Reviewer: Mary Lignor
Title: Cat Coming Home - 16th in the Joe Grey Raeburn series
Author: Shirley Rousseau Murphy
Publisher: Wm Morrow
ISBN-13: 978-0-06-180693-3 (Hardcover)
Release Date: October 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: Cozy Mystery
Year/Setting: Present day, Molina Point California
Overall Rating: 5.0
Sexual Content Rating: None
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Mild
Violent Content Rating: Moderate
Shirley's Website/Blog: www.shirleyrousseaumurphy.com
Joe Grey mysteries are really first class. This cat, that can talk mind you, is not an ordinary furry pet that will sit in your lap and love you unconditionally, but, a real detective that solves cases that humans find very difficult. Joe and his lady friend Dulcie live in Molina Point and have made themselves clear paths across the roof tops of houses so they can look down upon humanity. They have great personalities; families that love them; and, also know that they can communicate verbally.
Maudie Toola spent her childhood in Molina Point but moved to Los Angeles to live. She was going to spend Easter vacation at a cabin with her son, his wife, and their three children. On the way, they were intercepted by a killer who succeeded in killing her son and his wife. Maudie escaped with her life and the lives of her three grandchildren. She returns to her old home with her grandson (the other two children were her daughter-in-law's by a previous marriage.) It is close to the Christmas holidays and although she is not in a festive mood she wants to give her grandson a good Christmas. Maudie is not aware that the killer has followed her. In addition, the town is suffering from a rash of break-ins; women are being assaulted in their homes. Joe Grey, who is usually on top of things , has not been able to identify the criminals.
Then, another cat appears on the scene (also a talker) with a message from a prisoner for the Chief of Police. Joe and his pals help the new cat to find a home in time for the holidays. This cat has a plan of his own and also Maudie is keeping a secret about her attacker. So this is a very suspenseful book and has a lot of twists and turns.
This story is both charming and mysterious. The author, with her trio of feline detectives, is really original and I'm not surprised that her books are so sought after. I am an animal lover (especially cats) and I can almost hear them talking to us and to other animals. I'm sure that my cat and dog are planning something ... :) So, enjoy and I'll talk to you soon.
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