Friday, April 14, 2017


By Luke Griffin of the Bad Luck Cat Mysteries

There are times when working as a Texas game warden isn't too much fun. Like in the scorching heat of a long summer – those days when I think the hair might melt right off my head, it’s so danged hot. Right now, though, I have the windows rolled down in my pickup, and I’m enjoying an amazing springtime breeze and fields full of bluebonnets that bring a big smile to my face.

I want to go pick up my girl (you don’t need to tell Sabrina I called her ‘my girl’, but that’s the way I think of her) and take her for a ride around the Hill Country.

Sabrina’s missing out on an awesome sight while she’s holed up, typing away the hours on the latest book she’s writing. Not that I don’t admire her for taking on such a project, but between the book, her cat Hitchcock, and her Aunt Rowe’s antics, there’s not a lot of time left for me.  I’m a guy. I need some attention, right? What was it Toby Keith said in that song? “I wanna talk about me.” Not all the time, but you get my point.
I probably shouldn’t complain that Sabrina spends a lot of time at home – she may be safer there. Less chance of her getting involved in a murder investigation while she’s safe behind the keyboard and writing a mystery instead of up-close-and-personal involvement. Last summer she got herself in a really tight spot at the rodeo. I hate to think what might have happened if Hitchcock hadn’t come to her rescue. Some say he’s the Bad Luck Cat, but they’re wrong. Hitchcock is nothing but good luck for my girl. The cat helped Sabrina out again at the pumpkin festival back in October.

My Labrador retriever, Angie, is a great pal to have around, but Hitchcock runs a close second. What are the odds I can get all three of them – Sabrina, Hitchcock, and Angie – to take a bluebonnet tour with me sometime this week? Maybe we can add a picnic lunch, a bottle of wine. Yeah, I can see us now. I'm going to talk to Sabrina right now, see if I can convince her.  Wish me luck.


Kay Finch is the National Best-Selling author of the Bad Luck Cat Mysteries by Berkley Prime Crime – Black Cat Crossing and The Black Cat Knocks on Wood.  The Black Cat Sees His Shadow is a June 6, 2017 release. Though Kay’s 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. Spring is not spring without bluebonnets.

  2. All of us in Texas need to thank Mrs Ladybird Johnson for our bluebonnets and all the other lovely wild flowers we have growing here. The picture of the field is beautiful and I thank you for sharing.

    1. You're welcome, Annette. And thank you, Mrs. Ladybird Johnson.