Cat Cross Their Graves by Shirley Rousseau Murphy

By Shirley Rousseau Murphy

The gorgeous, serene village of Molena aspect, California is the kind of position the place humans visit break out from the harsher realities of life––which is what attracted vintage movie megastar Patty Rose to shop for the village lodge, and calm down to get pleasure from her golden years. yet because the city gathers to have a good time and honor the gorgeous, getting older actress with a competition of her previous movies, Patty is brutally murdered––to the horror and surprise of this peaceable burg. a gradual tortoiseshell cat, package, has been having fun with a retreat to the animal–loving actress's resort, the place she's spending time along with her tom cat associates Dulcie, and the slick tomcat sleuth, Joe gray. yet her rest is minimize brief while she hears the gunshots that finish Patty's existence, and sees her useless physique sprawled at the inn's entrance steps. She glimpses the killer racing into the parking storage, and shortly follows his path. Joe and Dulcie needs to now stick with the na?ve Kit's path, and hold her from moving into severe hassle. To complicate issues, Joe discovers that Dulcie has been hiding a runaway child––one of the fortunate people that those specified cats decide to speak to––who has now been abducted, most probably by means of a similar guy who killed their recognized pal. in spite of everything, the little girl's abduction leads them to Patty's killer, and the tom cat buddies are all united––but all of them needs to mourn a departed pal as they stand beside the newly laid grave of Patty Rose.

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Kit stared at the clippings and stared. After a long time she pawed them back into the envelope, her paw unsteady and damp with fear. The second, fatter envelope was filled with glossy photographs, real professional portraits that made Kit catch her breath. Glossy magazine stories, too, with big colored pictures. Every photograph and every magazine picture was of Patty Rose when the famous actress was young and very beautiful indeed, her blue eyes huge, her short blond hair curling around her face.

She wondered if the bigger house, in front, was any cleaner. What a strange, forlorn place to find in this village, where most of the cottages were pampered and painted and their gardens lovingly tended. Maybe Lucinda was right, maybe some folks didn’t want to do a thing to their property—just wait, and sell at inflated prices. Make a killing and move on. Strange, Kit thought, how some humans loved beauty and tried to make things nice, while others clung to ugliness. She’d learned a lot since she left the band of ferals.

The movie crowd that had enjoyed Patty’s films was just dispersing. Had there been no announcement, then, of Patty’s terrible murder? Maybe not. The cops had had enough trouble keeping people out of the inn’s patio and away from the crime scene. 38 Shirley Rousseau Murphy Maybe they’d encouraged the theater personnel to say nothing, to simply continue with the filmed interviews that followed the movie. The programs were sometimes quite long. That was why Lucinda and Pedric had skipped this one after four nights’ running.

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