Above is the inspiration for one of the most important continuing characters in the Liss MacCrimmon Mystery Series, "Lumpkin" the cat. Although described in the books as "a big yellow tom," the real cat, Nefret, was buff-colored. He didn't weigh quite as much as his fictional counterpart, either. In the fifth book in the series, Scotched, he and his little buddy, Glenora, made their first appearance on the cover.
And here he is again on X Marks the Scot, number eleven in the series.
And on the cover of Overkilt, the 12th entry, again with Glenora and with one of the two Scotties owned by Liss's Aunt Margaret.
Below are a few real life photos of Nefret.
Like Lumpkin, Glenora was based on one of my own cats. Nefret and Bala, were actually littermates, as you can see in their "baby picture" below. Sadly, as of late 2017, Nefret is no longer with us, but he'll live on in Lumpkin.
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