A Day in the Life with Sabrina Tate by Kay Finch

Black Cat Knocks on WoodI’ve always loved visiting the Texas Hill Country where my Aunt Rowe owns Around-the-World rental cottages. When I decided to take the plunge and leave my paralegal job in Houston to write mystery fiction full-time, she encouraged me to come and live in her Monte Carlo cottage. After all, she has eleven other cottages named after foreign cities to rent to vacationers, and she insisted she could spare one for as long as I choose to live there.

My cottage is situated in the perfect setting for a creative mind with the gurgling of the Glidden River right outside the window. Things were even more perfect once Hitchcock, my black cat, showed up on my window sill, then stayed to live with me full-time. At first it seemed like everyone in town called him the Bad Luck Cat. Some actually believed he would cause them bad luck, so I spent a lot of time convincing people there is definitely no truth to that crazy superstition. Hitchcock does require some watching, though, because he’s bound to look for trouble – or at least point out trouble to me – every chance he gets.

Speaking of trouble, Aunt Rowe is more of a challenge to keep an eye on than the cat. She and her gal pals have decided to participate in the Lavender Senior Pro Rodeo, which I say is for former professional rodeo performers who are now seniors – not for seniors who think performing in the rodeo would be a hoot. Aunt Rowe isn’t the type to listen to reason or to worry that she or one of her friends might break their neck. They’ve signed up for goat tying, of all things. I can barely tolerate the thought of cruel animal treatment at rodeos, much less be acquainted with people who take part in the activities, but once Aunt Rowe makes up her mind about something there’s no stopping her.

Pearl Hogan, one of Aunt Rowe’s friends and owner of the candy store Sweet Stop, is distracted big time from practicing for the rodeo when she finds local realtor Crystal Devlin dead. The two women had a beef over the sale of some property, and Crystal has been on Pearl’s black list. When Pearl found the dead woman I had no idea she called me first instead of nine-one-one. I mean, who does that? Pearl claimed I needed to know first that she saw a black cat run through the building where the body was found.

Yes, I can appreciate the fact that Pearl was trying to save Hitchcock’s reputation. No, I don’t want to get involved in solving Crystal’s murder. I need to keep Aunt Rowe safe from the unsavory rodeo cowboys who give me the willies. Even the clown – he may be handsome, but I don’t find him one bit funny. I’m on a mission to finish editing my book since my agent passed on a potential publisher’s critique with suggestions for rewrites. This is a huge step toward finally becoming a published author. The bottom line, though, is I can’t manage to keep my nose out of a mystery to save my life. That’s where Hitchcock comes in – he watches my back as much as I watch his, and I will proclaim far and wide that he’s my good luck cat.


The Black Cat Knocks on Wood is the second book in the Bad Luck Cat mystery series, published by Berkley Prime Crime, June 2016.

The author of Black Cat Crossing is back as mystery novelist Sabrina Tate and her cat Hitchcock find themselves roped into another dangerous murder case. . .

Sabrina finds it difficult to work on her latest suspense novel when her Aunt Rowe’s antics keep tying up her thoughts. This time Rowe and her fun-loving friends have decided to compete in the upcoming Texas Hill Country Senior Pro Rodeo. The problem is these women have little to no experience with lassos, bulls, or even horseback riding.

Before Sabrina can keep the stubborn seniors from mounting their steeds, she’s sidetracked by a bigger problem. An uppity local business owner is found dead in an accident—right after a black cat was seen in her office. While the townsfolk think the bad luck cat has struck again, Sabrina suspects there might be something more murderous afoot. With a twisted killer on the loose, she’ll have to round up clues quickly before she or her aunt are steered straight into the path of danger. . .

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About the author
Kay Finch grew up on a Pennsylvania farm, but she moved to Texas and discovered her favorite vacation spot, the Texas Hill Country. Kay is the author of the Bad Luck Cat Mysteries, including Black Cat Crossing and The Black Cat Knocks on Wood. She’s a member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and the State Bar of Texas Paralegal Division. Kay lives with her husband, a rescue cat, and two wild and crazy rescue dogs in a Houston suburb. Visit the author at kayfinch.com.
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Giveaway: Leave a comment below for your chance to win a black cat journal. US entries only, please. The giveaway will end June 9, 2016 at 12 AM EST. Good luck everyone!

All comments are welcomed.

36 responses to “A Day in the Life with Sabrina Tate by Kay Finch

  1. Becky Wilhoite

    So many great cozies!!

