Saturday, July 13, 2019


I'm happy to be a stop on the blog tour for
Book 1 in the Jules and Buns Mysteries
by J. M. Griffin

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. 



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A Chat with J. M. Griffin

LKBR:  Thank you for being here today, JM

JMG: Thanks for having me, I’m delighted to be here.

LKBR: Please tell us a bit about you, and your book/series.

JMB: I’ve been an author since 2006, my first series consisted of the Vinnie Esposito series which takes place in Rhode Island. From there, I began to feature cats in my books. Then the idea of having a telepathic rabbit who enjoys solving murders came along, and that’s when Bun entered the picture. The Jules and Bun mysteries is at the moment a three book series. Together, Jules and Bun become embroiled in solving crimes, much to the police department’s dismay. Bun has a great personality and a sharp, yet humorous, wit.

LKBR: Any hints or spoilers you can give us about your next book?

JMB: In the second book in this series, which will be released in February 2020, Bun and Jules become entangled in the murder of a mean spirited and blackmailing woman attending a children’s birthday party. When Jules’ friend is implicated in the crime, Jules and Bun investigate. What they learn about the dead woman is mind boggling at best. As they grow closer to exposing the killer, Bun is stolen, or rather Bun-napped. Jules freaks out and mayhem reigns. What happens from there, I can’t say, but I will tell you all is revealed in the book.

LKBR: Have you ever written a scene that you loved but had to remove it for the sake of the story?

JMG: There are times when I give too much away, too soon and my editor reminds me of that. That means a rewrite of the scene is in order, no matter how much I don’t want to take it out.

LKBR: Have you ever gotten reader’s block? Just find it hard to get into reading because you are so into your writing?

JMG: It is a constant battle for me. Having been an avid reader since childhood, I face the challenge of carving out enough time in my schedule to read.

LKBR: Are there any magazines/publications that as a writer you subscribe to? Are these or others something readers could also benefit from?

JMG: I subscribe to Mystery Scene Magazine and Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine. Both of those publications offer a lot to their readers, such as in-depth articles, author interviews, essays, and book reviews. Subscribers always look forward to learning about writers and how we live, what makes us tick, if you will.

LKBR: Is there anything you would give up if you thought it would make you an even better writer?

JMG: Nothing I can think of, other than chocolate. 😉

LKBR: Any new projects in the works?

JMG: I’m currently working on the third book in the Jules and Bun series. I have a plot in mind for another Esposito series novel, but until I finish the manuscript for Bun book three, all else has to wait. Besides I love writing about Jules and Bun’s crazy antics.

LKBR: If you could ask your readers 3 questions, what would they be?

JMG: What draws you to a series?
What do you look for in a mystery?
How much time do you devote to reading?

LKBR: Where can readers go to learn more about you and your books?


LKBR: Thank you so much, JM for letting us get to know you better!

JMB: It has been a pleasure, thank you.



I at one time owned 5 rabbits, so I was excited to see this book. I didn’t know at the time that Buns the rabbit talked telepathically to his owner/friend Jules. I’m not normally big on cozy mysteries with a paranormal twists (para-cozies), but I really wanted to give this one a try.

LEFT FUR DEAD, the first in the Jules and Buns Mysteries, is an interesting start to this new series. I enjoyed the original premise of a rabbit rescue. They really are dear little creatures, and I like the thought of a place like Fur Bridge Farm really existing.

The mystery in this book was four star for me. It was well thought out by author J. M. Griffin. I was close to solving it, but not until the reveal did it all really make sense. 

I have to be honest and say, I never fully warmed up to the characters in this story. If I had to put my finger on it, I would say it was something in the way author Griffin had them speaking. Maybe a little too, hmmm, proper? I just feel with the subject matter, and a telepathic bunny, they would have spoken a bit more casual. Now, this is just me. Don’t let that be your deciding factor of rather or not to read this book, because it is a good story.

If you’re an animal lover, and/or enjoy para-cozies, as well as the fun quirkiness of a telepathic pet, LEFT FUR DEAD is the book for you. I look forward to reading the next book in the series to see how it progresses.

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
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  1. Thank you for your review on "LEFT FUR DEAD" by J. M. Griffin and for being part of the book tour.

    Enjoyed reading the interview with the author. In answer to her questions - I am drawn to a series by the author's writing, characters we either fall in love with or dislike but can't get enough of and that the storyline from one book to the other is smooth and makes sense. I love mysteries that are fun, unusual and not totally predictable. I try to read every day. Sometimes it's just a little bit in between chores when I take a short break and other days it's for long periods of time. Some books just keep calling you back to read just one more page. :)

    I'd love the opportunity to read "LEFT FUR DEAD".
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

  2. Would love to read Left Fur Dead! Thank you for the chance!

  3. Great review! I really am excited to read this cozy! I love when there are animals involved (in a good way, only!) Love the "rehabilitation" concept! Have a magical weekend!

  4. I really love a new animal in a mystery series. Rabbits how fun. Hope to win.

  5. Taylor R. WilliamsJuly 13, 2019 at 10:22 PM

    thank you for the chance to win - I do all my reading from the library so winning a book is a wonderful treat