Sneaky Interviews Archie, the dog from Radical Regatta! Corsario Cove Cozy Mystery #4 by Anna Celeste Burke

Sneaky here with one another pet character interview. Today, I’m speaking with a dog whose current book, Radical Regatta! Corsario Cover Mystery #4 is in the new anthology, Summer Snoops Unleashed: 14 Furr-ocious Mysteries and Cozy Crimes, that’s on tour with Escape with Dollycas Into a Good Book.

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

Kim and Brien named me Archie after they found me alone in the Pacific Ocean trying to get to shore in Corsario Cove. My owners called me Reggie—short for Reginald Duke of Monte Carlo. The man who owned me thought I brought him luck at the casino in Monaco. I like Archie better. 

My author’s name is Anna Celeste Burke.

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

I’m a new friend for Kim and Brien in Radical Regatta! Corsario Cove Cozy Mystery #4.

Sounds interesting.

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

Yes, I’m so happy to meet Kim Reed and Brien Williams in Corsario Cove. It’s a beautiful place where I can run on the beach. Lots of trees around too—mostly palm trees.

Kim and Brien are young, sweet, and lots of fun although they get into too many dangerous situations. This time, some of it is thanks to me, but mostly because they have noses for trouble and the curiosity of cats, like you! There are now four books in the Corsario Cove Cozy Mystery series—starting with Cowabunga Christmas! Corsario Cove Cozy Mystery #1. I’ve heard them talk about their Christmas honeymoon when a dead Santa fell into the pool at the Sanctuary Resort & Spa, a swanky place here in the cove. That’s where they met this twitchy San Albinus detective who sometimes barks louder than me. I’m pretty sure, like me, he does that when he’s worried Kim and Brien are going to get hurt.  

Right now, the only way to read my story is to buy this wonderful box set: Summer Snoops Unleashed:14 Furr-ocious Mysteries & Cozy Crime. My author and some of her friends are selling this for only 99c trying to raise money for three different shelters that help lost dogs like I was before Brien and Kim found me. I hope they raise a huge amount of money for places that help pets find families for them to love and be loved by them. It’s the best thing that can ever happen to a dog or a cat or even other kinds of pets.

The town in your series sounds like the one in my Cobble Cove mysteries. We have a dog there, too, named Fido, but I think I’m the main pet character, although he usually has a role in all our books. It’s great that you and the other authors in this box set are raising money for shelters. My author currently has a Facebook fundraiser for the shelter where she adopted her two cats from. It’s always great to support shelters.

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

My author’s a fan of Dalmatians and Poodles and fell in love with Portuguese Water Dogs, like me, when one moved into the White House a few years ago.

How sweet.

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

I’m in the very first chapter. So, here’s a little part of my story where Kim is calling Al, the head of resort security and Brien’s boss, for help while Brien tries to reach me.

“Yes. Brien and Bede have gone into the water. Brien’s way, way out at the edge of the cove. He’s trying to rescue a dog that’s swimming for shore from the ocean. Bede’s trying to catch up so he can help.”

“A dog? Are you sure?”

“Yes,” I replied. As I caught sight of the dog that was closer now, I spoke again. “I’m sure. Can you get medical help down here at the beach?”

“For the dog?”

“I hope the dog’s the only one who’s going to need it.” I took another look. My he-man, built like Chris Hemsworth in that Thor movie, was barely recognizable as he sliced through the glittering water. The dog was paddling toward him but moving more slowly now. Who knew how long the poor animal had been in the water since there wasn’t a boat anywhere near him?

“Got it. I’ll call the lifeguards on the boardwalk. Someone should already be there this morning. If not, I’ll go to their office and grab the rescue equipment myself.”

“Thanks,” I said as I hung up and then picked up a backpack that contained our wallets, keys, towels, water, and protein bars. Feeling useless, I pulled a couple of big towels from the bag and placed my phone in its watertight pouch before returning it to the backpack. I walked to the water’s edge and waited. Then my heart skipped a beat. The dog disappeared under the water.

Pawsome. Thanks for sharing that.

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

I have a special animal playmate. We get into trouble, but I’m never lonely with him around. I got left alone a lot of the time before Kim & Brien found me. They like to have fun, too, and take me with them to the beach and to San Albinus. I get to ride in their golf cart

That sounds like such fun. I live in a library,  so I’d love to hitch a ride on one of the book carts.

