Mollie Hunt will launch her latest Crazy Cat Lady cozy mystery, COSMIC CAT, at Pop Cats Portland, this coming September 28th, 2019. COSMIC CAT is the 6th book in the Crazy Cat Lady cozy mystery series, featuring Lynley Cannon, a sixty-something cat shelter volunteer who finds more trouble than a cat in catnip.
Pop Cats Cat, Pop, and Art Convention is the purr-fect venue for the launch of Mollie’s cat-centric mystery. Visit her at her booth, Mollie and Ramona (Marek), Cat Books, #126, for a signed copy of COSMIC CAT. Find out more on the Cosmic Cat Book Launch Facebook Event Page.
COSMIC CAT for Kindle is also available for pre-order here.
About COSMIC CAT:
When a superhero cosplayer falls to his death at a comic con, Lynley is left holding the bag— and a cat!
Who killed Captain Cat? His tribe wants to know.
When the Captain is murdered at Bridgetown Comic-con and philanthropist Esmae Westhouse is arrested for the crime, sixty-something cat shelter volunteer Lynley Cannon steps out of her comfort zone and dons her Star Trek uniform to expose the real killer.
A decade-spanning love triangle, a band of vigilante cosplayers, a shady pharmaceutical company, and an ancient black cat named Kitty tie into a puzzling plot that has Lynley running in all directions. The death of Captain Cat is only the beginning, and Lynley must stay one step ahead of a ruthless hit man if she is to make it out alive.
Learn about cats! Lynley Cannon’s cat tips, tricks, and facts at the beginning of each chapter.
“It was like nothing I could ever have imagined.
I was helping a pair of teenage sisters pick out a costume for their new kitten. They were having a bit of a giggle fest and I was joining in. Teens are amusing when they aren’t being sulky, and these girls were enjoying themselves with wild abandon. Both had dressed up for the con, one in generic hero-princess getup and the other as a popular female comic book character. They showed me pictures on their phones of the new addition to their family, a squirmy black furball, slightly out of focus since Kitten had been on the move.
It was fun. I was having fun. I’d put the scene with Gorgon Girl out of my mind. That had been an hour ago, and though I was a little surprised Esmae had not yet returned, I’d put her out of my mind as well. I was there to sell costumes and to take care of Bess, who was currently living up to her cat-angel costume persona by blissfully napping. The Esmae-Guinness-Cyndee love triangle would have to take care of itself.
The first indication that something was wrong came in the form of a bloodcurdling screech from Bess. I stopped cold in the middle of my sales pitch and stared at her—I wasn’t the only one. The girls looked; the man in the booth across the way looked; the passersby looked. The scream of a Bengal is not to be taken lightly.
No napping now. Bess was rigid in her bed, back arched, ears flat to her head. I would have bet money that under the body suit and gauzy wings of her dress, her fur was standing on end. She gave another shriek, and I saw her muscles tense as she made to spring.
I leapt into action, grabbing the lithe, strong cat a split second before she launched. She scrabbled in my arms, then went limp, chattering to herself. I’d never seen her do anything like that before. Up until that moment, she had been serenity itself.
“I’m sorry,” I said to the girls. “I don’t know what’s got into her. She isn’t usually…”
My waterfall of excuses was drowned out by another cry of woe from Bess. Then there was a different sound, one I could not place, coming from above. Bess’s cries had attracted a lot of notice, a clump of onlookers creating an ever-growing traffic jam in front of our booth, but now those people turned their attention upward. Bess was squirming again and this time without any sign of stopping. I had to do something fast before she broke free and was lost in the throng.
A small kennel had been set up under the table where Bess could use her commode in privacy. Esmae would never think of actually locking Bess inside, but Esmae wasn’t there, and after receiving a painful scratch that tore the light fabric of my tunic sleeve, I didn’t think twice about popping her in, so that’s where I was when it happened.
This is what I heard:
An explosion, then shattering glass, tinkling like sharp, fast rainfall as the cube-shaped shards hit the ground.
People screaming, some in pain; some in fear.
