Today Sneaky the Library Cat is visiting Ascroft, eh? to tell us about No Gravestone Unturned, the latest novel in the Cobble Cove cozy mystery series.
Welcome, Sneaky. Let’s get started, shall we?
Tell us about the novel that you live inside. Is it part of a series? If so, please tell us about the series too.
Hello. I’m Sneaky the Library Cat, and I’m the cat main character in the Cobble Cove cozy mystery series that also features my human, Alicia, the librarian. The series currently consists of five books including my new one along with three short eBooks. Each story is a new mystery that takes place in the small town of Cobble Cove, a fictional location in upstate New York. After the first four books in the series, my author Debbie decided to give me a larger role by making my thoughts visible to the reader. This first started in Sneaky’s Christmas Mystery, an eBook that won the special MUSE medallion from the Cat Writers’ Association.
My current book, No Gravestone Unturned, a full-length mystery, has me playing almost as big a role as Alicia. In fact, I actually witness the murder of a man in the Cobble Cove cemetery that occurs on Halloween night. Not to give much of the story away, but I also get to work with my gal pal, Kittykai, the inn cat again and Salem, a black cat who is visiting the inn with one of Alicia’s husband John’s cousins who have come to town to bury their mother. There’s something not right about those cousins, and I don’t trust Salem all that much either. There’s a family secret that ties into the murder, and Alicia and I are determined to find it. That’s all I will say for now.
Does the writer control what happens in the story or do you get a say too?
I always get a say. Debbie can deal with the human characters, but I direct her approach to the pet characters.
How did you evolve as the main character?
I’ve been featured in the series from the time Alicia came to town in our first mystery, A Stone’s Throw. Although my thoughts were hidden from the reader back then, I was still able to alert Alicia to some clues. To continue my role in Debbie’s mysteries, I began to demand more visibility including a cover image on her third book, Written in Stone, and my own blog where I interview other pet characters: https://sneakylibrarycat.wordpress.com. My final demands were met, as I discussed above, when Debbie began allowing readers a look into my mind, thoughts, and feelings. I am a happy cat camper now.
Do you have any other characters you like sharing the story with? If so, why are you partial to them?
Kittykai, the female calico that I have a crush on, entered the storyline in Love on the Rocks, and I have enjoyed having her as my cat co-star. At the time this book was published, Debbie also adopted a calico kitten named Hermione and her dark-furred brother, Harry. In the following two eBooks and this new release, she uses Hermione to help her characterize Kittykai, and I’m very pleased with the job she’s done.
What’s the place like where you find yourself in this story?
In this book, it’s scary. Not only do I witness a murder, but I get stuck somewhere that is difficult to escape from. I won’t reveal whether I do or not, although Debbie prefers happy endings. But don’t get me wrong, I also have some fun in this book. I ride in a hospital trolley, play in fall leaves, and search through the inn where I discover a pool table with balls that I can bat into holes.
Is there anything else you’d like to tell readers about you and the book?
I think I covered most of what readers would like to know including my blog. I hope they will check out No Gravestone Unturned because I purrsonally feel it’s the best of the series so far. They can still understand it if they haven’t read the previous books, but I recommend that they do to see how Alicia, I, and the other Cobble Cove residents develop.
Thank you for featuring my character interview. Meow for now.
You’re welcome, Sneaky. Good luck to you and your author, Debbie De Louise, with No Gravestone Unturned, the latest book in the Cobble Cove cozy mystery series.
Readers can learn more about Sneaky and her author, Debbie De Louise, by visiting the author’s Amazon page and her Facebook, Goodreads, Bookbub, Instagram, LinkedIn and Pinterest pages. You can also follow her on Twitter.
The novel is available online at Amazon
About Debbie De Louise: Debbie is an award-winning author and a reference librarian at a public library on Long Island. She is a member of Sisters-in-Crime, International Thriller Writers, the Long Island Authors Group, and the Cat Writers’ Association. She has a BA in English and an MLS in Library Science from Long Island University. Her novels include the four books of the Cobble Cove cozy mystery series: A Stone’s Throw, Between a Rock and a Hard Place, Written in Stone, and Love on the Rocks. Debbie has also written a romantic comedy novella, When Jack Trumps Ace, a paranormal romance, Cloudy Rainbow, and the standalone mysteries Reason to Die and Sea Scope. Her latest book, Memory Makers, is a medical thriller. She lives on Long Island with her husband, Anthony; daughter, Holly; and three cats, Stripey, Harry, and Hermione.