Are you a talking dog in your books or just silent like me—a cat who meows occasionally?

I wish I could talk and help Kim & Brien out more than I do. I woof and bark when I invite them to play, warn them, or try to protect them.

Same here, but I don’t woof and bark. I meow, purr, and make use lots of feline sign language to communicate with Alicia, Laura, and the other Cobble Cove library staff members.

What advice would you give other dog characters?

Be the best dog you can be and the very best friend to your human companions. People need tons of comfort and love—especially the ones who get chased by bad guys. In cases like that, occasionally, you’ve got to have their backs, too.

Well said. Cat characters should follow the same advice.

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

I’m going to have an important role in Kim and Brien’s next adventure, Bogus Bones! Corsario Cove Cozy Mystery #5. Normally, I’m a big fan of bones, but the ones I find are scary and tell a deadly story. My next adventure will be told late this year or early in 2020.


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

She sure is—here you go…links to all the places Anna Celeste Burke hangs out!






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My author will follow yours, and I hope our readers will, too. It’s been a doggone pleasure to have you on my blog, Arch. Best tail wags to you and your author and all the contributors to your box set. I’ve included information about the blog tour below.

Summer Snoops Unleashed:
14 Furr-ocious Mysteries and Cozy Crimes
by Judith Lucci Anna Celeste Burke, Colleen Mooney, Fiona Quinn, Maria Grazia Swan, Kelly Hashway, Kim Hunt Harris, Susan Boles, Lisa B. Thomas, Emily Selby, Ava Mallory, Chelsea Thomas, Sam Cheever, and Joanna Campbell Slan

About the Book

Summer Snoops Unleashed: 14 Furr-ocious Mysteries and Cozy Crimes

Cozy Mystery
Independently Published
Release Date – July 23, 2019
ASIN: B07R49T674

Summertime Murders are RUFF


Looking for cool cozies for hot summer days? Then you’ll love this purr-fectly paw-some cozy mystery boxed set from fourteen USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and Amazon best-selling authors.We’ve pulled out all the stops with Summer Snoops Unleashed! Enjoy hours of fun sniffing out clues on sandy beaches, shimmering waterways, and at small-town celebrations in these brand-new stories full of wily sleuths, cagey plots, and un-fur-gettable tails!Fetch your copy now to get these furr-ocious new cozy mysteries and woof it up with us!

They’re howlingly good reads!

All preorders support best lives for pets!

Here’s a sampling of stories…

WSJ and USA Best Selling Author Judith Lucci – The Most Glittery Crime of the Year: The Jewel Heist – An Artzy Chicks Mystery

WSJ and USA Today Best Selling Author Anna Celeste Burke ¬- Radical Regatta! Corsario Cove Cozy Mystery #4

WSJ & USA Today Best Selling Author Colleen Mooney – Fireworks, Forensics & Felonies

USA Today Best Selling Author Fiona Quinn – YOURS. No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

Amazon Best Selling Author Maria Grazia Swan – Pies, Lies and a Last Goodbye

USA Today Best Selling Author Kelly Hashway – You Can’t Judge a Crime by its Aura

WSJ & USA Today Best Selling Author Kim Hunt Harris – Yankee Doodle Deadly: A Trailer Park Princess Novella

WSJ & USA Today Best Selling Author Susan Boles – Death in Mercy

Best Selling Author Amazon Lisa B. Thomas – Sharpe Pain: A Corpse in the Cabin

Amazon Best Selling Author Emily Selby – Death and Taxes on a Cloud

Amazon Best Selling Author Joanna Campbell Slan – Ruff Justice: Second Chance Adventure #5

WSJ and USA Today Best Selling Author Ava Mallory – High Heel Homicide: A Holly Woods Mystery Novella

Amazon Best Selling Author Chelsea Thomas – A Knead to Kill

WSJ and USA Today Best Selling Author Sam Cheever – Spunky Bumpkin


About the Authors

Dr. Judith Lucci is a Wall Street Journal and USA Today best-selling author. She is the award-winning author of the Alexandra Destephano Medical Thriller and the Michaela McPherson “Two Sleuth’s and a Dog” Crime series. She also writes psychological fiction. Her cozy series, The Artzy Chicks Mysteries focuses on a group of eccentric, talented but zany artists in their Art Gallery at a Five Star Mountain Resort in the Virginia mountains.

