Cat Cross Their Graves by Shirley Rousseau Murphy

By Shirley Rousseau Murphy

The attractive, serene village of Molena element, California is the kind of position the place humans visit break out from the harsher realities of life––which is what attracted vintage movie superstar Patty Rose to shop for the village hotel, and quiet down to take pleasure in her golden years. yet because the city gathers to rejoice and honor the attractive, getting older actress with a pageant of her previous motion pictures, Patty is brutally murdered––to the horror and surprise of this peaceable burg. a steady tortoiseshell cat, equipment, has been having fun with a retreat to the animal–loving actress's resort, the place she's spending time together with her tom cat associates Dulcie, and the slick tomcat sleuth, Joe gray. yet her leisure is reduce brief whilst she hears the gunshots that finish Patty's lifestyles, and sees her lifeless 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 retain her from stepping into critical hassle. To complicate concerns, Joe discovers that Dulcie has been hiding a runaway child––one of the fortunate people that those detailed cats decide to speak to––who has now been abducted, most probably by means of a similar guy who killed their recognized pal. in any case, the little girl's abduction leads them to Patty's killer, and the pussycat associates 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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Gripping them in her teeth, she pulled them off the table, dropping down with them, dragging them under the bed through a haze of dust to the back wall. Crouching, she clawed the flaps open as neatly as she could, which wasn’t very neat at all. When she shoved her nose in, her nostrils tickled with the smell of old newspapers. Slipping her paw inside, she was more careful now as she pulled out the contents and spread it in the dust. There were three yellowed newspaper photographs, fuzzy and unclear, and a tangle of newspaper clippings.

He wore scuffed tennis shoes but no socks. His short, dark hair was uncombed. His tanned jaw was darkened by a day’s growth of shadowy whiskers, and set with a cop’s controlled anger at this death of a good friend. As he stood above the body, Garza’s dark, solemn eyes searched every inch of the stairwell as he decided where to shoot, making sure he missed nothing. Some of his close-ups were made more difficult by the steep flight of steps, some were assisted by the dropping angles. When he had shot a roll of film, he began to set up additional lights to eliminate shadows, to do it all again.

A wooden table next to the sink was piled with cardboard boxes. There was no closet. Next to the bed, five big nails had been driven into the wall. Some limp shirts and a tan windbreaker hung from these. 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.

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