Cat's Claw by SusanWittig Albert
(A Pecan Springs Mystery)

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As the first female police chief in Pecan Springs, Texas, Sheila Dawson has cracked many a mystery in collaboration with local sleuth China Bayles. Now Sheila puts her smarts to work, sifting through secrets to find a killer on the prowl…

Larry Kirk, Pecan Springs’ computer guru, has been shot dead in his kitchen. At first Sheila believes it to be suicide, but further investigation reveals that Kirk’s death wasn’t self-inflicted. And the truth is reinforced by her friend China Bayles’ news—Larry recently asked her for legal advice in regards to a stalker.

As a police chief in a male-dominated force, Sheila meets many challenges, especially when her theories rock the boat in high-profile cases like that of George Timms, who was caught breaking into Larry’s shop. Now that Larry is dead, Sheila is sure the burglary is connected to the murder. But when Timms disappears instead of turning himself in, Sheila must prove she’s got what it takes to hunt down a predator who’s loose on the streets of Pecan Springs…

About SusanWittig Albert

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Susan Wittig Albert grew up on a farm in Illinois. A former professor of English and a university administrator and vice president, she is the author of the China Bayles mysteries, a family-friendly mystery series set in the early 1900s featuring Beatrix Potter, and the Darling Dahlias series. She lives in Bertram, Texas.
Published March 6, 2012 by Berkley. 322 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Police Chief Sheila Dawson, who’s handling the case, is fighting the good old boy network in Pecan Springs, Texas, but her friend, defense attorney–turned-herbalist China Bayles, doesn’t call her “smart cookie” for nothing.

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China Bayles shares top billing with Sheila Dawson in Albert’s diverting 20th cozy set in the touristy Texas town of Pecan Springs (after 2011’s Mourning Gloria).

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“Susan Wittig Albert is a terrific writer; her descriptions of everything from blooming bluebonnets to the grace and power of a mountain lion caught by China’s headlights are compelling. Message to author: Bring back China and all will be forgiven.”

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Cat’s Claw opens with Pecan Springs Sheriff Sheila Dawson fending off the good old boy attitude of some of the guys around the office.

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