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Mandy and her best friend James are used to dealing with animals in distress. But ghostly animals in distress are a different matter... Mandy is haunted by dreams of a mysterious cat.
Available Digitally for the First Time This Christmas, Alice Nestleton will discover that cat-sitting can be murder... Off-Off Broadway actress-turned-sleuth Alice Nestleton is just crazy about cats, particularly her Maine coon cat Bushy and zany alleycat Pancho. Now she's hoping for a merry little Christmas peacefully cat-sitting at a sprawling Long Island estate, where she expects to be greeted by eight howling Himalayans. Instead, she finds herself face to bloody face with a grisly corpse. Alice has unwittingly stepped into a deadly conspiracy of high-stakes horse racing, sinister seduction, and missing cash. She knows she'd better count on her cat's clever instincts and nine lives, since her own curiosity has landed her just a whisker away from death... Get your paws on A Cat Tells Two Tales, available October 2012 in trade paperback from Obsidian.
Available Digitally for the First Time Murder takes a bow at the ballet, and cat-sitting sleuth Alice Nestleton pirouettes into danger... An actress led into a life of crime (sleuthing, that is) and cat-sitting, Alice Nestleton has returned to the theater--dozing in a box seat through a Lincoln Center production of The Nutcracker. She's happily imagining her Main Coon cat, Bushy, and all-American alley cat, Pancho, doing the dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy when her reverie is interrupted by some off-stage excitement--the discovery of former ballet great Peter Dobrynin dressed like a derelict and dead as a doornail. And when the murder is pinned on her close friend, Lucia, Alice starts snooping for clues among New York's homeless to find the real killer. From flop houses to the elegant salons of wealthy art patrons, Alice is drawn into a dark, dangerous dance of deception...until a mysterious cat drags in the shocking solution to this pas de deux with death. Curl up with A Cat Tells Two Tales, available October 2012 in trade paperback from Obsidian.
Chloe never quite believed her friends' stories about the "Cat Lady". But when a dare goes horribly wrong, she finds out that the truth is more terrifying than anyone had ever imagined... Plus, two more terrible tales. Think happy thoughts. You've entered a scary place. Welcome to "The Midnight Library".
In Kiss of a Traitor, Wilhelmina Bellingham is an ardent Tory and has two goals in her young life--catching the rebel traitor General Francis Marion and avoiding marriage to the fool to whom she was promised when she was only a babe, a man she has never met. Her first goal is within reach, for Willa knows South Carolina's swamps as well as any rebel, shedding her betrothed, however, is another matter. When his half-brother is killed, Captain Brendan Ford, a spy with Marion's patriots, assumes his identity as Lord Montford--and fiancé to Wilhelmina Bellingham. As his deception begins to fall apart, he convinces Willa he is a double spy, and makes a fatal decision--to romance her, capture her loyalty, and prevent her from exposing him to her father. But while he is ensuring Willa's allegiance and love, she manages to steal his heart as well. In Starlight & Promises, during a voyage in 1891 to the uncharted isle in the Furneaux Islands near Tasmania, the sixth Earl of Stanbury discovers a saber-toothed tiger thought to have been extinct for more than 10,000 years--a find that will astonish the world and bring great acclaim if he is able to return to England. Learning of the earl's suspicious disappearance, Lady Samantha enlists the assistance of professor Christian Badia--a noted zoologist and tracker specializing in wild cats who, unbeknownst to Lady Samantha, has a dark past--to join her in a dangerous expedition to rescue her uncle. Despite knowing his notorious reputation as a recluse, Lady Samantha finds herself drawn into a world of physical passion with the enigmatic man she becomes convinced is her soul mate. When the professor embarks on his own treacherous assignment, Lady Samantha fears she may forever lose her newfound love. Unable to simply stand by, Lady Samantha launches her own investigation at great peril to herself.