In 2017, ‘Viral Intent’ (Book 3) Alexandra Destephano Series) was awarded a Gold Medal by Readers’ Favorites for ‘Best Political Thriller’. as was her crime thriller ‘The Case of Dr. Dude’ (Michaela McPherson #1) for a Gold Medal for ‘Best Amateur Sleuth for 2017. ‘The Most Wonderful Crime of the Year‘ won an additional gold medal for ‘Best Holiday Read’ of 2017.

Her favorite things are reading, writing, and art. In her spare time she teaches painting, loves up on animals and raises money for needy causes. Judith lives with her 4 dog family in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. She loves to connect with her readers and is available at Check our her website at and sign-up for a free copy of Chaos at Crescent City Medical Center.

Anna Celeste Burke is a USA Today & Wall Street Journal bestselling author who lives in the desert near Palm Springs with her beloved husband and loudmouthed Siamese cat. A retired professor who once worked as a Disney chef, you’ll find her snooping into life’s mysteries with fun, fiction, and food!

Colleen Mooney was born and raised in New Orleans along with everyone else in her family. She is a USA Today and Wall Street Journal Best Selling Author and writes a cozy mystery series set in New Orleans called The New Orleans Go Cup Chronicles. The 7th book in her series is Fireworks, Forensics and Felonies will be in Summer Snoops Unleashed. Her Politicians, Potholes and Praline released in March 2019 and is available on Amazon and KU.

Since January 2017 Colleen organized a Sisters In Crime chapter in New Orleans and is not planning a Mystery Writers Conference in November in New Orleans. She is currently working on her next book in the series.

In New Orleans, she’s been a member and active in many Mardi Gras Krewes, Super Krewes, and organizations. Colleen says she has never met a parade she didn’t like.

She’s an ardent animal lover and the Director for a breed rescue, Schnauzer Rescue of Louisiana for the last fifteen years. She has rescued and placed over 350 abandoned or surrendered Schnauzers. She loves to write and writes about what she loves. Colleen says, “New Orleans is where it all happens for me.”

Fiona Quinn is a four-time USA Today bestselling author, a Kindle Scout winner, and has been listed as an Amazon Top 100 author in: Romantic Suspense; Mystery, thriller, and suspense; Mysteries, Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror.

Maria Grazia Swan

Award-winning author Maria Grazia Swan was born in Italy. She’s lived in Belgium, France, Germany, Southern California and Arizona—all juicy places that fuel her stories and characters.

These days, Maria Grazia volunteers at the animal shelter seeking the perfect family for homeless pets. Her deepest passions? Writing and being the matchmaker for people and pets who are waiting to find each other.

Maria loves travel, opera, good books, hiking, and intelligent movies. Her idea of a perfect evening? Stimulating conversation, Northern Italian food, and chilled Prosecco.

She loves to hear from her readers! Feel free to contact her through her website:

Kelly Hashway fully admits to being one of the most accident-prone people on the planet, but luckily she gets to write about female sleuths who are much more coordinated than she is. Maybe it was growing up watching Murder She Wrote that instilled a love of mystery, but she spends her days writing cozy mysteries. Kelly’s also a sucker for first love, which is why she writes romance under the pen name Ashelyn Drake. When she’s not writing, Kelly works as an editor and also as Mom, which she believes is a job title that deserves to be capitalized.

Kim Hunt Harris is the USA Today and Wall Street Journal best-selling author of the Trailer Park Princess Christian cozy mystery series.

Kim knew she wanted to be a writer before she even knew how to write. When her parents read bedtime stories to her, she knew she wanted to be a part of the story world. She started out writing children’s stories, and her stories grew as she did. She discovered a gift for humor and a love for making people laugh with her tales, and the Trailer Park Princess series was born.

Kim loves to not only make her readers laugh and entertain them with a good mystery, but also to examine the issues the everyday people face…well, every day. Issues such as faith and forgiveness, perseverance and tolerance. Set in Lubbock, Texas, the fun books feature a cast of quirky characters, outrageous situations, a drama queen of a dog, and from time to time, a tear or two.

