Thrillers and Suspense: picks from our December newsletter

Some picks from our December Thrillers and Suspense newsletter:

Cover of The Alligator ManCover of PurgatoryCover of The Silence of the WaveCover of Cry of the ChildrenCover of The October ListCover of Before I Go to SleepCover of The Burning AIrCover of The Never ListCover of The Abominable

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For more great crime and thriller reads, check out our lists of winners of  the Crime Writers’ Association Awards and of the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Novel.

Must Love Cats – or Dogs?

momo croppedChristmas is kitten season. All the feral cats around the city and those who live with people but who haven’t been in for their ‘little op’ get jiggy with it and the result is shelters full of kittens.

We succumbed last week and after a visit to the SPCA, and are now the proud owners of a 10 week bundle of joy called MoMo who often seems cunningly disguised as a thermo-nuclear explosion crossed with an Eveready bunny!

It got me thinking about how I am definitely a cat person. I grew up with both cats and dogs, along with goats, sheep  and other sundry animals. This included the great guinea pig breeding programme I embarked on when I was 13. Lets just say that the aspersions they cast upon rabbits and their mating habits can equally be applied to guinea pigs.

But I digress.

I love the way cats walk a fine line between indifference to humans and devotion. The cats I’ve lived with have varied wildly in personality. I once had a stealth sitter. You could be minding your own business sitting on the couch, look down and there was Sam curled up asleep, and you had no idea  how long he had been there.  My current adult cat craves attention, but does not do laps nor does he like being picked up.

I like that I can leave cats to their own devices while I’m at work and they behave, although that won’t be for a while for our wee kitten tornado. I love their funny little habits and stubbornness. I also find them quite intuitive. My old Sam saw me through some tough times, he was always there for a pat and a cuddle when I needed it, and their fur soaks up a good many tears.

Dog people love them because they are loyal and you can train them to do stuff. I’m guessing this as I am a cat person and have only observation to go on. But my husband’s recently departed Tortie was the most loyal animal I have ever met. You could also say obsessive. She loved him with a quirky passion and deeply resented me til her dying breath for breaking up their little partnership seven years ago.

It’s been a while since I’ve had a kitten, so I’m checking out books on raising kittens, and I found myself watching a toddler terrorise the library and I thought, “she’s just like my kitten”. Momo is providing great fun for us all and increasing companionship for our older cat as they get to know each other.

So tell me, are you a cat or dog person? Or maybe you like ferrets? What do you love about your animal of choice?