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Cat Breaking Free: A Joe Grey Mystery (Joe Grey Mystery Series) Mass Market Paperback – September 26, 2006

Book 11 of 18 in the Joe Grey Mystery Series

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Product Details

  • Series: Joe Grey Mystery Series (Book 11)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; Reprint edition (September 26, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060578122
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060578121
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #265,170 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Murphy's 11th Joe Grey cat cozy (after Cat Cross Their Graves) offers the usual winning blend of suspense and whimsy. A feral cat, a mauled and very dead motorcyclist in a ravine and a series of boutique robberies bode ill for Joe's human companion, Clyde Damen; Clyde's feisty new building contractor girlfriend, Ryan Flannery; and the other residents of scenic Molena Point, Calif. It's largely up to those incorrigible feline snoops and snitches—Joe and buddies Dulcie and Kit, who cavort over the rooftops at night and eat the best of restaurant food—to thwart a gang of thieves from Los Angeles hiding out in the nearby hills. A complex, well-crafted plot and lively, credible characters will leave fans purring with pleasure. (Dec.)
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A roaring fire set at the high school distracts the police while three people break into a jewelry store. Joe Grey, Dulcie, and Kit, intrepid felines all, are once again heavily involved in investigating the latest crime spree in Molena Point, California. It all starts when an L.A. gang comes to town with big plans for multiple burglaries. Then there's the flirty blond who has moved in next door to Joe and who seems to be casing the town stores. Add a murder, another mysterious death, and caged feral cats to the action-filled plot. As usual, the three cats are true to both their feline and sentient natures. This eleventh entry in the Joe Grey Mystery series, following Cat Cross Their Graves (2005), continues to enhance characterizations, both feline and human, all the while providing an intriguing whodunit for series fans. Sally Estes
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Customer Reviews

The plot is interesting, as well as the introduction of more of the special cats.
cat mystery fan
The stories all have some ‘ahhh’ moments, some sad moments, and lots of ‘edge of the seat’ fast moments.
Meg
I love the interactions between the cats, and that Joe Grey has a delightful sense of humor.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on December 14, 2005
Format: Hardcover
The small and quaint California village of Molena Point is home to very unusual creatures: Joe Grey, Dulcie and Kit. The three cats have human intelligence, the digestive system of a human being and can talk to humans. Joe Grey is not happy that his human companion Clyde has a new neighbor Chicci Barb, a woman he once dated who stole five hundred dollars from him.

Spying on her, he notices that she has two rough looking hombres come to her home. The three felines also see her around town, sitting for hours in various restaurants taking notes on the comings and goings of the stores she has under surveillance. Kit sees the notes and thinks Chichi and her company are planning a robbery. It was only four days ago that the school caught on fire diverting the police from a successful jewel robbery. Three feral cats that Kit used to run with when she was a kitten are in a cage in the home of the male criminals that Chichi was entertaining. Joe and Dulcie try to free them but instead get caught. Kit must find them and free them in order to anonymously help the police stop the crooks.

The latest Joe Grey mystery is just as exciting as the other books in this purrfect series. The sentient and talkative felines are so realistically portrayed that readers will forget that such cats only exist between the pages of a book. Cat lovers, fans of the Mrs. Murphy series by Rita Mae Brown and anyone who likes a charming and intricately plotted who done-it will definitely want to read CAT BREAKING FREE.

Harriet Klausner
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Peter D. Tillman VINE VOICE on September 22, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is #11 in this long-running fantasy cat-detective series, and I'm pleased to report that it's another winner. There are plenty of plot-summaries nearby, so I'll simply report that CPI Joe Grey, his girlfriend Dulcie, the delightful young tattercoat Kit, and their humans are all in fine form here, defending Molena Point, CA (a thinly-disguised Carmel) from the forces of evil, eating rich food and fixing up their houses -- Joe Grey now has an amazing tower lookout, and Kit acquires a delightful treehouse at story's end. Kit steals the show this time....

If you're new to the series, you'll want to go back to the earlier ones to catch up with our furry little detectives. Fine rainy-day reading -- I read this one with alternating cats-in-lap, including our own Joe Grey, a Russian Blue who's always on the case.

