Petectives Playlist

A list of songs that I listened to while writing the novella Petectives. Some of the songs have a thematic link to the story, while others helped me set a scene or get into the heads of the characters. There are a range of genres represented but the overall theme is sort of jazzy sophistipop.

Sister Moon – Herbie Hancock featuring Sting: Jazzed up version of the Sting song. I have never had any idea what the lyrics mean but I have imagined that they are from a cat’s viewpoint.

Moondance – Van Morrison: The perfect song for the beginning of the story where cat detective Gatsby meets his lovely client on an October night under a full moon.

Black Cat – Janet Jackson: Gatsby’s annoyed that there are no songs titled “Orange Cat”.

Everybody Wants to Be a Cat – Jennifer Ryan: Slow, jazzy version of the theme song from the Disney classic “The Aristocats”.

Watching the Detectives – Elvis Costello: The big band version from the album “My Flame Burns Blue”. You can’t get any more detectivey than this.

Who’s Johnny? – El DeBarge

Somewhere in the World – Swing Out Sister

Peter Gunn – Art of Noise: No detective story should be written or read without this tune playing in the background at some point.

La Luna – Matt Bianco: Yet another jazzy moon song.

After All – Al Jarreau: A love song for Gatsby and Molasses.

Pink Panther Theme – Bobby McFerrin: Another cool detective song. This one with a cat connection in the title.

Heaven Only Knows – Swing Out Sister

Warehouse – Dave Matthews Band: I pictured this playing when Gatsby and Molasses are exploring the old abandoned house that turns out to be far more dangerous than they suspected.

What Is Hip? – Tower Of Power

Don’t You Worry ‘bout a Thing – Stevie Wonder

The Big Eye – Rusty Zinn: Rockin’ blues tunes with extremely paranoid lyrics.

Someone To Watch Over Me – Ella Fitzgerald

King Of Pain – Inner Circle

Petectives Profiles#1: Yoshi



Real Life

  • AKA: Crazy Yoshi
  • Black cat; 16 pounds
  • Bought at a pet store in a mall in Troy, MI
  • He was given an Asian name due to his resembling a Siamese cat when he was a kitten. He grew out of that appearance but kept the name.
  • Yoshi loves salty snacks such as french fries, potato chips and pretzels. He’s been known to swat nacho chips out of people’s hands so that he can jump down to the floor and recover them.
  • Refuses to ride in a car. If someone can survive his teeth and claws and actually get him into a cat carrier and into the car, he will get so horribly carsick and noisy that it will be almost impossible to drive


  • 8 years old. Black cat; 16 pounds
  • Knows how to read. Enjoys the books on his owner’s bookshelves.
  • Refuses to leave his house for any reason.
  • Yoshi doesn’t think much of dogs but has a grudging respect for Duke, the German Shepherd leader of the neighborhood Dog Patrol.
  • Yoshi enjoys four regularly scheduled naps throughout the day which can never be disturbed except for extreme situations.
  • Considered a legendary figure in the neighborhood. Since he doesn’t leave his house most pets have never met him.