Cat Telling Tales: A Joe Grey Mystery Paperback – Nov 14 2011
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From the Back Cover
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.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
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
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
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.
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.