Friday, March 19, 2021

Truffles & Tragedies by Gayle Leeson - Blog Tour with Character Guest Post and Giveaway

Down South Cafe owner Amy Flowers learns her chocolate truffles might not be the only things her patrons find "out of this world."

When her cousin, Jackie, asks her to give a presentation to her online class, Amy thinks all she has to worry about is speaking before a group. But then the nitpicky professor collapses. He has been murdered, and hot-tempered Jackie is the prime suspect. Some online forums are even speculating that the professor was an extra-terrestrial, so Amy must sort out fact from fiction to get to the truth.

Certain the real killer is setting Jackie up, will Amy be able to outwit the killer and save her cousin?

Guest Post by Princess Eloise the Cat

Hello, Mudpie:

Don’t be intimidated because I’m royalty. I don’t think my lineage sets me on a pedestal. Being a cat does that.

I live with Amy Flowers, who owns the Down South Café. Amy is a sweet girl, and I like her okay. She makes sure I get all the attention I want and plenty to eat and drink. But she’s not my favorite. My favorite human in the world is Amy’s mother, Jenna. But when Jenna’s mom died, Jenna moved into the house on the hill above Amy’s place to live with her aunt. Since Aunt Bess is allergic to cats—huge eye roll here because really…am I right?—I had to stay here at Amy’s house. I guess the aunt was too old to rehome because, honestly, I don’t know who else would have her at this point. She’s quite the handful. At least, Jenna is close by, and I get to see her all the time.

Amy has been dating a great guy lately, and I like him a lot. His name is Ryan, and he’s a police officer. Whenever he comes to visit, I hop onto his lap. It’s funny because it makes Amy a little jealous because she wishes I liked her that much. Between you and me, that’s one of the reasons I do it. Also, he has strong, muscular thighs. I knead and knead and knead, and then I curl up into a ball and doze. Purrfection.

I enjoy lying in the windowsill, lying on the chair by the living room window, lying on the kitchen chair that’s closest to the wall, and lying on my bed—although I spend the least amount of time there. I’d rather be up a little higher, especially when I want to avoid pats and licks and doggie breath, if you know what I mean. I like Rory, the terrier, okay. Or, at least, I do now. When he was a puppy, I referred to him as Rory, the terror. In fact, I thought that’s what the humans were saying when someone would ask what type of dog he was. But I came to realize they were saying terrier, and he’s grown up to the point where he’s tolerable. And he’s good for Amy. She needs someone willing to be picked up and cuddled at her whim—that’s not me.

Admittedly, though, I’ve been staying a little closer to her lately. There has been some trouble involving her cousin, Jackie. Jackie is the granddaughter of Aunt Bess—who I’ve already told you about. I’m not terribly keen on Jackie and her boyfriend, Roger, but I’d allow them to feed me if Amy happened to be out of town and Jenna wasn’t available. Amy loves them, though, especially Jackie. So, since Amy has been worried and sad about whatever is going on with Jackie, I’ve been staying close in case Amy needs me. She’s a good kid, and I appreciate her more than I let on. I have to say, though, I hope this ordeal gets put behind us soon. A girl needs her beauty rest, especially when that girl is a princess.

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Lone Star Cats said...

Sounds like a fun book!

Patricia T said...

Thanks, Melissa and Mudpie.

The Florida Furkids said...

This sounds like a great book.

The Florida Furkids

Brian's Home Blog said...

That does sound like a really good one!

Gayle said...

Thank you for hosting me on your wonderful blog today!

Sandee said...

Cats are royalty. This read sounds fabulous.

Have a purrfect day and weekend. My best to your mom. ♥

Eastside Cats said...

A pleasure to meet you, Princess Eloise!

CRYSTAL said...

Love books like this and the book cover is marvelous. Would love to read and review this book and ALL the other author's books in print format. Looks like the book is intriguing, mysterious, suspenseful and a page turner.
Thank you for your review and the chance to win this giveaway.
I Hope I Win.

Timmy Tomcat said...

Looks like a good one and we hope she gets the killer nailed down

Marvelous Marv said...

Wow! This is going to be a fun read! Thanks MudPie and Mom! have a marvellously happy day! said...

I love a book with a good cover like this one!!

pilch92 said...

Looks like a good book.Nice to learn about Eloise.