Saturday, October 27, 2018

Exclusive Sneak Peek: Feral Attraction by Eileen Watkins + Giveaway (US/Can)

Feral Attraction (A Cat Groomer Mystery #3)
Eileen Watkins
from Kensington Books

Cat groomer Cassie McGlone tails a killer gone wild over feral felines...

Cassie's good friend Dawn is part of an organization that's trying to protect a colony of stray cats on the property of a condo community in Chadwick, New Jersey. The residents have got their backs up over the cat invasion, and Dawn has come to Cassie's grooming and boarding shop, Cassie's Comfy Cats, to ask her help in talking sense to them.

Not everyone's against the cats. Eccentric Sabrina Ward feeds them and has even created makeshift shelters for them in the nearby woods, infuriating her neighbors. Following a heated community meeting—in which Cassie and Dawn come up with a proposal—Sabrina's body is found in the woods. The police are calling her death an accident, but Cassie smells a rat. Narrowing down the list of suspects may be tougher than herding cats, but Cassie is determined to collar the killer before another cat lover has a fatal accident.


Leaning on the kitchen table, Dawn buried one hand in her thick, wavy hair. “Sabrina didn’t deserve to die like that. Alone, in the dark, in the snow. Like some old bag lady.”

The pain in my friend’s voice wrenched my heart. “Bonelli actually thought she’d strangled on her scarf?” I knew the police detective was pretty sharp, and didn’t usually jump to conclusions about the cause of a death.

Dawn’s amber-brown eyes blazed as they met mine. “It looked that way, but I think it was made to look that way. The end of the scarf was wrapped around a low branch a couple of times. How does that happen by accident?”

“The wind—?” I suggested, weakly. She brushed away that theory with a sweep of her hand. “Cassie, you heard those residents at the board meeting talk about Sabrina. A few of them absolutely hated her. Hell, Mike Lawler even said somebody ought to ‘euthanize’ her!”

“Now, Dawn.” I began to wonder if she should have stuck to herbal tea, after all. “That doesn’t mean...”

“Somebody did try to poison the cats. That’s a fact. I think maybe one of those folks got riled up after the meeting and decided the only way to get rid of the ferals was to get rid of Sabrina.”

It might be a stretch, but I’d learned over the past year that sometimes murderous conflicts could simmer beneath the surface of our seemingly peaceful and picturesque little town. “I sincerely hope that didn’t happen. If it did, though, Angela Bonelli will get to the bottom of it. She’s very good at her job.”

“Maybe. A couple of times, she’s gotten some major help from you.” Dawn gazed across out my kitchen window, where nearby street light illuminated the falling snow, but her focus had turned inward. “Do you know, when I found Sabrina’s body, that black cat was sitting on a rock just a couple of yards away? The one she called Omen. He ran off right after I came. It was like he’d been standing guard over her.”

Giveaway!


Books à la Mode is giving away one print copy of Feral Attraction—yay!

To enter, all you have to do is tell me in the comments below:
What is your favorite cat breed?
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Maine coons are sooo cute! I also love Siamese cats with rounder faces like this:
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