Olivia proves she’s not just a pretty face.
A Day in the Life of a Cozy Mystery Star
By Parker Campbell from the Calico Cat Mysteries
I’m Parker Campbell, a figment of author, Patricia Fry’s imagination. She has given me a very interesting profession as an investigative writer. My partner is a cat—yes a cat! She’s Olivia, a gorgeous and spunky calico. In fact, while I have a lot to say and do in the stories, Olivia is actually the star—thus the name of the series, “The Calico Cat Mysteries.”
Patricia has been generous, indeed, by giving me a beautiful and fun cat to work with and a fascinating career, plus a handsome boyfriend who has his own busy life as a rodeo cowboy, and who understands my need to rigorously pursue my career. We meet up once in a while, but otherwise, it’s just me and Olivia. My psychic brother, Wade, whom I adore, comes into the stories occasionally, and I communicate with my mom. Along the way Olivia and I meet some interesting people who take us down some fun, crazy, precarious, and always noteworthy pathways.
We go where the mysteries and stories are. You first read about us in Book 51 of the Klepto Cat Mystery series, also written by Patricia Fry. Olivia was such a hit in that story and on Facebook, that Patricia couldn’t help herself. She could envision Olivia having her own series and she invented me to come along on the ride.
So who am I? I’m a young woman who loves her cat and craves adventure. The fact that her cat, Olivia, also has the adventuring gene is actually helps to create the stories. When jewelry and other valuable items were disappearing from a bed and breakfast inn, I took Olivia there to see what she could find. Her instincts kicked in and she helped to paw the culprit—who happened to be a cat burglar. Yeah, if you like cats, you’re going to love all the kitty-cat action in the Calico Cat Mysteries.
I’m actually a pretty organized, regimented, relaxed woman, however, Olivia’s shenanigans do rattle me sometimes. I always forgive the anguish she caused me once the crises is over, because usually she has identified the perpetrator of a crime, found a missing person or a clue as to where that person is. She’s queen of getting herself into trouble, which drives me crazy, but she almost always comes out smelling like a rose, except for the time she got stuck in a trash barrel and someone tossed in some coffee grounds and leftover stew. All was forgiven (after her bath, of course) when she helped a neighbor calm a crying baby and fell asleep in the bassinet along with the child. Oh yes, no one knows the anguish I experience because of Olivia or the joy she brings me until they read the Calico Cat Mysteries.
Patricia Fry is the author of 97 books, including the 52-book strong Klepto Cat Mystery series and two books in the Calico Cat Mysteries.
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