The Cat Of Christmas Past



I try not to use this blog to promo my books but I’m really excited about this one and I want to tell you about it since it publishes on Sunday.

As the name would hint at, The Cat of Christmas Past is sort of a takeoff of A Christmas Carol. The plot doesn’t actually follow the plot of A Christmas Carol, but you will see a similarity in the names used and the overall theme. I took a bit of a chance with this book since it does not actually feature a murder and I know there are mystery purists out there who will insist that you have to have a murder.

The book features a miserly old man named Balthazar Pottage who has issued eviction notices to the 12 families living in one of the apartment buildings he owns just weeks before Christmas. Cait makes it her mission to save the apartment building but Balthazar is known for being the meanest, most miserly, man in the area. Getting him to change his mind won’t be easy. In fact, she considers the task to be close to impossible, until a cat named Ebenezer comes calling and Cait knows that she has just received the Christmas miracle she is going to need.

Cait attempts to befriend the man in the hope of talking him into sparing the building, but the man, unfortunately isn’t all that interested in friendship. There is one thing however, that the old man is willing to trade for the apartments. The problem is that the thing that the man wants is most likely impossible to deliver.

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This is an excerpt from the book:

“You’re asking me to do this huge thing for the tenants of that building, yet what have any of them ever done for me? What has anyone ever done for me?”

I frowned. “How about if I continue to read to you? I can come back every Monday.”

“I would enjoy that, but we’re talking about more than a hundred thousand dollars,” Pottage pointed out.

I guess the man had a point.

“Although, there is something else you can do for me that might be worth that amount of money.”

I smiled. “What? I’ll do anything.”

“You can help me find out what became of my son.”

I hesitated. Find his son? Was he kidding? He had a serious look on his face, so I had to assume he was serious in making his request.

“You want me to find your son?” I asked. “He’s been missing for a very long time. How am I supposed to find him?”

“I have no idea, but Ebenezer seems to think you’re the one to help us. In fact, he’s quite insistent on it. Will you do it?”

I looked at the cat and hesitated. It did seem that we were linked in some way, and cats had helped me solve mysteries equally as impossible as this in the past. “If I help you figure out what happened to your son you’ll let the tenants stay?”

To find out the answer to that question you will have to read the book.


Now for the giveaway. I am going to give away a Cat of Christmas Past Tote this week. To be entered to win simply comment below. I will pick a winner on Sunday. The winner will be announced my main Facebook page –





94 thoughts on “The Cat Of Christmas Past

  1. Edwina Wronski says:

    Well your little tease from the book sure made me want to read more, love the take from the original story. Can’t wait to see how Cait, solves the mystery, even though there is no murder

  2. Linda Mierka says:

    I look forward to each one of your books come out. I am saving to read the new ones on a cruise I’m taking at Christmas.

  3. Marsha Cole says:

    I love this series! I want to go to Madrona Island, volunteer at the cat sanctuary, and hang out at Coffee Cat Books!

  4. servedogmom says:

    Except for the history of murders, I’d love to meet Cait and friends. Sounds like the perfect addition to this seies.

  5. Elizabeth Dent says:

    I am really looking forward to ready The Cat of Christmas Past . Beautiful cover . I also love this bag and woukd live to win it . I collect bags . Thanks for the chance .

  6. Sharon Baker says:

    I go see A Christmas Carol every year, Cats are one of my favorite animals and this sounds like a must read. Can’t wait. Going to B & N tomorrow to put in an order.
    Thank you so much for the great reads.

  7. sallycootie says:

    This sounds like another good one, and it will be great even without a murder. And holiday themed stories are just the best!

  8. I am working on a deadline this weekend so I’m not going to respond to each comment as I usually like to do. I have however read all the comments. Thank you all for sharing my enthusiasm for the book. The winner of the tote is Andra. I don’t have a last name but I will respond to her comment. Congrats!

  9. Nona Burns says:

    Totally enjoyed “The Cat of Christmas Past”. Thank you! I seem to migrate towards books with cats featured in the storyline.

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