Tuesday, June 14, 2016

BECAUSE I'M THE SHERIFF by Jebediah Crawford



My name is Jeb Crawford, and I'm the sheriff of Lavender in the Texas Hill Country. We have a simple way of life out here. Get a lot of tourists - people who like to mosey around in the town's little shops. A peaceful lot for the most part. Every once in a while we get trouble - usually petty crimes like shoplifting and speeding. Most times the culprits apologize and promise to do better. Their contrition may be prompted by the fact that my department is situated in the back half of a church building.

When you think small-town sheriff, Andy Griffith may come to mind. We're a bit more savvy here in Lavender than the law enforcement folks were in Mayberry. Not quite as sophisticated as the cops on TV shows nowadays, even though plenty of ladies tell me I remind them of Tom Selleck. Now, it's true I have the mustache, and the height, and maybe ol' Tom and I are around the same age. That's where the similarities end 'cause I'm a small-town boy at heart.
Things are tough for a widower in these parts with more single women than men, and I have to dodge the ladies quite often. The only one who catches my fancy is Rowena Flowers, but she's a tough nut to crack. I see more of Rowe's niece Sabrina who has a way of showing up smack in the middle of a murder investigation. And that causes more'n enough conflict with my Deputy, Patricia Rosales.

See, Deputy Pat has a jealous streak a mile wide when it comes to the local game warden who happens to be sweet on Sabrina. She doesn't tolerate Sabrina sticking her nose into investigations for a second, and she's not too keen on Sabrina's cat, Hitchcock, either. Hitchcock has a way of popping up where you least expect him, and I can't help but like the little fella.

In spite of Deputy Pat's undesirable traits, I can depend on her for the most part. There are times when she heads down the wrong investigatory path. She may argue and cajole, trying to make her case like a kid who truly believes she should be allowed a second ice cream cone. Thank goodness she listens when I put my foot down and say "It's my way or the highway, Deputy Pat, because I'm the sheriff."

 









GIVEAWAY:
You can enter to win a copy of THE BLACK CAT KNOCKS ON WOOD, a June 2016 release from Berkley Prime Crime, the second book in the Bad Luck Cat series, following BLACK CAT CROSSING.

To ENTER, leave a comment here. We'd love to hear about your own cat, your opinion of Sheriff Crawford, or a comment about the series in general. A winner will be chosen at 10:00 PM CST on June 17, 2016.


 

Kay Finch is the National Best-Selling Author of the Bad Luck Cat Mysteries by Berkley Prime Crime. Though her character, Sabrina Tate, has left the paralegal profession behind to move to the Texas Hill Country, Kay still works as a paralegal at a Houston, Texas law firm. She resides in a Houston suburb with her husband and pets, where she's at work on Bad Luck Cat Mystery #3.

46 comments:

  1. This is a new series to me! I am intrigued by Sheriff Crawford and would love to read more! Thanks for the chance!
    karen(dot)kenyon(at)rogers(dot)com

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  2. I just started this series but I love it and look forward to reading the next book. I also have a black cat with green eyes. His name is Shadow.

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    1. I'm glad you enjoy the series. Thanks.

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  3. This would be a new series for me. Kind of sounds like a cross between Mayberry and Longmire. Thanks for the giveaway.
    sallycootie@gmail.com

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    1. I love that idea - cross between Mayberry and Longmire.

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  4. Sheriff Crawford is definitely my type of man. Old School and principled. Thanks for this feature and giveaway. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Thanks for the compliment to the sheriff.

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  5. This series sounds so wonderful and unique. Love the small town aspect and the sheriff's character. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  6. Loved the first book and I'd like to see what Hitchcock is up to now.
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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  7. Sheriff Crawford sounds like a man worth getting to know-----and of course, my kitties think Hitchcock is the one to follow. Thanks for the contest.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  8. I haven't read this series yet, but it sounds like a great read. Love that the cat is named Hitchcock and seems to show up whenever he feels like it, just like cats have a habit of doing. Looking forward to reading this series.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  9. I haven't read this series yet, but it sounds like a great read. Love that the cat is named Hitchcock and seems to show up whenever he feels like it, just like cats have a habit of doing. Looking forward to reading this series.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  10. I read the first in this series and have this second on my to-read list. Thanks for the opportunity to win this book in this giveaway! toriacat@yahoo.com

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  11. I love mysteries, especially mysteries that involve cats, like the Cat Who series by Lilian Jackson Braun. Koko and Yum Yum are my favorite fictional cats, and I miss getting to read about their new adventures. I've been needing to fill that void, and this looks like a good series to start with. I always wish my cats were smart enough to do all the things that Koko and Yum Yum (but mostly KoKo) do to help Qwill solve mysteries, or even as smart as Mrs. Murphy, but no, I get the lovable idiots of the feline world, more Inspector Lestrade than Sherlock Holmes (or is that Inspector Clouseau?). I look forward to reading more of this series!

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  12. I have 2 rescue barn cats. A brother and sister that look so much alike we use different color collars to tell them apart. We got them around Christmas so their names are Merry and Chris.
    cjreynolds52(at)comcast(dot)net

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    1. I spent my childhood on a farm rescuing barn cats. Love your cats' names.

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  13. Black cats...I love having them as a part of the story! I am new to this series. Where have I been? kat8762@aol.com

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  14. My last cat was a stray that decided to adopt us. This cat had a lot of attitude.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  15. The sheriff is a hoot & this is a fun series. Thanks for the chance to win. doward1952@yahoo.com

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  16. Not read this series but may just have to start. Sounds like a good one. Sharon Maher irish9795@hotmail.com

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  17. No cats here, but Jeb sounds like a good, sensible man to be sheriff. Thanks!
    JHolden955(at)gmail(dot)com

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  18. My black cat, Tootsie, has lots of tootsies on her tootsies! She is full of attitude. Thanks for the opportunity. cheers@Marjimmanor.com

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  19. I love Hitchcock since I have a black cat named Romeo Luigi. Much like Hitchcock he is always where he isn't supposed to be. Thanks for including this book on your blog and for the opportunity to enter your giveaway. robeader53@yahoo.com

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    1. Hitchcock would love to meet Romeo Luigi.

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    2. ROBIN COXON - YOU'RE THE WINNER OF A COPY OF THE BLACK CAT KNOCKS ON WOOD. CONGRATULATIONS!

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  20. OOOOOH I am definitely intrigued by this book! Look like I have another cozy series to dive into! Thanks for the chance to enter the giveaway! Northstarvance@Gmail.com
    Merry

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    1. Hope you get a chance to make that dive.

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  21. Have read both books in this series and love them! Obviously my favorite character is Hitchcock, the black cat! I've had cats as an adult since 1975 - Pumpkin, Sam, Charlie, Max, Mindy, Allie, Spike, Tucker, Molly and Badcat. By the way, Badcat is not named for being bad, but as a stray I saw her fur had been scraped and she was bleeding. Thus, "that poor bad cat". Tried catching her but couldn't. She came back and eventually selected our home to live in. She is 17 years and has been blind for 3. Molly is 12, and doing great. Can't imagine life without a cat or a dog and a good book! Looking forward to Hitchcock's next story.

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    1. I'm sure Badcat is not bad any more than Hitchcock is bad luck.

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  22. I don't have any cats now, but have had many furry felines over the years. Congrats on the new release and thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

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  23. My best friend for 19 years was my tiny all black cat Mischief. I miss her everyday and hope that my husband will agree that my kids need a cat. utaker555@gmail.com

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  24. Love reading books by this author.
    gloriawalshver@yahoo.com

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