<![CDATA[Dakota McGraw - The Mystery of Dakota McGraw]]>Mon, 22 Feb 2016 14:59:38 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[INTERVIEWING THE PET DETECTIVE]]>Fri, 27 Nov 2015 21:55:04 GMThttp://authordakotamcgraw.weebly.com/the-mystery-of-dakota-mcgraw/interviewing-the-pet-detectiveLet’s welcome the famous Pet Detective, Pamela Whitherspoon.
Thank you very much for having me. And please call me Professor Whitherspoon if you use my profession. Otherwise, Pamela is fine.
Okay Pamela. What got you into the detective business and having your focus on animals?
Umm…first of all, let me make it clear. I am in no way shape or form a detective. Never have been and don’t plan on becoming one. It’s just a coincidences that my last four cas….ahem incidences had to do with animals.
But you solved four crimes. This last one was a hoot. A missing cat with a quarter of a million dollar necklace!
Okay, my sister Miriam, bless her heart, dragged me to a cat show. I was on vacation visiting her and my favorite nephew Randy. It was bad enough I had to sit through hours of a parade of cats. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love them. They’re independent and don’t require much. But I was coming to L.A. to catch some rays.
I’m sorry, I digress. Anyway, this man comes out into the middle of the arena and screams about his missing cat. Before I knew it, I was drafted into solving the case. Now, when he mentioned that necklace, I must admit that piqued my curiosity.  I mean really, who puts a quarter of a million dollar necklace on a cat!
Did you find that kinda odd?
Did I? But when I saw the owner and the rest of his entourage, it made sense, if you can believe that. Very eccentric. You know the type; lots of money and too much time on their hands.
Well, since you say you’re not a detective, what do you do for a living?
My real profession is college professor of psychology, which I am very proud of.  I teach at Eastern University.
So the detective thing is just Moonlighting?
No, no, no! I tell you I am not; I repeat, am not a detective. I haven’t even been trained. I’m an ordinary citizen that for some weird twist of fate, have been in the wrong place at the wrong time. Or the right place at the right time; depending on whose perspective you’re seeing it from.
But you’re so good at it. You’re four for four.
I wasn’t going for a record; believe me.
Well your nephew Randy idolizes you. He might follow in your footsteps.
I’ll just be glad when he graduates high school and stays out of trouble. Not that he’s a troublesome kid; just the opposite. He’s bright…too bright. And he has a sarcasm and cynicism that frightens me a bit.
Now, if you say follow in my footsteps, then I’ll be delighted if he becomes a teacher.
I think you’re being modest about your skills.
No, I just don’t want people to get the wrong idea. Heck, anyone could have solved those crimes. I just happened to be there. I’m the type of person that once something gets my interest; I stick to it until the end.
By the way, I hate to be nosy, and you don’t have to answer this, but how much did you get paid for this last caper. Mr. Jenkins is filthy rich.
Not a thing. I’m an amateur detective. I mean no! I mean, I didn’t charge anything for something that I’m not. I was glad to help. Really.
Ohh! So you’re an amateur sleuth.
No, no and again no! I’m just good at figuring things out. And remember, I had the help of my nephew and Max.
Again, being modest. And speaking of …Max, tell me and the readers about this Officer Kirby that helped you out a bit. He sounds dreamy.
{Pamela blushes}
Well, there’s not much to tell. He’s a Los Angeles cop. Works in the Beverly Hills division. He came on the scene of that terrible attempted murder incident. Use to be a detective, but he likes the action of the streets. 
But he was there during the rough part of the investigation. After that attempted murder, things were getting a bit sketchy, as he put. My life, Randy and Jenkins’ could have been in danger. Max was there every step of the way then, making sure I was protected and he used some of his official police muscle to help me get into places and talk to people I could never have as a civilian.
And yes, he’s very….ahem...handsome too.
Wow, so do you think you’ll have him help you out on another case?
There won’t be another case. I’m back at the university teaching.
He plans on going back and being a detective, he might be in your town.
{Pamela blushes again}
He did say he would come and visit me. Remember he has my cat, Maxine. He’s been taking real good care of her, and I feel guilty for not spending time with her as I should. So when he said he’d be in town, I said sure why not.
Him going back to being a detective, is not of my doing, trust me.
How about your nephew Randy? He was great in helping you. Said he wants to be a detective some day.
{Pamela rolls her eyes}
Teenagers. {She chuckles}. Do they really know what they want to be when they grow up?
Suppose someone needs your services again?
They can call their local police department. I will have nothing to do with it. I told you, I’m not a detective anyway. Besides, isn’t there a law for impersonating someone official?
But you know what they said. You solve cases that the police can’t. I think you missed your calling.
The only reason I can solve cases the police can’t is became I have more leeway than they do. They have to go by the book; I don’t have too. I mean, at the time I was solving the crimes, I didn’t have too. You understand.
Well, until we meet again, it’s been a pleasure talking to you, and please keep us posted on your next caper.
{Pamela sighs and shakes her head}
A pleasure.

Thanks everyone for stopping by, and if you want to read about this crazy caper, click on the book below. The Cat’s in the Cradle: A Pamela Whitherspoon Pet Detective Mystery