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Killing at the Cat : a mystery
Miller, Carlene, 1935-2009.
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Norwich, Vt. : New Victoria Publishers, 1998.
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192 pages ; 21 cm
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Lexy Hyatt is lonely and single and stuck writing for her local paper - until a woman is found dead in a lesbian bar. Lexy pleads for the case, but when her own ex-lover fits the murder frame, she struggles to maintain her objectivity.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Lesbian newspaper reporter Lexy Hyatt is on hand at her favorite bar, The Cat, when Darla Pollard, an insurance agent, is murdered in this provocative debut. Wary of the kind of coverage her Florida paper might give the story, Lexy convinces her editor to assign it to her. Lexy learns that homophobic Edward Driscoll blamed Darla for the suicide of his teenage daughter, who had worked in the insurance office and confided in Darla. He had vowed revenge, and was at the bar when Darla died. Also, a gay-bashing skinhead gang had targeted The Cat. While Lexy would like to believe in Driscoll's or the gang's guilt, she unearths more unsavory secrets about the victim's friends and clients than she can ignore. Among those who fit on the suspect list are The Cat's owner, Darla's secretary, and a former love of Lexy's; the solution, however, begins in left field. While not graphically sexual, Miller's debut is steeped in the details of lesbian culture and romance. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Newspaper reporter Lexy Hyatt escapes the humdrum boundaries of her usual political/social assignments when she and others discover a murder victim in a lesbian bar. The bar owner asks for Lexy's help, Lexy clears the potential story with her editor, and an investigative journalist is born. In her search for clues, Lexy interrogates her own ex-lover, the bar owner herself (a former lover of the victim), and a straight couple who blame their daughter's suicide on the victim. The central Florida atmosphere, lesbian bar-scene backdrops, and the ever-attendant quest for romance recommend this debut effort to appropriate collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.