Sunday, August 06, 2023

Virtual Book Tour & Giveaway: The Case of the Llama Raising Librarian (Buttercup Bend Mystery, #3) by Debbie De Louise


The Case of the Llama Raising Librarian
A Buttercup Bend Mystery
Debbie De Louise

Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Setting - New York
Publisher: Next Chapter
Publication Date: July 5, 2023
Number of Pages: 275
Digital ASIN: B0CB81ZKYX



After solving two murders in the “peaceful” town of Buttercup Bend, Cathy Carter needs a rest. She also needs time to consider the marriage proposals she received over the holidays. But when the town’s librarian asks her to go undercover to solve the suspected murder of a co-worker who retired to a llama farm, Cathy leaves her kittens with her grandmother and her friends without an explanation. 

The only person at Oaks Landing Farm who knows the true reason Cathy and Mildred have come there is Danielle, the murder victim's daughter, who is having trouble convincing relatives and the police that her mother Doris was killed and didn’t suffer the heart attack that was termed her cause of death.

When it's proved that Danielle's suspicions are correct, the guests who attended the dinner at which Doris died are invited back for a reenactment of that night. These included the gardener, veterinarian, and farmhand who all had motives to murder Doris, as well as Doris' sister and her ex-husband. When the dinner is staged, the only clue Cathy receives is given by Danielle's grandmother who has dementia. Will this unreliable tip help Cathy deduce who murdered the llama raising librarian?

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Sheri carefully balanced the tray that her mother gave her to bring upstairs to her great grandmother. Cathy admired how skillful the young girl was, although Danielle walked behind her in case she slipped or dropped the food. Cathy and Mildred were in back of them.

At the top of the stairs, Sheri stopped at a closed door. Danielle stepped in front of her and tapped on the wood. “Grammy, can we come in? I’ve brought our guests; the ones I told you were coming today.”

A faint voice replied, “You may enter.”

Cathy didn’t know what to expect. She’d never had experience with anyone suffering dementia. While her grandmother had a few lapses of memory, they were normal signs of aging.

The woman sitting up in bed had a full head of dark hair that Cathy knew came from a bottle but what surprised her most was her large violet eyes. Danielle had explained that her grandmother thought she was Elizabeth Taylor, but Cathy couldn’t help but notice that she looked like the film star, too or, perhaps, made herself up to look like her.

Sheri brought the tray over to the bed. “Here’s your food, Grammy.”

“Thank you. What a sweet girl. Where is the pie?”

“No pie, Grammy, but I helped Momma make the muffins.”

Betty suddenly grabbed the tray and tossed it across the room. It hit the door with a loud crash, and the food spattered everywhere. Everyone jumped back, and Sheri began to cry. She ran to her mother who put an arm around her. “It’s okay, honey. We’ll clean it up.”

“Why is Grammy mad? Is it because she wanted pie?”

“No. She’s not feeling well.” Danielle turned to Mildred. “Can you please take my daughter downstairs? And, Cathy, would you mind getting some rags and paper towels from the kitchen?”

Mildred put an arm on Sheri. “Come with me, sweetie.” Sheri followed her from the room. Cathy, shocked from what had happened, said, “I’ll get what you need, but is she okay?”

Danielle had gone to her mother’s side. The woman’s eyes were wide. “Where is the pie? What have you done with him?”

Him? Cathy knew the woman was confused but giving food a gender was too strange. Danielle turned to her. “Please excuse, grandmother. She’s talking about the horse in National Velvet, Elizabeth Taylor’s film.”

“Don’t talk about me when I’m in the room. I was great in that film. It was one of my favorites.”

As Danielle tried to calm down her grandmother, Cathy slipped out to get the cleaning supplies. She needed to watch her step, as the egg splatter blocked part of the doorway.

“What a mess,” she thought. “literally.” She felt bad for Danielle and even worse for Sheri. She heard the girl still crying when she got downstairs. Mildred was trying to comfort her with cookies. 


Debbie De Louise is an award-winning author and a retired reference librarian. She is a member of Sisters-in-Crime, International Thriller Writers, and the Cat Writers’ Association. She writes two cozy mystery series, the Cobble Cove Mysteries and Buttercup Bend Mysteries. She’s also written a paranormal romance, three standalone mysteries, a time-travel novel, and a collection of cat poems. Her stories and poetry appear in over a dozen anthologies. Debbie also writes articles for cat magazines. She lives on Long Island with her husband, daughter, and two cats. Learn more about Debbie and her books by visiting her website at

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