Sneaky’s Supernatural Mystery and Other Cobble Cove Stories
by Debbie De Louise
Today I am shining my spotlights on
Sneaky’s Supernatural Mystery
and Other Cobble Cove Stories!
About Sneaky’s Supernatural Mystery
and Other Cobble Cove Stories
Sneaky’s Supernatural Mystery and Other Cobble Cove Stories
Cozy Mystery Collection
Setting – New York
Solstice Publishing (May 30, 2022)\
Print length : 223 pages
ASIN : B0B2RV5SQ1
This collection of short stories includes four previously published Cobble Cove mysteries that appeared exclusively as ebooks along with a new story. The collection features the award-winning Sneaky’s Christmas Mystery, Sneaky’s Summer Mystery, KittyKai’s Easter Mystery, Barking Up the Wrong Tree, and the new title story, Sneaky’s Supernatural Mystery.
Each of these stories includes a note from the author explaining her inspiration for it and a cover image. If you’re a fan of the series, a cozy mystery lover, and/or a feline fancier, you’ll enjoy these mysteries that feature the pets in starring roles with Alicia, the librarian.
Excerpt #1: From Sneaky’s Christmas Mystery
Laura slid the tiny Santa suit over Sneaky’s head in a swift movement. She was quite practiced at dressing up the pets at the shelter for their annual Holiday Adopt-A-Thon. Sneaky knew he had no choice but to allow Laura to button up the costume and attach the cap. When he started to shake to throw off the clothes, Laura calmed him with firm words. “No, Sneaky. Don’t struggle. You won’t be wearing this for long. I hear the kids arriving already.” Sneaky heard them, too, the wild crescendos of high-pitched voices and the pattering feet. He also smelled them. Little kids had a special scent—sugary, sweaty, and occasionally that foul smell that reminded him of his litter box before it was scooped.
Sneaky endured the humiliation of the Santa Claus costume as Laura read Christmas books to the children. It was worth it because when the stories were over, he was released to the delight of the kids who clamored over him. There were no sticky hands, and no one pulled his tail. They all took turns petting him gently following Laura’s instructions. As he purred and reveled in the words and touches of the kids, he overheard Alicia speaking with Gilly, her best friend, who worked at the library part-time and operated an inn. Gilly had recently married the town’s sheriff and brought home a calico kitten named KittyKai from her honeymoon in Hawaii.
“It’s a shame about what happened at the pet shop, and it was only open a few weeks.”
“I don’t think we should discuss this here, Gilly.”
“But it’s all over the papers. John published it in yesterday’s Courier.” John, who had taken Carol and Johnny up to pet Sneaky, wasn’t aware of what Gilly was saying.
Sneaky needn’t strain his hypersensitive ears to hear the two women’s whispered words. One thing he loved about being a cat was how he could hear conversations and noises that humans couldn’t. He knew all about the murders that had happened in Cobble Cove and even helped Alicia on some of them. Most recently, he and KittyKai had teamed up to solve a case that happened last Valentine’s Day. He didn’t know about any pet store opening, although he’d heard John tell Alicia he thought the children, now that they were four, were old enough to learn how to care for a pet. They certainly had enough experience with him when he stayed at their house during library closings and with Fido, Mac’s dog, who visited regularly. But lately, he spent more time in Laura’s crowded house with her family and pets. Although he loved the library, he sometimes wished for a regular home like KittyKai had with Gilly, Ramsay, and her sons.
Alicia and Gilly had taken their discussion away from the Children’s Room, but he could still hear them talking with Donald near the reference desk. Donald always had a strong opinion on things. Despite considering himself a cat hater, Sneaky knew he was fond of him by the secret treats he shared with him and the occasional pets under the chin.
Donald was browsing the Internet as he often did while working. He looked up at Alicia and Gilly. “Are you two talking about the pet store manager’s murder? It’s all over Facebook today. Terrible thing to happen a few days before Christmas.”
About Debbie De Louise
Debbie De Louise is a reference librarian at a public library. She’s the author of the Cobble Cove cozy mystery series featuring Alicia, the librarian, and Sneaky, the library cat. She’s also published three standalone mysteries, a paranormal romance, a time-travel novel, a romantic comedy novella, and a collection of cat poems. Her stories and poetry appear in over a dozen anthologies. Debbie also writes articles for Catster.com. She lives on Long Island with her husband, daughter, and three cats.
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Comments on “Sneaky’s Supernatural Mystery and Other Cobble Cove Stories by Debbie De Louise #Spotlight / #Excerpt / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour @Deblibrarian”
Thanks for featuring my spotlight, Lori.
What an intriguing book! Great excerpt. I’d love to read more.
Wonderful excerpt. Sneaky sounds awesome!
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