Ani’s Advent 2019! Exploring, Cats and Christmas Trees…with Noelle Granger’s Garfield

Hey Santa!

It’s stopped raining for a bit, so things feel a lot better around here this morning. I don’t mind it being cold after all, even if she does complain when we go out for or early morning romp.

We both need that, to blow the cobwebs away and get our bodies moving on a morning… We don’t run as much as we used to and we’re not as supple as we used to be, but that doesn’t stop us playing like puppies sometimes.

It is too dark just now for her to take the camera thingy when we go out in the mornings, but she says it is good to just enjoy the day breaking and not think about anything else for a while. The sheep are still sleeping when we go out too and the cows are in their shed for the winter, so, unless there is the odd deer or pheasant out early, she doesn’t need to be too careful of me while we are out.

She doesn’t like me chasing things. I don’t do it often these days, but if I see a pheasant, I sort of feel obliged to make an effort.

It is mainly about exploring. Just ’cause we walk that path every day, doesn’t mean there isn’t always something new to see… even if it is just a sunrise.

So I can quite understand why my friend Garfield has a tale to tell about trees and explorer-cats. Never thought I’d understand cats at all… I must be getting mellow in my old age 😉

I did try climbing trees when I was little, but I never got the hang of it. She says I can outstretch a cat though 😉

Much love,
Ani xxx

Elijah Moon

Dear Ani:

Garfield here. I am going to tell you a story about Elijah Moon, the cat who owned this household before me. I have to thank him because when he passed over the rainbow bridge, it left a hole for me to fill in my two-legged’s heart. This is what I’ve heard about him from my two –legged.

Elijah loved Christmas. He loved playing with the wrappings, but most of all he loved climbing the tree. He was an indoor-outdoor cat and climbed a lot of trees outside, but when it was cold, he stayed inside and in December he had his very own tree to climb! The first time, he did it solo, and he was caught and removed before he got to the top. With some harsh words, I’m led to believe. The next time he climbed with a partner – a grandkitty who came to visit for Christmas. He told the grandkitty, who had never climbed a tree, how much fun it was to dig his claws in and make it to a branch where he could just rest and relax.

The grandkitty

So the two of them made their ascent. They had only gotten half-way up when the tree, which was gloriously decorated, started to jingle and jangle, and then slowly leaned over. Elijah Moon heard a scream from his two-legged, plus a few words that I can’t repeat, because she was left holding the top half of the tree so it didn’t hit the floor. I understand she stood there for quite a while, so that her husband, the other person inhabiting my house, could attach the tree to the wall with a wire. After that, Elijah always climbed solo and the tree never fell again.

I am not a tree climber, but I do love pulling off the ornaments on the bottom branches. Last year the tree was not decorated until part way up…

About Garfield’s two-legs

Noelle Granger

Noelle A. Granger grew up in Plymouth, Massachusetts, in a rambling, 125-year-old house with a view of the sea. Summers were spent sailing and swimming. She was also one of the first tour guides at Plimoth Plantation. Granger graduated from Mount Holyoke College with a bachelor’s degree in Zoology and from Case Western Reserve University with a Ph.D. in anatomy. Following a career of research in developmental biology and teaching human anatomy to medical students and residents, the last 28 years of which were spent at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, she decided to try her hand at writing fiction. The Rhe Brewster Mystery Series was born.

The series features Rhe Brewster, an emergency room nurse, as the protagonist. Rhe lives in the fictional coastal town of Pequod, Maine, (similar to Plymouth) and Granger uses her knowledge of such a small town, her experiences sailing along the Maine coast, and her medical background to enrich each book in the series. In the first book, Death in a Red Canvas Chair, the discovery of a wet, decaying body of a young woman, sitting in a red canvas chair at the far end of a soccer field, leads Rhe on a trail that heads to a high-end brothel and a dodgy mortuary operation.

The second novel in the Rhe Brewster Mystery Series, Death in a Dacron Sail, was released in 2015, and finds Rhe responding to a discovery by one of the local lobstermen: a finger caught in one of his traps. The third book, Death By Pumpkin, begins with the sighting of the remains of a man’s body in a car smashed by a giant pumpkin at the Pequod Pumpkin Festival.

