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Tuesday, June 15, 2021


Today we offer up a different sort of interview for our readers. RahRah, the Siamese cat, is being interviewed by Sarah Blair, his owner and the protagonist of author Debra H. Goldstein’s Sarah Blair Mysteries. 

Sarah: RahRah, periodically, I think you’ve already lived some of the proverbial cat’s nine lives. What was your life like before you moved in with me?


RahRah: The first thing I remember was being plucked from Hurricane Katrina’s swirling waters by Mother Blair, your ex-husband’s late mother. As you know from when we came to live in the carriage house behind where you and the rat then lived, she was a saint. Until she died, my life was wonderful – she pampered me and let me run the show. After her death, I was afraid your ex would send me to a shelter, but he convinced you to let me live in your efficiency apartment.


Sarah: That wasn’t a hard sell. I loved you and Mother Blair. And now, thanks to her, and to you, we both live in the carriage house. Tell me, what’s the one trait you like most about yourself?


RahRah: I like that I’m a confident leader. Both you and Fluffy, the rescue dog you added to our home, usually do exactly what I want. Tell me, Sarah, what one trait do you like least about yourself?


Sarah: Having married at eighteen and been divorced by twenty-eight, when the rat fell in love with that bimbo, Jane, I lost my sense of confidence or direction. Unlike my twin sister, Emily, who always knew she wanted to be a chef, I was scared right after my divorce. I’ve been working hard to be more confident and not to second guess myself, and definitely have seen growth in myself.


RahRah: I have, too., but I’m still not going to let you have full control of the house.


Sarah (gives RahRah a hug): I wouldn’t want it any other way. You’ve been my best sounding board and comfort. I can’t imagine my life without you.


RahRah: Or Fluffy, either?


Sarah (laughing but not denying the truth): Don’t worry – you’ll always be number one. Besides, you adore having Fluffy worship you. Tell me, of everyone we know, who bugs you the most?


RahRah: The same person as you: Jane Clark. She’s our greatest nemesis, always thinking of ways to complicate our lives. From trying to steal me away from you to opening a restaurant right across the street from Emily’s, she’s more than a mere nuisance.


Sarah: I can’t disagree with you. Who bugs you the least? Me?


RahRah: No, your mother, Maybelle. She may think she’s allergic to me, but she’s a hoot. If you thought she was something to contend with in Two Bites Too Many, wait until next year’s Five Belles Too Many.


Sarah: I’ll look forward to it. In the meantime, we’re just about out of time for our interview. Much as I hate to admit you’re only a creation from Debra H. Goldstein’s mind, after four books, you feel very real to me.


RahRah: That’s because I am. By the way, people can learn more about our author and her books at her website.


Four Cuts Too Many

A Sarah Blair Mystery, Book 4


Sarah Blair gets an education in slicing and dicing when someone in her friend’s culinary school serves up a main corpse in Wheaton, Alabama . . .

Between working as a law firm receptionist, reluctantly pitching in as co-owner of her twin sister’s restaurant, and caretaking for her regal Siamese RahRah and rescue dog Fluffy, Sarah has no time to enjoy life’s finer things. Divorced and sort-of dating, she’s considering going back to school. But as a somewhat competent sleuth, Sarah’s more suited for criminal justice than learning how many ways she can burn a meal.

Although she wouldn’t mind learning some knife skills from her sous chef, Grace Winston. An adjunct instructor who teaches cutlery expertise in cooking college, Grace is considering accepting an executive chef’s position offered by Jane Clark, Sarah’s business rival—and her late ex-husband’s lover. But Grace’s future lands in hot water when the school’s director is found dead with one of her knives in his back. To clear her friend’s name, there’s no time to mince words. Sarah must sharpen her own skills at uncovering an elusive killer . . .

Includes quick and easy recipes!


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Debra H. Goldstein said...

Thanks for letting Sarah interview me today. I'm also pleased that Debra came along for the ride.
BTW, speaking of recipes and such, did you know that Kensington now has a PDF cookbook of the recipes in all four Sarah Blair books? It's called Simple Recipes for the Sometimes Sleuth and features recipes like Jell-O in a Can. You can get it by signing up for Debra's newsletter on her website or leaving a request in the comments here.

Thanks again, Lois!

Lois Winston said...

We're always happy to have you come visit, Debra (and Sarah, too!)

dru said...

I love this series.

Unknown said...

Dear Rah Rah,

Although I'm disappointed to learn you are but a fiction (albeit a cleverly written one), I am a real cat. My name is Ellie, I'm a pleasingly plump Calico, and my cruel vet, along with my colluding mom, put me on a diet.

Speaking of mom, she loves new recipes and would appreciate a Copy of Simple Recipes.


p.s: If you have any contacts at Fancy Feast, please have them send me a case of minced chicken.

Debra H. Goldstein said...

Dru, Thank you!

Ellie, if you can have your mother email me at dhg@debrahgoldstein.com, I'll send her the PDF cookbook. I don't have access to your mom's name through the comments.... BTW, RahRah appreciates the compliment and is sorry to hear about your mom, the vet, and the (word that shall not be said) because Sarah recently noticed I'm also getting a little hefty.

Debra H. Goldstein said...

Dru -- nicer words I couldn't hear today.

Debra H. Goldstein said...

She can also get the cookbook by simply going to my website homepage (https://www.DebraHGoldstein.com ) and going down about midway on the right.