenniferjchow.com. You can also find her on social media under @jenjchow.

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https://twitter.com/JenJChow

https://www.instagram.com/jenjchow/

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Harry’s Kitty Korner #22: October Black Cat Book News

Meow. It’s Handsome Harry with some great news to share for October. Not only is this the month that Hermione and I were adopted by Debbie and her daughter, but it’s the month that Debbie published a new book featuring a black cat. As you know, I’m partial to dark-furred kitties, being one myself. In Debbie’s new book, No Gravestone Unturned, that is the 5th book of her Cobble Cove cozy mystery series, she introduced a guest cat named Salem. While not downplaying Sneaky the Siamese’s role at all because he is the star of the series, Salem has some great scenes in the story. It’s a purr-fect October read because the murder takes place on Halloween.

Don’t miss the blog tour hosted by Great Escapes Virtual Book tours. Here’s the schedule:

TOUR PARTICIPANTS

October 28 – Brooke Blogs – SPOTLIGHT

October 28 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book -AUTHOR INTERVIEW

October 29 – I’m All About Books – SPOTLIGHT

October 30 – Hearts & Scribbles – SPOTLIGHT, EXCERPT

October 31 – Christy’s Cozy Corners– REVIEW, GUEST POST

November 1 – I Read What You Write – GUEST POST

November 2 –  Thoughts in Progress – SPOTLIGHT, EXCERPT

November 3 – Cozy Up With Kathy – GUEST POST

November 3 – Mysteries with Character – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

November 4 – Ascroft, eh? – CHARACTER INTERVIEW

November 5 – This Is My Truth Now – REVIEW

November 6 – Literary Gold – SPOTLIGHT, EXCERPT

November 7 – A Chick Who Reads – REVIEW

November 8 – Books a Plenty Book Reviews– REVIEW

I have more paw-some news for October. Debbie is working on a non-fiction pet book that will include many of my and Hermione’s blog posts from this column as well as articles written by her previous cats, Floppy and Holly, who have since crossed over Rainbow Bridge. Oliver and Stripey aren’t left out either. The book has many cat photos and deals with topics of feline health, behavior, and everyday living.

There will also be a blog tour for this book in November. Sign ups with Silver Dagger Book tours are being booked now if you are interested in participating.

Sneaky’s Interview with Maggie, the Cat from Murder in the Bayou Boneyard, A Cajun Country Mystery by Ellen Byron

Hello, Ms. Kitty. Please introduce yourself and your author.

My name is Maggie, and my author is Ellen Byron.

It’s pawsome to meet both of you.

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

I first appeared in BODY ON THE BAYOU, the second Cajun Country Mystery, which is a cozy. Since then, I’ve kind of made an appearance in the rest of them. I was found as a kitten with my mom and brothers and sisters. I was adopted by the son of Maggie’s boyfriend, who named me after her. Sometimes I’m not named in a book, but if Xander is there, I’m somewhere there with him! The other books are A CAJUN CHRISTMAS KILLING, MARDI GRAS MURDER, and FATAL CAJUN FESTIVAL.Very mice.

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

Here’s the last page from BODY ON THE BAYOU, where I get my name:

Very Mice.

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

I pretty much just keep my human, Xander, company, which suits me just fine!

Sounds like a fulfilling job.

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

The latter.

Meow, too.

What advice would you give other cat characters?

Enjoy the ride! It’s fun being in a book.

That’s so true.

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

My author has a new book coming out – MURDER IN THE BAYOU BONEYARD, that released 9/8. It revolves around Halloween and is so much fun. I think Halloween is kind of scary, so I lay low in that book.

Halloween cozies are lots of fun. My author wrote one, too, our 5th Cobble Cove cozy, No Gravestone Unturned. We’re hoping it comes out before Halloween. I even witness the murder in this one.

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

Newsletter: https://www.ellenbyron.com/

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/ellenbyronauthor/

Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/ellenbyronmariadirico/

Bookbub:

https://www.bookbub.com/profile/ellen-byron

Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/23234.Ellen_Byron?from_search=true&from_srp=true

Thanks so much for the interview, Maggie. Best whiskers to you and your author on your new release. I’m sharing the blog tour and giveaway below.

Murder in the Bayou Boneyard: A Cajun Country Mystery
by Ellen Byron

About Murder in the Bayou Boneyard


Murder in the Bayou Boneyard: A Cajun Country Mystery
Cozy Mystery
6th in Series
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books (September 8, 2020)
Hardcover: 304 pages
ISBN-10: 1643854607
ISBN-13: 978-1643854601
Digital ASIN: B082H3BT6F

Maggie Crozat has the Halloween heebie-jeebies in USA Today bestselling and Agatha Award-winning author Ellen Byron’s howlingly funny sixth Cajun Country mystery.

