By Shirley Rousseau Murphy
Love—and murder—is within the air. . . . It took Joe Grey's human, Clyde, approximately endlessly 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 friends, threaten to destroy the chuffed union. First, a physique chanced on many miles away reopens a ten-year-old chilly case regarding a guy who disappeared days sooner than his personal marriage ceremony. The jilted bride is again on the town and desirous 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 in the direction of domestic at the grounds of a ruined property, abandoned keep for a band of surprising feral cats. round the wrist of the corpse is a bracelet bearing identical to a rearing cat, and the cats find a infrequent literary quantity hidden within reach that divulges their very own mystery: their particular skill to talk. yet because the police examine the 2 murders, positioned greater than miles aside, basically 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, tom cat conception and cop feel mix to convey a killer to justice during this pleasant new story concerning Shirley Rousseau Murphy's 3 impressive cats.
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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.
Natalie can’t hear us,” he said softly. ” There was a short argument among the cats over who would go ﬁrst. “I will, of course,” Joe said boldly, drawing himself up, his ears sharp, his muscled shoulders gleaming, all macho tomcat and not a sign of fear. Firetti nodded with approval. “You’re bigger and stronger, Joe. ” Kit looked smug, and lashed her ﬂuffy tail. “The blood of two cats should be sufﬁcient, unless there are complications,” Firetti said. “I’d like Dulcie to stay as a backup—like you to stay the night, Dulcie, to be here when Sage comes out of the anesthetic.
Willow looked up at Charlie, her green eyes ﬂashing with challenge. For a moment their gazes held again, transcending their difference in species; it was a moment that seemed beyond time, where species were no longer separated, where each knew the other intimately; it was an exchange that thrilled Charlie. “Stone Eye is dead,” Willow told her. Charlie looked at her, startled. “Last night, Stone Eye’s warriors slipped into the ruins, stealthy and swift. Stone Eye wasn’t with them, not in the ﬁrst wave.