Cat Playing Cupid by Shirley Rousseau Murphy

By Shirley Rousseau Murphy

Love—and murder—is within the air. . . . It took Joe Grey's human, Clyde, approximately perpetually to pop the query to Ryan Flannery, and what extra romantic time to tie the knot than on Valentine's Day? yet darkish secrets and techniques from the previous, exposed by way of Joe and his pussycat buddies, threaten to damage the chuffed union. First, a physique came upon many miles away reopens a ten-year-old chilly case regarding a guy who disappeared days ahead of his personal marriage ceremony. The jilted bride is again on the town and wanting to locate the reality . . . or to conceal facts of her personal wrongdoing. difficulty is, she's quickly concerned with Ryan's father, who's house-sitting and getting ready nutrients for Joe gray whereas Clyde and Ryan are on their honeymoon. Then one other physique is located towards domestic at the grounds of a ruined property, abandoned store for a band of surprising feral cats. round the wrist of the corpse is a bracelet bearing a dead ringer for a rearing cat, and the cats find a infrequent literary quantity hidden within reach that divulges their very own mystery: their distinct skill to talk. yet because the police examine the 2 murders, situated greater than miles aside, in basic terms Joe gray suspects that the crimes are comparable. It takes a chase from which the tomcat wonders if he will emerge alive for someone to hone in at the connection among the murders. eventually, pussycat notion and cop feel mix to convey a killer to justice during this pleasant new story concerning Shirley Rousseau Murphy's 3 notable cats.

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It was all Willow could say—she, too, was shivering with fear of the noisy vehicle as Charlie set out up the ranch lane, driving slowly. When they went over a bump in the gravel road, Sage whimpered with pain, and Charlie felt her stomach twist. “Dr. Firetti will ease the hurt,” she repeated. ” Sage blinked up at her in a terrified yet slowly trusting way that made her heart hurt with tenderness. He was in such pain, yet he was doing as Willow and she told him, the terrified young cat was trusting her, and that innocent trust almost undid her.

Taking the makeshift stretcher, he led her through the empty waiting room and quickly past the door to the kennel, the large, airy central room that connected the two older buildings; this was a solarium-like structure with a high ceiling brightened by skylights. Its cement floor, which could be hosed down, was warmed by hot water pipes imbedded in the concrete. The dogs were barking so frantically that it was all Charlie could do to reassure Sage as they passed. The hospital itself and the cages for the cats were in smaller rooms, away from the noise.

She pulled up to the clinic, praying for Sage, her hand on his limp little body. 36 4 FIR ET T I ’S VET ER I NA RY C LI N IC occupied two small old cottages just behind the large automotive agency that included Clyde Damen’s upscale auto repair shop. The original houses, one a small frame structure, the newer a one-bedroom cabin constructed of heavy beams and cement blocks, had long ago been joined together by a central kennel and turned into a pleasing professional complex. Dr. and Mrs. Firetti, Mary, lived in the cottage next door.

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