Kim lives with her husband of more than thirty years and two teenage kids in Lubbock, TX.

Susan Boles is a USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author who lives in Mississippi with her rescue mini Dachshund and rescue cat of no particular breed. You’ll find her writing mysteries centered around small southern towns with lots of great characters.

Lisa B. Thomas

Born and raised in Texas, I always knew I wanted to be a writer. Finally, after thirty-three years as a high school journalism and English teacher, I released my first novel. Having grown up reading Trixie Belden, Nancy Drew, and Agatha Christie, I was drawn to the mystery genre.

I write clean, classic whodunnits with realistic characters and situations. It’s probably because my first book was based on a true-life murder mystery from my own family. That book, Sharpe Shooter, led to the Maycroft Mysteries. I also write Killer Shots Mysteries and the Beachside Bookshop Magical Cozy Mysteries (co-written with Paula Lester.) I call my books “Mysteries with Heart & Humor,” and that’s just what you’ll get.

When not writing, I enjoy my grown husband and dog, my children, grandchildren, grandpets, photography, traveling, and antiquing (aka. buying and selling used junk).

Follow Lisa Online: WebsiteFacebookTwitter

Emily Selby is a Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author who lives between France and New Zealand with her husband, daughter and a multilingual rescue cat. She loves writing and reading cozy mysteries with a sprinkle of romance, full of quirky characters and set in charming little towns.

Joanna Campbell Slan

National bestselling and award-winning author Joanna Campbell Slan has written and/or edited 40 books, including both fiction and non-fiction works. In addition to being included in Amazon’s list of Top 100 Mystery Authors, Joanna was one of the early Chicken Soup for the Soul contributors, and her stories appear in five of those New York Times bestselling books. Her first non-fiction book, Using Stories and Humor: Grab Your Audience, was endorsed by Toastmasters International, and lauded by Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speechwriter. She’s the author of three mystery series. Her first novel—Paper, Scissors, Death (Book #1 in the Kiki Lowenstein Mystery Series) –was shortlisted for the Agatha Award. Her first historical mystery—Death of a Schoolgirl: Book #1 in the Jane Eyre Chronicles—won the Daphne du Maurier Award of Excellence. Her contemporary series set in Florida continues this year with Second Chance at Faith (Book #4 in the Cara Mia Delgatto Mystery Series). In addition to writing fiction, she edits the Happy Homicides Anthologies and has begun the Dollhouse Décor & More series of “how to” books for dollhouse miniaturists.

Ava Mallory is a multi-genre USA Today & Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author of what she affectionately calls Mysteries with Heart. When not dreaming up stories full of twists and turns, she’s spinning heartwarming tales of love, laughter, and a healthy dose of mystery.

Chelsea Thomas is technically two people… Married writing team Chelsea and Matthew Thomas. Chelsea and Matt have spent the last 9 years living in Los Angeles, where they have worked as screenwriters. There, they have worked with such companies as CBS, SONY, and Nickelodeon. Now, with the completion of their first cozy mystery novel, Apple Die, they are proud to say that they are novelists, too.

Sam Cheever is a USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author who writes mystery and suspense, creating stories that draw you in and keep you eagerly turning pages. Known for writing great characters, snappy dialogue, and unique and exhilarating stories, Sam is the award-winning author of 80+ books.

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Sneaky Interviews Bun the Rabbit from Left Fur Dead, A Jules & Bun Mystery, by J. M. Griffin

Sneaky here with another pet interview. Today, I’m speaking with a bunny whose current book, Left Fur Dead, is on tour with Escape with Dollycas Into a Good Book.

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

Bun the Rabbit, my author’s name is J.M. Griffin

Dig that cottontail, Bun. It’s mice to meet you.

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

Left Fur Dead, June 2019 release; Who’s Dead, Doc? TBR in February 2020


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

Yes, I am a rescued telepathic rabbit who lives on a rabbit farm in southern New Hampshire. Jules Bridge, the farm owner, and my best friend, is my housemate and partner in solving mysteries. The sheriff doesn’t like it when we get involved in his investigations, but we are usually way ahead of him and pay him no mind. The crimes we solve are important to us since they generally concern us and the farm.

