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A day in the life of Sneaky the library cat by Debbie De Louise

My name is Sneaky, and I’m the Siamese library cat at the Cobble Cove Library. Cobble Cove is a fictional town in upstate New York. I am featured in the Cobble Cove mysteries by Debbie De Louise. The second edition of A Stone’s Throw, where I made my first appearance, was just released on March 8th. My second adventure, Between a Rock and a Hard Place, is also available. My third book, Written in Stone, came out this month, and I am proud to say my photo is on the cover or at least a handsome replica of me-ow truly.

You may wonder what role I play in this cozy mystery series. I started out helping Alicia, the librarian main character, find some clues in the library’s storage room. Unfortunately, my dog co-star, Fido the golden retriever, upstaged me. I tried to make my comeback in our second book where I appeared in a children’s storytime, but Fido joined in there, too. Then Debbie wrote me a scene at the vets that was far from my starring role. To make up for this betrayal, she offered me my own blog. I leaped at the chance. Since then, I have interviewed other cat characters, real cats, and even a dog. You can read my posts here: sneakylibrarycat.wordpress.com.

I am quite pleased with the role Debbie wrote for me in our third adventure. Even though there is a scene where Fido competes with me, I am the victor. “Cats rule, dogs drool,” has always been my motto, but I have to admit that Fido is a nice co-star for a dog.

I don’t want to give too much away about our books, although I will say that each one features a mystery that involves Alicia and her love interest, John McKinney, a newspaper man. There are many quirky people who make up Cobble Cove. To introduce them all, Debbie created a Facebook chat group called Cobble Cove Chat that a different character hosts each month. Every host sponsors a contest that features a prize. Besides entering the contest, members may ask any question of a month’s host about the Cobble Cove books and that character’s role in them. I was voted as last February’s host and hope to host again in the future. To learn more about this group or to join, visit the Cobble Cove Character Chat

So what is my day like? As I said, I live upstairs in the Cobble Cove library. Sometimes I pad down to the main library and make myself at home in the comfy cat bed that Mac, John’s father, gave me by the local history collection. At other times, I find a sunny spot in the bay window of the Children’s room where Laura, the new librarian, greets me with some cat treats. She’s younger than Alicia and has quite a few of her own cats. She also works at a cat shelter. I love it when she invites me to the children’s storytimes. As for Alicia, I still keep an eye on her. Even though she and John are married now and write a mystery series together, she continues to work at the library.

I have to admit I have quite a good life as a fictional library cat. Although some of the Cobble Cove characters, especially Alicia, have been in danger in our books, Fido has been the only animal threatened. This occurred in our second adventure. In my current book, the third of the series, Alicia fears for my life when I disappear. I won’t reveal if, when, or where I turn up, but I will say I was involved in a crime.

Since I have to take a catnap soon on my cat tree, I will meow off. Thank you for reading about my life. To learn more, please check out my series. They are listed on Debbie’s Amazon author page and can also be purchased through her website at debbiedelouise.com and on my blog.

You can read more about Sneaky and her human in Written in Stone, the third book in the “Cobble Cove” mystery series.

Alicia McKinney is confused . . . Was the strange email her husband received from the fictional detective in their mystery series a threat? Did the killer mistake the woman shot in the library for Alicia or the victim’s twin sister? Cat vs. Dog . . . After Sneaky goes missing from the library, will he turn up before a young girl becomes ill with worry over his disappearance? And will he return in time to outsmart Fido by being first to find the perpetrator’s smoking gun? Alicia is worried . . . While waiting for the killer’s next move, Alicia has other concerns. An old flame of John’s is in town and her friend, Gilly, has adopted the role of Miss Marple to aid her sheriff boyfriend in his investigation. When all clues point to one of her co-workers, Alicia joins Gilly in searching for the answers to the mystery. Will they survive . . . or is their ending written in stone?

