Guest Post (and a Giveaway!): Susan Kimmel Wright & Mabel Goes to the Dogs

Posted June 6, 2022 by meezcarrie in Author Interview, Christian, contemporary, cozy mystery, giveaway, mystery/suspense, Susan Kimmel Wright / 42 Comments


Please join me in welcoming Susan Kimmel Wright to the blog today to talk about her new cozy mystery, Mabel Goes to the Dogs!

MABEL GOES TO THE DOGS by Susan Kimmel Wright
SERIES:
Mysteries of Medicine Spring #2
GENRE: Inspirational Cozy Mystery
PUBLISHER: Mountain Brook Ink
RELEASE DATE: June 5, 2022
PAGES: 330

Mabel plans to bring the thrills of volunteering to the masses—if she doesn’t go to the dogs first.

When Mabel finds herself sharing a thicket with a dead body while volunteering with canine search-&-rescue, her life has clearly—once again—gone to the dogs!

After her losing her job at age forty-nine, Mabel thought she’d turned things around. Now she’s doing good by volunteering, and surely, she’ll soon be a successful author, writing about her experiences. After solving two notorious decades-old cold cases while serving as a historical society volunteer, she’s already getting invitations to appear on TV.

Her new assignment couldn’t be simpler. All she has to do is hide in the woods and let Millie the search dog practice finding her. But to her horror, Millie finds more than Mabel—there’s a dead body hiding in the same patch of brush. To make things worse, Mabel’s maybe-boyfriend, suspended PI John Bigelow, has a dark history with the victim.

While struggling with maid-of-honor duties for best friend Lisa, a string of disasters created by handyman Acey, and a disagreeable new neighbor, can Mabel solve another murder in time to save John’s detective license—if not his neck?

 

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by Susan Kimmel Wright, author of Mabel Goes to the Dogs

I recently told an audience I relate to the song “You’ll Never Walk Alone” from Carousel—except in my case, it’s “I’ll never write alone!” I’m a natural introvert and am a bit embarrassed to admit the extended COVID lockdown worked just dandy for me. Yet somehow I end up doing most of my writing in my favorite spot, which is…um, shall we say, heavily populated?

My top spot—where most of my published writing has been incubated—is my corner of the family room couch, where I have a table, good lighting, a mug warmer, and all my supplies. What I also have is company—lots of company.

I have three dogs and two cats. The smaller two dogs, Betty and Louie, have designated themselves my full-time assistants. I refer to them as “the writing factory security team.” They alert me pretty much constantly to pending threats, including turkeys in the yard, a family member moving around upstairs, or the UPS guy—the blackguard!

 

But their services don’t end there. For no additional compensation, they also pile themselves on top of me while I’m writing. This keeps me warm in winter…and also summer. Louie the Chihuahua mix acts as a buffer between me and the laptop by trying to burrow underneath, so it wallows and bucks like heavy seas. I find this not only keeps me alert but also builds wrist strength. Louie also likes helping type (see photo).

Cirrus the cat, our writing factory editorial department, only steps in—literally—when necessary. If I feel like a sticky plot point is finally getting somewhere, for example, that’s always a good time for a stroll across the keyboard. But sometimes, a stroll just isn’t sufficient to express Cirrus’s dissatisfaction with my work product. In that case, a well-placed body slam (er, pounce), studio wrestling style, will take out an entire scene, giving me the opportunity to rewrite to her exacting criteria.

New to my support team is my husband Dave, who retired last year. (Welcome, Dave!) Dave has quickly become an invaluable addition to the staff, with his uncanny ability to spot the moment I’m straining for the right word. This is when he makes his detailed daily report of his latest dream or simply bleats from the kitchen that someone keeps hiding the pickles…as he stands by the open fridge door, staring directly at them.

Of course, Dave is still a trainee. But Betty, Louie, and Cirrus are exceptional teachers. It just takes a little guidance. I know I can count on his screaming at the turkeys and pouncing on the keyboard with the best of them in no time!


Susan Kimmel Wright is a child of the Appalachian Mountains. A former lawyer, Susan has published three children’s mystery novels and is a prolific contributor to Chicken Soup for the Soul books. Mabel Goes to the Dogs, Book Two in Mysteries of Medicine Spring, her first cozy mystery series for adult readers, is now available from Mountain Brook Ink. Susan shares an 1875 farmhouse in southwestern PA with her husband, several dogs and cats, and an allegedly excessive stockpile of coffee and tea mugs.

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What about you? What makes you want to read Mabel Goes to the Dogs by Susan Kimmel Wright? Do your pets have any funny quirks?

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42 responses to “Guest Post (and a Giveaway!): Susan Kimmel Wright & Mabel Goes to the Dogs

  1. Debra Pruss

    I will try this a second time. I so enjoy cozy mysteries with animals. Thank you for sharing. God bless you.