  2. Rosemary Pfeiffer

    Great,would love to read more.thanks for the chance.

  3. Lexis Reed

    My best friend of 19 years was a gorgeous black cat named Feathers. She just died last year. This would be so appreciated for journaling about her. Thanks for the chance

  4. I love cozies with cats in them! Hope I win!
    JenniferAnne74 @ aol.com

  5. I can’t wait to get this book. Thank you for the chance to win the journal as we are cat lovers here as well as I collect journals.

  6. Donna Gantt

    Since I live in the Hill country, I enjoy books in this setting. Thanks for a chance to enter.

  7. Sounds like another great book.

  8. Jacki Robertson

    We live in the Hill Country area and have a black cat (“Blackstone”), so a Black Cat Journal would go perfectly. Read Kay’s first book in the series and loved it.

    • Thanks, Jacki. Hope you’re staying dry in the Hill Country. We sure aren’t, living near the Brazos River outside of Houston.

  9. I love cats and Texas, so this sounds perfect. Thanks for the chance to win.

  10. I have a black kitty named Merlin who loves to snuggle with me while I read. Would love to win this book! Thank you for the opportunity!

    • Oh my goodness – the 3rd Bad Luck Cat mystery (I’m writing now) has a black kitty named Merlin in it.

  11. Peggy Hyndman

    What a wonderful prize! Thank you for introducing me to Kay Finch’s books … they sound great. Thank you for this chance.

  12. I had a black cat named Ebony who had a great personality. I’ve never been to a rodeo, so this will be an interesting read.

  13. I presently have a black cat who has Siamese in his bloodline. His name is Romeo Luigi and he is such a lover. I would be lost without his vocalization to keep me company. robeader53@yahoo.com

  14. Barbara Hackel

    Sounds like a fun mystery series. Thanks Dru for the introduction! I have both books on my list now. 🙂

  15. Mary Jane H.

    Sounds like a great book. I love black cats and my interest is peaked.

  16. Thanks for this lovely feature and great giveaway. So special and perfect.

  17. elainehroberson

    My black cat and I would love to win a copy of your book. Thanks for the giveaway.

  18. wendynewcomb

    We had a black cat once except for a small white heart on her leg, we called her Valentine!

    wfnren at aol dot com

  19. Doward Wilson

    Great review! Loved the first book & can’t wait to read this one.

  20. Beverly Guy

    Oh how I would love, love, love to win the adorable black cat journal!!!! I absolutely adore all of Kay Finch’s awesome books! I love, love, love Hitchcock and the awesome stories he is involved in! I have a beautiful black cat of my own and have had many black cats in my life….they are such sweet, precious kitties! I am so excited and can’t wait to read this new book of Kay’s! Thanks so much dear Dru for the awesome review….it makes me that much more excited to read it!!! And thanks to you too dear Kay Finch for writing another book in this series….I just know it will be super duper awesome!!!! God bless you both!!!!!

  21. Celia Fowler

    That journal is so CUTE! Thanks for the giveaway and your Day in the Life post!

  22. Can ‘t wait to add this series to my “must read” list. As a cat rescuer and a lover of black and black and white cats in addition to loving cozy mysteries, it sounds like a purrfect series for me.

  23. I grew up in the Midwest and lived in Dallas for a few years. When I visited the hill country I fell in love too.
    Your book sounds fascinating. Definitely on my TBR list.

  24. Great review. I can’t wait to read “The Black Cat Knocks on Wood”. I love cats, they are such wonderful companions. The journal reminds me of my sister’s black cat, Johnnie. She also had a black dog, Frankie at the time. They were a great pair.

  25. What a lovely gift to remind me of this terrific series!

  26. Vicki Highley

    What a cute giveaway. Also, what a awesome sounding book and series. Definitely a book and series for my TBR list.

  27. Linda Herold

    Thanks so much for offering this!! I love black cats!

  28. Janet Senk

    The black cat journal is just darling, and I want to win it badly. Thanks.

  29. I read book one and throroughly enjoyed it.

  30. Lynne Moody

    Sounds like a awesome book ! 🙂 Love a the pictures of the cats 💟 Thank you for a chance to win 👍👍

  31. Looks like a great read. On my TBR. The black cat on the journal so looks my little lady that died last year. Thanks for the chance to get the journal

  32. Needing a new journal…thanks for the chance!!

  33. Lillian Ellinger

    Keep the good books coming. I have three cats so love any cozies that involve those creatures. Love the books.