Left Fur Dead
(A Jules & Bun Mystery)
by J.M. Griffin
About the Book
Left Fur Dead (A Jules & Bun Mystery)
1st in Series
Kensington (June 25, 2019)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
Digital ASIN: B07HVS38YB
On Fur Bridge Farm, Jules cares for rescued rabbits. But when a killer strikes, she’ll need a rabbit to rescue her . . .
Juliette “Jules” Bridge prides herself on the tender rehabilitation she provides for injured or abused rabbits on her New Hampshire rescue farm, but she has a very special relationship with one bunny in particular. Bun is a black-and-white rabbit who happens to have the ability to communicate through mental telepathy. Once she got over the shock, Jules found her furry friend had a lot to say.
One frigid March morning on their walk together, Bun spots a body. The police identify the frozen stiff as Arthur Freeman, aka Arty the Mime. Jules and Arty knew each other on the children’s party circuit, where he’d perform magic tricks and she had an educational rabbit petting pen. With Bun egging her on, Jules decides it’s time they hop to it and put their heads together to discover who silenced the mime. But their investigation leads them down a rabbit hole of more suspects and lies, while a killer sets a trap for them . . .
About the Author
J. M. Griffin is the bestselling cozy mystery author of sixteen novels, including the Vinnie Esposito series. She lives in rural Rhode Island with her husband and two very mysterious cats. Visit her at jm-griffin.com.
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GUEST CHARACTER POST
Bun (a Black & White Dutch bunny)
When asked if I would be interested in writing a cozy mystery series that featured a rabbit as one of the main characters, I jumped at the chance. I’m fond of rabbits and would have one as a house pet, if I didn’t already have two cats, that is.
The opportunity to create a story around the rabbit set fire to my imagination. My research into the lives and care of these precious animals seemed to go on forever, yet, it was really only six months. I watched YouTube videos on rabbit care, tricks to teach them, and learned as I went along.
I finally came up with a story line, but couldn’t figure out how to make the rabbit, Bun, a more interesting character, one that would keep readers from putting down the book. It took a while to wrap my brain around the problem and come up with a solution. Now, I don’t know how other authors resolve their characters issues, but my answer presented itself while slept. When I awoke, I jotted down the answer to this dilemma and started the rough of Left Fur Dead.
Bun had to be able to communicate with his owner, Juliette Bridge, a.k.a. Jules, in order to help her solve the crime that threatened their safety as well as the other rabbits at Fur Bridge Farm. Juliette’s small farm housed rescued rabbits like Bun, and several rabbits she had raised. I decided Bun would be capable of telepathy, in that he could talk to Jules through mental telepathy. Not everyone could hear him, which lent another aspect to his ability to make remarks, present ideas in front of others. With no one but Jules ant the wiser.
With that problem out of the way, it was fun and often hilarious to develop his character. I will say they are a daring duo who easily play off each other. Bun can be quite a nosy body and forthright, but remains lovable, while Jules is the more rational of the two.
I finished the first draft, edited the daylights out of it, and sent it off to my agent who farmed (no pun intended) it out to his contacts. We both liked the story and felt there would be some serious interest in publishing the book. Nail biting took place on my part, until Kensington Publishing got hold of the manuscript. It was then that Jules and Bun found a home for their sleuthing antics, and my fingernails began to grow back.
So, if you have a problem such as mine in fleshing out Bun’s character, my advice is to relax and take a nap. You never know what your brain will come up with.
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