As an acclaimed writer of both fiction and nonfiction, Gwen Cooper touches readers with heartwarming and often surprising insights into the bond between humans and their animal companions. Featuring Cooper's inspiring memoir, Homer's Odyssey, and her cat-narrated novel, Love Saves the Day, this eBook bundle is perfect for readers who've ever known unswerving feline devotion, fallen asleep with a purring kitten nestled in their arms, or wondered what their cat was really thinking. HOMER'S ODYSSEY A Fearless Feline Tale, or How I Learned About Love and Life with a Blind Wonder Cat "Touching . . . one not to miss."--USA Today The last thing Gwen Cooper wanted was another cat. She already had two, not to mention an underpaying job and a recently broken heart. Then Gwen's vet called with a story about a three-week-old eyeless kitten who'd been abandoned. It was love at first sight. Everyone warned that Homer would be an "underachiever," but the kitten nobody believed in quickly grew into a three-pound dynamo who scaled seven-foot bookcases, survived alone for days after 9/11 in an apartment near the World Trade Center, and even saved Gwen's life when he chased off a home intruder. By the time Gwen met the man she would marry, Homer had taught her the most valuable lesson of all: Love isn't something you see with your eyes. LOVE SAVES THE DAY A Novel "Prudence [is a] sassy but sensitive feline heroine."--Time When five-week-old Prudence meets a woman named Sarah in a deserted construction site on Manhattan's Lower East Side, she knows she's found the human she was meant to adopt. For three years their lives are filled with laughter, tuna, catnaps, music, and the unchanging routines Prudence craves. Then one day Sarah doesn't come home. When Sarah's estranged daughter and her husband arrive with boxes, Prudence knows that her life has changed forever. Poignant, insightful, and laugh-out-loud funny, Love Saves the Day is the story of a mother, a daughter, and the irrepressible feline who becomes the bridge between them. Prudence, a cat like no other, is sure to steal your heart. Praise for Gwen Cooper Homer's Odyssey "Moving, insightful, and often hilarious, Homer's Odyssey is about a blind cat with a spirit of epic proportions. Read and rejoice!"--Sy Montgomery, author of The Good Good Pig "Cooper is a genial writer with both a sense of humor and a gift for conveying the inner essence of an animal. . . . The indefatigable feline should be an inspiration to us all."--The Christian Science Monitor "A wonderful book for animal lovers."--Temple Grandin, author of Animals in Translation Love Saves the Day "[A] poignant tale . . . [Gwen Cooper] once again demonstrates her compassionate fluency in felinespeak and proves equally adept at conveying complex human emotions with flair and sensitivity."--Booklist "A reason to stand up and cheer . . . Once again Gwen Cooper shines her light on the territory that defines the human/animal bond."--Jackson Galaxy, star of My Cat from Hell and author of Cat Daddy "A charming story of love lost and found . . . Love Saves the Day eloquently explains why so many of us would do anything at all for our pets."--Barbara Delinsky, New York Times bestselling author of Escape
It is often said that cats find their owners. Bestselling authors Brad Steiger and Sherry Hansen Steiger turn their attention to amazing cats that have gone one step beyond and have brought actual miracles to their owner's lives. Whether saving an ailing diabetic from slipping into a coma, protecting a small child from a dangerous rattlesnake, or traveling more than 600 hundred miles to be reunited with their family, these mysterious and comforting creatures prove themselves to be nothing short of miraculous. The stories in this collection celebrate survival, courage, and unbelievable heroism.
[From the back cover:] "Miraculous stories that will set your heart purring ... In this remarkable collection of stories, bestselling authors Brad Steiger and Sherry Hansen Steiger (Dog Miracles, Christmas Miracles) turn their attention to amazing cats that experienced the miraculous. From tales of survival against all odds to stories of courage and heroism, Cat Miracles explores the magic every cat lover knows is a part of the mysterious and inspiring animal that shares our lives and claims our hearts. Meet some of the fascinating felines in this book: Bonnie, who attacked a gang of thieves--and won! Prissy, who saved her sleeping owner from a potentially deadly fire, Kitty, who survived a trip of seventy-five miles under the hood of an automobile, Ninja, who traveled on his own to his family's former home--850 miles away, and Heidi, who attacked a vicious pitbull--and protected her poodle pal! Sit back, snuggle up with your favorite feline on your lap, and read these amazing stories!"
