Ghostly Paws (Mystic Notch Cozy Mystery Book 1) by Leighann Dobbs

Ghostly Paws by Leighann Dobbs is the first of the Mystic Notch Series and was published in 2014. This is one of my favorite Leighann Dobbs series. A reporter turned bookshop owner by the name of Willa is the main character.  She has an amazing cat, Pandora, who along with her gang of feline friends, help Willa get out of the trouble that she invariably gets into.

Willa and Pandora are visited in the shop quite frequently by ghosts of authors from centuries ago. Customers will come into the store and a ghost or two will choose that moment to cause mischief. A book may fall off a shelf or a puff of smoke materializes in the  corner of the room, signifying that ghosts are coming right in front of the customer. Pandora, being the ever-curious cat that she is, plays with the smoke until it becomes Robert Frost or someone else from days gone by.

In the first book of the series, Ghostly Paws, Willa finds the town’s librarian, Livinia dead at the bottom of the library’s basement stairs. Augusta who, besides being Willa’s sister, is the town’s sheriff that warns the curious Willa to stay away from the case. Willa would be happy to stay away, but the ghost of Livinia comes to visit her and pleads with Willa to find her killer. Mystic Notch isn’t that big so you’d think that it would be easy to find a killer, wouldn’t you? Not so.
Ghostly Paws is a fast read and thoroughly enjoyable. I give it five stars and would suggest it to anyone who likes cozy mysteries and cats.

A Tour of Harry’s Home Turf ~ Harrot Reef

Harry here…again!  Now that my book is out I thought that it would be an excellent time for me to take you on a grand tour of my town, Harrot Reef.

Harrot Reef is a little fishing village on the coast of Maine.  The Johnson family was the first family to settle there in 1815.

You can find all of the action down at the docks. Sometimes the fishermen will feed us cats from the daily catch. I love the salmon! Right across the street from the wharf is the hottest restaurant in town.  If we can’t get fish down at the docks, the Twilight is the place to go.  I would recommend the lobster Thermidor.  Mmm, exquisite!

The main street of Harrot Reef, which was conveniently called Main Street,  is six blocks up Kelly Hill.  From The Fence on Main Street, which is the meeting place of my gang, you can see most all of the little town.

Right across the street from our hangout is the town square.  Beautiful gardens surrounded the gazebo in the center of perfectly manicured lawn.  Tall trees that are built for climbing were on the four corners of the square, which the kids refer to as the park.

Next to the square is the City Hall where Sheriff Grady O’Neil sits planning his diabolical schemes against the Johnson family.

Abel’s groceries was across the alleyway on the other side of the square. You can get all that you could ever possibly need in the little store that has been around since there was a need for a grocer.

Down the street was Martha’s Hangout.  The diner has been around for over twenty years and Martha runs it like clockwork.  Martha’s, as the diner is known, makes the best cheeseburgers and shakes in the county.

I like to round off my dining experience at the bakery across the street.  The Fat Cat Bakery is owned by Gene.  He and his daughter Roxey, have been serving the town’s people for quite some time now. I love to sit behind the building and inhale the sumptuous aroma of freshly baked bread. Their blueberry scones are to die for, too!

That’s it.  The whole of Harrot Reef in a nutshell.  Well, all of the important places anyway.  Now that you know the lay of the land, come join us!  Get Harry the Wonder Cat: The Legend of the PinkDiamond  today at Amazon.



Harry is Out!

Just a very short post telling you all that Harry the Wonder Cat is finally out of his carrier!  (And we all know how much he hates his carrier!)

He wants you all to come by Amazon  and pick up his very first book in the series.

On behalf of Harry and his gang, thanks!

(Harry will be conducting a tour of Harrot Reef next week.)

Why Not a Kitten For Christmas (A Bonus Post)

I wrote this article last year,  but I feel so strongly about the subject that I decided to post it again.

It’s that time of year again. The time for decorations, Christmas trees, Santa Claus and presents. It’s the time for parents to make their child’s’ fantasies come true. It is so tempting for ‘Santa’ to give their darling a little kitten. They are so cute and cuddly and, it is thought that, as the child grows, so can the kitten.

However, we must remember that a kitten is not a toy. They are living beings, with needs that can only be met by a true knowledge of what it takes to be a good guardian. The excitement of waking up Christmas morning to a brand new furry kitten, will soon wear off when the child is charged with caring for Fifi. Chances are, it will take no time at all before he will grow tired of feeding her and cleaning the litter box. Then it falls to the parent to take care of the needs.

A cat (as with any pet) is a full-time responsibility that can last for 20 years or more. In that time, Johnny or Janey will probably go their separate ways, leaving the cat behind. That’s all well and good for the humans, but for the cats, who have grown to depend on their people for love and attention, it can be traumatic and certainly is unfair.

In my opinion, one of the main reasons not to get a kitten as a present is that, in order to meet the demand, some pet stores, etc. receive their supply from disreputable breeders and kitten mills.

A kitten mill is a place where cats are bred in tight quarters with no medical attention, until they are no longer able to breed. When that day comes, they either are tragically killed or  sold, spreading diseases. When they are kept alive to be given away, the kitten has a higher chance of being unhealthy, costing more money and possible heartache in the long run.

So, the next time you take your child into the pet store to gaze at the cute little furry things in the window, remember, they are not toys , so look, but don’t give in to the temptation of taking one home.

Casting Harry the Wonder Cat

As most of you already know, I’m writing a series of cozy mysteries called Harry the Wonder Cat Series.  Unfortunately, the picture that we chose to be Harry was copyrighted.  As a result, the position of Harry has opened up again.  If you want your cat to be a star, send a head shot and a full body shot to  Please label your email Harry the Wonder Cat pics.

Head bonks and kitty kisses from Harry and the management.