I think I express the sentiment of everyone when I say how glad I am the elections have ended. Personally, I think it’s time to curl up with a good book or two or even more!
One of my favorite authors is B.R. Snow. I think I’ve read everything he’s written and I’ve been lucky enough to be a beta reader for a number of his books. I don’t think there’s a better author out there today. He recently has a new venture – a cozy mystery series. I asked him to stop by and talk about it. Believe me, these are books you don’t want to miss, particularly if you’re like me and love dogs and food! Enjoy!
DH – Today’s blog is with B.R. Snow, author of the popular Damaged Posse series as well as two standalone books; Divorce Hotel and Either Ore. His latest is the first book in his new cozy mystery series, and I have a feeling you’re all going to really enjoy it. Welcome, and congratulations on the new one. I really enjoyed it!
BR – Thanks, Dianne. I really appreciate being here and congratulations on all your success. As you know, I always look forward to the arrival of a new book from you. Your Cozy Bay series is one of my favorites.
DH – The Thousand Islands Doggy Inn series is completely different from your other books. Why did you decide to start writing a cozy mystery series?
BR – Yes, it is different, and I have to say that I am really enjoying writing the new series. But I hope I don’t confuse too many of my current readers in the process. (LOL) My other books are probably best described as adult crime thrillers and deal with a lot of themes that lend themselves to more of a global setting. And after seven books, I decided I wanted to take a bit of a break from that genre and do a wholesome series with a small town setting focusing on the characteristics and values of the people who enjoy living in a close-knit community.
As you know, I spend a lot of time on my characters and use a lot of comedy in my books. I thought my idea for the Thousand Islands Doggy Inn series would enable me to maintain my writing style while expanding into the cozy genre. Also, I’ve wanted to pay tribute to the Thousand Islands, the area where I grew up, for quite a while now. And I’m doing my best to highlight aspects of what it’s like to live there in a way so that the area almost becomes another character in the series.
And I found the prospect of writing a cozy series interesting, but very challenging. As you know, they are tricky books to write well, and I wanted to give the genre a shot for my own development as a writer. And I’m so glad I did. As I mentioned earlier, I’m really enjoying writing this series.
DH – Why don’t you tell us a bit about the Doggy Inn series?
BR – I’d love to. After I had decided to do a cozy series that would pay tribute to the Thousand Islands, I wanted to include two other things I love; dogs and good food. And soon the idea of having two female main characters with a love for the same three things was born. In short, Suzy Chandler, along with her best friend and business partner, Josie, own and operate the Thousand Islands Doggy Inn, a place they created to provide dogs with the things they deserve; which is the best of everything. As best friends, they share a lot of common interests, constantly bounce ideas off each other, and sometimes gets cranky with each other and bicker. I love writing Suzy and Josie’s characters and I think their relationship and reactions to the things that unfold around them is what makes the series so special.
The Doggy Inn is a combination full-service veterinary operation, boarding service, and a large dog rescue program. Since Suzy and Josie have a strict No Kill policy, the Doggy Inn is usually overflowing with rescue dogs, along with boarders and other dogs they consider part of their family.
The Thousand Islands Doggy Inn mysteries is an alphabet series, and one specific breed is featured in each book. The first book launches on Friday, November 11, and is titled The Case of the Abandoned Aussie. The story unfolds one morning when, while fishing, Suzie and Josie hook a really big one; the dead body of a rich candy magnate who owns an island in the area. They also find Chloe, an Australian Shepherd puppy, swimming nearby and frantically trying to survive the trauma of being thrown overboard in the middle of the night. As amateur sleuths who just can’t help snooping, Suzy and Josie embark on a mission to protect Chloe as well as identify the murderer. As the list of suspects grows, and the victims pile up, they find themselves trying to deal with a bizarre cast of characters and wondering if they just might be the next target.
The second book is called The Case of the Brokenhearted Bulldog and will launch at the end of November, and I’ve just finished the third installment, The Case of the Caged Cockers, a book that focuses on the despicable practice of and people who run illegal puppy mills. It has a Christmas theme and will launch around the Holidays.
Overall, it’s a very traditional cozy series, and I think it’s a great read for anyone who enjoys a good mystery.
DH – Since food is featured in the series, can readers expect to find recipes in each book?
BR – Actually, I’m thinking about doing a Thousand Islands Doggy Inn cookbook at some point featuring recipes of dishes that have been featured in the different books. I’ve just started playing around with the concept, but I’m toying with the idea of asking readers to vote on the recipes they’d like to see included in a cookbook. Perhaps around book ten in the series would be the best place to put it together since they’ll be quite an inventory of recipes to choose from by that point.
DH – Thanks again for giving me a sneak peek at The Case of the Adorable Aussie. I really enjoyed it and the overall series sounds like it has enormous appeal and I’m sure you’ll find a lot of success with it.
BR – Thanks for letting me stop by, Dianne. I truly appreciate your guidance and support. And congratulations on all your well-deserved success.
DH – Thanks, and to all my readers, I really appreciate you buying and borrowing Murder at the Polo Club. Not only has it been a Hot New Release on a number of Amazon lists, it’s also been the best selling dog, antiques and collectibles, and cozy mystery craft and hobby book. In case you missed it, here’s the link: getBook.at/Polo
I’m offering it at the intro price of $.99 for a few more days. Enjoy and have a wonderful week!