The murder of Samuel Beckwhite in the alley behind Jolly’s Delicatessen was observed by no human witness. Only the gray tomcat saw Beckwhite fall, the big man’s heavy body crumpling, his round, close-trimmed head crushed from the of a shiny steel wrench.


#8 book in the series

Ryan Flannery had no idea, when she dressed for the wedding of Chief of Police Max Harper on Saturday afternoon, that she would soon face the police not as a wedding guest among friendly uniformed officers, but as a prime murder suspect.


“Those first weeks were idyllic, Dulcie caring for the kittens, washing and nursing them, Joe Grey with them more often than not, galloping over the rooftops between his house andDulcie’s.”My review is @ November, 201

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12 Responses to FIRST LINES FRIDAY – CAT ON THE EDGE By Shirley Rousseau Murphy

  1. Happy Friday!

    My first line comes from a book I will be reading soon, August and Everything After by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski…..

    I started wearing my grandmother’s old cat-eye glasses in June, right after my latest crush nearly crushed me.

    Have a great weekend and stay warm!

  2. Beth Erin says:

    Those covers are adorable!

  3. hjsnyder28 says:

    I love mysteries! Happy Friday!

  4. bellesmoma16 says:

    Over on my blog, I am featuring Heather B. Moore’s novel, Worth the Risk. I am very excited to read that book. It sounds like it will be a lot of fun.

    Here, I will post from the novel I am currently reading, A Refuge Assured by Jocelyn Green. It is an AMAZING story that I am enjoying wholeheartedly. I am just starting chapter 29, so I will share the first two lines from this chapter.

    Asylum, Pennsylvania
    July 1795

    Still damp with morning’s dew, the cool earth soiled Vivienne’s apron as she knelt in her garden, tugging weeds from between iris and yarrow. Geese soared overhead, soft brown chevrons against a sky of robin’s-egg blue.

  5. nashpredsfan27 says:

    I don’t read a lot of cozy mysteries, but enjoy the ones I do get to! And I keep meaning to tell you that even though I live in TN now, I am a U Idaho alumni 🙂

    Here’s the first line from my current read.

    Four years to the day after the alien planet arrived above Earth, Sofi’s papa had collapsed on the rickety front porch of their buttermilk-yellow farmhouse. –Reclaiming Shilo Snow by Mary Weber

    • Happy to meet another Idahoan. I went to Boise High and graduated from the College Idaho. My two brothers are U Idaho alumni. I do read paranormals but they are not too far out. Growing up there was a science fiction cartoon about space travel that was favorite. I can’t remember the name.

  6. j9reads says:

    These sound great! What a fun series!

    Here is mine: “The came for her on a Sunday. It was third quarter with two minutes left on the clock in a savage battle between football rivals San Francisco Sharks and Kansas City Rockets when the sounds that would change her life forever broke through the ordinary chirps of the television announcers.” Traded by Tess Thompson

  7. lelandandbecky says:

    Happy Friday! My first line is from Forward to What Lies Ahead by Chloe S. Flanagan:

    “Regina’s cellphone buzzed sharply, shattering the silence of her apartment and making her coffee table vibrate.”

  8. Beware Of The Reader says:

    Oooh I love it. Good beginning for what looks like a mystery to be solved and a murderer to be found. Happy reading!

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