A telepathic rabbit? What a great character. Most cats have intuition, so you might consider us a bit telepathic, too. Your series sounds very interesting.

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

No, JM got the idea for me when she was watching the wild white-tailed rabbits that eat in her back yard.

There are a lot of rabbits in my author’s neighborhood, too. Her cats love watching them.

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

It tickles me that she injects humor and wit-filled dialogue for me.

That’s sounds like fun.

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

I can speak through telepathy, though it’s rare for people to realize I’m communicating with them. I thought Jules might never figure it out, but when she did, our lives changed for the better.

I’m a cat character who uses means other than telepathy to communicate with Alicia and the other Cobble Cove folks. I’ve never “spoken,” but my body language and cat sounds usually lead to the clues.

What advice would you give other pet characters?

I think it adds to stories when animals are given the option of communicating on a somewhat human level.

I think all animals communicate on a close-to human level, so it makes sense that animal characters do so. Is that deep, or what?

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

The second in the Bun and Jules series, Who’s Dead, Doc? will be released in February25, 2020, and can be preordered now.

Excellent. It’s been fun chatting with you, Bun, even with that carrot in your mouth. Now I have to hop to it and share you and your author’s blog tour. Thanks for coming by, and best whiskers to both of you on your new release.

Left Fur Dead
(A Jules & Bun Mystery)
by J.M. Griffin

About the Book

Left Fur Dead (A Jules & Bun Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Kensington (June 25, 2019)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-10: 1496720571
ISBN-13: 978-1496720573
Digital ASIN: B07HVS38YB

On Fur Bridge Farm, Jules cares for rescued rabbits. But when a killer strikes, she’ll need a rabbit to rescue her . . .

Juliette “Jules” Bridge prides herself on the tender rehabilitation she provides for injured or abused rabbits on her New Hampshire rescue farm, but she has a very special relationship with one bunny in particular. Bun is a black-and-white rabbit who happens to have the ability to communicate through mental telepathy. Once she got over the shock, Jules found her furry friend had a lot to say.

One frigid March morning on their walk together, Bun spots a body. The police identify the frozen stiff as Arthur Freeman, aka Arty the Mime. Jules and Arty knew each other on the children’s party circuit, where he’d perform magic tricks and she had an educational rabbit petting pen. With Bun egging her on, Jules decides it’s time they hop to it and put their heads together to discover who silenced the mime. But their investigation leads them down a rabbit hole of more suspects and lies, while a killer sets a trap for them . . .

About the Author

J. M. Griffin is the bestselling cozy mystery author of sixteen novels, including the Vinnie Esposito series. She lives in rural Rhode Island with her husband and two very mysterious cats. Visit her at

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Sneaky Interviews Rasputin, the Python from Belinda Blake and the Snake in the Grass, An Exotic Pet Sitter Mystery, by Heather Day Gilbert

Sneaky here with one of my strangest interviews yet. Today, I’m speaking with a snake whose current book, Belinda Blake and the Snake in the Grass, is on tour with Escape with Dollycas Into a Good Book.

Hiss there. I mean hello, there, Mr. Snake. What is your name and your author’s name?

My name is Rasputin and my author’s name is Heather Day Gilbert. I’m a ball python.

Oh, gosh. I like balls with catnip, but I’m a little intimidated by you, Rasputin, although I am curious about your books.

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

I’m featured in the first Exotic Pet-Sitter series mystery, Belinda Blake and the Snake in the Grass. I’ve been told that even people who hate snakes come to like me in that book.

I wonder if that would work with cats. Please tell us about your series.

The Exotic Pet-Sitter series features amateur sleuth Belinda Blake. She lives in the wealthy town of Greenwich, Connecticut, although she frequently makes trips to her parents’ in Upstate New York (I went there with her once!). I hear she’s going to sit some other exotic pets…Book 2 features a wolf preserve, and Book 3 features homing pigeons!

Oh, my gosh. It would be a challenge interviewing those pets, but I’m up to it if they’re interested.

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

My author doesn’t have a ball python. She actually didn’t like snakes at all (can you believe that!?), until she researched this book. After watching some YouTube videos of ball python owners, she feels she would be comfortable touching a ball python now. We are a very mild breed, you know. 😉

Hmmm. Your author must be pretty brave. My author works with a librarian who has a pet snake. Maybe you’re right about them being mild. I guess all pets can’t be as purrfect as cats.

