Lynley Cannon’s FRIDAY FELINE FACTS & FANCIES, Noises

Lynley Cannon, star of the Crazy Cat Lady cozy mystery series, is often referred to as a crazy cat lady herself, but when it comes to the feline species, this sixty-something cat shelter volunteer knows her stuff. Check here each Friday for instructive and intriguing information on our favorite subject: cats!

Black Cat Hiding Under Christmas Quilt, by Artist Lisa M. Nelson

It is common for cats to be afraid of loud noises, especially thunder. It is best to leave them alone; they will find the place where they feel safest, often under a bed or couch where the sound is muffled.

~Copy Cats, Chapter 20

Check out more of Lynley Cannon’s kitty tips, tricks, and facts preceding each chapter in CATS’ EYES, COPY CATS, CAT’S PAW, and CAT CALL.

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Lynley Cannon’s FRIDAY FELINE FACTS & FANCIES, Stress

 

Lynley Cannon, star of the Crazy Cat Lady cozy mystery series, is often referred to as a crazy cat lady herself, but when it comes to the feline species, this sixty-something cat shelter volunteer knows her stuff. Check here each Friday for instructive and intriguing information on our favorite subject: cats!

If you are feeling stressed, so is your cat. Cats are sensitive by nature and can pick up on tension, sometimes before we are aware of it ourselves.

~Cat Call, Chapter 2

 

Check out more of Lynley Cannon’s kitty tips, tricks, and facts preceding each chapter in CATS’ EYES, COPY CATS, CAT’S PAW, and CAT CALL.

 

 

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Guest Star: Angels Unaware – reblogged from Katzenworld

Here is a sweet and thought-provoking story which I enjoyed and wanted to pass on to others. Read Angels Unaware, by  Andrea Gaines.

Source: Guest Star: Angels Unaware – Katzenworld

 

 

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BOOK TALK with AUTHOR LYN McCONCHIE

 

Lyn McConchie is a New Zealand writer of speculative fiction, picture books for children, a nonfiction humor series, a number of standalone books and many short stories, articles, poems, opinion pieces, and reviews. Her writing has won many awards including several Cat Writers Association Muse Medallions. Most recently, her Ancient Egypt alternate history fantasy, BASTET’S DAUGHTERS, received a Cat Writers Association Certificate of Excellence and is now in competition for the CWA Muse Medallion in that category.

~Tigger~

 My guest today is Lyn McConchie, author of 43 books, hundreds of stories and articles, and a few dozen poems.

With such a body of work, where do I start? Why, with the cat material of course. Lyn, you are one of the rare authors who have taken on the genre of cat fantasy. Please tell us a little about how that happened. When everyone else was writing about monsters, aliens, and vampires, why did you choose cats?

I’ve had cats all my life, and as a small child my much beloved cat, Silver and my dog Lassie – a terrier mix – were a team. Lassie would taunt dogs to chase her between the 6 foot high gate-posts of our drive, and as they passed Silver would quietly step off the top of a post, and land on the intruder’s neck and shoulders, his solid 12lb weight driving their face into the ground, while his claws raked them. The intruder would flee yelping, Silver calmly stepping off again as they fled. I watched for years, and once I began to write I remembered that, and many other episodes in which my cats had demonstrated an ability to plan and, somehow, cats edged their way into quite a lot of my writing.

You began to write in 1989 and have teamed with sci-fi author Andre Norton for several books. (I’m so impressed, I’m falling on the floor right now.) What were things like then compared with now? Did you ever attend any of the literary sci-fi conferences?

Andre was a friend of mine long before I ever began writing. She encouraged me hugely and I had seen three of my books published before I wrote Key of the Keplian, my first fantasy, which was written chapter by chapter simply to cheer her up when she had surgery and was taking longer than she expected to recover. It was written in one of her worlds and I would have had no legal right to produce such a book for publication.  I was stunned to find she had taken the completed story to her own agent, who had sold it and his phone call to say so left me reeling. After that, and with her permission – indeed again with her enthusiastic encouragement – I wrote three more books set in her Witch World, and three in her Beast Master Universe. The latter trio by her specific request.

      Being on the other side of the world, I’ve never been able to attend any of the literary conferences, although I have attended SF conventions in Wales, Canada, and America, as well as quite a number in Australia over the years.

You are planning to start the new book soon and are also expecting revisions for three others. Will these be cat-centric with Miss Emily and Mandalay?

