|Dinosaur Cat (1998) [Novel]|
by Garrison Allen
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Series: Big Mike
(From the publisher):
When the discovery of a baby Seismosaurus fossil attracts a horde of media vultures to the town of Empty Creek, Arizona, the incredible find is shadowed by an even bigger sensation. A young scientist is murdered at the site - her body found with a bullet in the back, sending sometime sleuth Penelope Warren out to the scene. But before Penelope arrives, a mysterious explosion removes any evidence.
Now with the help of her Abyssinian cat "Big Mike", the ex-marine and part-time book owner finds herself investigating an influx of furtive foreigners, from Russia's most voluptuous wannabe ballerina to a Japanese fossil peddler. Not to mention coping with homegrown desert veterans like melancholy prospector Red the Rat and her best friend, risqué romance novelist Laney Henders.
And when Penelope digs up clues buried deep in Empty Creek's history, she soon realizes that she has just scratched the surface of a very deadly mystery - one that will pit her against forces that could precipitate anything from an Empty Creek wet tee-shirt rematch to more blood on the sand.
Original title: Dinosaur Cat
Genre: Fiction→ Crime and Mystery→ Detective Story and Detectives→ Cozy Mysteries