Mummies are a fascinating legacy of ancient Egypt, probably the one that's most familiar today. But did you know that the Egyptians mummified animals as well as humans? Many different kinds of animal mummies have been discovered in Egypt, among them hundreds of thousands of cat mummies. Why did the Egyptians mummify so many cats? To answer this question, Cat Mummies describes the important part cats played in Egyptian religious belief and practice over thousands of ears. Meticulously researched text and illustrations offer a fresh look at everyday life in an ancient civilization, and at a remarkable chapter in the history of the domestic cat.
Available Digitally for the First Time. A mystery cat takes talented actress-turned-sleuth Alice Nestleton behind the scenes--for murder... Beautiful Off-Off Broadway actress-sleuth Alice Nestleton gasps as a sinister shadow looms at the top of her apartment house stairs. But it's only a moonstruck student from her acting class who comes bearing a gift--a gorgeous white Abyssinian-like cat. That is strange enough, but stranger still, just days later the young Lothario is killed in a Manhattan bar...and the exotic kitty is cat-napped! Alice's own two cats, the regal Bushy and the harum-scarum Pancho, have helped her catch criminals before. But the trap she devises to corner the perpetrator of the cat theft may entangle her instead in a dead actor's secrets and murderous drama--of love and revenge... Curl up with a copy of A Cat Tells Two Tales, available October 2012 in trade paperback from Obsidian.
New York City is terrorized by a serial killer, and only Ellery Queen can stop the panicIn the dog days of August, it is no surprise to see New Yorkers perspire. But this summer, a killer called the Cat gives the city a new reason to sweat. He selects his victims seemingly at random and strangles them, then escapes without leaving a clue. As the death toll climbs, and the press whips the public into horrified frenzy, Gotham teeters on the edge of anarchy. Ellery Queen, the brilliant amateur sleuth, has gone into retirement when the Cat begins to kill. As his father, a seasoned homicide detective, leads the investigation into the murder, Ellery tries to avoid getting involved. But as the body count rises, he can no longer resist the urge to hunt. The Queens are known for their curiosity--and everyone knows how curiosity can affect a cat.
Carole Nelson Douglas, award-winning author of the acclaimed Good Night, Mr. Holmes, captivated a host of new readers with Catnap, the first novel in an irresistible new mystery series featuring Midnight Louie -- a jet-black tomcat with an appetite for mystery and an attitude right out of Damon Runyon -- and his red-haired human companion Temple Barr, a publicist in the glittering Las Vegas media scene. Pussyfoot, the sequel to Catnap, was an even bigger success, and mystery fans have been eagerly awaiting the next volume in the series. Cat on a Blue Monday is well worth the wait. Someone is stalking prize-winning purebreds at the annual Las Vegas Cat Show, and Midnight Louie is off on the prowl again. As Louie, aided by a telepathic Birman cat named Karma, follows the scent of the killer, Temple is delving into the past of Matt Devine, the handsome young hotline counselor who's captured her heart. Soon Louie and Temple find themselves up to their tails in blackmail, extortion, and cold-blooded murder. Fans of foul play, feisty female detectives, and feline forensics are sure to find Cat on a Blue Monday just their saucer of milk.
Acting jobs and cat-sitting assignments have been elusive for Alice Nestleton lately ... but there's plenty of sleuthing work to be done. A prominent theater director has requested her help for his pet charity: Sustenance House. It seems an anonymous benefactor has vanished (along with his much-needed holiday donation), and Alice must find out what's going on before the homeless shelter has to close its doors to the poor forever. But when a board member shoots himself during a meeting--and a murderous Scrooge tries to keep Alice out of the picture--things get messy--things get messy. It's going to take some quick thinking--and the help of two Siamese cats named Tiny and Tim--to wrap up this case and cook a killer's Christmas goose. Look for more books in this series in the Bookshare collection including: A Cat Under The Mistletoe.