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

Sure, here you go…I was feeling a little rambunctious that day, though...

“The first time I saw Stone Carrington the fifth, I had a snake wrapped

around my neck.

 Now granted, he acted as if it was something he saw every day, a girl

with unwanted snakeskin accents in her curly blonde hair.

 “Pet-sitting,” I explained, trying to extricate myself from the ball python

I had agreed to “walk” for his owner. “They’re supposedly a relatively

mild breed,” I continued.

 “I should hope so.” He dipped his tennis visor in a fake bow. Unfortunately,

he had emerged from the tennis courts at the exact moment the snake had

started climbing me like a tree. “Stone Carrington. And you are?”

 “Belinda Blake.” I felt the need to over-explain, one of my persistent

habits. “I’m your new tenant. In the carriage house. It’s lovely, by the

way.” The snake had stopped wriggling, so I walked a bit faster toward

my small house. Why had I chosen to walk up the main drive for another

gape at the Carringtons’ mansion?

 Stone gave me a once-over as the snake moved again. I was sure my

ripped jeans, worn Crocs, and gamer T-shirt didn’t impress, but I was

yanked from my self-conscious musings as the python slithered over my

shoulder and disappeared down my shirt. I launched into the dance of

death, jerking about like Elaine from Seinfeld.

“Here, let me help,” Stone said, making an arguably decent attempt to

extricate the wriggling creature from my shirt by wrapping both hands

around its tail.

The snake gave a low hiss and slid down further.”

~ copyright 2019, Belinda Blake and the Snake in the Grass by Heather Day Gilbert

Thanks for sharing that excerpt. It certainly wraps itself around you.

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

I like that Belinda came to like me, and now she visits me in Manhattan just to bring me treats. I love my owner, Reginald, but Belinda is now a close second. She takes time to get to know how exotic pets tick.

Quite a gal, I’d say. I don’t think Alicia would be that daring, but she has solved a few murders, so maybe she might be. I’m not sharing the limelight with any snakes, though. Cats and dogs are one thing, but a snake is a horse of a different color.

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

Well, I’m not a cat so I don’t meow, and if you opened my cage right now, you might not like me so much… And yes, I do stay silent in my book.

MOL (Meow Out Loud). Stay in your cage, please, Rasputin. I’m sorry, but I’m not big on snakes. I hope you understand.

I’m not too keen on cats either, since they’re warm-blooded. Although I’m guessing you would enjoy my heat mat, so we have that in common. Oh yes, and we both know how to savor a good mouse snack.

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

Belinda Blake and the Snake in the Grass just released this month, then the second-in-series book, Belinda Blake and the Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing, releases in October 2019. The final book, Belinda Blake and the Birds of a Feather, will release in February 2020. All are from Kensington Books (Lyrical Press).

Pawsome! Thanks for the interview. I’ve gotten to learn some interesting things about snakes and am sharing your author’s blog tour. Best of luck with your book.

Belinda Blake and the Snake in the Grass
(An Exotic Pet-Sitter Mystery)
by Heather Day Gilbert

About the Book

Belinda Blake and the Snake in the Grass (An Exotic Pet-Sitter Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Lyrical Underground (June 25, 2019)
Paperback: 192 pages
ISBN-10: 1516108841
ISBN-13: 978-1516108848
Digital ASIN: B07HVYQ9XZ

When exotic pet-sitter Belinda Blake moves into a carriage house in tony Greenwich, Connecticut, she’s hoping to find some new clients. Instead she discovers a corpse in the garden—and a knack for solving murders . . .

Pet-sitter Belinda Blake doesn’t rattle easily, but move-in day has been eventful, to say the least. The python in her care tried to slither to freedom—just as she met Stone Carrington V, her landlords’ disarmingly handsome son. With the constrictor back in its cage, she heads out to the garden, only to discover a designer shoe poking out of the boxwood hedge—attached to a woman’s dead body.

The victim, Margo Fenton, was a Carrington family friend, and no one in their circle seems above suspicion. Between client trips to Manhattan and visits to her family in upstate New York, Belinda begins to put the pieces together. But though she’s falling for Stone’s numerous charms, Belinda wonders if she’s cozying up to a killer. And soon, daily contact with a deadly reptile might be the least dangerous part of her life . . .