Maggie Crozat, proprietor of a historic Cajun Country B&B, prefers to let the good times roll. But hard times rock her hostelry when a new cell phone app makes it easy for locals to rent their spare rooms to tourists. With October–and Halloween–approaching, she conjures up a witch-crafty marketing scheme to draw visitors to Pelican, Louisiana.

Five local plantation B&Bs host “Pelican’s Spooky Past” packages, featuring regional crafts, unique menus, and a pet costume parade. Topping it off, the derelict Dupois cemetery is the suitably sepulchral setting for the spine-chilling play Resurrection of a Spirit. But all the witchcraft has inevitably conjured something: her B&B guests are being terrified out of town by sightings of the legendary rougarou, a cross between a werewolf and vampire.

When, in the Dupois cemetery, someone costumed as a rougarou stumbles onstage during the play–and promptly gives up the ghost, the rougarou mask having been poisoned with strychnine, Maggie is on the case. But as more murders stack up, Maggie fears that Pelican’s spooky past has nothing on its bloodcurdling present.

About Ellen Byron

Maria DiRico

Ellen’s Cajun Country Mysteries have won the Agatha award for Best Contemporary Novel and multiple Lefty awards for Best Humorous Mystery. Her Catering Hall Mystery series, written as Maria DiRico, launched with Here Comes the Body and was inspired by her real life. She’s an award-winning playwright and non-award-winning TV writer of comedies like WINGS, JUST SHOOT ME, and FAIRLY ODD PARENTS, but she considers her most impressive credit working as a cater-waiter for Martha Stewart. A native New Yorker who attended New Orleans’ Tulane University, she lives in Los Angeles with her husband, daughter, and rescue furbaby. Sign up for her newsletter at https://www.ellenbyron.com/

Author Links

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/ellenbyronauthor/

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Instagram:

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BookBub:

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Goodreads:

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Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/Ellen-Byron/e/B00J7NW9IM?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1&qid=1591801316&sr=8-1

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September 16 – Island Confidential – REVIEW

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September 20 – I Read What You Write – SPOTLIGHT

September 21 – Socrates Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

September 21 – Christy’s Cozy Corners – REVIEW, RECIPE

September 22 – Mysteries with Character – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

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September 23 – My Reading Journeys – REVIEW

September 23 – Literary Gold – CHARACTER GUEST POST

September 24 – Sneaky the Library Cat’s Blog – CHARACTER INTERVIEW

September 24 – Ascroft, eh? – CHARACTER INTERVIEW

September 25 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

September 26 – fundinmental – SPOTLIGHT

September 26 – Brooke Blogs – SPOTLIGHT

September 26 – Baroness’ Book Trove – REVIEW

September 27 – Books a Plenty Book Reviews – REVIEW

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Interview of Napoleon, the Basset Hound from The Watchman of Rothenburg Dies, a Homeswapper Mystery by Adriana Licio

Hello, Mr. Dog. Welcome to Sneaky the Library Cat’s Blog. May I ask your name and your author’s name,  please?

I’m Napoleon, or simply Leon, a Basset Hound with an attitude. My author slave is Adriana Licio.

It’s pawsome to meet you, Leon .

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

I am the star of The Homeswappers Mysteries, a cosy mystery series set across various small towns in Europe as my two bipeds visit the countries one corpse… I beg your pardon, one home swap at a time. Mind you, I don’t feature in the prequel, as that is set in Castelmezzano, a small village in Southern Italy where my bipeds live, when their life was still empty and lonely. At the time, the poor things hadn’t met me. Then they organised their first ever homeswap to Rothenburg ob der Tauber in Germany, our paths crossed and it was love at first sight. Well at least, it was for one of them. The other? Let’s just say the other is more of a troublemaker.

Sounds very interesting.

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

Adriana is owned by Frodo, a Golden Retriever, but he’s sweet and nice to the point of boredom (don’t tell Adriana as she can get quite touchy about her dog). For a starring role in a book, you need a dog with a strong magnetic personality…

As a cat I wouldn’t know about that, but Fido, my dog co-star in the Cobble Cove cozy mystery series, might not agree. Debbie doesn’t have dogs, so Fido isn’t based on any of her pets.

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

This excerpt is where I meet my human Dora for the first time (and Etta too!):

More convulsions came from beneath the cloak, then finally a nose emerged. Then a whole head with long ears, and finally, inch by inch, the body of a dog made its way through.

“A Basset Hound!” cried one of the tourists.

“Napoleon, what are you doing here?” the Night Watchman exclaimed. Then he turned to the tourists. “This naughty beastie never does as he is told.”

Napoleon barked in protest at being called a naughty beastie.

“We’d run too late if I were to take him back home. Anybody wish to take care of him as we go exploring?”

Dora immediately raised her hand, as did a man in the crowd.

