Cat's Claw

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Penguin, Mar 6, 2012 - Fiction - 304 pages
29 Reviews
As the first female police chief in Pecan Springs, Texas, Sheila Dawson has cracked many a mystery in collaboration with local sleuth China Bayles. Now Sheila puts her smarts to work, sifting through secrets to find a killer on the prowl…

Larry Kirk, Pecan Springs’ computer guru, has been shot dead in his kitchen. At first Sheila believes it to be suicide, but further investigation reveals that Kirk’s death wasn’t self-inflicted. And the truth is reinforced by her friend China Bayles’ news—Larry recently asked her for legal advice in regards to a stalker.

As a police chief in a male-dominated force, Sheila meets many challenges, especially when her theories rock the boat in high-profile cases like that of George Timms, who was caught breaking into Larry’s shop. Now that Larry is dead, Sheila is sure the burglary is connected to the murder. But when Timms disappears instead of turning himself in, Sheila must prove she’s got what it takes to hunt down a predator who’s loose on the streets of Pecan Springs…

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Review: Cat's Claw (China Bayles #20)

User Review  - Jennifer Gelert - Goodreads

Another one of my favorite characters! It was interesting to find her as a minor character in this book. Her friend, Chief of Police, Shelia Dawson is the lead. A murder is committed in the small town ... Read full review

Review: Cat's Claw (China Bayles #20)

User Review  - Darlene Miller - Goodreads

Susan is changing how she tells her stories. She used to strictly tell the story from China's view point, but a couple of book ago this changed. Cat's Claw was told from Smart Cookies point of view ... Read full review


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Chapter Thirteen
Chapter Fifteen
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About the author (2012)

Susan Wittig Albert grew up on a farm in Illinois and earned her Ph.D. at the University of California at Berkeley. A former professor of English and a university administrator and vice president, she is the author of the China Bayles Mysteries, the Darling Dahlias Mysteries, and the Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter. Some of her recent titles include Widow’s Tears, Cat’s Claw, The Darling Dahlias and the Confederate Rose, and The Tale of Castle Cottage. She and her husband, Bill, coauthor a series of Victorian-Edwardian mysteries under the name Robin Paige, which includes such titles as Death at Glamis Castle and Death at Whitechapel.

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