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About the author
Debbie De Louise is an award-winning author and a reference librarian at a public library on Long Island. She is a member of International Thriller Writers, Sisters-in-Crime, and the Cat Writer’s Association. She has a BA in English and an MLS in Library Science from Long Island University. Her three published novels include Cloudy Rainbow, A Stone’s Throw, and Between a Rock and a Hard Place (Solstice Publishing, 2016) that was on the Amazon bestseller list for cozy mysteries. Her new release, the third in the Cobble Cove mystery series, is Written in Stone. Debbie has also written articles and short stories for several anthologies of various genres. She is currently querying agents to represent her psychological thriller, Sea Scope. She lives on Long Island with her husband, daughter, and two cats.

A Day in the Life of Sneaky Cat by Debbie De Louise

between-a-rock-and-a-hard-placeFate led my paws to the Cobble Cove Library one cold night where I was taken in and became the town’s library cat. The old librarian, Mac, gave me a cozy bed near the local history collection. I liked him from the start. My only complaint was, because he was beginning to have memory problems, he was forgetting to clean my litter box in the library storage room. Between you and me, I think that was just an excuse. At least Sheila, the director, was straightforward about it when she refused to scoop my box. Well, I showed Mac what I thought of his neglect when I left him a wet surprise on the jacket he’d draped across the storage room chair. I hope that taught him an important lesson about cats–that they don’t get mad; they get even.

I got lucky when Alicia came along. She is my main co-character in the Cobble Cove mysteries. When she came to town looking for her dead husband’s relatives, she found a bunch of quirky people, me, and my golden retriever dog co-star, Fido.

Cobble Cove may seem like an innocent small town situated in upstate New York, but I tell you there are mysteries to be solved there. In A Stone’s Throw, the first of the series, not only am I introduced, but I help Alicia discover a clue in the storage room. Unfortunately, Fido plays an even bigger part in the solving of the mystery, but I don’t hold any grudges against him because I convinced Debbie, after the recent release of her second book, to help me start my own blog. It has been an exciting venture, and I have interviewed quite a few pawsome cat characters who also appear in cozy mysteries. Check it out at sneakylibrarycat.wordpress.com.

Getting back to Cobble Cove, I thought things had settled into the boring routine of small-town life after the first mystery was solved. However, I was dead wrong, litter-ally. A year and a half later, in the merry month of December, Alicia got involved in not one, not two, but three mysteries. Without giving away any purr-tenant details about Between a Rock and a Hard Place, I will just reveal that quite a few new suspicious residents moved to Cobble Cove and took jobs in the library, diner, elementary school, and Cobble Corner where the main shops, post office, bakery, and newspaper office are located.

As far as my role in the second book, it was still downplayed with Fido, but I have hope that Debbie will write me more active scenes in the third book that she has already started. I have to admit I enjoyed my library storytime scene; not so much the vet one. I also wish I had accompanied Alicia to New York City and visited the cat café where I could’ve met a few friends. It gets lonely being the only cat in the library, but at least I don’t have to share my kibble with anyone. Also, it was nice that the new, young children’s librarian, Laura, took a liking to me. After they renovated the library, Sheila also let me use what used to be the library storage room for my own cat room complete with cat door that leads into the staff lounge where I can always find some tidbits of human food hanging around. It’s my duty to gobble all those up before the mice get them. Speaking of mice, thanks to me, the Cobble Cove Library is rodent free.

One thing I must add before I get back to my blog interviews that Debbie kindly transcribes for me is that life in Cobble Cove is bound to get even more mysterious in our upcoming adventures. Even though you can read each book as a standalone, it might be nice to start with A Stone’s Throw that takes place near Thanksgiving and then read the Christmas mystery, Between a Rock and a Hard Place. You can purr-chase both in eBook form or paperback; and, if you are a Kindle Unlimited subscriber, you can even read the latest book for free. Isn’t that almost as good as catnip?

You can get your paws on the Cobble Cove mysteries as well as Debbie’s other books by visiting her Amazon author page.

Most important, you can follow her blog and sign up for her newsletter on her website at debbiedelouise.com Her newsletter is sent out twice a month and is really pawsome because it features a regular contest for great prizes and lots of info about her books, author appearances, and other mice stuff.

Last but not least, don’t forget to sign up for my purr-sonal blog at sneakylibrarycat.wordpress.com.

