An Interview with a Dog (Plus New Releases)

by Kassandra Lamb ~ Have you ever seen or heard an interview with a dog? One of the main characters in my Marcia Banks and Buddy cozies is Buddy, a Black Labrador/Rottweiler mix service dog. Recently, another author interviewed Buddy on her blog. I, of course, had to help by typing out Buddy’s thoughts and feelings. It was really interesting and fun to be part of an interview with a dog!

An interview with a dog

Below is the first part of this interview with Buddy. Or you can go HERE to see the whole thing.

And here’s a sneak peek at the cover for the last Marcia and Buddy story, showing Buddy with the newest member of Marcia’s family…

An Interview with a Dog, Buddy Banks

(by Anastasia Pollock, the main character of Lois Winston’s mystery series)

What was your life like before your author started pulling your strings?

I was a happy puppy. My dog mom was a bit promiscuous. She was supposed to be producing only purebred Black Labradors. Her breeder was quite shocked when my siblings and I were born. Apparently, the neighbor’s Rottweiler had come visiting one night.

The breeder gave our litter to an agency that trains service dogs for veterans. My first human mom was the woman who fostered us and taught us our manners, until we were old enough to be trained as service dogs. That’s when I met Marcia Banks.

Life was good. Marcia’s very loving and it was fun to learn new things. But I was a little shocked when she took me to meet my veteran. I didn’t realize that I wasn’t going to live with her forever.

But my Marine was a good guy. I liked being useful, helping him deal with his PTSD. And his wife was very sweet, until she got herself killed. When my Marine was accused of her murder, I had to go live with Marcia again.

And as it turned out, I did end up living with her forever, and helping her solve mysteries and train more service dogs.

What’s the one trait you like most about yourself?

I’m pretty brave. I don’t bite but I will do most anything else to protect Marcia. Will, Marcia’s love interest, taught me some things that police dogs do. Like grabbing the arm of someone who’s holding a gun. I’ve had to do that way too often!

What do you like least about yourself?

I’m getting old. I have gray hairs on my snout now! And I don’t have as much energy as I once did. It’s hard for me to keep up when helping Marcia train. She’s talking about training a new mentor dog to take my place, so I can retire. I’m not sure how I feel about that.


Have you ever seen or heard an interview with an animal before? Tell us about it.

Plus we have two New Releases coming up!!

Gingerbread Dead, A Tea and Tarot Mystery by Kirsten Weiss

A tearoom owner. A Tarot reader. A murder. Solving this quirky case may take a Christmas miracle.

Tea and Tarot room owner Abigail is having a hard time getting into holiday mode. She’s working her assets off to make the tearoom a premier holiday destination, searching for an appropriate Christmas gift for her new boyfriend, and trying to forget her aggravating but oh, so tempting neighbor, Brik. But when one of the Tarot readers finds a nearby business owner dead, Abigail and her Tarot-reading partner Hyperion are on the case.

Now, with a cranky cop on their tails, the duo must find a way to solve the crime and stay out of the slammer before a killer cancels their Christmas.

Tearoom recipes in the back of the book!


The Case of the Reluctant Witness, the 6th Chronicle of a Lady Detective, by K.B. Owen

When all the world’s a stage, and a murderer waits in the wings…

Fleeing her mother’s attempt at matchmaking, Pinkerton detective Penelope Hamilton Wynch travels to a Connecticut hotel for a straightforward assignment: escort her sister-in-law Flora to New York, where she is to serve as a witness in a counterfeiting case. But Flora—an understudy player in a production riddled with strange accidents—is poised to assume the lead role and refuses to leave town.

Coaxing a reluctant witness is the least of Pen’s worries after a knife-wielding intruder breaks into Flora’s suite in the dead of night. Pen thwarts the attack—at the cost of her second-best shirtwaist, no less—but the man escapes. Are the counterfeiters trying to silence Flora? The lady in question remains stubbornly uncooperative.

With more questions than answers, and the growing suspicion that someone in the hotel—possibly in the acting company—is working against them, Pen turns to her trusty lockpicks and derringer, along with her good friend Cassie, in a search for answers.

But probing secrets comes with a price…and the acting life can be just as hazardous as detecting.


Posted by Kassandra Lamb. Kassandra is a retired psychotherapist turned mystery writer. She is the author of the Kate Huntington psychological mysteries, set in her native Maryland, and the Marcia Banks and Buddy cozy mysteries, set in Central Florida. Plus she has started a new police procedural series, also set in Florida—The C.o.P. on the Scene mysteries. And she writes romantic suspense under the pen name of Jessica Dale.

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