Fearfully submitted by Walter the Pug from Victoria Abbott's book collector mysteries.
Shhh. It’s Walter here.
I am coming to you from a secret location, not Van Alst House, a place I formerly loved to visit with Jordan, where she works for the famously grumpy book collector, Vera Van Alst. Used to be that the biggest problem there was those Siamese cats. Aside from that it was heaven: all kinds of great treats cooked especially for visiting doggies. But that was before … I can hardly say it.
Since that woman arrived, everyone’s scared to death! It’s not just a Halloween prank either, although I hear that is today. No, this Muriel Delgado arrived with swirling black clothing and a heart full of ice. She has taken over. I am worried about everyone. She hates pets. I've been wearing a hat so she doesn't know I'm a dog.
What can we do? We all need to be protected. Even if Jordan’s been fired and so has Uncle Kev, what’s to stop this woman from finding us at Uncle Mick’s place and breaking down the doors and— Don’t laugh. She knows what I look like and she hates everyone and everything that I love, not that I love the cats, but she does hate them too.
I think I need a disguise in case she does find us. I can’t count on Jordan because she is busy trying to save Vera’s life. She even takes me with her when she’s trying to trick the police. Does that sound like she has my best interests at heart? Luckily there are lots of costumes to choose from here at Uncle Mick's, I mean the secret location. Which one do you think will fool her?
I could be a 'Playboy bunny', I have the good looks but maybe that lifestyle wouldn't be for me.
Or should I go to Van Alst House and fight back as a pirate?
Maybe I could scare her into leaving?
I am counting on thoughtful and wise answers from you humans. All suggestions gratefully received. Treats too. By the way, I like chicken livers the way Signora Panetone makes them.
Don’t be slow. I think I may need to read The Wolfe Widow to see if everything turns out all right for me (and the others, of course, although the cats are somewhat less important). Oh right, I can’t read. Still I’m so cute, does that really matter?
If you want to know about what happens to Walter and everyone else, you probably should check out The Wolfe Widow., the third book collector mystery.
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