Actress, catsitter and amateur sleuth Alice Nestleton finds her summer doldrums melting away like ice cubes on a sidewalk with a shocking murder that happens right on her doorstep. The victim? Mary Singer, the very woman who hired Alice to catsit. The murderer? The chauffeur of Mary's Rolls Royce, who shoots his employer before Alice's unbelieving eyes. But when Alice opens the cat carrier to check on the now orphaned feline, all she finds is an odd toy cat on wheels. Now why would anyone pay $2,500 for someone to watch a stuffed animal? With Pancho and Bushy, her new friend Sam Tully, and a Bengal cat in tow, Alice has a lot of ground to cover to trap a clever killer. The newest addition to the delightful Alice Nestleton mystery series, A Cat on Stage Left is the ideal combination of superb detective fiction and fabulous feline adventure. Millions of citizens live in New York City. A surprisingly large number of them come unforgettably to life as Alice Nestleton, forty-something-year-old Actress and cat sitter investigates a wide variety of crimes in the Alice Nestleton Mysteries. The complete series is available from Bookshare including #1 A Cat in the Manger, #2 A Cat of a Different Color, #3 A Cat in Wolf's Clothing, #4 A Cat in the Wings, #5 A Cat By Any Other Name, #6A Cat in A Glass House, #7 A Cat With No Regrets, #8 A Cat on the Cutting Edge, #9 A Cat on a Winning Streak, #10 A Cat in Fine Style, #11 A Cat in a Chorus Line, #12 A Cat Under the Mistletoe, #13 A Cat on a Beach Blanket, #14 A Cat on Jingle Bell Rock #15 A Cat on Jingle Bell Rock, #18 A Cat With the Blues, and #21 A Cat on the Bus. The action in these relatively short novels gets underway on page one. The reader isn't given a moment to lose interest. Being an actress, Alice notices details about places and people that bring the reader into the picture. Being a cat lover, Alice misses no opportunity to lavishly describe her own two cats and the cats she meets along her way.
It's been quite a week for Joe Grey. First the large, powerful feline discovers that, through some strange, inexplicable phenomenon, he now has the ability to understand human language. Then he discovers he can speak it as well! It's a nightmare for a cat who'd prefer to sleep the day away carefree, but Joe can handle it. That is, until he has the misfortune to witness a murder in the alley behind Jolly's Deli -- and worse, to be seen witnessing it. With all of his nine lives suddenly at risk, Joe's got no choice but to get to the bottom of the heinous crime -- because his mouse-hunting days are over for good unless he can help bring a killer to justice.
It takes a cat to write the purr-fect mystery. Things have been pretty exciting lately in Crozet, Virginia--a little too exciting if you ask resident feline investigator Mrs. Murphy. Just as the town starts to buzz over its Civil War reenactment, a popular local man disappears. No one's seen Tommy Van Allen's single-engine plane, either--except for Mrs. Murphy, who spotted it during a foggy evening's mousing. Even Mrs. Murphy's favorite human, postmistress Mary Minor "Harry" Haristeen, can sense that something is amiss. But things really take an ugly turn when the town reenacts the battle of Oak Ridge--and a participant ends up with three very real bullets in his back. While the clever tiger cat and her friends sift through clues that just don't fit together, more than a few locals fear that the scandal will force well-hidden town secrets into the harsh light of day. And when Mrs. Murphy's relentless tracking places loved ones in danger, it takes more than a canny kitty and her team of animal sleuths to set things right again. . . .
Cat is finally living a life of luxury-- and so bored she's going out of her mind. But then she and her friends are kidnapped and forced to work on a ship bound for the New World. With a mystery to solve and survival at stake, Cat must use her wits to save herself and her friends.
