Thursday, June 11, 2020

Special Guest Ruth Hartman

by Gayle Leeson

Thank you to Gayle Leeson for inviting me to guest post this week! It’s an honor to be included with this wonderful group of cozy writers.

At a family reunion last year, a discussion with my cousin about possible book ideas turned into my first cozy mystery. She’s a book editor and great brainstormer, always giving fantastic ideas while at the time guaranteeing we both end up laugh-crying. She of course knows I’ve loved cats my whole life. And that every one of my books has at least one feline represented. She asked me if I’d heard of cat cafés.

Amazingly, I hadn’t.

How could such a cat lover not know about something so incredible? Where people can hang out with cats while drinking a latte?  But after some research about various sites, I was hooked. Yes, a murder would take place at a fictional cat café. And soon.
The result of our phone conversations and endless texts resulted in, “Hairballs and Homicide.”

When Ellie Warren opens the Kitty Beret Café, her life revolves around finding forever homes for rescued cats and serving lattes. That is, until a woman’s body is discovered behind her shop—the same woman who’d thrown a hissy fit with Ellie in front of lots of witnesses. With Ellie’s cat, Templeton, supplying clues and the help of handsome Detective Simon Dare, she’s on the prowl for the murderer. Will Ellie discover the identity of the culprit before the murderer sinks their claws into her?

 Ruth J. Hartman spends her days herding cats and her nights spinning mysterious tales. She, her husband, and their cats love to spend time curled up in their recliners watching old Cary Grant movies. Well, the cats sit in the people's recliners. Not that the cats couldn't get their own furniture. They just choose to shed on someone else's.

Ruth, a left-handed, cat-herding, farmhouse-dwelling writer, uses her sense of humor as she writes tales of lovable, klutzy women who seem to find trouble without even trying.

Ruth's husband and best friend, Garry, reads her manuscripts, rolls his eyes at her weird story ideas, and loves her in spite of her penchant for insisting all of her books have at least one cat in them.

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