Today we sit down for a chat with Lily Dreyfus from mystery author Darlene Dziomba’s Lily Dreyfus Mystery Series.
What was your life like before your author started pulling your strings?
I led a quiet life sharing a home with my two dogs, Boone and Crockett. Being in my 40s, I’d settled into a routine and was quite content.
What’s the one trait you like most about yourself?
I’m a champion of the underdog. Working with shelter animals, I see some of the ugliness that humans inflict on animals. I see my job as an Adoption Coordinator to help animals find homes where their unconditional love will be appreciated every day.
What do you like least about yourself?
I’m uncomfortable talking about myself. It makes social situations awkward.
What is the strangest thing your author has had you do or had happen to you?
My friend Mickey and I found a dead body along a hiking trail. That might not seem so strange, but it was a first for both of us.
Do you argue with your author? If so, what do you argue about?
No, but we’re early in our relationship. I’m sure Darlene has ideas that I’m not going to agree with.
What is your greatest fear?
That there will be an expansion of kill shelters in the United States. The one at which I work is a no-kill shelter. We’ll house an animal until their natural life has come to its end, although I never stop trying to find a home for every animal that enters our kennels.
What makes you happy?
Sitting on the couch with a dog on either side of me.
If you could rewrite a part of your story, what would it be? Why?
I would have more time with Pete Russo. He was an amazing, interesting man and we had a lot in common. I honestly thought Pete was my soul mate. Of course, without his death, there wouldn’t be Clues From The Canines.
Of the other characters in your book, which one bugs you the most? Why?
Mickey, she is constantly nagging me to date more. She orchestrates these setups and “accidental meetings”. She’s as subtle as a tornado.
Of the other characters in your book, which one would you love to trade places with? Why?
Eileen. She is level-headed and pragmatic. She doesn’t rush to any judgment but weighs out every alternative. She also runs marathons so is in the most amazing shape.
Tell us a little something about your author. Where can readers find her website/blog?
Darlene is a natural storyteller. She has travelled to many fascinating places and always comes home with the most amusing anecdotes. Pre COVID she actively volunteered at the Animal Welfare Association in Voorhees, NJ. She’s looking forward to the day that she can resume her volunteer activities. For now, she precariously gets the animal shelter experience through me and my job. You can find out more about Darlene at her website, where you’ll also find her other social media sites.
What's next for you?
I’ll be on a date at an outdoor concert when a drive-by shooter ruins the evening. It will seem like a random act of violence, but I’m not fooled that easily.
Clues From the Canines
A Lily Dreyfus Mystery, Book 1
Lily Dreyfuss is stunned by the news that her physically fit, former Marine boyfriend is dead. When the police rule the death as suspicious, she resolves to sniff out the killer. Lily gathers her pack, both human and canine, to point the police to the perpetrator. She must maintain her professional demeanor at the animal shelter in which she works while determining if one of the people attempting to adopt the victim’s dog is after a family fortune. Lily finds out the lengths one killer will go to silence her suspicions.