Synopses & Reviews
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.
“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
“[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
“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
“Joe Grey and Dulcie arent your ordinary feline detectives. Murphys raised the stakes of the feline sleuth genre.”
“These Joe Grey mysteries will stay popular for many years to come.”
Mystery fans and cat lovers alike rejoice. The infallible feline sleuthing team of Joe Grey, Dulcie, and Kit return in Cat Telling Tales—author Shirley Rousseau Murphys seventeenth ingenious whodunit that once again gives readers a cats eye view of crime, murder, and mayhem. Already honored with nine Cat Writers Association Muse Medallions for her series, Murphy takes us back to Molina Point, California in Cat Telling Tales, as a suspicious fire, a tragic death, and a rash of unanticipated houseguests, both human and feline, inflame the investigative curiosity of our furry detective trio. If youre already a fan of Lilian Jackson Braun, Rita Mae Brown, and Carole Nelson Douglas, youll find Shirley Rousseau Murphys Tales purr-fectly wonderful!
About the Author
In addition to her popular Joe Grey mystery series for adults, for which she has received eleven national Cat Writers' Association awards for best novel of the year, Shirley Rousseau Murphy is a noted children's book author who has received five Council of Authors and Journalists awards. Two of her children's books were written in collaboration with her husband, Pat.