She moved with the sinuous grace of a dancer or a thief; sleek and deadly. Her eyes were wide, feigning innocence. Hiding secrets… She licked her lips, as if she liked the taste of blood.

The crime scene didn’t faze her, yet it was the worst I had ever seen. In my job, you see things you don’t want to remember.

He’d been cornered, caught in a dead end, a trap with no way out.

Blood spattered high up the walls. Gobbets of rent flesh clung to the paintwork. Dismembered life festered in scarlet pools on the pale carpet. The only thing she’d left intact was a foot, just one.

God knows what she’d done with the rest of him…

He must have struggled… fought back…ย  the violence of the attack, the carnage…sickening.

This wasn’t just murder. This was slaughter.

I was glad I’d only had coffee. The clean-up was going to take some time…

I picked up the severed foot and bagged it. She didn’t even flinch.

I couldn’t work her out.

It wasn’t the first time we had faced each other over a corpse. How many had she killed? And why? She was young, beautiful… lacked for nothing. From the jewelled collar to the fur, this girl had it all.

She was guilty as sin.

And she was going to walk free…

…leaving me with another corpse to dispose of…

I’ve really gone off that cat…


About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She has written a number of books, both alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at and on Twitter @SCVincent Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email:
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88 Responses to Noir

  1. pennygadd51 says:

    Haha! Sometimes it’s like that with a cat!

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  2. Ritu says:

    Like I said before.. . So glad Sonu is only an indoor cat!!!


  3. barbtaub says:

    Beyond fabulous! I’m still laughing.


  4. Oh my sorry you have to do the clean up that can be messy! I do sympathize with you. I have five cats and two are prolific hunters. Thankfully I only have to chase the live “offerings” around the house catch them and set them free. Of course that earns me a totally disgusted look from the feline provider.


  5. davidprosser says:

    Brilliant Sue.
    xxx Hugs Galore xxx


  6. jenanita01 says:

    Makes me so glad that mine is a gentleman. He brings things home for company, I swear!


  7. Oh my!! I thought “Sue’s gone dark” until the last line ๐Ÿค—
    My dads cat does this. Brings in half of things…. mice, bats, lizards. Ew.


  8. Feline noir…wonderful !

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  9. Mary Smith says:

    Brilliant, Sue. So far our little black cat, adopted a few weeks ago, has not demonstrated her hunting skills. This morning, though, she had hysterics when a bluebottle flew into the kitchen while she was having breakfast. She was terrified, abandoned her food and ran upstairs. We could hear her crashing around, knocking things over then haring back downstairs and hiding in the sitting room. She wasn’t evcen chasing the fly, it was still buzzing in the kitchen.

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  10. trentpmcd says:

    Haha. Typically if there is a murder in our house there is little carnage, just the corpse to dispose of. Claudius, however, used to meow pitifully until I removed the body. If I waited too long (because i didn’t realize there was a body), he’d get mad and crunch it up, making a huge mess…

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  11. Now that’s funny, Sue. Great twist at the end. Something tells me she “will” kill again with no remorse. I think I know what happened to the rest of the victim. ๐Ÿ˜€ — Suzanne


  12. Like it! My cat was the other way, totally fastidious in her presention of her kill, no mess, no blood.
    Maybe she didn’t like the sight of it herself!


  13. Adele Marie says:

    I love this, Sue. xxx


  14. Widdershins says:

    Kitty Noir … the latest murder/mystery sub genre ๐Ÿ™‚ … I think you have a hit here! ๐Ÿ˜€


  15. dgkaye says:

    Loved this Sue! ๐Ÿ™‚ xx


  16. I was reading this and thinking “Sue never writes dark, violent stuff like this. What happened to her? Who wrote this and what did they do with Sue!?” Then, I got to the fur and collar. “Ani isn’t a killer,” I thought. “What’s going on?” CAT! Ha ha ha. My cat’s been delivering dead bodies to me all week.


  17. paulandruss says:

    Brilliant Punchline! What a short story!


  18. willowdot21 says:

    Absolutely fell for that! Loved it !!


  19. Oh ,I love the way you have written this, Sue, sending us off track, until the big surprise at the end!!! ๐Ÿ™‚


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