Sunday, September 6, 2015

    A horrific murder in a prosperous, Gulfside community forces a retired art rep into a business where billions of dollars change hands in a hidden marketplace for stolen treasures, fakes, and forgeries. For Ed Lear and his two sidekick Siamese sleuths there is evil in abundance – evil people, evil organizations, evil regimes. This is a different sort of mystery. No dirty dialogue. No pulse-pounding porn spelled out in four letter words. If you are saying to yourself, “OH - - - - this isn't my kind of book! - nothing here to get me to turn a page for the next string of polysyllable profanity, graphic groping or disgusting description,” I'd encourage you to read on and let your imagination paint pictures that make raunchy written recitation pale by comparison. If your favorite pet is a pit bull trained by the 'what's his name' football star, just try to ignore the cats. Given most pussies' ability to sense who likes them and who doesn't, I'm pretty sure Zen and Zoe would ignore you, too. Concentrate on deciphering the threatening, limerick word puzzles and the twists and turns in a mystery that will unravel like a ball of yarn batted around by a couple of smart felines. Pit your intuition against the instincts of a pair of discerning feline art experts, and you will collect the reward for recovering art masterpieces worth millions.  


     That's the offer made by mystery writer, Dick Harrison. He's offering his new book, Designed to Deceive - Can two cats unscramble the crime, When the clues about art are in rhyme? as a bonus to friendly folks who will adopt a cat through a cat rescue organization.
Zen and Zoe, two cats with an uncanny ability to tell fake art from the genuine article are the real heroes in the spine-tingling thriller where forged, and stolen masterpieces change hands in the multi-billion dollar underworld art marketplace few people are aware exists.
    Art historian, Thomas Hoving, estimated that various types of forged art comprise up to forty percent of the art market.
    According to Chris Marinello, general counsel for Art Loss Register, an international index of stolen works, “There are 350,000 stolen works of art in the world.”
Philip Saunders, editor of Trace, the stolen art register, stated, “There are at least 100,000 works of art still missing from the Nazi occupation.”
    When the cats' owner, retired art rep, Ed Lear is forced to engage with an international theft and forgery organization, he and gallery owner, Kip Mason, are taunted by a limerick writing villain. Zen and Zoe become the art experts they must rely upon. Candace Topping, the gorgeous redhead with the spectacular legs soon becomes part of the threatened family. As a feature writer for their local newspaper she and Ed feel sure the grizzly murder of a cross-dressing young man is related to the evil business that entangles the couple and the cats.
    When the director of the local museum is presented with an “offer he can't refuse” longtime friendships are called into question, Wiccan witches, a black “puthy cat,” a delightful six-year-old and a cat-napping become part of the story.
    Dick Harrison, the eighty-six-year-old writer, has had more than a passing involvement with art, limericks and kitty cats. A cat owner for a half century, he was a producing artist and art rep for twenty years. He originated and co-authored a nationally syndicated, scrambled limerick word puzzle that challenged millions daily in more than one hundred newspapers. As the author of Lim-R-Iddles, co-author with Barney Davey of How to Sell Art to Interior Designers he also has six other books available at

Cat Rescue organizations that would like to offer a free copy of the book to those who adopt a cat are encouraged to contact the author at the email address on the website for the book.


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