Cat Coming Home Mass Market Paperback – Nov 29 2011
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“[A] marvelous holiday gift of a tale.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Cat Coming Home)
“A heartwarming and satisfying tale.” (Booklist on Cat Coming Home)
“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)
“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)
From the Back Cover
“That was no accident.”
Escaping Los Angeles and theugly memories of her son’s recentmurder, Maudie Toola returns to her childhood home of Molena Point with her orphaned grandson, facing the upcoming Christmas holiday with trepidation. But she is not aware that the small seaside village is being plagued by a series of brutal attacks on single women . . . orthat the heartless fiend who shattered her world hasfollowed her here.
Feline sleuth Joe Grey and his cat pals have a lot on their dish this holiday season, and it overflows when an elderly wandering tomcat appears on the scene bearing an important message from a state prisoner for the chief of police. But this lonely old cat also has a personal agenda—as does Maudie Toola, who knows more than she’s telling about her son’s killer.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
In the most horrific murder imaginable Maudie Toola's son and daughter-in-law are suddenly shot to death while driving a lonely road on their way to the mountains near Lake Arrowhead. Maudie and three children are in the backseat; she glimpsed the passenger in the big pickup for just a second, and saw 'the gleam of metal, too, and shoved the children to the floor, crouching down over them as a fiery blast exploded and another.' Blessedly their lives were saved.
Now, eight months later, still reeling from the trauma of that night, Maudie is moving back to her childhood home, Molena Point. She brings her orphaned grandson, Benny, with her while knowing she must now raise him and make life as good for the child as she can.
A gray tomcat watches their arrival; something about Maudie has aroused his curiosity. 'Something out of keeping, an attitude that didn't seem to fit this gentle person.....' Little did Joe know that his interest in Maudie would soon involve murders, a stabbing at the state prison, and the fearsome home invasions that had suddenly begun in once peaceful Molena Point.
Could the vicious killer have tracked Maudie and Benny to this seaside village?
- Gail Cooke
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
However, the town has its problems as criminals have broken into homes and assaulted women throughout the small village. Police chief Max Harper struggles with the attacks as they are seemingly random and he lacks the manpower to handle them. At the same time the L.A. killer has followed Maudie and Ben to Molena Point. Apparently Christmas may not be coming to town this year; as even Joel Grey, Dulcie and Kit fail to help Max until a hardened elderly stray arrives with a message for the cats and the cop. .
This is an entertaining holiday mystery in which Benny and the visiting tomcat add a special warmth to the tale. Both subplots are fully developed so long time fans feel sympathy for the Toola twosome and shock that Joel and associates fail to connect the dots. Shirley Rousseau Murphy provides her myriad of fans with a very merry Christmas tale.
Tenderly-drawn portraits of kids in distress (succoured by family, friends and cats and saved, halleluya!), people on either side of the law (a differentiation that only _they_ may choose to make, in some cases) and those fabulous feline talking sleuths who contribute their unique talents to the work the police is doing -- defying all odds, and putting everything right for the good of the good people, before Christms Eve.
A wonderful, warm book for the holidays, especially for all of us who love Carmel, Joe Grey and his two- and four-footed heros.
Thank you, Shirley Rousseau Murphy, for managing to keep up the tradition!
I like the interaction between the cats and their attempts to contact the humans. I also enjoy when the differences between the cats are emphasized; ie Joe's attitude towards his food (that was good in this book) Dulcie's love of "feminine" things and Kit's impetuousness. I always like how the police department notices the cats' involvement but never quite figures it out.
Though not as holiday-oriented as last year's Cat Deck the Halls: A Joe Grey Mystery (Joe Grey Mysteries), this sixteenth in the Joe Grey saga is equally as convoluted and deftly plotted (I was sure the new editor of the paper was somehow connected to the break-ins, perhaps for reasons of political ambition), and Misto is a sympathetic new character of whom I hope to see more. It was also nice to see Ryan Flannery Damen's big Weimarener, Rock, help to save the day. Faithful followers of the series will not be disappointed in this entry.