Have you ever run into a person – other than a sibling - who looked like you? I never had until Tia Hartwell stepped into my life. Imagine my surprise when on the eve of the annual pumpkin festival I answered Aunt Rowe’s front door and came face-to-face with a woman who could have been my twin. Well, she was younger and thinner. Still…
EXCERPT FROM The Black Cat Sees His Shadow
I headed toward the bedroom wing of the house, but I didn’t make it as far as Aunt Rowe’s room before the front doorbell rang.
“Now what?” I muttered and retraced my steps to answer the bell.
Hitchcock beat me to the foyer, and he stared out the side window at the front porch. It was nearly full dark by now, so I flipped on the porch light as I flung the door open.
Hitchcock let out a low howl, and for a moment I thought he was trying to warn me about something on the other side. The little boy with the black cat and the woman standing on the porch didn’t seem to present any danger.
The woman had her eye on the boy for a moment, but then she raised her head. Our eyes held and locked. Her hair was shorter than mine, her face a bit thinner. Otherwise, seeing her gave me the eerie sensation that I was looking in a mirror.
Beside me, Hitchcock arched his back and hissed at the other cat.
The stranger – a caricature artist who had rented booth space at the festival - definitely got my attention as well as the attention of other people in town. Many assumed Tia actually was my sister. Some knew I didn’t have a sister, but they couldn’t help but mention our similarities. Even my mother had her doubts about Tia’s true identity – that was a shock, though I don’t know why my mother’s attitude continues to surprise me. I admit to feeling jealous when I saw Luke Griffin with the younger woman, though he assured me that he had eyes for only me.
When a man Tia had argued with turned up dead, I couldn’t stop my natural inclination to help her just as I would any family member. It surprised me to learn that Tia and her young son were living out of their car. She had secrets, including more than one run-in with the victim in the past. Yet I believed in her innocence. Tia was completely innocent, right?
Kay Finch is the National Best-Selling author of the Bad Luck Cat Mysteries by Berkley Prime Crime – Black Cat Crossing, The Black Cat Knocks on Wood, and The Black Cat Sees His Shadow, 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.