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  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; Reprint edition (Nov. 29 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061806951
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061806957
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.4 x 17.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #543,616 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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)

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“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.

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Format: Hardcover
Shirley Rousseau Murphy has garnered legions of fans with her cat sleuth P.I. Joe Grey and the feline he fancies, Dulcie - she's sure to win more with the 16th in this award winning series, CAT COMING HOME. Murphy manages to fill her stories with sufficient amounts of mystery, mayhem and murder to satisfy and still keep it within the bounds of believable feline activity. (So says this owner of two cats who rule not only the roost but our hearts, too). Now, if there are naysayers claiming that talking cats are farfetched, just read a Joe Grey mystery, and you'll find yourself chatting with them.

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
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terrific, love this series
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa42ba1bc) out of 5 stars Another Win for Joe Grey Nov. 7 2010
By A. Burgin - Published on
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The latest installment of the Joe Grey mysteries is very hard to lay down. The family that Shirley Rousseau Murphy has created with Joe, Dulcie, and Kit and their people: Clyde and Ryan, Wilma, Charlie and Max, and Lucinda and Pedric just keeps getting stronger. Each novel picks up the threads left at the end of the previous book and weaves a new tapestry of myriad images that are so colorful and rich that Dulcie would be rolling in delight on them. Once again the cats save the day but it's the manner in which they do it that sucks a reader down until one comes up for air several hours later. That time is not begrudged since the world of Molina Point invites one to stay. My only regret with this novel is that I finished it so soon and will have to wait a year for the next novel. Bravo Shirley and bravo Joe, Dulcie, and Kit for once again making the village safe for those who are innocent of heart and making me smile with complete satisfaction.
27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa42ba408) out of 5 stars entertaining holiday mystery Oct. 28 2010
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Format: Hardcover
In Los Angeles, the murders of her son and daughter-in-law shake Maudie Toola's equilibrium as even her bone marrow feels numb in shock. However, she has no time to grieve her loss as she must make the holidays uplifting for her grandson Benny who witnessed the double homicides. Maudie and Benny move to her childhood home Molena Point, California.

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.

Harriet Klausner
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa42ba798) out of 5 stars As good as ever -- go, Shirley, go, Joe Grey! Nov. 5 2010
By Barbara D. - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Another heart-warming Molena Point mystery, with just the right mix of animal and people protagonists -- the bad ones, you will find, this time, entirely on the people side). I am delighted give away this much . . . ;-)
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!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa42ba8c4) out of 5 stars good but not as good as others Dec 15 2010
By Karen B - Published on
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Maybe I was slightly disappointed in this because I had so been looking forward to reading it. Murphy is one of my favorite authors and it just didn't seem to have the sparkle it usually does.
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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa42ba198) out of 5 stars New cat in town Jan. 25 2011
By Chrijeff - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Christmas is coming, and home invaders are getting fat. Or maybe not. Molena Point has been suffering through a rash of mysterious ones that the police can't seem to get a handle on, which is making for loud vituperation by the local paper (which has recently changed ownership) and frustration for the three talking feline detectives, Joe Grey, Dulcie, and Kit. Meanwhile young Lori Reed's father, who's in prison (unjustly, according to both Chief Harper and the cats), has been stabbed, and quilt designer Maudie Toola has moved herself and her seven-year-old grandson Benny to the village following the brutal murder of his father and new stepmother. Then, just to make life even more interesting for Joe and his ladyfriends, a new tomcat appears in town. His name is Misto--a sentient cat like themselves, big and impressive, but old--so old that romantic little Kit, longing to find the tom of her dreams, is at first disappointed in him. Yet he intrigues her. His eyes hold "a world of knowledge, and of pain." He isn't sure, but he believes he was born in Molena Point, and has come to try to learn the truth. "I've never had a human friend I cared so much about," he says wistfully, as he learns of the trio's love for their humans and their indignation over the bad press the MPPD is getting. "What must that be like, to love a human friend?" Yet the exciting interaction Joe and his ladies have with the local cops hooks him, and soon he's up to his whiskers in helping them solve the invasions--which turn sinister when Benny is kidnapped right out of his bed.

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.

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