The one I am about to start is, yes. It’s the fourth in my series of Holmes and Watson – and cat. I was approached in 2015 by an editor in the UK asking if I would write a Sherlock Holmes story for an anthology of new Holmes stories they were about to produce. I did so – and fell in love with the characters of Miss Emily, a freelance secretary, and Mandalay, her brown Burmese cat, which finds all manner of odd items which he then brings home to his mistress. Some are so odd that Holmes becomes involved, and I have been writing those ever since. Wildside Press liked my suggestion that I do these as a series of novellas which could be published as e-novellas, and once three were out, they were then combined along with a new longer short story, and brought out as a book also. So far there has been SHERLOCK HOLMES: CATALYST, but I have also completed CATACLYSM, and CATASTROPHE, and will be beginning CATAFALQUE shortly.

      The revisions are for an SF/disaster novel set in Australia – COALS & ASH, (yes, cats) sold to Altair Press there  – the next Holmes double, SHERLOCK HOLMES: FOUND DEAD, (no cats)  and a fantasy, DAUGHTER OF A CITY, (a cat or two but not much about them.) However I have in mind at least two books to write in 2019, both of which will be quite feline oriented.

Are any of your poems about cats? 

I would say about a third of them. This one was published in a National New Zealand farming magazine back in the early’ 90s.

                     Thermostatic.

                Parked in front of my fire, sprawls my Siamese cat

                Tummy happily warming, paws spread across the mat

                And when the fire needs stoking, I need no thermostat,

                Because I am summoned by the howls –

               of a chilly indignant imperious cat.

As a long-time member of the Cat Writers’ Association, you demonstrate your true devotion to cats. How many cats do you have? Do they help with your writing?

I had two for some time, but when they died, the next cat I got didn’t want to share. He made that very very clear, and so, for the past 14 years he has been an only-cat. CATALYST was dedicated to him, and his ‘help’ was acknowledged in the forthcoming Coals & Ash as well.

I’ve always wanted to go to New Zealand, but so far the closest I’ve come is watching Xena, Warrior Princess. (Beautiful scenery!) Do you really live on a farm and raise “colored” sheep? 

I do, I was crippled in an accident in 1977, and when I was unable to work 9-5 any longer I retired on medical grounds in 1988, bought a small farm the next year and settled in to live a pleasantly rural existence just outside the quintessential small village. I do breed coloured sheep, I also have free-range hens and geese – the geese acting as watch-geese (I think that last lot of would-be shed-burglars are still running) and now and again I raise a beef steer or two.

      Our scenery certainly is beautiful, and varies hugely from river flats, to mountains, to plains and semi-deserts, which is why a number of movies and TV series were/are made here, you can find any backdrop required in one small country along with a population that specializes in getting involved, being helpful, and being able to fix/build just about anything out of spare bits.

Tell us briefly about your favorite real or fictional cat story. 

That’s impossible to answer. I love Doreen Tovey’s cat books which were  non-fiction, Andre’s cat books which are SF/F, and so many of the cat short stories Andre took for the Catfantastic anthologies were brilliant. I also love a number of cat or dog mysteries.

What is the most useful writing tip you’ve ever been given? 

“Save everything you write. It may not be accepted, but somewhere down the road you may re-write it, or cannibalize it and sell it then.” And it’s true! Andre told me that before I started writing. That and “always read a contract slowly and twice, query anything you don’t understand until you do,” which I was told over breakfast by MZB in 1991. (I was signing a contract for a short story in her fantasy magazine at the time, in the middle of a trip around the USA and had stayed the night with her editor and been brought over early.)

What five words would you use to describe yourself? 

Old, lame, happy, busy, and becatted.

Add something you would like to tell us just for fun. 

My very first book was published completely by accident. I was writing funny stories about my farm and animals in letters to overseas friends, and a local writer friend who’d seen some said I should sell them. I asked where, and was told there was a ‘smallholders’ magazine that could be interested. I sent off four, and they bought them. The editor then came to me and asked just how much of the material I had, and I said “um, quite a lot.” “Enough for a book?” “Yes.” The rest was history – and my very first book published in 1993, FARMING DAZE. which went on to sell six more in the series.

