Wednesday, November 14, 2018


FROM:    Thomas Cortez
OF:     The Bad Luck Cat Mysteries
BY:     Kay Finch

I'm the inconspicuous man behind the scenes at the Around-the-World Cottages in Lavender, Texas. My dearest and oldest friend, Rowe Flowers, owns the place and pays me to keep the grounds well tended and all things in working order. In other words, I'm the handyman. One place you'll rarely see me - except for meal time - is in the kitchen. As we approach Thanksgiving, though, I've made a resolution to lend my wife a hand when it comes to preparing the Thanksgiving feast. I'm no cook, but I've enlisted some help from Sabrina Tate, Rowe's niece.

When Sabrina first came to Lavender, I caught her sneaking into Rowe's house - often in the middle of the night.  I didn't know this woman, so I was naturally suspicious about her activities. Especially when I realized she had paired up with Lavender's legendary Bad Luck Cat. Now I was more than suspicious - I was a little scared of the duo. Turns out Sabrina is an insomniac baker.

When she can't sleep at night, she bakes. So I tagged along a couple of times and watched her work. And now I've scored a really simple recipe - a perfect Thanksgiving day pumpkin recipe.  And I'm sure to score points from my wife when I contribute my very own dessert for the holiday meal. I recommend you give it a try - you'll love it! (And by the way, you can find this recipe for Pumpkin Crunch in the back of Bad Luck Cat Mystery #3 - The Black Cat Sees His Shadow).

1 Package Yellow Cake Mix

1 (16-oz) Can Pumpkin

1 (12-oz) Can Evaporated Milk

3 Eggs

1-1/2 Cup Sugar

4 Teaspoons Pumpkin Pie Spice

1/2 Teaspoon Salt

1 Cup Chopped Pecans

1 Cup Melted Butter

Whipped Topping

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease bottom of a 9x13 inch pan. Combine pumpkin, evaporated milk, eggs, sugar, pumpkin pie spice and salt in large bowl. Pour into pan. Sprinkle dry cake mix evenly over pumpkin mixture. Top with pecans. Drizzle with melted butter. Bake for 50-55 minutes or until golden. Cool completely. Serve with whipped topping.

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 where she is working on Bad Luck Cat Mystery #4 – The Black Cat Steps On a Crack. Visit her at


  1. I have made this recipe before and it tastes like Autumn! I love reading these books.

  2. My Mom use to make something similar to this during the holidays. We loved it!

    Can't wait to read more in the Bad Luck Cat Mystery series.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

  3. This sounds wonderful. Will have to try. The book sounds like fun too. Perfect for a cup of coffee and some pumpkin crunch. Thanks, Kay, for an anticipated perfect cozy evening. Happy Thanksgiving.

    1. Thanks, Sandy. Happy Thanksgiving to you, too.

  4. I am definitely trying this recipe! Thanks!

  5. I'm not a huge fan of pumpkin pie, but this sounds delicious! I love black cats too.

  6. That recipe looks easy and yummy. Thank you so much for sharing.

  7. Sounds delicious, thanks for the awesome recipe! :) Happy Thanksgiving!