By Shirley Rousseau Murphy
The gorgeous, 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 megastar Patty Rose to shop for the village resort, and quiet down to get pleasure from her golden years. yet because the city gathers to have a good time and honor the attractive, getting older actress with a pageant of her outdated motion pictures, Patty is brutally murdered––to the horror and surprise of this peaceable burg. a steady tortoiseshell cat, package, has been having fun with a retreat to the animal–loving actress's hotel, the place she's spending time together with her pussycat neighbors Dulcie, and the slick tomcat sleuth, Joe gray. yet her rest is reduce brief whilst she hears the gunshots that finish Patty's lifestyles, 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 maintain her from entering into critical difficulty. 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 way of a similar guy who killed their well-known buddy. in spite of everything, the little girl's abduction leads them to Patty's killer, and the pussycat pals are all united––but all of them needs to mourn a departed good friend as they stand beside the newly laid grave of Patty Rose.
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And why not? She had the evidence, amazing and valuable evidence. If Lucinda came now, if Lucinda could let her out now . . But how could she, if the door was locked, if the windows were locked? Snatching the two envelopes in her teeth, she dragged them just to the concealing edge of the crooked bedspread. Heavy to drag, they would be cumbersome indeed to carry. Once, she had helped Joe Grey carry a similar brown envelope for blocks across the village. Such a big, bulging package that it 50 Shirley Rousseau Murphy had taken the two of them together to pull it all the way to Joe’s house and inside, and get it up the stairs.
Well, she guessed she was homeless now, too. Or in a kind of prison. Except, Mama would say, This isn’t a prison, you’re here by your own choosing, Lori. You can leave when you want, no one is making you stay here. But where would she go? Mama wouldn’t tell her to go back to Pa; Mama hadn’t stayed, had she? But Mama wasn’t here to tell her where to go, where to hide. Well, she was done with the welfare people and the foster homes. The other kids said the homes were out for blood, took in kids just to make money.
Trotting up the short drive, they slowly circled the block-long building, then padded in beneath the yel- Cat Cross Their Graves 31 low crime-scene tape, where the wrought-iron gate stood open. The gate did not smell of the kit, nothing smelled of the kit, all was a mishmash of too many human scents. Stopping among the patio ﬂowers, they stared up at the Greenlaws’ windows. The kit was not looking out; they saw no ﬁgure, no movement within. The one light was burning, as before. The patio was silent except for the faintest murmer of voices from the tearoom and dining room, and the soft crackle of a police radio turned low.
Cat Cross Their Graves by Shirley Rousseau Murphy