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Hounded
By Cherie Reich
Friday, March 26, 2010

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Toby Hound is not only a private investigator, but he is also a were-hound. When the lovely and mysterious Catherine "Cat" Reynolds comes to his office, Toby is intrigued. The woman is certain her sister is missing, and Toby believes that she may be on to something when he discovers that four other women have disappeared from the area. His investigation takes him to a bar called the Wolf's Den, which is run by a werewolf. Amanda "Kitten" Reynolds' scent is there, and Toby knows he is on the right trail. When Cat comes into the picture, she screws up the investigation by being kidnapped. Toby must race against time and the full moon to find Cat and Kitten before it is too late.

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A lone man sat at the desk in an office a little bigger than a jail cell. He tapped the pen against his thin lips for a moment before writing in a five in the lower right corner of the Sudoku puzzle. As his brown eyes searched for other fives, he heard the distinctive dull click of heels on the wood floor. He paused and tilted his head to listen to the woman's gait. The steps grew louder, and he wondered if she was coming to see him or someone else in the three-story building.

A woman's silhouette paused outside the frosted-glass door. She clearly read the name on the door and something written on a piece of paper that she held in her hand. Her slim arm lifted to knock on the door. She hesitated. Her hand rose again but then fell to her side. He watched as she turned away and took three steps away from the door before she spun back around. As her knuckles rapped upon the wooden door frame, his voice called out, "Come in."

The doorknob turned, and a beautiful woman entered the small office. She was tall and as lithe as a feline. Her black hair fell straight to her mid-back. Her complexion was fair, and she had startling green, almond-shaped eyes. "Are you Detective Toby Hound?"

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Reviewed by Regis Auffray 3/26/2010
A captivating start to your story, Cherie. Love and best wishes to you,

Regis

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