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Caturday Reads: This black cat means good luck for readers

The Black Cat Knocks on Wood

A Bad Luck Cat Mystery

by Kay Finch

Berkley Publishing Group


Mystery & Thrillers

Pub Date 07 Jun 2016


Readers are always lucky when Hitchcock strolls into town - after all it means a great mystery with a stunning and mischievous cat at its heart. The second Bad Luck Cat mystery is easily as entertaining as the first, establishing Kay Finch as a solid contributor to the pet mystery subgenre. Not only does Kay Finch present readers with a complex mystery with a wide assortment of suspects and motives, she gives us a winning pair of amateur detectives - Sabrina Tate and her cat Hitchcock. Not only do they have to solve a mystery where the main suspect won't act in her own best interest, they have to keep an eye on Aunt Rowe who is always up to something reckless and potentially dangerous. In this instance, Aunt Rowe and her friends plan to take part in the Senior Pro Rodeo, despite the absence of skills and experience.

In The Black Cat Knocks on Wood, Aunt Rowe's friend Pearl asks to borrow Hitchcock as she wants a local realtor to suffer. Pearl was looking forward to purchasing the adjacent store space when Crystal suddenly claimed that there was no contract made. Things look bad for Pearl when she discovers Crystal's body minutes after her death. Naturally Pearl begs Sabrina to help clear her name, a difficult task when the suspect is as uncooperative as Pearl. The arrival of Sabrina's crotchety old boss is icing on the cake.

Suspense, danger, a scene stealing cat and just a bit of humor and romance make for a delightful read. I loved The Black Cat Knocks on Wood and eagerly await the next installment in the series.


I received a copy of The Bad Luck Cat Knocks on Wood from the publisher and in exchange for an honest review.



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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