Do you have any other writing news we should know about? (Awards, launches, readings, etc) 

I was just shown the gorgeous cover proposed for COALS & ASH, and am completing the revision for the book this week. Since most of what I sell appears overseas these days I rarely have a book launch.  I am in discussion on teaching a writer’s course locally over May sometime. I will also be speaking at a regional writers conference in September. What with one thing and another – including writing 3 books most years now – there is always something going on – not the least being the deceased mouse I received first thing this morning before I opened my email to find this interview. 

Purrs to all,

Lyn (and Thunder who insists on being included otherwise he won’t get off the keyboard.)

Thank you so much, Lyn. You are an inspiration to cat writers everywhere!

Here are more ways to connect with Lyn McConchie:

Website: www.lynmcconchie.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lyn.mcconchie

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/66725.Lyn_McConchie

Amazon Author page: https://www.amazon.com/Lyn-McConchie/e/B003OGQU0Q

Here is a small selection of Lyn McConchie’s books:

Bastet’s Daughters

 

If this were the ancient Egypt of our time line, the year thahttps://www.amazon.com/Bastets-Daughters-Lyn-McConchie/dp/1479417505t this story begins would be around 1365 BCE. It isn’t. If this were the ancient Egypt of our time line it would be only a nation. It’s an Empire. If this were the ancient Egypt of our time line it would be known by that name. It’s Napata. And if this were the ancient Egypt of our time line then the Gods wouldn’t be real. It isn’t and— They are! 

Three of Andre Norton’s Beast Master Series, written by Lyn McConchie

     

Two more cat-centric covers by Lyn McConchie

   

 

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THREE PICTURES

 

I’m looking at a picture of my parents. My father in a plaid shirt and turtleneck, standing arms across his chest, smiling. My mother sitting, outside somewhere, the green of grass for background. Legs crossed ladylike, cigarette in hand. She is smiling too.

I realize with a start that they are my age… I am their age… The age they were in that picture, I am now.

The picture has been on that shelf for some time. I have lived in this house over thirty years, though it doesn’t seem possible. When I put the photos in their double brass frame, I was much younger. My parents may still have even been alive. Now it comes around. They are gone, I am old. I will be following soon.

Okay, maybe not that soon. I’m healthy, reasonably. I’m not staring down the jaws of death or any such. All is well, in fact. No lost abilities, yet. But I can read the writing on the wall. It’s right there in the photos: my parents, happy and enjoying life one day, gone the next.

There is something else I read in that picture though. I look closer, at the smiles, the twinkling eyes. They’re not hiding away, dreading what will inevitably come. Live life now, they say in those captured images.

There are two other photos on the shelf. I didn’t intentionally group them, more like set them in a spot where they fit. But now as I look, the fit is more apt than mere spacing. The fit is perfect.

One is a photo I’ve always loved, taken by my father when we were at the beach. I was in my twenties, long hair blowing against the perfect blue sea. My son, age three, sits in my lap, all blonde hair, soft skin, and possibilities. We are holding a beach ball.

I remember the time, sad now that I hadn’t been more mindful, too busy in my own life and friends. Still, for that moment, we were a happy family. I have a picture to prove it.

The third photo, also taken by my father, is of my mother, my grandmother, and me. It was shot from behind as we walked hand in hand in Laurelhurst Park. The year was 1953, which would put my mother at forty-two and my grandmother in her sixties.

In spite of the white hair which makes her look older, I am currently the age my grandmother was then. I know what happened after that picture. I know about the gradual debilitation, the nursing home, the death. She, on the other hand, walks with her family through a sunlit park, blissfully ignorant. She is looking at me, the tiny girl with her whole life ahead of her. I feel sad and sorry, having dashed her hopes with my wandering ways.

But maybe she would have liked me anyway.

 

 

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Lynley Cannon’s FRIDAY FELINE FACTS & FANCIES, Love/Hate

Lynley Cannon, star of the Crazy Cat Lady cozy mystery series, is often referred to as a crazy cat lady herself, but when it comes to the feline species, this sixty-something cat shelter volunteer knows her stuff. Check here each Friday for instructive and intriguing information on our favorite subject: cats!

Freddie Mercury, drawing by Anna Duyunova

Notable ailurophobes include Napoleon Bonaparte, Dwight D. Eisenhower and Hitler.

Notable ailurophiles include Albert Einstein, Florence Nightingale, H.G. Wells, Sir Winston Churchill, Pope Benedict XVI, George Burns, John Lennon, Mark Twain, Edgar Allan Poe, Queen Victoria, Nostradamus, and Vanna White. Freddie Mercury of the band, Queen, phoned his cats when he was on tour.