Something heavy hitting the floor with a dull thud. The screams amped up to all-out panic and were joined by yells and shouting—a cacophony of terror.
“Quick! Call 911!”
I shoved Bess none too gently into the kennel and flipped the latch, then rose to a scene of absolute chaos. People running, pushing, shoving to get away; others standing as if turned to stone, perhaps by a gorgon. There was a ring of them in the aisle, blocking my view from whatever catastrophe had instigated the riot. I squeezed out from behind the table to get a better look.
The screams continued, though they seemed more of a punctuated keening now. A young man fainted; no one paid him any mind. A woman ran to the side and vomited into a garbage can. I shoved into her space, finally realizing the tumult’s grisly cause.
There, on the floor was a body. Thankfully the black cape shrouded much of the torso, showing only hints of its unnatural positioning. A dark pool was spreading from beneath the cowled head. I didn’t need to see the blood-soaked cat ears to know the dead man was Guinness MacAngus.”
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Books in the Crazy Cat Lady Cozy Mystery Series:
Editions Available: Kindle, Paperback
Cats’ Eyes (Book 1)
Copy Cats (Book 2)
Cat’s Paw (Book 3)
Cat Call (Book 4)
Cat Café (Book 5)
Books need not be read in order.
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About Mollie Hunt: Native Oregonian Mollie Hunt has always had an affinity for cats, so it was a short step for her to become a cat writer. Mollie is the author of THE CRAZY CAT LADY COZY MYSTERY SERIES, featuring Portlander Lynley Cannon, a sixty-something cat shelter volunteer who finds more trouble than a cat in catnip. The 3rd in the series, CAT’S PAW, was a finalist for the 2016 Mystery & Mayhem Book Award, and the 5th, CAT CAFÉ, won the World’s Best Cat Litter-ary Award in 2019.
Mollie’s sci-fantasy, CAT SUMMER (Fire Star Press) is the first in her CAT SEASONS TETRALOGY where cats save the world from an evil older than history—twice! Mollie also published a non-cat mystery, PLACID RIVER RUNS DEEP, which delves into murder, obsession, and the challenge of chronic illness in bucolic southwest Washington. Two of her short cat stories have been published in anthologies, one of which, THE DREAM SPINNER, won the prestigious CWA Muse Medallion. She has a little book of Cat Poems as well.
Mollie is a member of the Oregon Writers’ Colony, Sisters in Crime, Willamette Writers, the Cat Writers’ Association, and NIWA. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and a varying number of cats. Like Lynley, she is a grateful shelter volunteer.
Praise for Mollie Hunt, Cat Writer:
“I know Mollie as a true, dyed-in-the-wool cat person, as a cat guardian and a foster parent and, most importantly, as a human being. One thing I can spot a mile away is true passion… and Mollie Hunt has it. People like Mollie are rare in this world because they infuse their own curiosity… with true empathy… the recipe for not only a quality person, but, in the end, a great artist as well.” —Jackson Galaxy | Cat Behavior Consultant
Praise for the Crazy Cat Lady cozy mystery series:
“I knew this novel was about cats but it’s theme is cats! Cats are as much the main characters as the main character is! — Sharon from Goodreads
“…Each book drew me right into the story and kept me intrigued and guessing all the way. They’re as cozy as can be for cat enthusiast, but there are also some real scares…” —Catwoods Porch Party
…an outstanding amateur sleuth mystery that will delight cat lovers and mystery lovers alike.
Cats’ Eyes has so many exciting twists and turns; it keeps the reader fascinated until the final thrilling scene. I liked the addition of “cat facts” at the heading of each chapter. I learned a few fascinating tidbits that I didn’t know. —Readers Favorite 5-Star Review
Praise for Cat Café:
This book will test your observational skills and deductive reasoning…These characters have additional depth and personality. —Laura’s Interests
It’s a fast-paced intriguing story. There were so many different ways it could have gone and I wasn’t sure where it was heading until almost the end. —Socrates’ Book Reviews
The characters are great and make this one a great read. —My Reading Journeys