  2. Roxanne C.

    Susan Kimmel Wright’s writing makes me smile and laugh. Her newest cozy mystery sounds great with a lot of threads running though it.

  3. Congratulations on your release!
    I like your style of writing from reading
    the blog post. That intrigues me enough to read your books.

    • Thank you, Lori! Funny story–I have a cattle dog that looks a lot like the dog on my cover. He’s pretty big at 50 lbs, but the love of his life was a Great Dane named Pepper! They loved to run & play chase–he’d cheat and run under her, then she’d flatten him with one paw & kiss him till he was slimy!

  4. Lynn Brown

    I love dogs so I like that it involves rescue dogs. It sounds like a good murder/mystery book.

    • Thank you, Lynn! I really enjoyed the day I spent training with the rescue dogs–they were incredible, but also so sweet and friendly. They love what they do!

  5. Kay Garrett

    Oh, I can’t wait for the opportunity for me to read “Mabel Goes to the Dog”! It was already on my TBR list. Sounds like an amazing book.

    Our 17 1/2 year old chihuahua furbaby OWNS everything, but he’s nice enough to allow us to use what we need for a spell – if we pay him off in treats that is. He’s blind in one eye and can hardly see out of the other, very hard of hearing (or very good at ignoring the vac running next to his head), is on insulin twice a day and has heart problems BUT he’s the apple of our eye. We plan our vacations around where he can stay and then decide if it’s good enough for us too. We specially cook his food and then chop it ever so finely (severe overbite) and hubby lies in the floor with him as his eating partner. He slepts in the bed and gives us the edges to hang on to. Lord please let him live another 18 years cause we love him so!

    • Oh, Kay, thank you! I really understand what you’re saying about your senior pupper. My cattle dog is a senior. He’s lost his hearing and has some doggie dementia. A joint supplement has helped him, but I still have to help him upstairs at night. When he pees on the floor, I just clean it up–he never made a single mess in all those years, and I know it’s not his fault. God bless your little one!

    • Hi, Jamie! How sweet! We had a rescue cocker-poodle mix who used to do that–it was adorable. My kids were little, and my daughter was sure he used to be a circus dog!

  6. Nancy

    One of our former Westies had a cute quirk. When I wore a long flowing ankle length skirt, Charlie would gently take a corner of my skirt in his mouth and would hold it as we walked along. It seemed to me that this was his version of holding hands! He was the best dog!

    • Thanks, Tracy! Whisper sounds so sweet. I once had a cat who did the same. I was walking out our country road to see my grandma once, with Puss following along, and people pulled over to say they’d never seen a cat do that.

  7. Madie

    This book sounds like a good mystery with likeable characters. If it’s anything like this blog post, it’s also at times a delightfully humorous read 🙂 .

    Our new kitten is the only cat we’ve ever had who isn’t scared of thunder. Naps right through it, or ignores it. Thank goodness, because we get quite often.

    • Thanks, Madie! I love to laugh–it just makes life better. Lucky you, to have a new kitten! Our last cat was so afraid of thunder she used to hide way back under our old clawfoot bathtub.

      • Madie

        That’s how I feel about humor 🙂 . I saw a cool quote about humor being like windshield wipers- doesn’t stop the rain, but helps you get through it.

        Your cat sounds like our previous cats. They used to hide from thunder too- mostly under the couch or dining room table.

        • Oh, I love that quote–that’s exactly right! 😁 I feel so bad when our animals are terrified and I can’t make it stop. I’m glad none of our other cats and dogs get that frightened. My old cattle dog used to lose his mind in a T-storm– pace, bark, growl, cry, and pant heavily. Now he’s deaf–we had an awful storm the night before last, and he blessedly slept right through it! 💕🐾

  8. Sunnymay

    The cozy mystery appears with characters with quirks and, of course, a murder to solve. When growing up, our Maine Coon cat ruled the household and the border collie. When the electric can opener was used, he came running, thinking it was food for himself. He allowed us kids to put him in a dress and bonnet and push him in a wheelbarrow around the yard, to survey his domain like a king. Is Citrus a Tabby or Maine Coon cat?

  9. Christy R.

    The fact that this book has animals in it makes me want to read it. My cats have so many quirks! They are lots of fun.

    • Oh, I love that quote–that’s exactly right! 😁 I feel so bad when our animals are terrified and I can’t make it stop. I’m glad none of our other cats and dogs get that frightened. My old cattle dog used to lose his mind in a T-storm– pace, bark, growl, cry, and pant heavily. Now he’s deaf–we had an awful storm the night before last, and he blessedly slept right through it! 💕🐾

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