Wednesday, July 19, 2023

Paw & Order by Chris Abernathy - Blog Tour with Character Guest Post and Giveaway


What’s better than a K-9 cop? A feline detective. Detective Whiskers is out to prove himself, and keep his human from being framed for murder, or worse. He'll need the help of his new animal friends and Sheila's group of female sleuths. This cozy mystery set in a small town in Old Florida is purrfect for cat lovers and anyone who enjoys a fun beach read.

Who is really catching killers in Paradise Cove? It’s not the local police. The Paradise Cove Murder Society is getting the job done, with more help than they realize from a furry detective named Whiskers.

Sheila and her cat Whiskers are starting a new life in the perfect little Florida beach town that managed to avoid the big crowds, condos and chain stores. But as soon as they arrive the town has its first ever murder. Good thing Whiskers is a trained detective! Fred, Sheila’s husband of forty years, was a police detective who recently passed away, right before they were supposed to retire to the beach. After forty years of devoting herself entirely to being a good wife and mother she’s now left to put her life back together, but what kind of life will it be? In a fresh setting, and with some quirky new friends, she slowly begins to remember all of the dreams she had as a young woman. She has a second chance to chase those dreams, if she can stay alive and out of prison. When her next door neighbor is killed and the evidence points to Sheila, it’s time for Whiskers to step up.

Whiskers was Fred’s loyal assistant and he’ll need to remember everything he learned from his mentor to keep Sheila safe as she rediscovers herself. With the help of some unexpected new friends of his own Detective Whiskers sets out to prove to the world, and himself, that he is worthy of the shiny badge on his collar. If you love humorous cozy mysteries where pets take the lead and eccentric friends come together to solve crimes with just the right amount of suspense then the Detective Whiskers Cozy Mystery Series is exactly what you’re looking for. Buy Paw and Order now and find out why the only thing better than a K-9 cop is a feline detective!

This book is an absolute joy from start to finish. I immediately fell hard for Whiskers, still grieving over his master's untimely death and the special connection they shared. He finds comfort in tummy rubs, sleeping on the detective's uniform, and is serious about his new job of protecting widow Sheila. The last thing they expect when beginning their new life in sleepy Paradise Cove is to become embroiled in a murder, but that's exactly what happens. It's a good thing Whiskers is a bit of a detective himself, and with the help of some new 2-legged and 4-legged friends, is able to save the day. 

Besides Whiskers himself, my favorite characters are Zappa the hippie kitty and Roddy the mouse. Absolutely adorable! This story gets four paws up, and I look forward to spending more time with these delightful characters in subsequent books.

Character Guest Post by Detective Whiskers

Hi! My name is Whiskers. Gotta say, this is a cool blog. Who doesn’t love mochas and mysteries? And meows — well, that goes without saying since I am a cat!

I am also a detective. Yes, a cat can be a detective — just look at my badge if you don’t believe me. It says Detective Whiskers.

My former partner and mentor, Fred, gave me the badge after I helped him solve a bunch of cases. It wasn’t easy. I can’t talk to humans so I had to find ways of getting his attention at the right time and showing him what he needed to see. Eventually he caught on and taught me everything he knew about being a detective. We spent hours every evening working on cases after he got home.

Unfortunately, Fred’s not with us anymore. Sheila, his wife, and I have relocated to the purrfect beach town in a part of Florida that has somehow avoided the big condos and crowds. It’s a quiet town. Or at least it was until we showed up. I don’t know why but all of a sudden people are getting killed left and right. Fortunately, I’m here to find out what happened and bring the killers to justice.

I won’t lie — it gets a little crazy. The local police chief thinks my badge is just some silly gimmick. His K-9 officer, Kojak, clues me in on some of their evidence but I’m not allowed to be part of the official investigation. So there are two investigations going on at the same time. Mine and theirs. Oh, three actually. Sheila has met some “unique” new friends and they call themselves the Paradise Cove Murder Society. The get together to solve murders and drink margaritas. Mostly drink margaritas (especially Tarrie Ann) but I have to admit they’re getting better at it. Anyway, yeah … three investigations going at the same time. It gets a little crazy. Not only am I trying to find a killer, I‘m trying to keep Sheila safe. I promised Fred I would. I didn’t realize at the time that she would be chasing after killers.

Sheila’s not the only one who has made new friends. I’ve met some pretty cool cats down here. And dogs. And a great blue heron. I’ve even made friends with a mouse, but don’t tell Sheila! She would not be happy if she knew I let them him with us at Sunset Cottage.

I already mentioned Kojak. He’s the K-9 officer at the local police department and he was not exactly my biggest fan at first. But he’s come around. It’s nice to have someone I can talk about cases with who understands. And without him it would be a lot harder for me to investigate.

Then there’s Zappa. Let tell you, he’s living the good life. A total beach bum. This cat lives in the sand dunes near our house. He just chills out all day and eats fresh seafood, courtesy of a fisherman named Jimmy. Jimmy fishes almost every day and shares with Zappa and Blue.

Blue is a great blue heron. She’s not much of a talker. She’s not much of anything really. She just glides in on those big, beautiful wings of hers and stands on the beach until Jimmy tosses her a fish. It takes a while to get to know her but it’s worth it. She is a great listener and I know that if I ever really need her, she’ll be there for me.

Oh, I almost forgot Roddy. He’s a mouse that lives in a wall at Sunset Cottage. I know, cats are supposed to keep mice away but he’s cool. We’ve worked out a deal. He stays hidden and only eats things that fall on the floor, stuff that Sheila will never notice. And I keep him safe in the Whiskers Protection Program.

So that’s a little bit about life in Paradise Cove, the neatest little town that nobody knows about in Florida. If you happen to find it, get a room at the Parrot Eyes Inn and stay for a while. I guarantee you’ll love it.

One more thing. You may have noticed that all of the books about my cases are named after TV shows and movies. That’s because Sheila and I love to watch TV together, especially the shows about other great detectives. People like Jessica Fletcher, Crockett and Tubbs, Thomas Magnum. Now that Fred isn’t with us anymore, these shows are a great way for me to continue learning about how to be a great detective. You can never know too much, right?

Did anybody else hear that? I think I just heard Roddy scratching around in the living room and Sheila’s not in bed yet. I’d better go check on him and make sure she doesn’t see him.

Be safe, everybody. And give your cats a little extra Fancy Feast for me, okay?


About the Author:

Chris Abernathy has narrated more than 200 audiobooks and now he is writing his own stories. He has been a storyteller his entire life — around campfires at a summer camp as a counselor, on the radio for more than 30 years, as an actor with background roles on major motion pictures and TV series, as a producer of short films for social media and more. Chris is married with two sons and lives on the Gulf Coast in Alabama. He is a dual national with citizenship in the US and UK and visits family in the Scottish Highlands as often as possible.

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Lynn and Precious said...

Thanks book review Mudpie. We enjoyed it here very much this morning.

Rita Wray said...

Sounds like a great read.

meowmeowmans said...

From your review, that sounds like a really good read, Mudpie! We will check it out, so that we can read about Whiskers, Sheila, Zappa, and Roddy, too. :)

pilch92 said...

Great review. It looks like a good book.

Three Chatty Cats said...

This sounds like a cute book. Great review, Mudpie!