~Cats’ Eyes, Chapters 29 & 30

 

Check out more of Lynley Cannon’s kitty tips, tricks, and facts preceding each chapter in CATS’ EYES, COPY CATS, CAT’S PAW, and CAT CALL.

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MIRACLE MONDAY *****ADOPTED!*****

Do you want to make a miracle? Adopt a shelter cat and you will instantly become that kitty’s miracle-worker.

MUFFIN  

*****ADOPTED!*****

Update April 5, 2018: After more than a month and a half at OHS, Muffin went home today to her forever home. I met the nice older lady who lives quietly alone, a perfect fit for the shy Muffin. She plans to give her lots of attention and love.

MIRACLES DO HAPPEN!

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Muffin is an 8-year-old black female Domestic Short Hair cat.  She is located at the Oregon Humane Society: 1067 NE Columbia Blvd. – Portland, Oregon 97211

She has been at OHS since 02/21/2018.

Her Adopt Fee is only $15

 

What my friends at OHS say about me:

I am sweet and loving and will likely bond very closely to one person.

Loud noises and busy environments make me nervous.

I love to be loved, but don’t enjoy being picked up. Let me come to you for cuddles!

I’m getting older, but still enjoy playing! I’ll let you know my favorite toys when we meet!

I have a history of being bullied by other animals, so I may prefer to be your one and only.

The type of home I’m looking for:

I may prefer a home without dogs.

I will flourish in a calm environment and a low-traffic home.

I will need patient and loving owners who will work with me to help me be the best I can be.

It could be with you! Click here or visit OHS to learn more about the adoption process!

I have a video!

Adopt Muffin or another shelter cat today, and make a miracle happen!

 

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Lynley Cannon’s FRIDAY FELINE FACTS & FANCIES, Purrrrrr

Lynley Cannon, star of the Crazy Cat Lady cozy mystery series, is often referred to as a crazy cat lady herself, but when it comes to the feline species, this sixty-something cat shelter volunteer knows her stuff. Check here each Friday for instructive and intriguing information on our favorite subject: cats!

It’s common knowledge that a cat’s purr can reduce anxiety and lower high blood pressure in their human companions, but studies show that the low frequency vibration of the purr may also induce bone growth, promote pain relief and help heal tendons and muscles. ~Copy Cats, Chapter 12

 

Check out more of Lynley Cannon’s kitty tips, tricks, and facts preceding each chapter in CATS’ EYES, COPY CATS, CAT’S PAW, and CAT CALL.

 

 

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Lynley Cannon’s FRIDAY FELINE FACTS & FANCIES, Special

 

Lynley Cannon, star of the Crazy Cat Lady cozy mystery series, is often referred to as a crazy cat lady herself, but when it comes to the feline species, this sixty-something cat shelter volunteer knows her stuff. Check here each Friday for instructive and intriguing information on our favorite subject: cats!

Don’t tell a cat with a missing limb that she is handicapped – she will probably just give you a look of bewilderment as she dashes up the cat tree or leaps down the stairs.

~Cat’s Paw, chapter 26

 

Check out more of Lynley Cannon’s kitty tips, tricks, and facts preceding each chapter in CATS’ EYES, COPY CATS, CAT’S PAW, and CAT CALL.

 

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BOOK TALK with AUTHOR DEBBIE DE LOUISE

My guest today— my first guest ever for my new Book Talk series— is Debbie De Louise. Debbie is the author of The Cobble Cove Mystery series (A Stone’s Throw, Between a Rock and a Hard Place, and Written in Stone). Other of ber books include Cloudy Rainbow; a romantic comedy novella, When Jack Trumps Ace; and several short stories. Her latest, a standalone mystery, Reason to Die,  will be out this coming month of April.

Welcome, Debbie!

I see you have written both stand-alone books and a series. Which do you prefer to write? To read? Why?

I prefer to read and write both standalones and series books. I like getting to know and follow characters from book to book in a series, but I also like a story that is complete start to finish. I enjoy alternating between series and standalones.

Like me, you are a member of the Cat Writers’ Association, demonstrating your true dedication to cats. How many cats do you have? Do they help with your writing?

I currently only have one cat, Stripey, a male tabby. I lost my older Siamese, Oliver, this past November to kidney disease. Neither of my cats ever helped with my writing except to provide inspiration in the form of feline behavior.

