TITLE: An Ambush of Tigers
GENRE: Adult - Mystery
When Hamilton’s long-lost cousin asks him to help find her missing exotic cat, he thinks it’ll be a fun diversion in his lonely, humdrum life in small-town Texas. But when cat-napping escalates into murder, Hamilton must figure out how to solve a real mystery, one with life or death consequences.
My legs hang over the side of the couch and my arms droop like noodles in the warm living room. I am trying to convince myself it’s not in my financial best interest to turn the air conditioner down another few degrees when my phone rings. That’s right, rings. Not texting or emailing or carrier pigeon-ing. Telephoning. Like it’s 1952.
The screen shows a local area code but I don’t recognize the number. “Hamilton Clark,” I say. It’s been so long since I’ve answered a phone call that I’m not sure that’s right.
“Hamilton, hi, sorry to bother you. There’s this girl here, says she’s your cousin. Don’t know if that’s true or what, but she says she needs to see you right away. I didn’t want to give her your number without asking. You mind coming down here and seeing what this is all about?” It’s a woman’s voice, with more than a hint of Texas twang.
“Sorry, who’s this?” I ask.
“Oh jeez, guess I didn’t say that part, huh? It’s Sharleen. From the diner?”
Now it’s starting to makes sense. Of course Sharleen would call before passing along my number. She likes me, and not just because I’m a twenty-five percent tipper. She also flirts with me, even though she’s at least thirty years older and apparently has no gaydar. I don’t mind. Flirting is flirting, and it’s all good preparation for when the barrage of hot, young, gay men descend on August, Texas. Any minute now.