The Cat’s Paw Murders is the fourth novel in the Caroline Case mystery series. In 1930, Caroline and Hannibal Jones become paid espionage operatives for the French government. As wealthy expatriate Americans, they have the perfect cover. They are tasked with gathering intelligence about the intentions, methods and organizations of Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini. As part of their espionage duties, they bring murderous criminals and spies to justice, legally and otherwise. However, competing French politicians and bureaucrats fight for funds and influence. Caroline and Hannibal face extreme danger from certain French authorities as well as sinister Nazi secret police and their criminal associates. As Caroline and Hannibal pursue and dodge the bad guys, they take sleuthing to a sophisticated, intricate and exciting new level.
[Readers] looking for stories of international intrigue, inner demons unleased…[and] a fine interplay of class, culture, and self-discovery will find the intersection of all these forces captivating and revealing in a story more than worthy of pursuit. — Midwest Book Review 2022
About the Author
Frank L. Gertcher is a retired senior scientist and a current writer of murder-mysteries. He was born in Clinton, a small town in Indiana. During his childhood, Frank and his father fished and trapped on the Wabash River for a major portion of their family income. Frank’s teenage years were spent on a farm in Sullivan County. As an adult, Frank earned scholarships, and his degrees include a BS in Electrical Engineering, an MS in Engineering Management, an MBA and a PhD in Economics. He served 23 years in the U.S. Air Force and had another 22-year career, building weapon systems for the Department of Defense. Frank’s publications include eight books and a number of papers in scientific journals. He is an active member of the Mystery Writers of America. He has traveled to and lived in many places around the world, but he is still a Hoosier at heart. When not traveling the world, Frank and his wife Linda now live in the lovely Shell Point Retirement Community near Fort Myers, Florida.