It took some firm questioning on the intrepid detective's part, but she eventually admitted to having taken Sheba from near her deceased father's home weeks earlier.
"Based on her reaction, I have the impression they took the cat knowingly," Kay said. "I don't know why they would do that."
Fortunately, the purloined cat was still safe and sound when the woman handed her over to Kay, who hurried home to call McDermid with the good news.
"She just started crying. She was just so happy and surprised," Kay said. "I thought it would take a week or more to find her, and maybe require using surveillance. I was surprised, too, to find her so quickly."