Comments: 17
Tannat 5 years ago
You're right, it does seem a little outrageous, but I may just have to check it out to see if it works for me too. Is it best to start at the first book, do you think? If so, it also works for the "grave/graveyard" square. And the author has FOUR different pen names.

I also want to add that I love your new background!
Murder by Death 5 years ago
I got the first book as an ARC and I thought 'oh hell - there's no way I can read this book; the animals TALK!'. But I opened it out of obligation, and it surprised me so much! I mean, yes, my expectations were LOW, but she made me tear up almost to crying at one point!

If you give it a go, definitely start at book 1; the mythology or world building or whatever is all done and explained in book 1. And yes, it can be used for graveyard/gravestone too. The major element of the series premise is the Pet/Human cemetery adjacent to the house and at least half the story takes place there.

and thanks! I just changed it last night and was really pleased with how well it works with all my existing colors. :)
Murder by Death 5 years ago
Just remember it *is* a cozy though; it's a sweet, touching cozy, with more depth than your average cozy, but your average cozy is a pretty shallow puddle to start with. ;)
Tannat 5 years ago
I don't mind cozies for their coziness. Sloppy worldbuilding and characters irk me though. And murder methods that shouldn't work. I'll keep the low expectations in mind. :)
... and another fabulous marker!!
Murder by Death 5 years ago
Thanks! I needed to stay with easy and quirky a bit longer. :D
Well, it does seem to go well with this particular book, too -- this doesn't seem to be a book you want to squash with anything hard and heavy ... :D
Murder by Death 5 years ago
HA! Definitely NOT! There was a battle between ghost bunnies and ghost ninja squirrels in this book - the marker definitely fits, lol.
Oh, help. That sounds hilarious ...
Tannat 5 years ago
Wait, "ninja" squirrels? What makes them ninja?
Murder by Death 5 years ago
According to the cats and dogs, their very nature is ninja-like. I can't find the exact part where they're described but here's a quick excerpt from a squirrel scene:

"The squirrels were kung fu fighting.

With, naturally, the rabbits. And the goats. And the guinea pigs. Actually, it was kind of hard to tell exactly *who* they were fighting; they were bounding off every available surface - including bodies - at such a fast and furious rate they made bounding goats seem glacial. It was like watching a barroom brawl erupt at a petting zoo. A squirrel blurred past me, locked in combat with half a dozen bunnies. I couldn't make out any details, just a lot of hyperkinetic movement that went beyond defying the laws of physics to actually giving them the finger."

It's not the best scene, by far, but it gives you a sense that even though the author has some very touching moments and a murder mystery going on, she's not taking herself very seriously. (One of the best scenes, imo, is earlier in the book when a bunch of ghost goats completely flummox the dog trying to herd them - that one made me giggle.)
Tannat 5 years ago
He, actually. Dixie Lyle is the pen name of Don DeBrandt (who is apparently male):
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don_DeBrandt

Psycho fighting squirrels I can see.
Murder by Death 5 years ago
Really?!? Off to wiki...
Murder by Death 5 years ago
Wow... colour me shocked and impressed. Normally I can tell when a male author writes a female MC, but not this time. Huh.
Murder by Death 5 years ago
aanndd now that's gonna be stuck in my head. At least it's not abba. :P
Tannat 5 years ago
Well, the Wiki could be wrong.