Thumper’s the name. We just got to Grandmother’s Texas ranch and I met this babe…a cream tabby vixen with eyes the color of mustard and stripes the color of marigolds. Yowza! It was love at first sight. We were hanging out by the river together and overheard Grandmother’s lawyer and the stable master plotting murder. They were upset to learn that she plans to change her beneficiary from the Children’s program he sponsors to either my person, Kimberlee, or her cousin, Dorian. Worse yet, he intends to frame one of them for the murder!
Well, let me tell you, it was enough to twitch the whiskers off a striped skunk! Noe-Noe and I vowed to keep the old gal safe, even though Grandmother’s reason for bringing the family together isn’t what it was all cracked up to be. Well, no matter, we’ll protect the old lady, even if we don’t like her very much. She is family after all, and isn’t that a cat’s duty?
This vacation was supposed to be a fun family reunion, but it’s turned into a series of cat-astrophies that shouldn’t happen to a dog. Speaking of a dog, Dorian brought her dog to Texas too, and good thing she did. He was with Kimberlee out on the desert when she almost stepped on a rattlesnake. Yikes! Good thing I wasn’t with her. I’d rather face a killer any day of the week. A rattlesnake? … not so much.
With the aid or my ancestor’s memories, I could clue you into some of the mysteries around here. There’s the stable master, for instance. Could he really be someone involved with a cold case murder? And what about Grandmother’s sinister plot regarding Kimberlee’s little girl?
I can’t wait to go home to Fern Lake. Only thing is, I’ll have to say good-by to Noe-Noe. Sigh. There is that.
You can read more about the adventures with Thumper in Black Cat and the Lethal Lawyer, the second book in the “Black Cat” mystery series, published by Elk Grove Publications. The first book in the series is Black Cat’s Legacy.
Meet the author
Elaine Faber lives in Northern California with four cats, and her husband. She is a member of Sisters in Crime, California Cat Writers, and Inspire Christian Writers, where she works as the club librarian and an editor for their annual anthology. She volunteers with the American Cancer Society Discover Shop and with the Elk Grove Friends of the Library. She enjoys speaking in retirement homes and on author panels, sharing highlights of her novels. Her short stories have appeared in national magazines and multiple anthologies.
Black Cat’s Legacy is a tale of intrigue and murder. With the aid of his ancestors’ memories, Thumper helps pursue a cold case murder.
Black Cat and the Lethal Lawyer takes Thumper’s family to a horse ranch near the Mexico border where they confront wild horses, embezzling, false identities and attempted murder.