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Cat Telling Tales: A Joe Grey Mystery Paperback – Nov 14 2011

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow (Nov. 14 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061806927
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061806926
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 14.2 x 3.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 499 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #820,253 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“The heartwrenching stories of an orphaned child and a stray cat at Christmas will tug on more than a few heartstrings.” (Romantic Times on Cat Coming Home)

“A heartwarming and satisfying tale.” (Booklist on Cat Coming Home)

“[A] marvelous holiday gift of a tale.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Cat Coming Home)

“This is delightful entertainment. It would be a true cat-tastrophe if you let it pass you by.” (Todd David Schwartz, CBS Radio, Four Stars (Highest Rating) on Cat Coming Home)

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Even the bright seaside village of Molena Point has been hit hard by the economic downturn, bringing a rash of foreclosures in which many residents are abandoning their family pets. While feline P. I. Joe Grey's human friends join together to care for the starving cats, a fire leaves a twelve-year-old boy homeless. The body of his alcoholic guardian is discovered in the smoldering ruins, causing Joe to wonder if escape was really impossible for the elderly woman or if something more sinisteroccurred.

Meanwhile, Debbie Kraft descends uninvited on the Damens' home with her two children, claiming that her ex-husband has left her with no money and nowhere else to go. But when Joe learns that the victim of the fire was Debbie's estranged mother and that Debbie is not broke at all but carrying plenty of cash, his fur is on end with suspicion.

As Debbie's abandoned tomcat follows her all the way down the coast from Oregon with his own clues to add to the mix, Joe learns that Debbie's Realtor ex-husband may be involved in a number of intricate real estate scams. Furthermore, his sales partner may be missing, and while Joe and his pals prowl through the dead woman's house, they discover that her reclusive neighbor has disappeared as well.

But it's not until Debbie's tomcat arrives that Joe and his feline detective pals find the biggest clue of all: a grave that the cops have missed. And as the pieces of the puzzle begin to come together, tortoiseshell Kit sees her own dreams coming true in the handsome new cat with whom she might share her life's adventures.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gail Cooke TOP 50 REVIEWER on Nov. 23 2011
Format: Paperback
Fans of Shirley Rousseau Murphy's imaginative mystery series starring feline P.I. Joe Grey will be delighted with her latest. It's especially appropriate at this time of year with a focus on an orphaned child and a stray cat - heartstring tuggers, for sure.

Things in the coastal village of Molena Point are very much like they are in other parts of our country - the economic downturn is affecting most. Homes are being abandoned, family pets left behind, and a general cloud of dissatisfaction settling over the population.

Joe has had a very disturbing dream, a frightening one, and he doesn't know "if it was a prediction or some mysterious voice from the past - or simply damn foolishness." Whatever the case it doesn't leave him, although the thought of breakfast allays his fear for a while.

There is a letter that bothers him - from one Debbie Kraft, an acquaintance of Ryan's. Debbie says she's broke, and she along with her two children are coming to stay with the Damens because she has no where else to go. Sure enough, she arrives. At about the same time a fire breaks out leaving a 12-year-old boy homeless, and his guardian dead. When Joe discovers that the late guardian is Debbie's mother and that in actuality Debbie has plenty of cash he goes on high alert.

Rightfully so, Debbie's ex who also lives in Molena Point is a realtor with few scruples and a missing sales partner.

Cat lovers and mystery lovers will find much to enjoy in Joe Grey's latest adventure.

- Gail Cooke
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
A delightful whodunit with great characters, feline and human Nov. 25 2011
By Sheila L. Beaumont - Published on
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Another wonderful mystery featuring feline sleuths Joe Grey, Dulcie, and Kit. This whodunit involves the plight of cats left homeless after their owners abandon them as foreclosures follow the collapse of the housing bubble. Fortunately, caring humans in the seaside village of Molena Point, in Northern California, join together to care for the starving felines.

Meanwhile, an elderly alcoholic woman, Hesmerra, is found dead after her house catches fire, leaving her 12-year-old grandson, Billy, homeless. The story is soon complicated by the sudden appearance in town of Debbie, one of Hesmerra's daughters, with her two children, a real estate scam involving Debbie's ex-husband, three apparently missing persons, a lone homeless woman living in her car, a meth lab in an abandoned house, and the arrival from Oregon of a very clever tomcat named Pan.

