This post by Rags, Charlotte's Ragdoll Cat
For Author Avery Aames
I love the kitchen. I can always smell the seasons here. This season in particular. Thanksgiving is coming. I love the savory scents. Nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon. Charlotte—I'd call her Mistress, but she's not like that at all. She's normal. Real. She takes no airs around me. She makes me feel special. We take walks. She talks to me like I'm human. She's good and I like her...love her. Anyway, she makes these cream cheese cookies at the holidays. If crumbs fall, I snatch them up. I'm pretty quick on my feet.
When Charlotte's not working at The Cheese Shop, she loves to cook at home. The twins, Amy and Clair, help her sometimes. I like that. I like watching them scurry around the kitchen. The girls get in the way, but Charlotte doesn't seem to mind. She likes the company. And the laughter. She laughs a lot, too.
Usually when the girls are around, I get lots of extra treats. And petting. And chats. That little Clair. She snuggles down to my level and talks real quiet to me. She says she needs to share a secret. She tickles my ears the whole time she talks. I don't turn up my nose. No, sir. I like being pampered. And now that we have a dog and I have to share my humans...
Did you know we have a dog? He's big. A Briard. That's the kind with long shaggy hair. French, except he doesn't speak French. He speaks dog. I wasn't so sure about him at first, but he's pretty cool. Big and boyish. But I'm a boy, so I'm okay with that. He pounces a lot. After flies and bugs and stuff. And he snuffles. That nose of his. But he's been nice to me, so I'm nice back. I know, I don't have to be—cats rule—but I think some of Charlotte's ways are rubbing off on me. When she took me off the streets, I don't know...I changed.
Ahh. Shh. She's taking a tray of cream cheese cookies out of the oven. If I'm good...real good...
The first in the nationally bestselling A Cheese Shop Mystery series won the Agatha Award for best first novel. You can learn more about Avery Aames by clicking this link or on Facebook and Twitter. And if you haven't done so, sign up for Avery's mailing list so you can learn about upcoming events, releases, and contests!
You can read more about Rebecca and Charlotte and all the gang in THE LONG QUICHE GOODYBE, LOST AND FONDUE, and CLOBBERED BY CAMEMBERT. The fourth in the series, TO BRIE OR NOT TO BRIE, debuts February 2013. To read excerpts or order the books, click this LINK