When professional cat-sitter Alice is asked to board a cat for $2500, she just can’t pass up the opportunity. She is shocked, however, when upon arrival her client is murdered in front of her and the cat in question turns out to be a toy.
When the hated owner of Empty Creek’s minor league baseball team is murdered, Penelope Warren and her cat, Big Mike, try to find the killer.
17 short stories featuring cats by some of the great writers of mystery:
Ginger's Waterloo / Peter Lovesey -- Bedeviled: A Nameless detective story / Bill Pronzini -- A Weekend at Lookout Lodge / Joan E. Hess -- Tea and 'biscuit / Jon L. Breen -- Horation ruminates / Dorothy B. Hughes -- Scat / Barbara Paul -- Blindsided / William J. Reynolds -- The Last temptation of Tony the C. / Christopher Fahy -- Buster / Bill Crider -- Catnap / David H. Everson -- Last kiss / Douglas Borton -- Little cat feet / Les Roberts -- Finicky / John Lutz -- The Duel / J. A. Jance -- Archimedes and the doughnuts / Gene DeWeese and Barbara Paul -- The Lower wacker Hilton / Barbara D-Amato -- A Proper burial / Barbara Collins
Cats travel to the nation’s capital in these 19 mystery short stories:
The president's cat is missing / John Lutz -- Sax and the single cat / Carole Nelson Douglas -- That damn cat / Barbara Collins -- Close, but no cigar / Barbara Paul -- Rachel and the bookstore cat / Jon L. Breen -- A capital cat crime / Richard Chizmar -- The black hawthorn / Carolyn Wheat -- Catcage / Max Allan Collins -- Photo opportunity / Larry Segriff -- A tast for the good life / Dan Brauner -- The cat's-paw affair / Gary Braunbeck -- Cat and the canary / William J. Reynolds -- Enduring as dust / Bruce Holland Rogers -- Code red: Terror on the mall! / Bill Crider -- Indiscreet / Wendi Lee -- Dumb animals / Petet Crowther -- Talk shows just kill me / Billie Sue Mosiman -- Freedom of the press / Barbara D'Amato -- Strays / Kristine Kathryn Rusch
The first appearance in hardcover of the first installment of the author's ever-popular series features the unusual detective team of award-winning reporter Jim Qwilleran and Koko, his brilliant Siamese cat, who penetrate the world of modern art to solve a mystery.
"Curiosity just might be the death of Mrs. Murphy--and her human companion, Mary Minor "Harry" Haristeen. Small towns are like families. Everyone lives very close together. . .and everyone keeps secrets. Crozet, Virginia, is a typical small town--until its secrets explode into murder. Crozet's thirty-something post-mistress, Mary Minor "Harry" Haristeen, has a tiger cat (Mrs. Murphy) and a Welsh Corgi (Tucker), a pending divorce, and a bad habit of reading postcards not addressed to her.
"When Crozet's citizens start turning up murdered, Harry remembers that each received a card with a tombstone on the front and the message 'Wish you were here' on the back. Intent on protecting their human friend, Mrs. Murphy and Tucker begin to scent out clues. Meanwhile, Harry is conducting her own investigation, unaware her pets are one step ahead of her. If only Mrs. Murphy could alert her somehow, Harry could uncover the culprit before the murder occurs--and before Harry finds herself on the killer's mailing list."