Paws For Murder by Scarlett English

Paws For Murder (The Barking Mad Mysteries)
by Scarlett English

About Paws for Murder 

Paws For Murder (The Barking Mad Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
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.

Interview with the Character—Dr. Petronella Knight, of Paws for Murder by Scarlett English

Hi, Petronella. What’s new?

Call me Ella, please. Petronella sounds like my elderly aunt, who is a lovely person, but she’s eighty years old. I like Ella a bit better. It’s a nickname given to me by my good friend, Garrett O’Leary. He said the name Petronella made him envision “some older person with a stern demeanor and a permanent frown on her face. Bushy eyebrows and pursed lips. A high and mighty woman in a tweed suit. Probably a hat.” But then, he’s an American, so you can’t always go by him.

Back your question though, things are good. Mine and Henry’s practice continues to do well and we keep busy. Garrett is beginning to fit in very well in the village and we’re having such a good time getting to know each other. My good friend, Lily, Garrett’s grandmother is doing so much better now that he’s arrived, and she’s getting back to her old self.

You seem to speak of your friend Garrett a lot. Are you and he getting close?

Oh, Garrett and I are great friends. We have coffee together every morning now, because he hates instant, doesn’t care much for tea, and I have a good coffee maker. Garrett’s such a great guy and a lot of fun to introduce new recipes and traditions to. He’s agreed to try a few new things and he’s been an excellent sport about it all.

It sounds a little like he might be more than just a friend. Is he good looking?

He’s tall and blond, and looks a little like a handsome Viking, so the answer is yes, of course. But we’re only friends. Not that we couldn’t possibly be more than that—one day. But we’re not in any hurry and he has so much to adjust to already.

So, what’s the best thing about living in a village like Adlebury?

Well, everybody knows everybody else’s business, of course. Or at least we all like to think we do. Recently a few secrets came out that sort of shocked everyone, but mostly, we just go along from day to day, living our lives. It’s a beautiful little village. I live in a chocolate box house myself, and I love it.

A “chocolate box house?” What’s that?

 It goes back to the 1950’s. The Cadbury chocolate factory built small thatched cottages for their employees and then started putting pictures of them on their boxes of chocolates. It became the standard for the quaint English village. And we have several of them in ours. As I said, I live in one of them.

Was it surprising to you to have a murder right in your own back yard, so to speak? In this lovely, quaint village? 

Oh, I think murder is shocking, no matter where it happens. But yes, of course. The murder that I reported on in our Paws for Murder was particularly shocking to me. You see, everyone knows everyone so well, it was bound to be shocking. But murder and violence can happen anywhere at any time. We have to remember that. We always ask, why did such a terrible thing happen, but in reality, bad things, terrible thing, happen all the time. You just have to hope that when it’s your turn, you’ll know how to cope, how to keep going. The secret of life, I think is perseverance.

Why did you decide to get involved?

Better people than I have said this, but I think it’s true. The world is a dangerous place and bad things happen in it. But if we simply watch it happen and don’t try to do anything about it, it becomes so much more dangerous.

What’s the future have in store for Ella Knight?

I hope many good things. I plan on one day buying the veterinary practice after my partner retires. I’d love to marry and have a family one day.  Perhaps a couple of blond-haired babies? And though I hope no more crimes occur in Adlebury, something tells me they will. If my constable—that is, if the constable in the village, Garrett O’Leary—has anything to do with solving the crimes, I’ll be right there to help him. Every step of the way.

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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