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The pastor of St. Francis de Sales, Father Melvyn Kronkey looks  up into the clear blue sky. Puffy clouds, pushed by the wind, glide from east to west. He feels good. He smiles. “God’s in his heaven, and all is right with the world.” He almost sings the phrase. The big man draws a deep breath. He is at peace… but only for a moment.

Shrieks and screams erupt on the sidewalk from the front of the church. “Help, help,” a woman screams. On her knees, twisting and struggling to control the dogs that yanked her down in their pursuit of LaLa, the villain in the opening drama, Martha Magswelle screeches, “I’m going to kill that cat,” while Father Melvyn and Rafael the gardener try to disentangle her.

Watching the scene, Martha’s arch-enemy Velma walks over. With as much warmth as the iceberg that sunk Titanic, Velma’s words send chills up everyone’s spine: “If you try to hurt my cat, you will be sorry…very, very sorry.”

The next morning, Velma’s dead body is found in the alley between the church and the rectory. What looks like a heart attack turns into a story of betrayal, revenge and murder involving a secret that if exposed threatens to destroy St. Francis de Sales parish. As information and a hidden journal are discovered the web of actors widens, the consequences become more punitive and the tentacles of danger encircle Father Melvyn and Mrs. B.

“A tale of mystery, greed, revenge and murder that will keep you wondering what will happen next.”

“The book is infused with warmth and humor, as well as a puzzling whodunit, which will satisfy mystery fans”. –  SPR Review


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MYSTERY SURROUNDS THE SPOOKY INCANTATIONS AND CURSES OF SHAKESPEARE’S MACBETH.In their second mystery, Father Melvyn and Mrs. B. must debunk centuries of superstitions. The Bernardi-Bono Ballet Company is in rehearsal for a new dance production of the bard’s spookiest play—Macbeth – until death takes center stage.

When life is routine and uneventful, Mrs. B., Father Melvyn’s highly valued assistant at St. Francis de Sales Church, also manages the rectory. If that wasn’t enough, she delights in preparing delicious Italian meals for her boss, Father Melvyn, his associate pastor Father Ryan and the science professor in residence, Father Joe. Still, she is in a benevolent battle of wills for authority with LaLa, the cat with an uncanny sense of people.

Mrs. B.s B., life is good on many levels. In addition to feeling valued in her work, she is overjoyed to have her son, John, and daughter-in-law Lisa living in the same city. They are now partners in the Bernardi-Bono Ballet Company and the old Rue de L’Histoire Theatre, in Austin, until strange things start to happen.

The stage manager disappears, and a few days later, his dead body falls from a light bridge. A prop breaks free of its fly, injuring a young dancer with hidden family connections in Austin, nearly killing Mrs. B.’s daughter-in-law, Lisa.

To help save her son and daughter-in-law from the forces threatening them and everyone in the company, Mrs. B. and Father Melvyn become entangled in the world of theater and ballet. They must use all their powers of deduction and insights to the human heart to unravel this mystery, but can they succeed before anyone else dies?

Buy CATWALK DEAD today and find out if a crime or a curse haunts the Rue de L’Histoire theatre, in this suspense-thriller of revenge and greed.




On June 16, 2018, I’m Going to Kill that Cat was in the top one-hundred paid books in the Kindle Store, Amateur Sleuth category

April 13 – 16, I’m Going to Kill that Cat was in Amazon’s top 100 free books, and in the top ten for cozy mysteries.