Paws For Murder (The Barking Mad Mysteries)
by Scarlett English
I am so happy to welcome Scarlett English to Escape With Dollycas today!
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Scarlett English is a crazy cat lady who likes solving murders. Or actually, make that one crazy cat lady and one dog lady, because there are two of us who write together. One of us is British born and raised and the other American. Much to Scarlett’s chagrin, the police have never sought to consult her on the murder cases she works, which is why she suspects there seems to be so much unsolved crime, especially—surprisingly enough—in the small English village where her stories take place. So, armed with curiosity, a penchant for taking in strays, a love of homemade wine and a good gossip, Scarlett puts her detecting talents to good use murdering the hapless inhabitants of Adlebury and then solving their cases one story at a time.
What are three things most people don’t know about you?
One of us used to be a nurse and the other a Literature teacher.
We both live in the American south. (though one of us lives in Florida, and is far more British than southern)
Our TBR list is always full, and we spend our days reading and writing.
What is the first book you remember reading?
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
What are you reading now?
What books have most inspired you?
So many, it’s hard to narrow them down—all the classics, though, as I once taught Literature. (I’m the American one) Particularly the works of Thomas Hardy. I also loved Poe and the darker Romantics. I love the idea that Poe invented the fiction detective story, creating a character named Auguste Dupin before the word “detective” had ever been coined, and his stories are wonderful. Of the more recent writers, I love Dean Koontz and Peter Straub, Stephen King, Mary Stewart. So many.
What made you decide you wanted to write mysteries?
I’ve always loved mysteries. I like to unravel the puzzle and try to guess “who done it?” all from the safety of my living room. When we’re writing, I have so much fun at the beginning of the story, just figuring this out and how Ella and friends can solve it.
Do you have a special place you like to write?
In my office, ably assisted by my cats, who ride the back of my chair and stretch across the keyboard.
Where do the ideas for your books come from?
That’s hard to say. My British co-author came up with the original idea of a British woman living in a small village and an American former police officer who come back home to England, where he was born, and works as a “special constable.” I thought the idea was intriguing and we were off from there!
Is there anything about writing you find most challenging?
Pretty much everything! Finding the will to sit at the computer all day, every day, which is necessary for me. And ignoring all the distractions and the days when the words just won’t come.
What do you think makes a good story?
Good stories are everywhere if you just look around. I always start with a “What if…?
Which, of all your characters, do you think is the most like you?
In Paws for Murder, probably Lily!
What makes your books different from others out there in this genre?
I think our book is unique because of the two voices of Petronella, a village veterinarian and her American cop, who is tired and heartsick with big city crime and wants only to bask in the warmth and the kinder, slower vibes of a small English village. Instead, he finds that murder and mayhem are everywhere.
What’s next on the horizon for you?
We will continue to write this series—we have covers and titles for four so far, but hope to do more. We are loving it so much, and can’t wait to see what other adventures in Adlebury pop into our heads.
About Paws for Murder
Paws For Murder (The Barking Mad Mysteries)
1st in Series
Independently Published (January 5, 2020)
Print Length: 163 pages
Digital ASIN: B083JKWXVZ
Welcome to Adlebury where village life can be downright deadly.
Veterinarian Petronella Knight seems to have it all. A job she loves, good friends, and patients who adore her. But when she gets into an argument with dog breeder Gladys Harrington, and she finds the woman dead, she also finds herself accused of murder.
Ella will need all her friends, including the new and very handsome American policeman, and all her sharpest sleuthing skills to figure out who murdered the dog breeder before another dead body pops up.
Paws for Murder contains one enthusiastic amateur detective with a penchant for rescuing animals, a guard duck called George, a large amount of homemade gooseberry wine, and a very confused American who has never met an English village quite like this one.
You’d be Barking Mad to pass this one by.
Praise for Paws For Murder (The Barking Mad Mysteries)
by Scarlett English
With a sprinkling of humor and a healthy dose of romantic suspense, Paws for Murder makes a delightful start to a new cozy mystery series.
Paws for Murder is a wonderfully written cozy mystery. I enjoyed the characters, the character development, and the world building.
This was so much fun. A mix of British gentle mysteries and American cozy mystery reads . . . This first of what I hope is a rollicking series, is very exciting.
A nice gentle start to a new series, also nice and short so ideal for commutes!
~A Wytch’s Book Review Blog
About Scarlett English
Scarlett English is a crazy cat lady who likes solving mysteries. Or actually, make that a dog lady. Much to her chagrin, the police have never sought to consult her, which is why there seems to be so much unsolved crime. Especially—surprisingly enough—in the small English village where she lives. So, armed with curiosity, a penchant for taking in strays, a love of homemade wine and a good gossip, she puts her detecting talents to good use murdering her imaginary friends and neighbors and solving the cases one story at a time.
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