The Black Cat Steps on a Crack

The Black Cat Steps on a Crack

by Kay Finch


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Sabrina Tate and her cat, Hitchcock, must sort through the clues when a librarian is killed and justice is overdue . . .

With construction on the town's new library nearing completion, mystery writer Sabrina Tate is thrilled that local book lovers, and her own forthcoming novel, will soon have a fresh new home. But tensions are rising at the site as the headstrong new librarian insists on telling the construction crew how to do their jobs, bringing work to a standstill. When Sabrina's cat unearths the dead body of the librarian not long after—and a good friend's husband is named as the main suspect—she finds herself being pulled into a murder investigation yet again.

While virtually all the workers at the site had a motive to commit the dark deed, Sabrina turns her attention to the victim's background looking for clues, but hits a dead end when she can't locate any of the woman's family. As a string of planted evidence and a murky collection of malicious characters starts to surface, Sabrina knows she and Hitchcock will have to tread carefully, before the library killer decides to check them out for good . . .

Includes delicious dessert recipes!

Praise for the Bad Luck Cat Mysteries:

"I loved every page of Black Cat Crossing, and I can't wait for a return visit to Lavender."
—Miranda James, New York Times bestselling author

"Black Cat Crossing has everything a cozy mystery reader could want—intrigue, memorable characters, a small-town setting, and even a few mouthwatering recipes . . . A purr-fectly cozy read."
—Ellery Adams, New York Times bestselling author

"Finch has, yet again, offered a great tale of female and feline that cozy readers will love."
Suspense Magazine

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781950461097
Publisher: Beyond the Page Publishing
Publication date: 06/11/2019
Series: A Bad Luck Cat Mystery , #4
Pages: 248
Sales rank: 57,654
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Kay Finch is the national bestselling author of the Bad Luck Cat Mysteries. Though her character, Sabrina Tate, is a mystery writer who’s left the paralegal profession behind to move to the Texas Hill Country, Kay still works as a paralegal at a Houston law firm. A country girl at heart, Kay grew up on a farm in Pennsylvania, and she loves the huge cattle-filled fields near her Texas home. She resides in a Houston suburb with her husband and rescue pets. Visit her at

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The Black Cat Steps on a Crack 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous 6 days ago
The plot was good and, for the most part, I enjoyed the characters. I must admit the protagonist (Sabrina) wore on me. The constant coddling of her aunt (who doesn't need it) along with her continued reaction to how other's viewed her cat with superstition, it was just a bit much. For that very reason I skipped from book 1 to this book 4 hoping Sabrina would have learned to simply ignore and move on. Unfortunately, I kept humming "Let it Go" during certain moments.
Anonymous 7 days ago
A most enjoyable read for mystery enthusiasts and cat lovers.
Anonymous 13 days ago
the cat is almost supernatural. good read.
Anonymous 5 months ago
looking forward to the next book
BookloverUT 10 months ago
While Sabrina Tate is working on her second mystery novel, construction is nearing completion on the local library. The new librarian is annoying the construction workers with her constant monitoring. When Sabrina and her cat visit the site, Sabrina is horrified when her cat finds the librarian’s dead body. I liked this cozy mystery. The main character was sweet and fun to read about. The plot was intricate and kept me turning the pages. I also liked the touch of romance, which was a nice complement to the mystery. The only problem I had was that I felt the story was a little too long and descriptive. I received an Advanced Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley and am voluntarily reviewing it.
CozyOnUp 10 months ago
Sabrina Tate is not only writing mysteries, she is living them! When the librarian for the new town library is found dead after missing a meeting with Sabrina, it looks like her BFF’s husband is the prime suspect. Being the nosey Nelly that she is, Sabrina finds herself in the middle of the mystery that seems to lead back to her own home base. Sabrina’s sidekick, her black cat Hitchcock, is considered bad luck in the town of Lavender, Texas, but Hitchcock isn’t your average kitty, he seems to have a knack for leading Sabrina to clues and getting her out of stick situations. Together they dig deeper into finding out who killed the librarian and why. But hopefully they won’t run out of lives between the two of them before the killer is apprehended. I’m not usually fond of how cats are portrayed in books, but I actually like Hitchcock. Could be that black cats have a special place in my heart, but it’s likely the authors writing that won me over. This is the first book I have read in the series and I will be reading more. No problem reading this as a standalone.
Tangen 10 months ago
amateur-sleuth, law-enforcement, pets, family, friendship, small-business, small-town, cozy-mystery Great characters! Fast paced! Full of twists and red herrings! Who would think that becoming the new librarian in the small town of Lavender, Texas would lead to being murdered? Or that a cat would be the better sleuth by first finding the body and later in finding important clues? I loved it, even though cats aren't my favorite (allergic). I requested and received a free ebook copy from Beyond the Page Publishing via NetGalley. Thank you!
Marshathereader 10 months ago
The Black Cat Steps on a Crack by Kay Finch is book four in the Bad Luck Cat Mystery series. It can be read as a stand alone. Having read all in the series, you will want to read them all though. Lavender, Texas is getting a new library built and already hired the head librarian who has stepped on plenty of toes. When she turns up dead, buried in the construction site, Sabrina and Hitchcock are again on the prowl to find out who did it. Sabrina also is trying to find out who the mystery man is renting the cabin from Aunt Rowe, after all, he is not with the scrap booking group. There are twists and turns that have you guessing until the end. You also have humor, romance, family, and friendship, Other all an easy to read, clean, fun, cozy mystery that proves, black cats are not bad luck. I was given an ARC by Netgalley and Beyond the Page publishing.
Nancy0708 10 months ago
There was a murder in town and mystery writer Sabrina Tate can't resist investigating. There seems to be a lot of possible suspects but things get even more interesting when Sabrina finds out that the victim has no proof of life before the past year with no friends, no family but plenty of money. A well writen plot guides us through a maze of suspects but it is impossible to figure out the guilty person until the very end. My favorite character is Hitchcock. He is a black cat that has a talent for sniffing out trouble. Although this is the fourth book in A Bad Luck Cat Mystery it could easily be read as a stand alone. Thanks to Beyond the Page and NetGalley for an ARC. The opinions expressed are my own.