After spending two hours at a tax accountant’s with a 90 year old who can barely remember her first husband’s name I’ve decide my next Fi Butters’ mystery will be Murder by Cat, the strange tale of Ubiquitous K of Babylon Heights.
Synopsis: A series of murders takes place at Babylon Heights, a retirement village where all the residents and in particular the owners have skeletons in their Depends. Reluctantly former psychiatrist Fi Butters is called on scene when one of the residents, her elderly aunt, convinces the others that Ubiquitous K (a Norwegian Forest cat whose owner has recently died) is the cold-blooded murderer.
Murder by Cat, the strange tale of Ubiquitous K of Babylon Heights
“One thing I’m certain of, she was not killed by a cat!”
“She wasn’t killed by a hat?”
“No dear, a cat.”
Martha was one of those little old ladies who questioned everything she heard and thus it was impossible to get through a conversation without saying the same thing at least three times and she wasn’t alone.
“Well isn’t that the darndest thing. Killed by a hat.” Mr. Fassenbinder chimed it. He’d long since lost his hair and hearing but refused to wear an aide because “there wasn’t much good to hear in the world, so why wear the damned thing?” I had to agree.
The residents of Babylon Heights had assembled in the very same community room where holiday parties and bingo games were held. I figured there had to be at least forty folks which was fine; the room could easily hold a couple hundred. Heavy furniture provided comfy seating which meant a few in my audience would probably doze off, but regardless, after my auntie introduced me I launched into an attempt to quell the panic that rattled their aging bones.
“Nobody was killed by a hat or a cat or even a bat!” I chuckled which clued them in that something funny had been said. A few followed suit with a chuckle that sounded painfully forced. Okay, Butters, I thought, the last comedian to crack these folks up was probably Bob Hope. “First of all, despite my aunt’s kind introduction, I am not a detective. I am, or was, a psychiatrist.”
“Was a psychiatrist?”
“Yes Martha. Was. But I won’t bore you with the gory details of my many career changes…”
“Well not really gory. . . “
Okay, that’s as far as I’ve gotten on this bit of silliness. If I’m going to continue I need some appropriate character names. Do you have any suggestions? (other than – stop now Jan before you embarrass yourself any further!)
16 thoughts on “Murder by Cat”
I love the name Ubiquitous K! I’ll have to think a bit on this, though, I doubt I’ll be able to improve on that one.
Thanks! I need help!
I do dread names at times. Sometimes they take a long time to come to me. I’ve often thought it’d be nice to trade a list of names with other writers. Seriously.
Butters is awesome, by the way.
That’s an interesting idea! I like it.
I love it!
It’s a great opener and, although a murder mystery, can contain lots of humour with the characters you’ve already introduced us too.
Thanks Hugh. You’ve gotta have a sense of humor when you’re dealing with characters in their 80s and 90s!
I agree. Some of the things I heard my Grandmother say when in her company.
Have fun with the story.
Jan, just want to say thank you for this. Am having a rough week and a rough day, and this is the first thing that made me smile and then made me laugh too. I’ve got nothing to add–sorry, completely spent. But what a great story. xoxo
Oh, I’m sorry to hear that. I hope things gets better real soon! Glad I could give you something to smile about.
I love it! Have fun with it and keep going!
Excellent. If we are talking members of the aging frat maybe Amble Stroop, Gardiner Mausoleum, Dotty Peckham, Col Ostremy and Magnolia Wytch, or any combo.
Great names! I love them all!