Technically, it’s still summer here in the Texas Hill country. Even though Fall is officially only days away our weather hovers in the stifling eighty to ninety degree range. But school has started, and the kiddos are already talking about their Halloween costumes. Thoughts of all that trick-or-treat candy aren’t far behind. So I’m busy placing extra orders and planning decorations for my store. I’m Pearl Hogan, owner of the local candy store, Sweet Stop. The holidays will feel extra special to me this year, especially since I could have easily found myself in the hoosegow for committing a murder even though I was completely innocent.
It was truly a matter of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. My mouthing off to the lady who got herself killed didn’t help. Oh, and there were those threatening phone messages I left when my temper got the best of me. People in town generally know me as the sweet old candy store lady, though. I figured that had to count for something. Don’t you agree?
Anyhow, I thank the Lord every day for Sabrina Tate and her special black cat, Hitchcock. They believed in me and tracked down the killer. Anybody who says Hitchcock is the Bad Luck Cat doesn’t know what they’re talking about.
If you want the whole sordid story of how I barely escaped being arrested for murder, you can read all about it in The Black Cat Knocks on Wood. Maybe I didn’t use my best judgment when dealing with that poor woman who died, or when I signed on to perform in the senior pro rodeo. I’m still feeling the aches and pains from that ordeal, but they won’t keep me from stocking Sweet Stop from top to bottom with your favorite Halloween treats. I'm thinking about wearing a costume to work for the whole month of October. I thought about being a clown, a witch, a ghost . . . but in honor of Hitchcock, I think I'll make myself a special black cat costume.
How about you? Do you plan to dress up for Halloween this year?
Kay Finch is the author of the Bad Luck Cat Mysteries, including Black Cat Crossing and The Black Cat Knocks on Wood. She lives in a Houston, Texas suburb with her husband and their crew of pets. A cover reveal is expected soon for The Black Cat Sees His Shadow, coming next year.