The Secret Lives of Cats

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Homer Ziff wanted to know how his outdoor cats spent their days, so he attached a tiny digital camera to their collars—and discovered a mystery in his own backyard.

Winner of the Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine Readers Choice Award for 2008, this Anthony-nominated story was one of the most talked about stories of the year. More

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About Kristine Kathryn Rusch

New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch writes in almost every genre. Generally, she uses her real name (Rusch) for most of her writing. Under that name, she publishes bestselling science fiction and fantasy, award-winning mysteries, acclaimed mainstream fiction, controversial nonfiction, and the occasional romance. Her novels have made bestseller lists around the world and her short fiction has appeared in eighteen best of the year collections. She has won more than twenty-five awards for her fiction, including the Hugo, Le Prix Imaginales, the Asimov’s Readers Choice award, and the Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine Readers Choice Award.
Publications from The Chicago Tribune to Booklist have included her Kris Nelscott mystery novels in their top-ten-best mystery novels of the year. The Nelscott books have received nominations for almost every award in the mystery field, including the best novel Edgar Award, and the Shamus Award.
She writes goofy romance novels as award-winner Kristine Grayson and futuristic sf as Kris DeLake.
She also edits. Beginning with work at the innovative publishing company, Pulphouse, followed by her award-winning tenure at The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, she took fifteen years off before returning to editing with the original anthology series Fiction River, published by WMG Publishing. She acts as series editor with her husband, writer Dean Wesley Smith, and edits some of the volumes, as well.
To keep up with everything she does, go to and sign up for her newsletter. To track her many pen names and series, see their individual websites (,,, She lives and occasionally sleeps in Oregon.

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Review by: Nancy Beck on Aug. 28, 2012 :
This is a fascinating mystery that involves cats and cameras. Lots of cats, lol. I bought this because I've been on a cat story kick lately, and I wasn't disappointed.

What I also love about The Secret Lives of Cats is the hero is not some studly guy. He's a bit of a loner, stutters, and bought his house by writing non fiction - on physics, yet! Talk about unusual, and it was so nice to get into his head and see where he was going with the cats and cameras thing.

The murder mystery even leads to a whole new life for Homer, one he never anticipated...

There's also a bonus story, Scrawny Pete, that was also worth reading. The milieu reminded me of the old camera snapping newspapermen of 1930s movies. Scrawny Pete, the cat, figures in by helping the protagonist in an off-the-wall, funky way.

Both are more than worth your money and reading time. Enjoy!
(reviewed 24 days after purchase)
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