Coming soon:

The latest book in the Petectives series:

Petectives: Under Fire – It’s the 4th of July and the Petectives are feeling the heat! In the midst of a sweltering heat wave, feline detectives Yoshi and Gatsby get word that an old enemy is back and running a protection racket in their neighborhood. When an attack lands Gatsby’s girlfriend in the veterinary hospital, he gets hot under the collar but it may take Yoshi’s cool logic to shut down a gang of animal criminals and clear a dog from a horrible accusation. The Petectives are back and there’s going to be fireworks!

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Petectives: Christmas Party Playlist

A list of songs that I listened to while writing Petectives: Christmas Party. Some of the songs have a strong thematic link to the story, while others helped me set a scene or get into the heads of the characters. Forget all that, its Christmas music! Who doesn’t like Christmas music?

The Christmas Song – Nat King Cole: This was the first song on a Christmas album that my mom would play while she made Christmas cookies. It’s not Christmas for me until I hear this song fifty or sixty times.

What Christmas Means To Me – Stevie Wonder: The first thing that you hear is the drums and bass and you know that you’re listening to classic Motown. Then the jingle bells kick in and you know that you’re hearing a Christmas song. Then Stevie Wonder starts singing and you get one of the best Christmas songs ever recorded.

I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day – Frank Sinatra

Sweetest Thing – New Voices of Freedom (featuring Adriane Mc Donald & George Pendergrass) – This Gospelled up version of the U2 song isn’t a Christmas song (Although it is from the soundtrack of the movie ‘Scrooged’). The song inspired the relationship between the Zabisco and Missy characters in Petectectives: Christmas Party.

Happy Holiday (Beef Wellington Remix) – Bing Crosby: Dusty old Bing Crosby Christmas song remixed with a modern dance beat. Weird juxtaposition that actually works.

Cool Yule – Louis Armstrong: All of the fun of the holidays in pure undiluted form.

Celebration – Kool and the Gang: Not a Christmas song but definitely one of the all-time great party songs.

Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer – Ella Fitzgerald and Bing Crosby: Here’s how this version ends: “If you keep your nose a red, red rose. If you keep your beak all pink and sleek. And if you keep your snooze maroon because, You’ll go down in history.” Brilliant.

Christmas Is Coming – Vince Guaraldi Trio:This jazz melody is from the soundtrack to “A Charlie Brown Christmas”. That whole CD should be the sound track to Petectives: Christmas Party but it’s already taken.

Christmas Must Be Tonight – Robbie Robertson: Rock retelling of the Nativity.

My Favorite Things – The Supremes: I’m not normally a big Rodgers and Hammerstein fan but Diana Ross really sells this version. I don’t know if Ms. Ross actually likes schnitzel and noodles but I totally believe it when she belts it out here.

This Christmas – Donny Hathaway

A Merrier Christmas – Diane Reeves: A little known Christmas song composed by jazz genius Thelonious Monk. A musical interpretation of an idyllic American Christmas experience.

Sleigh Ride – Ella Fitzgerald

White Christmas – The Drifters: Classic do-wop interpretation of the holiday standard.

Petectives is free today!

Free feline fiction for Labor Day! If you have a Kindle or the Kindle app and you’re in the mood for some cat literature please click on the link at the right and check out “Petectives”.

Book description:
PECTECTIVES
It’s almost Halloween and cat detectives Yoshi and Gatsby are up to their collars in mystery in this humorous whodunnit for pet lovers. When Gatsby and Yoshi decide to help a pretty young cat find her missing brother, what starts as a routine missing pet investigation soon pits them against both a gang of vicious criminal pit bulls as well as the neighborhood dog police, who are looking into rumors of dogfights. While Gatsby’s up to his whiskers in danger and romance, Yoshi’s putting together the pieces of a puzzle that could rock their community. Can the boys find a missing cat and shut down a dogfighting operation while staying two steps ahead of the local dog police? It’s all in a night’s work for the Petectives!
An 18,000 word mystery novella.

Weird Cat Items on Ebay

A few feline oddities that can be found on Ebay:

Phone case with an image of a cartoon woman feeding pizza to a real cat.

Phone case with an image of a cartoon woman feeding pizza to a real cat.

An antique print of a cat hanging upside down pretending to be dead with mice and rats beneath him exploring mousetraps

An antique print of a cat hanging upside down pretending to be dead with mice and rats beneath him exploring mousetraps

Ceramic ashtray painted and shaped like a cat's head.

Ceramic ashtray painted and shaped like a cat’s head.

Yep

Yep

Cat butt salt and pepper shakers

Cat butt salt and pepper shakers

cat skullface figurine

cat skullface figurine

Crazy cat lady action figure

Crazy cat lady action figure

Cat geek tee

Cat geek tee

Petectives Profiles #3 Duke

A closer look at the characters in the Petectives stories
Duke is an entirely fictional character
• Duke is the leader of the Dog Patrol, an informal canine police force dedicated to keeping order in the neighborhood.
• 7 years old. Black and tan German Shepherd. 85 pounds. Disciplined, intelligent, honorable and somewhat cynical.
• Duke served as a police dog until he was injured in the line of duty
• Avid TV watcher – Duke’s favorite show is ‘The Littlest Hobo’, a show about a hyperintelligent German Shepherd who travels from town to town helping people and catching criminals.
• Duke has a gruff demeanor but he’s mostly friendly with Gatsby. Duke is not so friendly with Yoshi – he finds him to be arrogant and pretentious. Duke and Yoshi do have a history of working together before Gatsby was born and they both have a deeply hidden mutual respect for one another.
• Personal feelings aside, Duke respects Yoshi’s intelligence and Gatsby’s investigatory skills and would love for them to join the Dog Patrol but all three of them realize that cats wouldn’t be likely to follow his orders. He grudgingly agrees to work with them when necessary.

Petectives pictures

Yoshi looking thoughtful

Yoshi looking thoughtful


Gatsby: What are you looking at?

Gatsby: What are you looking at?


Maybe its just a neck massage but it looks like somebody's getting strangled.

Maybe its just a neck massage but it looks like somebody’s getting strangled.


Portrait of a Petective as a young kitten

Portrait of a Petective as a young kitten


Just hangin' out

Just hangin’ out


A five year old girl's portrait of Yoshi and Gatsby.

A five year old girl’s portrait of Yoshi and Gatsby.


Yoshi at three years old

Yoshi at three years old


Relaxing together

Relaxing together


Is this from the camera flash or do they have super powers?

Is this from the camera flash or do they have super powers?