Cat and Dog Cozy Mystery Tour (plus GIVEAWAY)

GIVEAWAY details are farther down.

Hello from the cat and dog cozy mystery series authors, and thank you, Brooke, for inviting us into your corner of cyberspace today! We’re halfway through our tour, but if you missed any stops there’s still time to catch up (scroll down for the full tour schedule). Today we’re answering the question “Do your starring animals tend to act like real-life animals or do they have more human characteristics?”

Sandi Scott, author of the Seagrass Sweets Cozy Mysteries: To be honest, I think that when we take animals into our hearts and really get to know them, we understand that they are not that different from humans after all. Anyone who has ever loved an animal understands this. In my books, the animals’ personality traits may be a bit exaggerated, to make the point, but I truly believe that they exist. In the Seagrass Sweets series, Ashley probably sees them in Dizzy all the time. Just like we can describe our own fur babies with words we might also use to describe our fellow humans. Still, a dog will always be a dog, and so I have to let Dizzy be a dog too.

Paige Sleuth, author of the Cozy Cat Caper Mystery series: The cats in my series mostly behave like real cats, but I do assign them motives that are somewhat humanized. Matty and Tom often sit on, paw at, or otherwise draw attention to evidence. I’m pretty sure most real-life cats wouldn’t do that (or maybe my cats could have closed a few murder cases if only I’d paid better attention). The cats in my books are also much less fearful. Whereas a real cat might run from a stranger, my fictional cats tend to stick around and socialize. Because what fun is a cat story where the cats are hiding all the time?

Sandra Baublitz, author of A Dog Detective series: My Saint Bernard, Paw, acts like a real-life dog in that he digs, woofs, and trails scents. However, he does have more human characteristics. He searches out clues for his owner, Clarissa, and knows what is important to the cases she is investigating. I have imbued all my canine characters with empathy and loyalty, but I believe these traits are a natural part of any real-life dog.

Claire Kane, author of A Siamese Sleuth Mystery series: Charli considers herself Harlow’s equal roommate. She sees herself as a female with dark leggings, creamy fur, and a mysterious mask… even though she fully knows she’s of the cat species. She knows people underestimate her because of being a cat, and she loves proving them wrong, especially the killer.

Kathi Daley, author of the Tess and Tilly Cozy Mystery series: Tilly is a very real dog with doggy like actions and reactions, but she is a very sweet, caring, intelligent and well trained dog. She has a soft spot for other animals, including the kittens in her life, and she is a real friend and companion for her human Tess.

Tammy L. Grace, author of the Cooper Harrington Detective novels: The dogs in my books tend to have more human characteristics, acting like a secondary character much of the time. They have a close bond with the main character and often chime in with their opinions through tail wags, paw gestures, and expressive eyes. They are all based on my own dog, who thought she was a furry human, so it stands to reason they act more like their humans and not just mere animals.

Alannah Rogers, author of the Beatrice Young Cozy Cat Mysteries: I try to keep my cat characters pretty realistic. Cats have such big personalities anyway, so I don’t think I exaggerate too much. Though I’d have to say my starring felines have a very superhuman ability to sniff out clues and potential suspects! But cats are so smart and intuitive that I don’t think that’s too much of a stretch either! But my cats definitely can’t talk, do telepathy, or use any magical powers. I try to keep them as cat-like as possible as I think my readers enjoy that and relate to it more.

Alison Golden, author of the Reverend Annabelle Dixon Cozy Mystery series: The cat in my books acts like a real cat except she eats cupcakes which obviously most (but not all) cats don’t. Biscuit, the church cat, is disdainful of her human, willful, and constantly on the search for food. She does her best to alert her human to danger and clues but is handicapped (in her opinion) by someone who clearly isn’t the smartest kitten in the litter.

Colleen Mooney, author of the New Orleans Go Cup Chronicles: My starring animals are Schnauzers and they act like real-life schnauzers which is to say, they act like little people in furry coats. They are smart and so willing to please you, they constantly keep me laughing at them with their antics. (I have 4 in my real life.) My book sleuth has only one but she does rescue so she has one or two additional Schnauzers besides her own dog until she finds the rescues a fur-ever home. I tell people who are considering adopting a Schnauzer, “the Schnauzer is the perfect dog and my Meaux is the perfect Schnauzer!” We all have the perfect one.

Meredith Potts, author of the Daley Buzz series: Snickerdoodle, the corgi in my story, definitely acts like a regular dog. He’s cute, loyal, playful, and stumpy as ever. Although, in his attempt to sniff out every tree and fire hydrant in the neighborhood, he does stumble upon a clue every now and then.

Readers, now it’s your turn to tell us about your reading preferences! Do you prefer your fictional animals to be true to their species, or do you appreciate it when they have human characteristics? Or does it not matter as long as the story draws you in?

GIVEAWAY: Each author is giving away one ebook during the blog tour, and every blog you comment on earns you another chance to win (only one comment per person per blog will be counted for giveaway purposes). Ten ebooks = ten different winners! Please include your email address with your comment so we can reach you if you win.

Learn more about us, our books, and our characters by visiting all of our blog tour stops. And remember, each tour post you comment on by July 27, 2018 earns you another chance to win one of our ebooks.

July 5, 2018: Bibliophile Reviews
July 6, 2018: Chicks on the Case
July 9, 2018: Melissa’s Mochas, Mysteries, and Meows
July 12, 2018: Dru’s Book Musings
July 14, 2018: Lisa Ks Book Reviews
July 16, 2018: Brooke Blogs
July 18, 2018: A Cup of Tea and a Cozy Mystery
July 20, 2018: MJB Reviewers
July 23, 2018: Thoughts in Progress
July 25, 2018: Escape With Dollycas

About the Authors

Sandi Scott spent a lifetime reading cozy mysteries before finding the courage to write them. She writes about the women she wants to be and the pets she wants to meet! To get the first book in both of her series free, join the readers’ group Sandi’s Sleuths.

