by Charlie Harris from Classified as Murder, May 2011, the latest in Miranda James's Cat in the Stacks series, Book 2
So there I was in Athena, reacquainting myself with the town and old friends from school and college days, settling in to that big house. For a few months it was a bit lonely, but on a cold November day I found an unexpected gift hiding in the bushes near the public library.
Some might think it strange that I take a cat with me everywhere -- with a harness and leash, by the way -- but we Southerners are often known to be slightly eccentric. I'm over fifty now (but not by much), and I figure I'm entitled to whatever eccentricity I want.