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The many adventures of Rags Ivey by Patricia Fry

They tell me I’m a cat. But I’m not just an ordinary cat. I star in the Klepto Cat Mystery series.

Patricia Fry created me—well, in a sense. She says that I remind her of a cat named Smokey, a large, confident part-ragdoll cat who looks nothing like a ragdoll. That’s why she calls me Rags. She patterned aspects of my purrsonality after Lily, a tabby who carries her stuffed toys and even Patricia’s slippers around in her mouth. But I don’t pick up just anything in my mouth—no way. I discriminate. I find interesting and sometimes quite valuable things to take from ladies’ purses, a gentleman’s jacket pocket, and even crime scenes. I hide these things in my stash until just the right time, then I might show something important to my friend Detective Craig Sledge or my favorite person, Savannah Ivey. I must say that my timing is purrfect and the treasures I snatch often help to solve the current mystery.

Sometimes I have to take things into my own paws in order to help the detective nab a bad guy. With people, you see, subtlety doesn’t work. I’ve had to use my cunning to escape in order to paw a killer or lead the detective to a missing person. They say I have good instincts. But how can I miss clues they leave right under my whiskers?

Savannah isn’t always happy with me. Sometimes a cat’s gotta do what a cat’s gotta do and she doesn’t always approve. Like the time when we went on a road trip for a book signing tour. Yeah, I star in some children’s books and the kids get a kick out of seeing me in purrson. Well, along the way, we stopped so everyone could stretch their legs. Everyone but me, that is. So when no one was looking, I stepped out of the car to do a little leg-stretching of my own. And Savannah took off down the road without me. Now, that was a shock.

But it didn’t take long to find other people who liked me. One lady wanted to take me home with her. But I wasn’t too sure about her motives and I was awfully glad when Savannah and her cranky aunt Margaret showed up. While they were all arguing with the police about who should get me, I slipped away, found Savannah’s car, and we were allowed to continue on our way.

Would you believe that lady found me again? Yeah, while we were at one of my book signings. She took me against my will and shut me in a small house with a bunch of other cats. I knew I didn’t belong there and I got homesick for Savannah real quick. When no one was looking, I clawed my way out of there and walked back to Grammy’s house. Boy was Savannah surprised. Boy was I tired. And my paw pads were so sore.

Now there are a lot of things that Savannah will tell her husband, Michael, about me. But she doesn’t reveal all of my catscapades. I think that’s so he doesn’t get mad at me. He likes me okay, but I see a lot of eye-rolling and hear a lot of deep sighs when Savannah tells him about some of the things I do. So a few days later when we saw Michael again, he noticed my paws and became worried. He’s a veterinarian and he does keep a close eye on me. He asked Savannah if I’d stepped in some sort of dangerous chemical or something.

I don’t think Savannah was going to tell him about my adventure in Los Angeles, but when she saw how worried Michael was about my sore paw pads, she had to tell him. He was not happy with me. But everyone was happy a few days later when I helped find a little girl who had run away.

You should have seen how everyone treated me after that—like I was a royal cat—like I’d done something really spectacular. But it was a no brainer. I knew where the child was hiding and all I did was show them.

Oh-oh-oh, once—no, actually twice, Detective Sledge took me to the sheriff’s station where I identified someone who I’d seen hurt other people. One of them kicked me. Boy, I wasn’t about to forget that guy. I helped the detective save our good friend, Colbi from some really bad people who were holding her hostage in a basement. I helped to reunite twin girls who had been separated when they were just babies. But my specialty is helping animals. Hey, there’s a cat rescue place named for me—Ragsdale—that’s my full name. That’s because I helped to save Ms. June’s kitty from freezing one night. She opened Ragsdale Cat Ranch shortly after that to help homeless cats.

Yeah, I guess I am more savvy than most cats or I happen to be in the right place at the right time with the right clue. I know I have more fun than most cats. And that’s thanks to Patricia. Maybe one day she’ll actually give me a speaking role in one of our stories.

