Friday, May 10, 2013

Guest Blogger: Bruce Willis from Iced Chiffon/Killer in Crinolines by Duffy Brown (Chance to Win 1 of 2 Killer in Crinolines Tote Bags!)

When Reagan Summerside is asked to make an emergency bow-tie delivery to Magnolia Plantation for a wedding, she finds the groom face-down in five-tiers of icing and fondant, a cake knife in his back and her good friend and local UPS driver accused of the murder. Can Reagan find the real killer without winding up in the local swamp as alligator meat? Will Walker Boone, pain-in-the ass attorney and once-upon-a-time gang member, help her out or feed her to the alligators himself?

Pets in Cozy Mysteries
by the other Bruce Willis

Bruce Willis here. The other Bruce Willis with ears, wagging tail and daily yard-waterer in Iced Chiffon and Killer in Crinolines.

Have you ever noticed all the pets running around in cozy mysteries? And most of them are cats! What the heck? How did that happen? Does a cat greet you at the door, get your slippers, clean the kitchen floor after you spill the bacon and eggs? No! Cats sniff, turn up their nose and prance off. Dogs have owners, Cats have staff!

Once upon a time I didn’t have such a great life so I ran away and took up living under Reagan Summerside’s front porch. Don’t know why I chose her. Maybe because at the time Reagan’s life in Savannah sucked almost as much as mine.

But she’s an okay gal, even shared her McNuggets and fries with me but kept the martinis all to herself. I mean to tell you I could do with a martini or two on these hot summer nights.

Reagan has a consignment shop on the first floor of her half-restored Victorian. She and her Auntie KiKi who lives next door were going to name me Calvin Klein to fit in with the upscale clothes she takes in. One look at my mangled left ear, crooked tail and scared snout not to mention my questionable linage and they knew I was much better suited as Bruce Willis.

Life is good right now. Reagan says I’m the worse watchdog on the planet but I sure do make a lot of friends. If I fake a limp I can usually finesse a cookie or two from the customers and if I sit in front of the fridge long enough I get my daily dog…hot dog that is. The warm fall days here in Savannah are just made for me snoozing on the porch and one day I can get a slurp of Reagan’s peach martini.

So what is your opinion on pets in mysteries? Paw up or down? Do they distract too much from the mystery? Do you like it when they have a point of view? Do you like cats or dogs best in a book? (That’s spelled d-o-g)

Let me know what you think and I’ll have Duffy put you in the drawing for the two Killer in Crinolines totes she’s giving away.

About Duffy: While others girls dreamed of dating Brad Pitt, I longed to take Sherlock Holmes to the prom. I now have two cats, Spooky and Dr. Watson, and conjure up who-done-it stories of my very own for Berkley Prime Crime.

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Duffy is generously giving away two Killer in Crinolines tote bags. Answer her questions by posting a comment below:  So what is your opinion on pets in mysteries? Paw up or down? Do they distract too much from the mystery? Do you like it when they have a point of view? Do you like cats or dogs best in a book?

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Tracee said...

I don't mind if there is a pet in a mystery, and even though I am more of a dog person, I like a cats point of view too. Cats seem to lend themselves to mysteries more, at least I think so. This book sounds great!

Kathleen Kelly said...

I think having a pet in a mystery adds to the story...sometimes quite humorously too!! Since I am a cat person I would have to say that I prefer a cat in a story...thanks!!

Cheryl said...

Thanks for stopping by ladies.

Duffy Brown said...

Thanks for chatting about pets. I looove pets in books, I love pets in my life. Cannot imagine a home without an animal running around.
Have a lovely weekend.
Hugs, Duffy

T. Forehand said...

Pets are always a welcome addition to a mystery, cats being the most secretive and mysterious but dogs seem to be the most loyal and have a sense when things are a miss. We have both at our house and love them all. Life is good with animals.


Morgan Mandel said...

I enjoy books with pets included. Doing so makes the main character seem more likable.
Sounds like a great storyline.
Morgan Mandel

Margo Dill said...

I guess it would depend on the pet. . .I like it when the main character has a pet and shows he/she is human and like a real person. :) But if it was a snake or spider or something, it might freak me out and so. . .I'm assuming you are talking about the dog or cat.

Love the tote bag idea. . . margo(at)