Cat o'Nine Tales is the fifth collection of irresistible short stories from the master storyteller. Ingeniously plotted, with richly drawn characters and Jeffrey Archer's trademark of deliciously unexpected conclusions, this new collection has the added bonus of thirteen charming illustrations by the internationally acclaimed artist Ronald Searle. Some of these twelve stories were inspired by the two years Jeffrey Archer spent in prison, including the story of a company chairman who tries to poison his wife while on a trip to St. Petersburg---with unexpected consequences. "The Red King" is a tale about a con man who discovers that an English lord requires one more chess piece to complete a set that would be worth a fortune. In another tale of deception, "The Commissioner," a Bombay con artist ends up in the morgue after he uses the police chief as bait in his latest scam. "The Perfect Murder" reveals how a convict manages to remove an old enemy while he's locked up in jail, and then set up two prison officers as his alibi In "Charity Begins at Home," an accountant realizes he has achieved nothing in his life, and sets out to make a fortune before he retires. And then there is Archer's favorite, "In the Eye of the Beholder," in which a handsome star athlete falls in love with a three-hundred-pound woman . . . who happens to be the ninth-richest woman in Italy. Jeffrey Archer is the only author to have topped international bestseller lists with his fiction, nonfiction, and short stories. Cat o'Nine Tales is Archer at his best: witty, poignant, sad, surprising, and unforgettable.
Eight-year-old Christine is late for school every day because a talking alley cat demands her attention, giving her much to think about as he tries to teach her to be spiteful and pitiless.
At Last! A Beginner's Guide to Feline Technology Scratch marks on your furniture. Dead mice on your doorstep. Stray hairs all over your clothes. It's enough to make you cry out, "Why doesn't my cat have an owner's manual?" And now--finally!--she does. Through step-by-step instructions and helpful schematic diagrams, The Cat Owner's Manual explores hundreds of frequently asked questions: Which breeds interface best with dogs? How can I maintain a quality exterior finish? And why does my model always drink from the bathtub? Whatever your concerns, you'll find the answers here--courtesy of celebrated veterinarian Dr. David Brunner and acclaimed author Sam Stall. Together, they provide plenty of useful advice for both new and experienced cat owners.
With characteristic wit, self-effacing charm and sheer, exuberant love of a good cat story, New York Times bestselling author Michael Korda and his wife Margaret Korda recount their lives as "cat people," beginning with Margaret's passion for cats (and Michael's reluctant mid-life transformation into a cat person), and introducing readers to a hilarious assortment of people whose life revolves--often to an extraordinary degree--around their cat, or cats, from Cleopatra a transatlantic traveler who found happiness in Paris to Wally, the epitome of feline dignity. Here are people who just can't say no to another cat, who "world-travel" with their cat, who build their social life around their cats--and of course the cats themselves, for the Kordas celebrate the beguiling power of cats, including many of their own, who have complemented, complicated and changed their lives together over the years. Here are charming, often hilarious and sometimes sad portraits of such cats as Margaret's beloved Irving, whose favorite abode was the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, and Mumsie, who arrived unexpectedly at the door with her two kittens, and special cats like Jake and the gentle Chutney, as well as "difficult" cats like Chui and poor Mrs. Bumble, and Mr. McT., the bully who found love late in life. Here are graceful cats and cats like Kit-Kat that never look before they jump, in short, countless cats the reader will never forget, even those with many cats of their own.
When eleven-year-old Cat Kinsey builds a secret hideout to escape her unhappy home life, she slowly gets to know a poor family who have come to California after losing their Texas home to the dust storms of the 1930s.
An award-winning, thoughtful, and moving glimpse into life during the DepressionCat is the fastest kid at her school--and with Play Day is coming up soon, she will be able to show off her speed to everybody. Unfortunately, her old-fashioned father forbids her to wear pants, even while playing sports. So Cat refuses to race, and Zane, an Okie boy whose family works on a nearby farm, wins. Cat is furious that Zane is so fast, and angry that he was able to beat all the sixth-grade boys, even in his bare feet. Though Cat hates Zane at the start, soon the two become friends. They are the school's best runners, after all. But while Cat's family is doing well, Zane's family has lost everything in the Depression. All Cat can offer Zane's family is sympathy and friendship . . . until Zane's sister gets pneumonia and Cat and Zane are forced into a race for the little girl's life. This ebook features an extended biography of Zilpha Keatley Snyder.
A short story starring the mysterious, mischievous, and magical matchmaking felines of the Cupid Cats Animal Shelter.
A hilariously interactive picture book that is sure to have kids meowing, stretching, and napping--but mostly laughing out loud, and begging for multiple readings.
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