You can read more about Rags in Cattywampus Travels, the 23rd book in the “Klepto Cat” mystery series.

A rollercoaster ride of kitty-cat escapades.

Rags accompanies his human family and friends on an extended vacation and manages to find plenty of trouble along the way. But, in typical Rags fashion, he also discovers ways to help in the most unexpected manner. Follow Rags on his first book-signing tour. Get ready for his first cross-country flight. Tag along with this most unpredictable cat as he meets new people and manages to touch their lives as only Rags can do.

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The Klepto Cat Mysteries are light, fun cozy mysteries full of adventure, intrigue, and a little romance. They feature Rags, an ordinary cat who just can’t keep his paws off other people’s things. Often, the treasures he finds are clues in a mystery. Follow Rags’s fascinating life path from when he and Savannah were single and he roamed the neighborhood stealing everything from toys belonging to large dogs to jewelry and bathing suits.

Rags and Savannah don’t stay single long. After meeting Michael, a handsome veterinarian, Savannah settles down, but the cat doesn’t change his thieving ways. Even though his kleptomaniac habit is annoying and embarrassing to his family, he has earned the respect of the local sheriff’s department and he was even asked to star in a documentary.

About the author
Patricia Fry has been writing for publication for over 40 years, and she’s the authors of 65 books. This is the 23rd in the Klepto Cat Mystery series. Patricia lives in California with two cats, Sophie and Lily. Connect with Patricia at patriciafry.com, her blog at Catscapades and on Facebook.

All comments are welcomed.

My Musing ~ Catnapped by Patricia Fry

CatnappedCatnapped by Patricia Fry is the first book in the “Klepto Cat” mystery series. Publisher: Matilija Press, November 2013

When Savannah Jordan agrees to help her aunt while she recovers from a broken foot, she doesn’t expect to walk into a mystery, become part of a not-quite-legal surveillance team, be kidnapped by a deranged stranger and meet a steaming hot veterinarian. Beloved neighborhood cats are missing—the community can only guess at their fate—and Aunt Margaret’s life is being threatened. Is it because she has a clue to the missing cats or is it something more sinister?

This was a great introduction to Savannah and her friends with an engaging premise that was fun to read. I enjoyed the style and the ease at which this light mystery flowed from scene to scene, keeping me in suspense as the drama played out. There were some moments there that had me quickly turning the pages to see that all ended well and it did. I also enjoyed the blossoming relationships between several of the characters. This was an entertaining read and I’m glad I discovered this series.

My Musing ~ Mansion of Meows by Patricia Fry

Mansion of MeowsMansion of Meows by Patricia Fry is the 9th book in the “Klepto Cat” mystery series. Publisher: Matilija Press, February 2015

Rags’s documentary is scheduled to debut. The showing will take place at the investor’s San Francisco mansion, where the Ivey family and film crew will stay. Of course, the mansion holds secrets and Rags is instrumental in letting the cats out of the bag.

Savannah and Aunt Margaret share another daring adventure and, of course, find themselves in deeper than they expected.

This is a new-to-me series and I loved it. I love the comfortable tone and the flow of this light-hearted mystery. The author did a great job in keeping the suspense alive throughout this tale. from beginning to end. The characters are delightful, especially Savannah, her aunt Maggie and Savannah’s cat, Rags, who mysteriously finds himself involved in a dark deep secret that once uncovered becomes a riveting read that was hard to put down. This was a good read and I look forward to more fun with the Iveys and their friends.

A Day in the Life with Savannah Ivey by Patricia Fry

Mansion of MeowsI’m Savannah Ivey, wife, mother of a sweet baby girl, veterinarian on leave, and the caretaker of an incredibly creative cat named Ragsdale, also known as Rags and Klepto Cat. Rags is somewhat of a celebrity because of his uncanny ability to come up with clues that help Detective Craig Sledge and the local sheriff’s department solve crimes. Patricia Fry has been writing about us for nearly two years. It all started eight books ago when Rags and I returned to my hometown in Northern California to help Aunt Margaret while she healed from a broken foot. Between Auntie and Rags, there was never a dull moment. Sure, I was willing to help solve the mystery of cats going missing in Hammond, but I didn’t sign up to be part of an illegal surveillance team, nor did I expect to be kidnapped and nearly killed.