Don't be concerned that this is an overly cozy tale of cutesy kitties. These talking felines are descended from ancient Celtic cats who have very special talents. They have human-level intelligence but are real cats who, despite being well-fed by their human housemates, have not lost the instinct for hunting rats and rabbits. "Cat Telling Tales" is a delightful whodunit, with a well-plotted story and a likable cast of regular characters, both feline and human. If you enjoy cat mysteries, and don't mind a little fantasy in your whodunits, don't miss out on this enchanting series.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Cozy, yes; Cats, yes; but characterization: wow! Jan. 10 2012
By Bryan Pfaffenberger - Published on
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Fans of Shirley Murphy's Joe Grey series will love this newest addition to the tales of the talented cats of Molena Point, who turn their curiosity to the solution of crimes. And yes, these are cozies, beginning with a disturbance that upsets the balance of a peaceful world. In the end, of course, the balance is restored. For lovers of cats and lovers of cozies, there is simply nothing better than a good Shirley Rosseau novel. And Cat Telling Tales is, in my opinion, one of the best.

But I'd like to call attention to something that I am certain other readers have noticed. This author has a talent for characterization that elevates these novels to a level far beyond the the standards of the genre. Time and again, she creates characters that the reader CARES about. They insinuate themselves into your imagination to the point that you almost feel as if you know them, and they become dear to you -- Clyde, Charlie, Max, Wilma, and Ryan, and of course Joe, Dulcie, and Kit. The author's deft character brushwork brings even the minor characters to life, and the same goes for the new arrivals, too. With a tenderness that speaks for her golden heart, the author illuminates the feelings of the equally unforgettable children that so often figure in her stories. There is much to savor here, and I encourage those who might not otherwise feel attracted to the subject matter to give this book a read.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Whole Series is Awesome! Jan. 1 2012
By Cat and Book lover - Published on
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This series is the very best of all the cat mystery series!! The latest adventure is wonderfully exciting. I could not put the book down and it is the only reason I made it till midnight on New Years Eve. Just had to finish this book. I came late to this series having just read every book in it over the last month. Every one of them was the same way a real page turner. The mysteries are wonderful and not at all easy to figure out. I found myself often laughing out loud especially at the dialogue between Joe Grey and his housemate Clyde. I cannot wait for the next book to see what happens with the budding romance between Pan and Kit!!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
spend some time with Joe Grey Jan. 6 2012
By Clara Gilbert - Published on
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Molena Point CA(based on Carmel By The Sea) has a new mystery to be solved by Joe Grey,Kit ,and Dulcie and the new tom in town Misto. The series gets better and better,can't wait for the next one. Equals parts charm,heartache,and good storyline. Who would have thought talking cats and their humans could be so entertaining.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Topical murder Dec 28 2011
By Chrijeff - Published on
Format: Paperback
As Clyde Damen and Ryan Flannery prepare to celebrate their first anniversary, their talking tomcat, Joe Grey, awakens suddenly from a disturbingly vivid dream. Joe is the most practical and down-to-earth of tomcats (who are, of course, practical and down-to-earth to begin with), and he doesn't believe in "visions...[and] psychic portents"--yet somehow he can't help wondering if his dream was a warning or a clue of some kind. Then his life and those of his humans are turned upside down by a fire in the nearby hills, which leaves an alcoholic woman dead and her 12-year-old grandson (and his coterie of rescued cats) homeless, and the descent of a former art-school mate of Ryan's, complete with a carload of baggage and two young daughters, who seems to think she can count on the Damens to give her a home. It soon becomes apparent, however, that it wasn't the fire that killed Billy's grandmother--that it was set to hide the fact that she was already dead, probably poisoned. And Joe begins to realize that his dream was a picture, not of the future or the present, but of the past--the last night of Billy's mother's life. Is there a connection to the Damens' houseguest, who was recently deserted by her husband, the victim's son-in-law? How is the woman living in her battered old car involved, if she is? What has become of her vanished friend--and the son-in-law's equally vanished female partner? Or, for that matter, the son-in-law himself? As always, Murphy deftly interweaves the varied threads of her complex case and manages to keep a large cast of characters straight and on track while Joe, Dulcie, Kit, and their new friend, the gifted storyteller (and title-cat) Misto--along with a new arrival, Misto's handsome son Pan, who formerly lived with the unwelcome houseguest--try to work out a solution to the various puzzles around them. She also introduces several topical elements--the ongoing economic downturn, the frequent abandonment of pets to which it has led, the use of feral cats to protect valuable evidence and records from rat incursions in big-city police departments, all of which feed into the mystery--and suggests the possibility of a true love for Kit and a new career (poetry-writing) for Dulcie.

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