Reviewer: Mary Lignor
Title: Cat Striking Back - 15th in the Joe Grey Mystery series
Author: Shirley Rousseau Murphy
Publisher: Wm Morrow
ISBN-13: 978-0-06-112399-3 (Hardcover)
Release Date: October 2009
Year/Setting: Present day, Molina Point, California
Overall Rating: 5.0
Sexual Content Rating: Subtle
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Mild
Violent Content Rating: Moderate
Shirley's Website: www.joegrey.com
I have been a mystery fan all my life and I am ashamed that I have never read one of these superb cat mysteries. And, me, a cat person. It was fun though realizing that these cats could talk to one another and to their human friends. And, also be a snitch to the police department and keep an eye on the detectives to keep them on the right track. This is the fifteenth book about Joe and I fully intend to read them all when I have the time.
On to the story. Joe Grey, a silver grey tom cat is galloping along the roof tops of Molina Point, which is an up-scale, surf side town near San Francisco. Joe is carrying a meal to the kittens of a nursing mother cat to help out when his sharp sense of smell picks up the odor of blood and death near an empty swimming pool of a vacant house. He investigates but fails to find anyone in the pool but sees that something heavy has been dragged up and out of the pool. He follows the trail to where he believes a body has been put in a car and driven away. He calls the police (I love this) and reports what he has seen. After helping the mother cat he returns to the swimming pool only to find that it has been washed out and the evidence is gone.
After this, houses in the neighborhood are broken into. Nothing seems to have been taken from any of them and all the houses are vacant as the owners are all on vacation. Joe, his lady friend Dulcie and Kit another friend are going from house to house trying to solve the mystery. The break-ins are very strange and Joe knows there's been a killing but can't find a body. A couple of feral cats join in and find the hidden grave of the murder victim and begin to learn of the hurtfulness that is still to come. The killer seems to have a fear of cats and that will help them immensely to solve this crime.
I have to say that this was a really fine mystery. Crime busting Cats, Joe and his friends, both four and two-legged and there are even some dogs involved. Mystery and cat lovers will enjoy this so much. I'm telling you all that I'm looking at my cat in a whole different way lately. He is a very large yellow tiger cat and sometimes I think he can communicate with me. I really think that he and the dog talk us over in the middle of the night when everyone else is asleep.
Talk to you soon,
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