But I must say, I was surprised at what I could bring to the party. All those Nancy Drew books I read as a child, and the exploring my sister, cousins and I did as children on my aunt’s expansive property paid off big time. I discovered that I have a knack for investigating tough mysteries, with Rags’s help, of course.

When I came to Hammond that year, I was just coming off a bad breakup. What a surprise when my heart did flips after Auntie introduced me to a steaming hot veterinarian. Since I was still grieving my long-time relationship, I wasn’t in a position to jump into another one, but what was the harm in assisting Michael Ivey with a case? I am a veterinarian, after all.

Boy did we hit it off, Michael and me. Next thing I knew, I was wearing my little black dress out to a romantic dinner with him. It was one fun spring. But when he started pressing me to marry him, I couldn’t help it; I ran like a whipped whippet. But that was then and this is now.

Currently, Michael and I live ever so happily in Auntie’s old house. She lives next door with her new husband, Max. Together they run a cattery. We still have Rags, as well as Buffy, a Himalayan-mix; Walter, a black cat and his best friend, Lexie, probably an Afghan-mix dog. Rags continues to get involved in local crime-solving. He even went to the sheriff’s office once and “pawed” the suspect he witnessed in a murder. He loves being on stage. In fact, late last year a film crew converged upon our peaceful home and filmed Rags in a documentary. In Patricia’s latest Klepto Cat Mystery installment (number 9), we travel to San Francisco to the premiere of the documentary.

Whether we stay at home or travel, there seems to always be a mystery at hand and you can count on Rags having at least one paw in the situation.

Join our family and friends (both human and feline) as we enjoy the sweet life. But be ready for anything because it is bound to happen. For example, while Rags was participating in a reading therapy program with children, he located a secret room at the library that held clues to a long forgotten mystery. He helped locate a local journalist who was being held by the evil cat hoarders she was about to expose. He threw the household in a real turmoil when he located a hex buried in the walls of our century-old home. And he helped thwart a horse thief.

What will Rags get tangled up in next? Michael and I are afraid to even imagine. But we do love the big lug.

CatnappedRead all nine Klepto Cat Mysteries (Catnapped, Cat-Eye Witness, Sleight of Paw, Undercover Cat, The Colony Cat Caper, Celebrity Cat Caper, The Corral Cat Caper, The Gallery Cat Caper and the NEW Mansion of Meows). They’re cozies. . .well, maybe revved up cozy mysteries.

All of the books in the series are available for Kindle. The first four are also in print.

GIVEAWAY: Leave a comment by 12 p.m. eastern on April 1 for the chance to win a print book to US addresses only of one of the first four in the series (Catnapped, Cat-Eye Witness, Sleight of Paw or Undercover Cat) or the winner can choose any one of the 9 books on Kindle, open to everyone. Winner will be notified within 48 hours after giveaway closes and you will have three days to respond after being contacted or another winner will be selected. Make sure to check your SPAM folder.

Meet the author
Patricia Fry is a career writer. She supported herself for many years writing articles for magazines and currently has 48 books to her credit, most of them nonfiction. Her fiction-writing career began in 2013. That’s when she Patricia Frycreated the Klepto Cat Mystery series, which is now 9 books strong. Patricia is also a publishing consultant and editor for both fiction and nonfiction. She has spent the last fifteen years writing for and speaking to other authors. She has traveled throughout the US presenting workshops at writers conferences in many, many cities. She’s past Executive Director of SPAWN (Small Publishers, Artists and Writers Network). www.spawn.org and she’s established two blogs—one of which boasts over 2,100 posts. www.matilijapress.com/publishingblog and www.matilijapress.com/catscapades. Visit her websites here: www.matilijapress.com and www.patriciafry.com