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by Judith Ayn

86 pages
Why would someone burn down kennels and murder a kindly old caretaker at a no-kill animal shelter? Cheater's Lake, Washington, Homicide Detective Mark Walsh must solve the crimes. If successful, the shelter's back in business. Failure= cat-astrophic!

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About the Book
MURDER AT THE NO-KILL ANIMAL SHELTER is a prequel novella in the Cheater's Lake Mystery series.

The story is set in the fictional town of Cheater's Lake, Washington. The main character is Homicide Detective Mark Walsh, who relocated to the town from Phoenix, Arizona, (after catching his ex-wife in bed with his 'supervisor'). Mark now works with Officer Sharon Laskey, a former bartender, and is also assisted in his cases by his best friend (from Phoenix) retired San Diego Homicide Detective Greg Hogan (in a wheelchair due to a gang shooting), who is in the process of opening a PI practice in Seattle and LA.†

Mark arrives at the Cheater's Lake Animal Rescue (a no-kill shelter), where he's informed by Laskey that the two kennels were set on fire and the elderly caretaker (Carson Butts) †found dead. The shelter's director is DM (Daisy Marigold) Collins, a wealthy widow who lives on 60 acres of wooded land in Cheater's Lake. Why would somenone set fire to a no-kill shelter and murder a kindly old caretaker? As Walsh investigates, he finds DM has some secrets and so did Butts. Walsh is attracted to DM, but she's all business, guarded by her German shepherd, Henry. Her history with animals includes setting up a prison program with rescue dogs to be trained for companions, as well as developing an area near her home for training security dogs.

Along the way in his investigation, Mark finds two terrified cats and ends up adopting them. He names them Fred and Ethel (after the Lucille†Ball show). They're terrors and he's not a cat person, but they add humor to the story and manage to teach him about†the world of rescue -- his and theirs. Mark eventually comes full circle from the messed up guy who fled Phoenix to a more relaxed citizen of the small town of Cheater's Lake.


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About the Author
Judith Ayn Judith Ayn, a retired attorney, resides in Southern California along with two unique rescue cats, the models for Fred and Ethel. Her mystery series is set in the fictional town of Cheaterís Lake, Washington. MURDER AT THE NO-KILL ANIMAL SHELTER is the first book in the series.



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