I enjoy adding cats as well as other pets to my books. In my Cobble Cove series, Sneaky, the library cat who also has his own blog, is the main character. Like Oliver, he’s a Siamese. There are a few other less prominent cat characters in the series as well as two dogs. Fido, the golden retriever, is Sneaky’s dog co-star. In my upcoming standalone, Reason to Die, I even feature a bird, a parrot named Chirpy, although I’ve never had a bird.

~Stripey~

I’m so sorry to hear about Oliver. Losing a beloved cat is one of the hardest things a cat person can go through.

Tell us briefly about your favorite real or fictional cat story.

What stands out is Shirley Murphy’s Catswold Portal that I read ages ago, but there are so many others. I’ve always enjoyed Carole Nelson Douglas’ Midnight Louie series and Shirley Murphy’s Joe Grey series.

I also love Rousseau’s cat books! She is a fellow member of CWA, of course! 

Yes, it was my pleasure to meet her at one of the conferences years ago.

What is the most useful writing tip you’ve ever been given?

I’d have to say the most useful writing tip I’ve received is to keep writing and be persistent in pursuing publication. I’ve been lucky to have found an excellent small publisher, Solstice Publishing, but I’m still seeking an agent and to publish with a larger publisher one day.

Sound advice, Debbie. 

Please add something you would like to tell us just for fun.

I once had a cat birthday party for Oliver. We took him into our home when he was twelve years old and we didn’t really know his birthday, but I celebrated his first year on the day in May that he came to live with us. We invited several of my friends and a few of my daughters’ who were also cat lovers, and each friend brought Oliver a gift, a cat toy or treat. The table was decorated with a cat tablecloth, and we even had a cat-shaped cake and cat ginger cookies. Oliver wore a birthday hat and bib (see photos). This is such a sweet memory for me.

 

What a beautiful memory! Thank you for sharing, and for adopting a senior cat.

Do you have any book news coming up soon?

Reason to Die, my new standalone mystery, will be published in April by Solstice Publishing. (Look below for a description.)

I’ll be appearing at the Port Washington Public Library’s author fair on Long Island on Saturday, April 29 and at the St. Stephens Lutheran Church Author’s Fair in Hicksville on Saturday, May 12.

*Debbie has another bit of exciting news! She just found out she won a Certificate of Excellence from the Cat Writers’ Association for her short story, The Path to the Rainbow Bridge. Congratulations, Debbie!

 

 

 

How exciting! Thank you so much for being with us today. Best of luck on the new book and your book events in New York. 

Here are more ways to connect with Debbie De Louise:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/debbie.delouise.author/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Deblibrarian

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2750133.Debbie_De_Louise

Amazon Author Page: Author.to/DebbieDeLouise

Website/Blog/Newsletter Sign-Up: https://debbiedelouise.wordpress.com

Sneaky the Library Cat’s blog: https://sneakylibrarycat.wordpress.com

Cobble Cove Character Chat Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/748912598599469/

Debbie De Louise is the author of The Cobble Cove Mystery series (A Stone’s Throw, Between a Rock and a Hard Place, and Written in Stone); Cloudy Rainbow; and her upcoming standalone mystery, Reason to Die.  Debbie has also written a romantic comedy novella, When Jack Trumps Ace, and several short stories of various genres. She has an unpublished psychological thriller, Sea Scope, and a cozy mystery, The Case of the Cat Crazy Lady, that she is currently querying to agents.

Coming Soon: Reason to Die 

Someone is strangling disabled people in the small town of Baxter, Connecticut. Detective Courtney Lang and her ex-partner and ex-lover, wheelchair-bound Bill Thompson, are paired up again and put in charge of the investigation. During the course of their search, Courtney uncovers information that points toward a connection between the murders and an unsolved series of muggings by a masked man, the same man who shot and disabled Bill a year ago on the night he proposed marriage to her.

Complicating matters for Courtney is her guilt about Thompson’s shooting, her affair with her new partner, Mark Farrell, and her unresolved feelings over the deaths of her mother and sister who perished in a fire while she was away from home.

As the deaths accrue and the “Handicapped Strangler” as the killer is coined by the press continues to rampage the town adding victims of different ages, sex, and disabilities to the murder count, Courtney discovers a clue that could crack open the case but may put her and Bill’s life in jeopardy.

