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No Kill Station
Murder at Rehoboth Beach
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You’re not just buying a book, you’re contributing 70% of the purchase price to Home for Life no kill sanctuary for cats and dogs in Minnesota
The Rehoboth Beach animal shelter director known as the Grim Reaper is beaten to death. When Matt investigates, he is thrown into a nightmare that ends the peaceful new life with his son.
“Dog Killer” is scrawled at the murder scene so Matt searches for people who hated the victim because of the shelter’s treatment of homeless animals. Matt is shocked to learn of the shelter convenience killing, the slaughter of Pit Bulls, and the roundup of feral cats. His landlord Clara has two Pit Bulls and a cat colony that Matt and his son have come to love like family.
Matt wants to find the animal rights blogger who pours gasoline on the flames of community outrage. Because of the shelter director’s cyberbullying and use of animal control to harass people, the blogger writes anonymously. Clara knows the blogger’s identity but won’t tell Matt – for good reason.
Matt discovers a criminal conspiracy but cannot get politicians to do anything. Despite the warnings, he is unable to allow this evil to continue. As he works to solve the murder and stop the animal cruelty, Matt comes to a new understanding of life and death. At the same time, he discovers love, hope, and a new calling.
I enjoyed killing off the evil animal shelter director on page one of my first novel, which captures some of her experiences as an animal rescuer, advocate for no-kill shelters, and blogger. My hope is that people will not only enjoy the book but also spread the word about saving more homeless dogs and cats. Royalties from book sales will be donated to Home for Life Animal, a no kill sanctuary in Minnesota. www.homeforlife.org
From 2010 through 2014, I wrote a blog called No Kill Delaware that criticized the state for not enforcing its innovative animal shelter law, which was passed in 2010 and mandated measures for saving homeless animals. My blog and Facebook page provided a forum for animal advocates and rescuers to tell their experiences with the SPCA that was fighting against compliance with the state’s shelter law. I was on the Board of Safe Haven Animal Sanctuary for three years, which sadly went bankrupt about 18 months later. That’s why I am so devoted to Home for Life which has thrived for decades.
By the time I burned out, I had five dogs, including two Pit Bulls and two Beagles who had been on death row for being “unadoptable.” I was also the caretaker of a community cat colony living in the woods behind her house, and of course, they were all neutered.
While the passionate arguments in the animal rescue world were a shock, I am not a stranger to controversial issues. I grew up in Washington D.C. where politics, legislation, and public policy are an obsession. With a Masters degree from the University of Virginia School of Architecture, I worked as a city planner in local government with very active, vocal citizens. For three years I was the county planner working with citizens as they fought preserve neighborhoods from high-rise developers that were gobbling up land around Metro stations.
Later I consulted with the federal government on policy and environmental impacts of some incredibly controversial projects: siting of high-leve radioactive waste; cleanup of the nation’s nuclear bomb-making sites; dismantlement of nuclear weapons, and; storage of highly enriched uranium and plutonium from dismantled weapons.
After retiring, I lived for five years in the Delaware beach area where we had vacationed with family for over 20 years. When a tree crushed our house during a storm, my husband and I moved to the Philadelphia suburbs where our grandchildren are nearby and where the trees seem friendly.