Happy cat-detecting--

Peter D. Tillman
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bloody Grace Read on November 10, 2006
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I have followed Joe Grey since I discovered him several years ago. Although this book started out fairly slowly, it became as fascinating and enjoyable as his other adventures solving in murder mysteries. I particularly enjoyed the newest addition to the cast of cat characters - Hellhag Hill cast, in fact. And I also enjoyed the discovery that in spite of all of Joe's diatribes, the disreputable lady turned out to be the real thing!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cy B. Hilterman VINE VOICE on January 31, 2006
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Cat Breaking Free

By Shirley Rousseau Murphy

I had never read any of this authors "Cat" mysteries before. When I read the book description, I was a bit uncertain that I would like this type of book with cats as characters that talk to each other and to some humans! I was very much surprised when I got into this book.

Joe Grey is one of these talking cats that has several other "talking" cats around him much of the time. Of course these cats have to be very careful not to speak when other humans are near. Only certain people they know well can know they talk. These are not just "cats" but are real helpers in solving mysteries that occur in their small city of Molena Point, California. The way they go about their helping the police will make you laugh, cry, and stay mystified until the last page.

You WILL enjoy this book. Do not be skeptical like I was. I am now a fan of Shirley Rousseau's cat books and will read more of them.

Review written by Cy Hilterman

January 31, 2006
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By cat mystery fan on December 30, 2005
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I've read all the Joe Grey books, and this is one of the best ones. The plot is interesting, as well as the introduction of more of the special cats.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By booksforabuck VINE VOICE on May 17, 2006
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Joe Grey and the other talking cats of Molena Point, California, are suspicious when beautiful Chichi moves next door to Joe's person and starts making moves on him. Chichi had stolen five hundred dollars from him earlier--was she interested in stealing more now? Or did she have some other motive--one connected with the obsessive way she watched the Molena Point shops, taking notes on who left when, and what guards were available? Joe's life gets a lot more complicated when he learns that someone is trapping wild cats--specifically the wild cats that made up the pack (clowder) that Kit, one of the three Molena Point talking cats, had once belonged to.

The Molena Point police are used to getting tips from unnamed informants who seem to observe things no human could observe, but this time, it's the cats who might need help from the cops, rather than the other way around. Because the thieves planning a major crime spree in Molena Point are the same criminals who are capturing sapient cats, planning on selling them for some television show or Hollywood movie. And they aren't going to limit themselves to just wild cats--Joe, Dulcie, and the Kit are targets as well.

Author Shirley Rousseau Murphy delivers another of her charming talking-cats stories. Despite Chichi's interference, the romantic lives of the human characters are settling down. Charlie is newly married to Chief of Police Max Harper, and Clyde is dating Ryan. The lives of the cats are in more of a disarray. The Kit longs for the wildness of her youth, despite the attraction that human love offers--along with the human food she craves. Joe Gray and Dulcie feel a responsibility for the wild sapient cats who have been captured, and of course, the need to learn what secrets Chichi is hiding.
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Shirley Murphy grew up in southern California, riding and showing the horses her father trained. She attended the San Francisco Art institute, and later worked as an interior designer while her husband attended USC. "When Pat finished school, I promptly quit my job and began to exhibit paintings and welded metal sculpture in the West Coast juried shows." Her work could also be seen in many traveling shows in the western States and Mexico. "When we moved to Panama for a four-year tour in his position with the U. S . Courts, I put away the paints and welding torches, and began to write." After leaving Panama, they lived in Oregon, Atlanta, and northern Georgia before returning home to California when Pat retired as Chief U.S. Probation Officer for the Northern District of Georgia.

Murphy's eighteen Joe Grey mysteries were preceded by the popular "The Catswold Portal" and, earlier, some fourteen children's books and several young adult fantasies that are now available as ebooks. Among her awards are five Council of Authors and Journalists awards, plus eleven awards for best novel of the year for the Joe Grey books from the national Cat Writers Association. She and her husband Pat J. J. Murphy recently collaborated on "The Cat, the Devil and Lee Fontana," a new feline adventure that ties into the Joe Grey series.

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