 A Stone’s Throw (Cobble Cove Mystery #1)

Widowed librarian Alicia Fairmont needs answers… After her husband is killed in a hit and run accident, Alicia travels upstate to his hometown of Cobble Cove, New York, hoping to locate his estranged family and shed light on his mysterious past. Anticipating staying only a weekend, her visit is extended when she accepts a job at the town’s library.

Secrets stretch decades into the past… Assisted by handsome newspaper publisher and aspiring novelist, John McKinney, Alicia discovers a connection between her absent in-laws and a secret John’s father has kept for over sixty years. But her investigation is interrupted when she receives word her house has burned and arson is suspected, sending her rushing back to Long Island, accompanied by John.

Back in Cobble Cove, cryptic clues are uncovered… When Alicia returns, she finds a strange diary, confiscated letters, and a digital audio device containing a recording made the day her husband was killed. Anonymous notes warn Alicia to leave town, but she can’t turn her back on the mystery—or her attraction to John. As the pieces begin to fall into place, evidence points to John’s involvement in her husband’s accident. The past and present threaten to collide, and Alicia confronts her fears…

Has she fallen in love with her husband’s killer?

Between a Rock and a Hard Place (Cobble Cove Mystery #2)

Librarian Alicia McKinney has put the past behind her… Two years ago, Alicia discovered both a terrible truth and lasting love with John McKinney in the small town of Cobble Cove, New York. Now a busy mother of twin babies and co-author of a mystery series, Alicia couldn’t be happier.

Alicia’s contentment and safety are challenged… Walking home alone from the library, Alicia senses someone following her, and on more than one occasion, she believes she is being watched. Does she have a stalker? When the local gift shop is burglarized, the troubling event causes unrest among Alicia and the residents of the quiet town.

John and Alicia receive an offer they can’t refuse… When John’s sister offers to babysit while she and John take a much-needed vacation in New York City, Alicia is reluctant to leave her children because of the disturbances in Cobble Cove. John assures her the town is safe in the hands of Sheriff-elect Ramsay. Although Alicia’s experience with and dislike of the former Long Island detective don’t alleviate her concern, she and John take their trip.

Alicia faces her worst nightmare… The McKinneys’ vacation is cut short when they learn their babies have been kidnapped and John’s sister shot. Alicia and John’s situation puts them between a rock and a hard place when the main suspect is found dead before the ransom is paid. In order to save their children, the McKinneys race against the clock to solve a mystery more puzzling than those found in their own books. Can they do it before time runs out?

Written in Stone (Cobble Cove Mystery #3)

Alicia McKinney is confused . . . . Was the strange email her husband received from the fictional detective in their mystery series a threat? Did the killer mistake the woman shot in the library for Alicia or the victim’s twin sister?

Cat vs. Dog . . . After Sneaky goes missing from the library, will he turn up before a young girl becomes ill with worry over his disappearance? And will he return in time to outsmart Fido by being first to find the perpetrator’s smoking gun?

Alicia is worried . . . While waiting for the killer’s next move, Alicia has other concerns. An old flame of John’s is in town and her friend, Gilly, has adopted the role of Miss Marple to aid her sheriff boyfriend in his investigation.

When all clues point to one of her co-workers, Alicia joins Gilly in searching for the answers to the mystery.

Will they survive . . . . or is their ending written in stone?

When Jack Trumps Ace 

Jackie Riordan’s in trouble . . . When her jewel-thief father is caught in the middle of a heist, Jackie makes her getaway to his ex-jail pal’s apartment. a man called Ace, who lives in an upscale neighborhood of Chicago. What she doesn’t count on is falling in love with him and becoming his partner in crime. She also doesn’t expect to compete with Ace’s old flame or deal with his cat Roxie who causes her allergy attacks.

All bets are off . . . After Jackie discovers clues left by her father which lead her to a treasure that Ace may have stolen, she contemplates her next move. Should she trust Ace and believe her father gave him the money, or head home to her mother, a religious hypocrite who would have no qualms about ratting out her own daughter to the cops?

Things that sparkle aren’t always Diamonds . . . Before Jackie can decide who the good guys really are, she finds herself atop the Willis Tower carrying her father’s ashes in her pocket and aiding Ace in the largest jewelry heist of his life. Things go terribly wrong, and Jackie’s only choice seems to be to walk away from Ace or face imprisonment.

 

 

 

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