About the Author

Heather Day Gilbert, an ECPA Christy award finalist and Grace award winner, writes contemporary mysteries and Viking historicals. Her novels feature small towns, family relationships, and women who aren’t afraid to protect those they love. Like Belinda Blake, Heather plays video games, although so far she hasn’t done any exotic pet-sitting or hunted any murderers. Find out more on

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Whiskers in the Dark:
A Mrs. Murphy Mystery
by Rita Mae Brown

About the Book

Whiskers in the Dark: A Mrs. Murphy Mystery
Cozy Mystery
28th in Series
Bantam (June 4, 2019)
Hardcover: 288 pages
ISBN-10: 0425287181
ISBN-13: 978-0425287187
Digital ASIN: B07H72MD6Z

Death stalks the Blue Ridge Mountains as a centuries-old mystery resurfaces and murder mars the lead-up to an annual beagle competition, in a thrilling new tale from Rita Mae Brown and her feline co-author Sneaky Pie Brown.

A massive nor’easter has hit northern Virginia, where Mary Minor “Harry” Harristeen joins groundskeeping efforts at the National Beagle Club at Aldie as the date for its springtime Hounds for Heroes veterans’ benefit approaches. Harry’s fellow volunteers, including her oldest friend, Susan Tucker, comprise a spirited group of hunting enthusiasts, some former service members themselves. But things take a sinister turn when, after a routine tree cleanup along the Club’s hunting trails, retired foreign services officer Jason Holzknect is found dead, throat slit from ear to ear. Soon enough, another murder in their midst jolts the preparations, convincing Harry that the killer is familiar with the Club—and must be close by, masked in plain sight.

The intrigue extends to the grounds of Harry’s beloved local church, where the identity of an eighteenth-century skeleton wearing precious pearls remains a mystery. The anonymous woman’s neck had been snapped, and marks on the grave where her body was secreted indicate that someone recently tried to remove it, leading Harry to question how well she really knows those around her.

As always, Harry’s crime-solving cats Mrs. Murphy and Pewter, and Tee Tucker the Corgi share her determination to sniff out the foes among friends, even those long buried. Harry will need her four-legged companions’ help more than ever: a ghostly beagle only they can see may hold the key to the culprit.

About the Author

Rita Mae Brown is the bestselling author of the Sneaky Pie Brown mysteries; the Sister Jane series; the Runnymede novels, including Six of One and Cakewalk; A Nose for Justice and Murder Unleashed; Rubyfruit Jungle; and In Her Day; as well as many other books. An Emmy-nominated screenwriter and a poet, Brown lives in Afton, Virginia, and is a Master of Foxhounds and the huntsman.

Sneaky Pie Brown, a tiger cat born somewhere in Albemarle County, Virginia, was discovered by Rita Mae Brown at her local SPCA. They have collaborated on numerous Mrs. Murphy mysteries—in addition to Sneaky Pie’s Cookbook for Mystery Lovers and Sneaky Pie for President.

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Sneaky Interviews Lucy the Dog from Seeing Red, a Red Herring Mystery, by Dana Dratch

Sneaky here with another pawsome interview of a pet character. Today, it’s my pleasure to chat with a cozy mystery dog whose current book, Seeing Red is on tour with Escape with Dollycas Into a Good Book. Hello, there, Kitty.

What is your name and your author’s name?

Hi, I’m Lucy. Lucy Vlodnachek. I live with my guy, Nick. And we’re staying with his sister, Alex.  He says it’s “temporary,” whatever that means. But Alex has a nice indoor place, with soft chairs and a comfy sofa, so I like it. And her neighborhood has a dog park. Did I mention the dog park?

I believe you did Lucy. I can tell by your wagging tail that you like that dog park.

Oh, and my author’s named Dana Dratch.

Mice to meet you both.

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

The first one was Confessions of a Red Herring. That’s when Nick and I first came to live with Alex. And in Seeing Red – that’s the new one — I take long walks with Nick. And with Alex. And with Baba (that’s their grandmother). And Alex takes me to the dog park!

You lucky dog, you.

