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Cat Café (Crazy Cat Lady Cozy Mystery Series)
by Mollie Hunt
About the Book
A body is discovered on the floor of the cat café, and all the black cats are missing!
Sixty-something cat shelter volunteer Lynley Cannon always finds more trouble than a cat in catnip, but this time it’s not about her. Someone is targeting very senior citizens, and when Bea Landrew, elderly owner of the Blue Cat café turns up dead, Lynley’s mom Carol could be next.
Handsome Detective Devon is looking for a link between the victims when he makes a different sort of connection— with Lynley! It’s been a long time since the cat lady had romance in her life, but while her mom is in danger, the case comes first.
It appears the cat café will go the way of its deceased owner, but Bea’s grandson, a slick Miami businessman, steps in at the last minute. Arthur is not a cat person so why would he bother? Romeo, the big Russian Blue, senses ulterior motives, but who will listen to a cat?
A black cat rescue, an antique photograph, an elaborate payback. Is this killer seeking justice or vengeance? With death as the objective, the results are the same.
Character Guest Post
Character Guest Post, with Tinkerbelle, Registered Therapy Cat, Retired
That’s right, kittens. I was a working cat.
My name is Tinkerbelle, and for four years of my life, my human partner and I visited hospice patients and assisted living homes to bring a little furry joy to those who otherwise would have none. I had to train and take a test to be able to go visit these people. It wasn’t hard, since I just had to be my normal, floofy self— calm and friendly.
That doesn’t mean being a therapy cat is easy. I was required to take a bath and have my teeth cleaned, then go somewhere in a carrier where I often encountered new and strange situations. I could never be sure what I would run into: noise, loud people, wheel chairs and walkers, and sometimes even dogs! But I’m cool. I can handle all that, at least when I’m getting pets and loves.
It wasn’t all about me, however. Hospice is when a doctor is pretty sure a person is about to cross Beyond, so for them, my visits were very special. Assisted living places are homes where humans go when they get old and can’t do all the things they used to. Some of those places don’t allow their residents to have a cat, so my visits were special there too. I liked the feeling of calm that came over the humans when they stroked my fur and listened to my purring. Petting a cat can lower blood pressure in humans, and the frequency of our purr helps promote healing and even knit bone!
I was an older cat when I came into my calling, ten in human years. Before that, I’d been a street stray for a very long time. Then one day I was taken to a shelter and then into foster because I was very sick. Before I knew it, I’d recovered and had a new home with my foster human who knew even then that I would be wonderful at AAI cat. (Animal-assisted Interactions) I loved my work, but as I grew older, it became too much for me. I preferred to stay home and nap in the sun, so I decided to retire. Little did I know I was about to embark on a whole new career, that of a vital character in mystery books!
My human, whose name is Mollie Hunt, happens to be a writer who loves to write stories about cats. She brought me into her Crazy Cat Lady cozy mystery series (www.amazon.com/author/molliehunt) in book 3, Cat’s Paw (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01M9B6LNH), where I made my debut as, of course, me! I played my role in the subsequent volumes, Cat Call (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075TWM88Q) and Cat Café (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07HKQ4TKT) as well, and plan on being in many more. Mollie has lots of ideas for her sixty-something cat shelter volunteer hero Lynley Cannon and her clowder of cats, so I predict I will be involved in both story and writing, since I am especially good at warming the keyboard.
So, kittens, it just goes to show you never know where life will take you. One day a stray; the next, a therapy cat; and the one after that, a beloved character in a book series. What the future holds for me now, I can’t begin to guess.
Tink served for four years as a registered Pet Partner Therapy Cat, visiting assisted living facilities and hospice patients. Tink is now retired and living the quiet life. Check out her Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/TinkerbelleTheTherapyCat/
About Mollie Hunt: Native Oregonian Mollie Hunt has always had an affinity for cats, so it was a short step for her to become a cat writer. Mollie is the author of THE CRAZY CAT LADY COZY MYSTERY SERIES, featuring Portland native Lynley Cannon, a sixty-something cat shelter volunteer who finds more trouble than a cat in catnip. The 3rd in the series, CAT’S PAW, was a finalist for the 2016 Mystery & Mayhem Book Award. Mollie also published a non-cat mystery, PLACID RIVER RUNS DEEP, which delves into murder, obsession, and the challenge of chronic illness in bucolic southwest Washington. Two of her short cat stories have been published in anthologies, one of which, THE DREAM SPINNER, won the prestigious CWA Muse Medallion this year.
Mollie is a member of the Oregon Writers’ Colony, Sisters in Crime, Willamette Writers, the Cat Writers’ Association, and NIWA. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and a varying number of cats. Like Lynley, she is a grateful shelter volunteer.
About the Author
Native Oregonian Mollie Hunt has always had an affinity for cats, so it was a short step for her to become a cat writer. Mollie is the author of the Crazy Cat Lady cozy mystery series, including Cats’ Eyes, Copy Cats, Cat’s Paw, Cat Call, and Cat Café. The series features Portland native Lynley Cannon, a sixty-something cat shelter volunteer who finds more trouble than a cat in catnip. Mollie also published a non-cat mystery, Placid River Runs Deep, which delves into murder, obsession, and the challenge of chronic illness in bucolic southwest Washington. Two of her short cat stories have been published in anthologies, one of which, The Dream Spinner, won the prestigious CWA Muse Medallion this year.
Mollie is a member of the Oregon Writers’ Colony, Sisters in Crime, Willamette Writers, the Cat Writers’ Association, and the Northwest Independent Writers Association. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and a varying number of cats. Like Lynley, she is a grateful shelter volunteer.
Blog Site: www.lecatts.wordpress.com
Facebook Author Page: www.facebook.com/MollieHuntCatWriter/
Amazon Page: www.amazon.com/author/molliehunt
Smashwords Page: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/CatWriter
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