Book 1: The Case of the Tabloid Tattler
I know how to write.
Why’s that a big deal?
Because… I’m a cat.”
After escaping the lab where she learned to write, Mia chose a human–Keith, who is a detective. Now, using her wits, her snark, and her amazing ability to read and write, she helps crack cases that have left him stumped.
“True, this book may be written for a younger audience than me but it is such a clever, well told tale that I am sure both young and old will enjoy it. I laughed my way through the story at the humor and sheer brilliance of this story.”
“The main character, Mia, is written in such a way that it’s so easy to just sit back and enjoy what she has to say. Her personality jumps off the pages with class and attitude.”
“Such a cute story. Kept me guessing who the culprit was until the very end of the story.”
A goofy, shaggy farm dog is missing. Did he run away? Was he dog-napped? Normally the fate of a dog wouldn’t concern Mia too much, but this one belongs to Keith’s nephew.
As detective and cat dig deeper, they discover there are more dogs missing from the area. Will Mia be able to sniff out the location of the missing dogs—and solve her second case?
“Mia, the cat, is so cat-like. I almost feel as if I understand our cat better for having read this. The reasons Mia gives for doing things makes me laugh so hard sometimes. I also will never look at goldfish crackers the same way.”
“The ‘voice’ of Mia the cat is so purrfectly rendered, it makes me want to get a cat.”
“This book was hilarious!”
CIR: What inspired this series?
KIRKPATRICK: Really, the notion just popped into my head one day: What if a cat had learned to write? I couldn’t help but run with the idea because I grew up imagining a personality and thoughts for my cat, reading Mrs. Frisbee and the Rats of NIHM (in which rats became intelligent, learned to read, and formed their own society), and adoring mysteries.
CIR: What did you enjoy most about writing this series?
KIRKPATRICK: I love Mia’s voice. She’s a hoot to write. Writing her is often effortless fun. I don’t know if that’s a good thing since the books are written in first-person… it might mean I’m more snarky and cat-like than I’d care to admit!
CIR: So what is Mia like?
KIRKPATRICK: If you’ve ever watched a cat and wondered what they’re thinking or what they’d say if they could–that’s Mia. With a heavy dose of snark, a dash of superiority, and just a wee bit of paranoia that her secret will get out to the public–putting her back in a lab. She’s also more affectionate than she lets on. Oh, and she has a thing for goldfish crackers. Don’t ask me why. She’s weird like that.
CIR: Who would enjoy these books?
KIRKPATRICK: Anyone who isn’t a downright cat-hater. I typically say they are middle-grade mysteries because of the length and the fact that nobody is getting murdered in this series. But, honestly I’ve had cat-lovers, mystery-lovers, and even dog-lovers of all ages enjoy these books. I think it’s Mia’s fault. She’s just that fun!
CIR: Is there more coming?
KIRKPATRICK: Absolutely! With a series this fun to write, how could there not be? I have another book due to arrive Winter of 2015/16, and more planned. I’ll be sending that cat on a bunch of adventures!