Cat Raise the Dead by Shirley Rousseau Murphy

By Shirley Rousseau Murphy

Joe gray cannot think his human housemate Clyde may even examine volunteering him for the Animal remedy software on the neighborhood nursing domestic, simply while Joe used to be at the verge of fixing the string of burglaries that has Molena element citizens shaking of their collective boots. however it seems it truly is Dulcie, Joe's lovely little cat-friend, who got here up with the assumption of subjecting Joe to the cooing attentions of a host of doddering previous coots. Dulcie believes there is extra occurring on the previous parents' domestic than the care and feeding of lonely seniors. and he or she wishes Joe's assist in attending to the ground of a conspiracy ... and a truly suspicious set of deaths.

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It raked her with its hind claws, slashing at her belly. She bit deeper, opening its throat. It jerked and stopped struggling and was still, limp and warm, the life draining from it. She carried the rabbit back to Joe, and they bent together over the kill. He did not mention her daydreaming inattention. He scarfed his share of the carcass, rending and tearing, flinging the fur away, crunching bone. “Someday,” she said, “you’re going to choke yourself, gorging. ” “So call 911. ” He gave her an annoyed male look, and ripped fur and flesh from the bones.

From the kitchen, he could hear Rube pacing and whining, already missing Barney. The black Lab hadn’t been parted from the golden since they were pups. Joe listened to him moaning and fussing, then, unable to stand the old Lab’s distress, he leaped down. Pushing open the kitchen door, he invited the big Lab through the living room and up onto his private chair, onto his beautifully frayed, cat hair-covered personal domain. He never shared this chair, not with any cat or dog, never with a human—no one was allowed near it—but now he encouraged old Rube to climb rheumatically up.

Though she was stirred by other emotions, too. Just as the antics of a brazen jay were amusing yet made her lust to kill the creature, so the cat burglar’s brash nerve, while it entertained her, made her long to track and pounce. Dulcie’s own sharp, predatory lusts were as nothing compared to Joe’s interest. He’d been on the trail of the cat burglar for weeks—he was fascinated by the woman, and with typical tomcat ego he was enraged by a burglar who used a cat as her alibi. Dulcie rolled over in a shaft of moonlight and batted at a moth that had gotten trapped in the room.

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