Between a Rock and a Hard Place is the second book in the Cobble Cove mystery series, published by Solstice Publishing, October 2016.

Librarian Alicia McKinney has put the past behind her. . .

Two years ago, Alicia discovered both a terrible truth and lasting love with John McKinney in the small town of Cobble Cove, New York. Now a busy mother of twin babies and co-author of a mystery series, Alicia couldn’t be happier.

Alicia’s contentment and safety are challenged. . .

Walking home alone from the library, Alicia senses someone following her, and on more than one occasion, she believes she is being watched. Does she have a stalker? When the local gift shop is burglarized, the troubling event causes unrest among Alicia and the residents of the quiet town.

John and Alicia receive an offer they can’t refuse. . .

When John’s sister offers to babysit while she and John take a much-needed vacation in New York City, Alicia is reluctant to leave her children because of the disturbances in Cobble Cove. John assures her the town is safe in the hands of Sheriff-elect Ramsay. Although Alicia’s experience with and dislike of the former Long Island detective don’t alleviate her concern, she and John take their trip.

Alicia faces her worst nightmare. . .

The McKinneys’ vacation is cut short when they learn their babies have been kidnapped and John’s sister shot. Alicia and John’s situation puts them between a rock and a hard place when the main suspect is found dead before the ransom is paid. In order to save their children, the McKinneys race against the clock to solve a mystery more puzzling than those found in their own books. Can they do it before time runs out?

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About the author
Debbie De Louise is a reference librarian at a public library on Long Island and has been involved with books and writing for over thirty years. She is a member of the Cat Writer’s Association, Sisters-in-Crime, and International Thriller Writers. She received the Lawrence C. Lobaugh, Jr. Memorial Award in Journalism for her work as Features Editor on the Long Island University/C. W. Post student newspaper, The Pioneer.

More recently, Debbie received the Glamour Puss Award from Hartz Corporation for an article on cat grooming that appeared on Catster.com. She has published three novels, Cloudy Rainbow, A Stone’s Throw, and Between a Rock and a Hard Place, the second Cobble Cove mystery, that was published October, 2016 by Solstice Publishing as well as short stories in several anthologies. She is currently working on a psychological thriller and lives on Long Island with her husband, daughter, and two cats.

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All comments are welcomed.

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A Day in the Life of Sneaky the Library Cat by Debbie De Louise

A Stone's Throw(Disclaimer: Some spoilers for A Stone’s Throw are included in this post but not for its upcoming sequel)

My name is Sneaky, and I’m the Siamese library cat at the Cobble Cove Library. I live in a room upstairs where the director sometimes stays when the weather is bad. There was another lady also staying here once, a young woman named Tina who I heard left under odd circumstances. Then a woman named Alicia came to town and strange happenings accompanied her. I believe she was a librarian, also because I saw her working downstairs and helped her find some clues to a mystery. Unfortunately, Fido, a golden retriever belonging to the town newspaper publisher and his father, got all the credit for solving the crime. I hated the smirk that dog gave me when it was all over. He also boasts that he’s the one that got Alicia and John together, but I was the one who was kicked off the bed when the two of them became friendly.

I still live over the library, but I was moved to the storage room when the bedroom was made into a staff lounge. I can’t complain because my bed that used to be under the stack of the local history collection is now there along with a nice cat tree.

I wake up this Sunday morning to church bells. I’m used to their tolling because the Cobble Cove church is not far. Mac, John’s dad, always says that everything in this town is just a “stone’s throw” away whatever that means.

Sheila, the director, hired some new people including a children’s librarian who staffs the new children’s room. Her name is Laura, and, lucky for me, she’s a cat lover. After church, she comes by to feed me because the library is closed on Sundays.

I expect Laura as usual today, but it’s Alicia I hear padding up the stairway. Too bad humans can’t muffle their treads. I recognize those steps. They’re not the soft taps Laura’s heels make nor the loud shuffle of Sheila’s boots. Alicia wears what they call ballet flats. She told Sheila she found them comfortable while she was expecting and still wears them after the twins were born.

“Sneaky,” she calls as she enters my abode. Although I can come and go through the cat flap between the storage room and the lounge, she has to use the doorknob.

