Thursday, March 12, 2015

Mansion of Meows by Patricia Fry: Guest Author, Review & Giveaway

The Writer’s Cat 
by Lily the Tabby

That’s me! I live with a writer. I’ve always lived with a writer my whole life. And I’m not alone. Most of the cats I know live with writers. Mom says that’s because most of the people we know are writers and writers like to have cats around.

Even famous writers kept cats in their offices or studies. Ernest Hemmingway wrote with cats, presumably more than one cat. He was quoted as saying, “One cat just leads to another.” That’s true in our house!

Joyce Carol Oates also loves her cats. She told someone once, “I write so much because my cat sits on my lap. She purrs so I don’t want to get up.” I can relate to that.

Mark Twain loved cats and he appreciated others who did, as well. He said, “When a man loves cats, I am his friend and comrade without further introduction.” Edgar Allan Poe also had a great appreciation for cats. He once said, “I wish I could write as mysterious as a cat.”

I’d like to add to that list my mom, Patricia Fry. She makes a lap for me every morning while she’s writing the Klepto Cat Mysteries. Yes, mysteries with cats. I’m just one of many cats who have lived with mom. In fact, she calls me the baby. I’m the youngest of the three who live here now.

Our mom has practically always written, but she hasn’t always written about cats. Her first cat book was Catscapades, True Cat Tales. Having always been a give-me-the-facts type writer, she wanted to try writing in story style and, she’d been collecting cat stories in her head and heart for many years. In that book, she even wrote the story of my awful accident when I was just a kitten and the cat tree fell on top of me. Mom quit writing for a solid week just to take care of me. She slept next to my bed every night. She and Dr. Bailey worked hard to save me and today I am just fine. Mom still gets teary when she tells someone about my accident.

I’m also in the Klepto Cat Mystery stories. So is our tortie, Sophie and the old guy in the household, Max. But you might not recognize us. When Mom creates cat characters for her books, she sometimes uses us as models. She might develop a kitten with my personality, but who looks like Max, for example. She sometimes sits and watches how we act and react to things so she can describe it in the books. It’s all rather mysterious to me. I’m just glad that Mom is a writer and that she spends so much time providing a cozy lap for me to curl up in.

Lily is a dilute tabby who was born in an abandoned VW six years ago on April Fool’s Day. One of 15 kittens born on that property that year, the choice was easy for Patricia to make. She fell in love with Lily at first glance. Lily says she’s the one who made the choice. Lily lives with her best friends Sophie (a 10-year-old tortie) and Max (17—a snow-shoe-type cat)—both also rescued kitties.

Patricia Fry is the author of 49 books, and counting. She just published the 9th in the Klepto Cat Mystery series, Mansion of Meows. The Klepto Cat Mysteries are light, fun cozy mysteries full of adventure, intrigue, and a little romance. They feature Rags, an ordinary cat who just can’t keep his paws off other people’s things. Often, the treasures he finds are clues in a mystery. Follow Rags’s fascinating life path from when he and Savannah were single and he roamed the neighborhood stealing everything from toys belonging to large dogs to jewelry and bathing suits. Rags and Savannah don’t stay single long. After meeting Michael, a handsome veterinarian, Savannah settles down, but the cat doesn’t change his thieving ways. Even though his kleptomaniac habit is annoying and embarrassing to his family, he has earned the respect of the local sheriff’s department and he was even asked to star in a documentary. You can find all of Patricia’s books on Amazon.

Patricia Fry's Klepto Cat mystery series is such a joy for cat-loving bibliophiles. The releases have been coming fast and furious lately and sadly I've fallen behind in keeping up with Rags' adventures. Picking up the 9th book in the series was like catching up with old friends and a reminder of why I have loved these books so much.

This book is extremely atmospheric with the opening scene taking place in a creepy, remote marsh and Savannah's Aunt Maggie injured after being hit on the head. Then we backtrack to how the ladies ended up in such a scary situation. The premiere of Rags' documentary is being shown at the San Francisco mansion of the film's investor, where it becomes immediately apparent that some strange things are going on. A supposedly unoccupied room with shadows in the light shining from under the green door, obvious signs of cats in a supposedly feline-free house, a mysterious gravestone in the middle of nowhere. Then finally Rags goes missing and the dark secrets behind mansion walls begin to see the light of day.

I just can't get enough of Rags and hope that he has many, many more adventures ahead!

Giveaway: Patricia is generously giving away THREE Kindle copies of Mansion of Meows. Leave a comment by noon eastern on Wednesday, March 18th, for your chance to win, and please don't forget your email address!


CATachresis said...

The human has Patricia Fry on her list of authors to watch for :)

Carol M said...

I've always known that both readers and writers love kitties! My cat, Max, thinks this is a book I would enjoy.. I agree! Thank you for the giveaway!
mittens0831 at aol dot com

Unknown said...

looks great, thank you for the chance to win :)

Sweet Purrfections said...

Our mom is working on her writing skills since she was always a mathematics person.

Robin said...

As someone who does a lot of writing, I agree, it is great to have a cat by your side. I'm so glad that Lily is okay after the accident with the tree! These books seem really cool. Cat mysteries are pawsome :)
-Purrs from your friends at

Unknown said...

Thanks, Melissa, Truffles and all of you who stopped in this morning. Lily and I appreciate such a nice welcome. Wishing you good luck in the contest. We do hope you'll enjoy the Klepto Cat Mysteries.


CatInTheFridge said...

Oh! This sounds like so much fun. I'd really love to read this and would like to enter to win a kindle edition! - Crepes.

Quinn and Angel brandi said...

Would love to read another kitty mystery with my Mommy. Her email is ladycristant at aol dot com.

Mama Cat said...

Loved todays post! Lily is adorable (but Truffles, we absolutely love you always)! I haven't yet read any of the Klepto Cat series, but see them often on Amazon for the Kindle. Would really like to read one. And maybe read to my kitties! jeaniedannheim (at) ymail (dot) com

Cathy Keisha said...

Cute kitty. That looks like ME on the cover.

pilch92 said...

I am very happy to see another in the series. These would make a great tv show or movie too.

servedogmom said...

I would love to read another book in this series. Appreciate the opportunity.

Fiona L. Woods said...

Aren't all cats kleptos? Two cats for me and both steal, I mean borrow, from the neighbors to give to me.

fionalwoods (at) yahoo (dot) com

Jeanetta said...

Patricia Fry is a new author for me, and the books sounds like a fun read. My cat would steal objects like Christmas ornaments and hide them under the couch. Thank goodness she didn't steal from the neighbors. :)

Kaye Killgore said...

This looks like a fun read

kaye dot killgore at comcast dog net

cyn209 said...

love this cover & would also like to read this!!

cyn209 at juno dot com

Unknown said...

Thank you all for stopping by and for your interest in the Klepto Cat Mystery series.