Cat Crimes II Author:Martin H. Greenberg & Ed Gorman eds. This collection of 19 previously unpublished short stories featuring cats in one role or another, while perhaps not as successful overall as last year's Cat Crimes , offers enough enticing and/or bloodcurdling tales to please ailurophiles and suspense and mystery fans alike. Carole Nelson Douglas takes anthropomorphism to elegant heights as Midn... more »ight Louie, a tom who's a private dick, harries Las Vegas malefactors in "The Maltese Double Cross." In Charlotte Macleod's "A Long Time Sitting," a witch, who has been immobilized by a backfiring spell, and her feline familiar, Asphodemus, make life easier for a struggling young woman artist. In "The Beast Within," Margaret Maron writes of a woman's revenge when she finds herself in the body of a cat after her wealthy husband abandons her for a younger woman. And a little bit of not-so-recent musical history is unveiled in Joan Hess's "The Maggody Files: Hillbilly Cat," when a grasping nephew tries to cheat his old aunts out of a small fortune they do not know they have.
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