I greet her with a purr because I see the cat food can in her hand. Even if she’d forgotten my food, I still would’ve rubbed against her legs to mark her because she’s a good friend now. Besides Laura, she’s another cat lover, although she doesn’t have one at the moment. I go home with her, John, and the babies occasionally for the holidays and long library closings. It’s nice to have a change of scene sometimes.

Alicia puts down my food and uses the sink to replenish and freshen my water bowls. She pets my head, and I continue to purr as I chow down.

“I never thanked you, Sneaky, for your help discovering those letters,” she says. “I also have some good news for you.”

I quirk my left ear back to listen attentively, although my hearing is quite sensitive and humans talk so loud even when they whisper. What good news? Did she have some tuna treats for me? Are there mice in the library? Has she brought me catnip?

“Sheila has asked Laura to do a special story time this week,” Alicia continues. “It will be a Sneaky story time, and you will be the guest. The kids will be able to pet you afterwards. I think they will love it, and you, too.”

It’s nothing to meow over,” I think, but then Alicia adds, “I also got you a little something from Irene’s gift shop. She’s starting to stock pet items. She withdraws a felt mouse that I can smell catnip emanating from a foot away. It’s got to be the strong stuff and not the bland kind that Dora grows in the inn garden and brings over to me every so often. I let her think I’m crazy over it so as not to hurt the lady’s feelings.

Alicia tosses the catnip mouse in front of me, and I jump for joy and pounce on it. She laughs as I lick and roll over on it. “I guess Irene got the high octave stuff. Enjoy, kitty. I have to get back to my children. I’ll see you at the library tomorrow.”

After Alicia leaves, I finish playing with the toy. I managed to rip a small hole in it and chewed out some of the delicious leaves. It was a great after-dinner dessert. Feeling satiated, I head over to my cat bed and lay down. Before I know it, my eyelids are heavy, and I feel myself ready for a prolonged catnap. Life is good here in Cobble Cove. Yet somehow I feel that another mystery may be brewing. Perhaps it’s my seventh sense at work.

A Stone’s Throw is the first book in the Cobble Cove mystery series, published by Limitless Publishing, LLC, November 2015.

Widowed librarian Alicia Fairmont needs answers
After her husband is killed in a hit and run accident, Alicia travels upstate to his hometown of Cobble Cove, New York, hoping to locate his estranged family and shed light on his mysterious past. Anticipating staying only a weekend, her visit is extended when she accepts a job at the town’s library.

Secrets stretch decades into the past
Assisted by handsome newspaper publisher and aspiring novelist, John McKinney, Alicia discovers a connection between her absent in-laws and a secret John’s father has kept for over sixty years. But her investigation is interrupted when she receives word her house has burned and arson is suspected, sending her rushing back to Long Island, accompanied by John.

Back in Cobble Cove, cryptic clues are uncovered
When Alicia returns, she finds a strange diary, confiscated letters, and a digital audio device containing a recording made the day her husband was killed. Anonymous notes warn Alicia to leave town, but she can’t turn her back on the mystery—or her attraction to John. As the pieces begin to fall into place, evidence points to John’s involvement in her husband’s accident.

The past and present threaten to collide, and Alicia confronts her fears
Has she fallen in love with her husband’s killer?

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Meet the author
Debbie De Louise is a reference librarian at a public library on Long Island. Her mystery romance novel, “A Stone’s Throw” was published November 2015 by Limitless Publishing. Her first novel, “Cloudy Rainbow” received an honorable mention in the Writer’s Digest self-published awards. She was awarded the Lawrence C. Lobaugh Memorial Award in Journalism from Long Island University/C.W. Post where she earned a B.A. in English and a M.L.S. in Library Science. A member of the Cat Writer’s Association, she has published articles in Cats Magazine, Catnip (Tufts University Veterinary Newsletter), and Catster. Her short mystery, “Stitches in Time” was published in the Cat Crimes Through Time Anthology. She lives on Long Island with her husband, daughter, and two cats and is currently working on a second Cobble Cove mystery.

Connect with Debbie at her blog/website, Facebook, @deblibrarian and on Goodreads.

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