Paige Sleuth writes the Cozy Cat Caper Mystery series. She plots murder during the day and fights for mattress space with her two rescue cats at night. When not attending to her cats’ demands, she writes.

Sandra Baublitz loves writing mysteries with furry detective crime-solvers. Her first Dog Detective short story, The Mystery of the Blue Dolphins, featuring Paw and Clarissa, is always free to download.

Claire Kane is a connoisseur of classic fashion statements, craves a good rootbeer float, and always chews with her mouth closed. Of course, she also has a weak spot for murder mysteries.

Kathi Daley is the USA Today bestselling author of eight mystery series, including the Tj Jensen Paradise Lake Mystery series and the Tess and Tilly Cozy Mystery series. She writes cozy mysteries that warm your heart and feed your soul.

Tammy L. Grace is the award-winning author of the Cooper Harrington Detective Novels and the Hometown Harbor Series. Join Tammy’s exclusive reader group, and she’ll send you a fun interview with the dogs from her books as a FREE thank-you gift.

Alannah Rogers writes the Beatrice Young Cozy Cat Mysteries. The heroine of her stories is Beatrice Young, a 64-year-old amateur sleuth and Cozy Cat Cafe owner who lives in the small town of Ashbrook, New Hampshire with her 4 cats: Hamish, Lucky, Petunia, and Simon. The first book in her series is only 99 cents, and fans can stay connected through her Readers Group.

Alison Golden is a writer, blogger and mother of two. To get a free copy of Death at the Café, the prequel to the Reverend Annabelle Dixon cozy mystery series featuring Biscuit, the church cat, plus two more books, updates about new releases, exclusive promotions, and other insider information,
please sign up for the Cozy Mysteries Insider mailing list.

Colleen Mooney writes the New Orleans Go Cup Chronicles humorous mysteries and loves to travel. An avid animal lover, she also directs and manages a New Orleans Schnauzer rescue.

Meredith Potts writes the Daley Buzz Cozy Mystery series. She loves corgis, cozies, and cupcakes. Sign up for her mailing list and be the first to know about her new books.


28 comments / Add your comment below

  1. It doesn’t matter to me as long as the story draws me in. But as I think about it, what exactly do you mean by human characteristics?! Don’t our lovely pets have those anyway?

    1. I believe my pets do have human characteristics. I think the question, though, was meant to differentiate between pets that speak in woofs and meows vs. ones that speak in human language. etc. I, personally, like books with either kind of animal communication, but I have heard some readers prefer books where animals only speak in animal language/body language.

      1. Aaaah! I didn’t think of it that way. I have always wanted to be able to communicate with my little kitty. I would certainly LOVE to have a conversation with her. So I don’t think I would mind if the animals communicated in either way.

    2. I agree that our pets can share a lot of human characteristics. But like Sandra says, I have read some books where the animals actually communicate with their humans or other animals in English. One that comes to mind was distinctly paranormal, and in that world it seemed quite natural for the animals to talk. It wasn’t any stranger than the vampires, anyway! –Marla (aka Paige Sleuth)

        1. I would love to talk to mine too. Sometimes they do the silliest, oddest, funniest things and I would just love to be able to ask them, “What in the world are you thinking right now?” –Marla (aka Paige Sleuth)

  2. I’ve read and enjoyed both kinds of books. The only time it is too much is when the dogs are typing on the computer or carrying trays of food or doing the cooking. Things like that.

    1. Carol, I had to laugh at your comment because to me that sounds like the ideal pet. If I could find a dog to edit my books and cook and serve meals, I would adopt him in a heartbeat! –Marla (aka Paige Sleuth)

    2. I wish I had a dog that could do a few chores around here. I tend to stay more realistic with the dog in my detective series, but a typing dog sounds interesting and would eliminate the tightness in my neck.

  3. It really depends on the story, however, I do enjoy when animals take on human characteristics. It makes me laugh.

    1. Yes, I agree. I think it depends on personal preference and how the story is written. I do love when it adds humor to the story. And isn’t that the great thing about having a variety of books to choose from, we can pick the ones that speak to us?

  4. I don’t mind either way, and I have actually enjoyed both, but what I enjoy best is when the author really pulls my heartstrings by making fictional animals truly lifelike with vocal and body language, original personality traits, habits, weaknesses and human interaction characteristics. Like the human characters, the animal characters have to feel real to me as well and it’s these characters that keep me coming back to the books and draws me into the stories every time as well! Thank you!!

    1. I agree, Sharon! In real life animals have such different and diverse personalities it only seems right to make them that way in fiction too. Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting! –Marla (aka Paige Sleuth)

  5. I so wish my cats would talk in a language I could understand! Wouldn’t it be wonderful to really know what they are telling us about their day? mjhopper101(at)gmail(dot)com

  6. The ten ebook winners are Michelle F, Cathi, Sharon G, Dianne C, Christy M, Jen B, Sharon B, Patricia T, Jana Leah B, and email starscroll*** Congratulations, all! I’ve sent each of you an email, so please check your inbox (or spam folder). Thank you so much to everyone who took the time to read and comment on our posts and to Brooke for hosting us. I loved chatting with you all and hope you enjoyed learning more about us and our books, and possibly discovered some exciting new reads. –Marla (aka Paige Sleuth)

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