The Cats of key West’s Tarpon Pier

guest publish by Lucy Burdette

From time to time I’m asked if I’d be willing to auction off a character naming chance in one of my mysteries to benefit a charity. I’m always happy to do so as well as enjoy figuring out exactly how the new character will in shape into the story. A few years ago, I was asked to contribute this type of product for the key West SPCA. Of program I agreed. The greatest bidder selected to immortalize her schnauzer, Schnootie. So in death With All the Trimmings, the dog ended up being a character on the houseboat adjacent to the one where my food movie critic lives in the key West mysteries.

Schnootie was a great deal of fun to write, as well as so I offered the exact same chance to the SPCA the complying with year. Schnootie’s mom bought the naming rights a second time, as well as asked that her elderly black feline, Dinkels, be added to the mix. however later I heard that a couple in my community was distressed that they hadn’t quote high sufficient to win for their elderly feline, so I layered Jack into the story, too.

I believed you may enjoy reading this scene from killer Takeout, which hit bookshelves yesterday. The scene takes location on the houseboat where Schnootie, Dinkels as well as Jack now live. If you comply with the key West series, you will keep in mind that both Hayley as well as miss Gloria have cats who online on the boat next door. (Don’t even believe about all those litter boxes on the high seas!)

From killer Takeout:

As I puttered as much as the car parking great deal in front of Tarpon Pier, feeling the breath of relief as well as gratitude that always greets me when I recognize I’m at home, I heard a big ruckus on the dock. The racket radiated from Schnootie the schnauzer, whose barking echoed hysterically from the Renharts’ houseboat. As I strode up the finger, I spotted miss Gloria on the Renharts’ deck. This never occurs since Mr. Renhart abhors socializing. Over the incessant yapping of the schnauzer came the shrieking as well as growling of what sounded like hyenas. A great deal of them.

I was quite sure I acknowledged Evinrude’s upset feline voice among the yowls.

I broke into a trot, showing up just as miss Gloria dove into a animation maelstrom of spinning legs as well as feet as well as fur as well as emerged with my tiger cat.

And that break in the action provided sufficient area for miss Gloria’s black feline Sparky to rush back into the fray. So much was happening that I wasn’t specific who was fighting—or exactly how many of them. however when Schnootie lunged into the whirling fur, I saw my possibility as well as snatched Sparky out. Her breast heaving, Mrs. Renhart wrestled down two other long-haired cats, one pure black as well as one furry gray with a white deal with as well as neck as well as striking eco-friendly eyes.

“Oh my gosh,” she said, her voice squeaky with exertion. “What a method to satisfy the new neighbors. as well as I so really hoped my new kitties might be buddies with yours.” She looked absolutely bedraggled as well as forlorn, the two huge cats clutched under her arms.

“These belong to you? let us put our guys away,” I said, gritting my teeth as I smiled. “Then we can have a appropriate introduction.”

Coming tomorrow: go into to win a copy of killer Takeout!

Killer Takeout is offered from Amazon as well as everywhere books are sold.

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6 comments on The Cats of key West’s Tarpon Pier

Donamae Kutska says:

April 7, 2016 at 12:32 pm

I truly enjoy your series on key west. I’m hoping to win killer takeout! I went into as well as shared the contest. Please compose keep composing the series! Your blog was fun to read! I requested my regional library to purchase killer takeout.


lucy burdette says:

April 7, 2016 at 9:30 pm

thank you Donamae! xo


Celia Fowler says:

April 7, 2016 at 12:28 pm

This book is wonderful (as are the cats, of course)! I extremely suggest it!


lucy burdette says:

April 7, 2016 at 9:30 pm

thanks so much Celia! xo


lucy burdette says:

April 7, 2016 at 9:12 am

Thanks Sue! I do like composing these books–and these cats:)


Sue Brandes says:

April 7, 2016 at 7:58 am

Cute cover. seems like a great book.


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