Tuesday, March 14, 2017


By Sabrina Tate of The Bad Luck Cat Mysteries

             Sabrina Tate hopes you enjoy this preview of Chapter 1 from The Black Cat Sees His Shadow –

           The clerk scanned the packet of crunchy tuna treats and tossed it on the conveyor to her left. “These are the best, Miss Sabrina. My cat Oreo adores them. She eats three every single time, and if I try to stop at two she won’t give me a moment’s peace until I hand over that third one.”

“Cute.” I already knew quite a lot about the personality of Libby's tuxedo kitty and learned a new tidbit every time I shopped for groceries. The sixty-ish woman lived alone with the cat, and she spoke about the pet the way a mother speaks of a favorite child.

            “That Hitchcock is one lucky fella gettin’ all these treats,” she said, “even if he is the bad luck cat.”
            “He’s–” I stopped and clamped my lips together. I knew from experience that repeating the words – not bad luck – for the hundredth time would do no good. It annoyed the heck out of me that the people in Lavender continued to judge Hitchcock by some ancient legend and didn't give him credit for all his good deeds.
          Libby continued scanning the groceries from my cart. “You stockin’ your pantry or gettin’ ready for the contest?”
            My basket contained two pumpkins, several bags each of flour and sugar, and enough miscellaneous baking supplies to suggest I planned to take part in the annual Pumpkin Days Festival Bake-Off.
            “Haven’t decided,” I said, “but I dreamt about pumpkin pie last night, and I won't sleep again until I have some.”
            Libby totaled my order and began sacking the groceries. “Did I ever tell you about the time Oreo dropped her catnip mouse in my cake batter when my back was turned?”
            More than once.
            I nodded and stuck my bank card into the reader to make my payment. “And your cousins freaked when the cake was cut.”
            “Did they ever. Wouldn't take one bite. I thought it was sweet, like one of those Mardi Gras cakes where you find the little baby inside.”

            She chuckled and shook her head like she couldn’t believe her relatives refused to overlook a minor event like a catnip mouse imbedded in their dessert. I took my receipt, wished her a good night, and pushed my cart toward the door. Libby was already chatting about Oreo to the customer behind me as I vowed to keep a closer eye on Hitchcock whenever I baked.


THE BLACK CAT SEES HIS SHADOW is a June 6, 2017 release. If you'd like to read the remainder of Chapter 1 now, leave me a comment with your email address and I'll be happy to send you the last half of the chapter.

Kay Finch is the National Best-Selling author of the Bad Luck Cat Mysteries by Berkley Prime Crime. Though her character, Sabrina Tate, has left the paralegal profession behind to move to the Texas Hill Country, Kay still works as a paralegal at a Houston, Texas law firm. She resides in a Houston suburb with her husband and pets.



  1. Poor unfairly maligned kitty!
    I'd love to get the rest of the chapter.
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

  2. Thanks, Libby. I will send you the remainder of Chapter 1.

  3. Hi. I would also like to read the rest of the chapter. Thanks!
    Toriacat at yahoo dot com

  4. Sure thing, Annie. I will send it to you. Enjoy!

  5. I would love to read the rest of Chapter 1. Thanks! ckimg78503 at aol dot com

    1. Chris - I'd be glad to send you all of chapter 1. Thanks!

    2. Chris -I've tried twice to send you Chapter 1 at the email address above, but I get error messages. Could you tell me your email again, just to be sure?

  6. We need more cat stories!! I would love to finish Chapter 1, while waiting to read the whole book!!
    Thank you for entertaining us!!

    1. Kat - Chapter 1 will be on its way to you shortly. Enjoy!

  7. Me too! I'd love to read the remainder of chapter one. I'd love to review the book if you send more than that. I review for Lesa Holstine's blog. You can read more about me at my FB page or I can e-mail an introduction. Dean James is a friend as well if you'd like a reference.