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

It’s called the Red Herring mysteries from Kensington Books. I don’t know what a “red herring” is, but if it’s anything like bacon, I’m all for it.

I believe “red herring” is a literary term, but we cats do enjoy herring, the fish.

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

Alex says I’m “definitely one of a kind.” She loves me!

Aww. How sweet. It’s nice to be loved by your character co-star. I know Alicia loves me, too, as does most of the Cobble Cove library characters.

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

Our neighborhood dog park got an agility course. It’s cool. And Alex took me. We had fun. But some of the stuff? Like those moving, shifty things? Yuck! But Alex took me again and I learned how to work it. Here’s what she said:

The next morning, Lucy and I took a new approach to the agility course at the dog park.

I unclipped her leash, and she tore around the  thing at  top speed. She raced up and down the ramps. She whipped through the tunnels. She ran a wide arc, avoiding the entire cluster of weave poles. Twice. And totally ignored the teeter-totter.

When she crossed the finish line, we bounced up and down like a couple of maniacs.

“I’m sorry, but your dog didn’t complete the course,” a woman with a leashed Weimaraner stiffly informed me.

“Sure we did,” I said, as the puppy danced around my feet. “We’re practicing for the freestyle.”

More like Lucy-style. Too bad I couldn’t tackle my life the same way.

Thanks for sharing that pawsome excerpt.

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

When stuff happens, I’m always right there. In the middle of it. Nick says I’m “big trouble on little feet.”

In this one, I ate something I shouldn’t have. Alex called it “evidence.” Evidence isn’t as good as bacon and eggs.

Something tells me you really enjoy eating, Lucy. I don’t blame you. I love the special treats the library people sneak me from the snack room.

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

Alex and Nick have gotten pretty good at figuring out what I’m trying to tell them. Baba too. (And she gives me treats when she thinks no one’s looking.) And I made a new friend. His name is “Marty.” He likes to play ball, and he’s helping me learn stuff.

I find that human characters can take a bit of time learning pet character language, but they eventually figure it out.

What advice would you give other dog characters?

Don’t eat evidence. Or socks. Stick with bacon. It’s safer. And delicious.

Purrfect advice for a dog to give.

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

Seeing Red is just out. Like right now. And I’m on the cover! And I’m seeing my picture everywhere. So it’s good. Somebody disappears, and Alex is trying to find them. And there are spies. And stolen art. And doughnuts!

The next book is called Red Hot. And that comes out in May of 2020. There’s a lot of me in that one, too. We’ll get into some scrapes. But I’ll be there to protect everybody!

Those sound very interesting. I wish you and Dana luck with them. I’ve included more information about your new release and blog tour below. Thanks for the tail-wagging interview today.

Seeing Red
(A Red Herring Mystery)
by Dana Dratch

About the Book

Seeing Red (A Red Herring Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Kensington (May 28, 2019)
Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
ISBN-10: 1496716582
ISBN-13: 978-1496716583
Digital ASIN: B07H1VFL64

If it wasn’t for art thieves, spies and killers, Alex Vlodnachek’s life would be bliss.

Her freelance career is catching fire. Her relationship with B&B owner Ian Sterling is flirty and fun. She’s even attending a glittering cocktail party at his sprawling Victorian inn.

But, to this ex-reporter, something seems “off.” And it’s not the canapés. When Ian’s father vanishes, the enigmatic innkeeper asks for her discretion. And her assistance.

Meanwhile, Alex is having the opposite problem at her tiny bungalow: People keep piling in uninvited. Including a mysterious intruder found sleeping in her kitchen. Her grandmother, Baba, who shows up “to help”—with Alex’s own mother hot on her heels.

When the intrepid redhead discovers a body in the B&B’s basement and a “reproduction” Renoir in the library, she begins to suspect that Ian is more than just a simple hotel owner.

With editor pal Trip, brother Nick, and rescue-pup Lucy riding shotgun, Alex scrambles to stay one step ahead of disaster—and some very nasty characters.

Can she find the missing man before it’s too late? Or will Alex be the next one to disappear?

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Dana Dratch is a personal finance writer and the author of CONFESSIONS OF A RED HERRING and SEEING RED. She’s currently working on the third Alex Vlodnachek mystery adventure, RED HOT. Get updates at

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