In addition to the Rhe Brewster Mystery Series, Granger has had short stories, both fiction and non-fiction, published in Deep South Magazine, Sea Level Magazine, the Bella Online Literary Review, and Coastal Style Magazine, and has been featured in Chapel Hill Magazine, The News & Observer, The Boothbay Register, and other local press. Granger lives with her husband, a cat who blogs, and a hyperactive dog in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She spends a portion of every summer in Maine.

Noelle blogs at Sayling Away and you can find her on Twitter @rhebrewster, Goodreads and Facebook. Follow Noelle on Amazon for the latest updates and new books.

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13194341_9781630030339_coverDeath in a Red Canvas Chair

On a warm fall afternoon, the sweet odor of decay distracts Rhe Brewster from the noise and fury of her son’s soccer game. She’s a tall, attractive emergency room nurse with a type A personality, a nose for investigation and a yen for adrenalin. This time her nose leads her to the wet, decaying body of a young woman, sitting in a red canvas chair at the far end of the soccer field. Her first call is to her brother-in-law, Sam Brewster, who is Sheriff of Pequod, the coastal Maine town where she lives. Sam and Rhe’s best friend Paulette, Pequod’s answer to Betty Crocker, are her biggest sources of encouragement when Rhe decides to help the police find the killer. Her discovery that the victim is a student at the local college is initially thwarted by an old frenemy, Bitsy Wellington, the Dean of Students. Will, Rhe’s husband and a professor at the same college, resents her involvement in anything other than being a wife and mother and must be manipulated by Rhe so that she can follow her instincts. Rhe’s interviews of college students leads her to a young woman who had been recruited the previous year to be an escort on a Caribbean cruise ship, and Rhe trails her to a high class brothel at a local seaside estate. The man behind the cruise ship escort service and the brothel is the owner of a chain of mortuaries and is related to the dead student. When Rhe happens on the murder of a young hospital employee who also works for the mortuary chain, she becomes too much of a threat to the owner’s multiple enterprises. She is kidnapped by two of his thugs and is left to die in a mortuary freezer. In the freezer she finds frozen body parts, which are linked to a transplantation program at her hospital. Despite all the twists and turns in her investigation, Rhe ultimately understands why the student was killed and who did it. And she solves the riddle of why the body was placed in the red canvas chair on the soccer field.

Read a review by Irene A. Waters

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On an icy February morning, Rhe Brewster, an emergency room nurse with a nose for investigation, is called to a dock in the harbor of the small coastal town of Pequod, Maine. A consultant to the Pequod Police Department, Rhe is responding to a discovery by one of the local lobstermen: a finger caught in one of his traps. The subsequent finding of the body of a young girl, wrapped in a sail and without a finger, sends the investigation into high gear and reveals the existence of three other missing girls, as well as a childhood friend of Rhe’s. Battered by vitriolic objections from her husband about her work, the pregnant Rhe continues her search, dealing with unexpected obstacles and ultimately facing the challenge of crossing an enormous frozen bog to save herself. Will she survive? Is the kidnapper someone she knows? In Death in a Dacron Sail, the second book in the Rhe Brewster mystery series, Rhe’s nerves and endurance are put to the test as the kidnapper’s action hits close to home.

Read a review by author Luccia Gray

49266584_high-resolution-front-cover_6292375Death by Pumpkin

At the annual Pumpkin Festival in the coastal town of Pequod, Maine, Rhe Brewster, an ER nurse and Police Department consultant, responds to screams at the site of the Pumpkin Drop. Racing to the scene, where a one-ton pumpkin was dropped from a crane to crush an old car, Rhe and her brother-in-law, Sam, Pequod’s Chief of Police, discover the car contains the smashed remains of a man’s body. After the police confirm the death as a homicide, Rhe embarks on a statewide search to identify the victim and find the killer. During the course of the emotional investigation, she survives an attempt on her life at 10,000 feet, endures the trauma of witnessing the murder of an old flame, and escapes an arson attack on her family’s home. There is clearly a sociopath on the loose who is gunning for Rhe and leaving bodies behind. With Sam unable to offer his usual support due to an election recall and a needy new girlfriend, Rhe realizes that the only way to stop the insanity is to risk it all and play the killer’s game.