“You make your choice, Leon,” the Night Watchman said.

The Basset Hound without hesitation moved towards Dora.

“Sorry, my man, but he prefers women.” The Night Watchman grinned and made a slight bow at Dora. “And you can take him home with you, too. I have had enough of him stealing my sausages and chewing my socks.”

“This cute doggy? I’d never believe that,” Dora said as Napoleon sat in front of her, his head tilted and the most endearingly frantic expression in his round brown eyes.

Etta sent Dora a dirty look. She didn’t like pets at all, not even outside. Cuddly toys were fine, but not real animals, the smelly, dirty things, raising their legs and peeing everywhere, shedding hair as if there were no tomorrow. That was something she would never put up with.

Great excerpt. Here’s a dog bone for your, Leon. Thank you for sharing it.

Thanks so much for the bone, Sneaky.

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

We’re lucky that Adriana thought to include me, as the two women, Etta and Dora, have a dangerous habit of ending up in trouble quite often, so they need someone strong and brave to look after them. And as they also have a tendency to stumble upon corpses wherever they go, they need a partner-in-sleuthing with a good hunch and a rational mind.

That makes good sense.

Are you a talking dog in your books or a silent one who just barks occasionally?

I’m not a talking dog – in the human sense, at least. But I can assure you that I make myself understood!\

I don’t doubt that.

What advice would you give other dog characters?

Be patient with your humans. Although they might drive you mad sometimes, don’t yell at them; use positive reinforcement techniques. I’ve tried clicker training with my humans, but then they tend to line up like little soldiers. Just let them know you’re happy with what they’ve done, cuddle them, smile at them. It takes a bit longer, but you will get better educated humans.

Interesting advice. We cats just ignore them. They get the picture.

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

Oh yes, we’re just launching this new series The Homeswappers Mysteries. The prequel, Castelmezzano: The Witch is Dead, is out at a special price of $0.99. The first book in series, The Watchman of Rothenburg Dies (when I initially meet my two human slaves), launched on 1 September.

On 15 October, we leave quaint Rothenburg to go to Bad Doberan in the region of 1,000 lakes in Germany for A Wedding and a Funeral in Mecklenburg. Our latest homeswap partners have a family wedding coming up (their son) and Etta and Dora are raving about it. I’m more interested in meeting Milla, a pretty German Wirehaired Pointer…

But there’s more! Those who are well informed might tell you that on 1 December, we land on a small Danish island complete with a delicious Christmas market, baked delicacies and mulled wine in An Aero Island Christmas Mystery. I can smell something tricky happening along the way… but hopefully I’m wrong!

Wow Meow or should I say, Bow Wow? That’s quite a schedule.

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Please leave a message in the comments and we will pick a winner for an eBook of The Watchman of Rothenburg Dies.

How generous of you, Leon. Thank you for the interview and best tail wags to you and your author on your new release. I’m sharing it below.

The Watchman of Rothenburg Dies: A German Cozy Mystery
(The Homeswappers) by Adriana Licio

About The Watchman of Rothenburg Dies


The Watchman of Rothenburg Dies: A German Cozy Mystery (The Homeswappers)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Publisher: The Hometravellers Press (September 1, 2020)
~180 pAGES
Digital ASIN: B08DD8C46D

A holiday is a time to relax, unwind and see the sights. But for two adventurous sexagenarians, the sights have a tendency to include dead bodies.

Etta and Dora, both newly retired teachers, travel from their home in Southern Italy to a fairy-tale German town for their first home swap holiday, delighted by their neighbours’ warm welcome. But the welcome turns sour when the Night Watchman of Rothenburg is brutally murdered while his tour group takes photographs nearby, a halberd buried in his chest and a peculiar iron mask by his side.

When the murderer claims a second victim and the son of their hospitable neighbours becomes the number-one suspect, Etta’s analytical mind goes to work. Why was a shame mask left at the scene of each murder? Is there a clandestine trade going on behind the scenes of apparently upstanding local businesses? And why does every lead take her back to the sinister Devil’s Ale pub and the terrifying gang who lurk within?

Meanwhile, Dora has a puzzle of her own – how can she persuade Etta that a loveably disobedient Basset Hound called Napoleon is now a permanent part of their lives?

◆◆◆ Pack your bags, jump into the backseat of Etta and Dora’s old Fiat 500, and join them on their travels around Europe. There’ll be mystery, murder and mayhem aplenty wherever they go. ◆◆◆

About Adriana Licio

She loves loads of things: traveling, reading, walking, good food, small villages, and home swapping. She runs her family perfumery, and between a dark patchouli and a musky rose, she reads and writes cozy mysteries.

She resisted writing as long as she could. But one day she found an alluring blank page and the words flowed in that weird English she’d learned in Glasgow…

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