The Furious Cat, by Susan Thibadeau
An eye-catching illustration greets the reader. Part of the appeal of this story is the recurring appearance of Marlowe, a cat. I'm a sucker for stories with cats. What makes the story even more fun is that Marlowe is a horrible cat, ready to attack for no apparent reason. Marlowe has recently lost his human companion, and is left to Mrs. Griffin, housekeeper to Jake and his brother Harry. The men decide they must solve the suspicious death of Marlowe's owner when the police turn their focus to Mrs. Griffin as a suspect with more than a cat to gain.
As we approach the winter solstice, the days growing shorter and the nights longer, it can be a struggle to stay awake in the early evenings. The dark just makes me want to go to sleep. One benefit is feeling no guilt about curling up with a good fiction read.
Here's another link (see previous post for more) to free short fiction. Kings River Life is a great source for mystery book reviews and short stories. Happy reading!