Maine’s most tenacious sleuth is back, this time to confront a menace that threatens to destroy her life and those closest to her. The latest installment of the Rhe Brewster Mystery Series, Death by Pumpkin, is a murder mystery and thriller that tests the limits of Rhe’s strength and resolve like never before.

Read a review by Kate Loveton

Death in a Mudflat

Fearless detective, ER nurse, devoted mother, and Pequod, Maine’s, answer to Kinsey Milhone, Rhe Brewster is back on the case. When an idyllic seaside wedding is suddenly interrupted by the grotesque sight of a decaying human arm poking out of the tidal mud, Rhe is thrown head first into a treacherous world of duplicity, drugs, and murder. With her best friend Paulette and her main man Sam, the Chief of Police, Rhe seeks to solve the puzzle of the body found in the muck while also working with the FBI to identify the source of shipments of tainted heroin flooding the local campus and community. Maine’s opioid crisis has hit the town hard, with an escalating number of overdoses. More murders are uncovered, testing Rhe’s detective skills and steely resolve. While she follows the clues, Rhe encounters some sinister inhabitants of Pequod’s underbelly, including a practitioner of the Dark Arts, a hydra-headed crime gang, and an embittered, unhinged lobsterman with an axe to grind and nothing to lose. In her relentless drive to solve the crimes, Rhe narrowly escapes a watery grave, trades blows with Russian goons, and unknowingly prompts Paulette to put her life on the line in an attempt to catch a murderer in the act.

Read a review by Olga Nunez Miret

About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email:
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39 Responses to Ani’s Advent 2019! Exploring, Cats and Christmas Trees…with Noelle Granger’s Garfield

  1. I hope my comment doesn’t appear twice, Sue, I did something funny. Lovely to see Garfield visiting Ani today. I remember reading about Elijah who is very spirited. He shares that quality with my cat Push-Push. Well, I have to share Pushy with my dad who is very fond of her and her sister, Smudge.


  2. willowdot21 says:

    Hi Ani it very wet here but not actually raining, yet! But your friend Garfield and his two legs Noelle made me smile. My two legs have had lots of cats in the past and have lots of tails to tell about them and Christmas trees. Don’t worry Ani I don’t do tree climbing either it’s really a cat thing!
    Noelle thanks for giving us Garfield’s lovely letter. 💜


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  4. I’m enjoying the delightful poetry in Doggerel. I have a 16 year old dachshund named, Bunny who has quite the personality even though she’s getting on, almost deaf and vision impaired. I love her dearly.


  5. noelleg44 says:

    Garfield here! Thanks to Ani and his two-legged for publishing the memoir. I wish I had been around to meet Elijah Moon – it gets lonely here when everyone is away (hint to my two legged). Merry Christmas! and I hope Ani gets lots of tennis balls and treats from Santa!


    • Sue Vincent says:

      Hey Garfrield, I know what you mean. I would like a friend too, but she is only allowed one of me here 😦
      Have a lovely Christmas…and lots of treats. I hope you like turkey 😉 xxx


  6. noelleg44 says:

    PS Thanks, Sue! from Garfield’s two-legged.


  7. Darlene says:

    I´m not keen on cats, except they are fun to chase. I sometimes chase them up a tree but not an indoor one. Garfield (a cool name) and Elijah Moon (another cool name) sound like great cats.

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  8. Another lovely post Ani and Sue.. and lovely to meet Noelle’s Garfield.. that Elijah Moon sounds like a real character… ♥


  9. Delightful… 🙂 Merry Christmas to all! ❤


  10. dgkaye says:

    I’m glad the rain has stopped Ani. What a fun post this is! ❤


  11. Reblogged this on Where Genres Collide Traci Kenworth YA Author & Book Blogger and commented:
    Ani has a way with things and his guest, Garfield, does as well! Lucky two-leggers!


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  13. Garfield is probably better off with the decorations- if he can reach them! lol
    Ani, your early morning walks sound magical- enjoy, my friend ❤


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