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Product Details

  • Series: Joe Grey Mysteries
  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow (February 3, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061123978
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061123979
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,587,614 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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“I’m a cop in cat skin, working undercover.” So says dedicated feline detective Joe Grey just before setting off to search a suspect’s condo, in this solid fourteenth entry in Murphy’s popular mystery series. This time Joe’s gruff but lovable housemate, Clyde, is on his honeymoon and thus not around to scold Joe for poking his paws into police business, leaving Joe free to investigate a skeleton found in some local ruins and a missing-persons case. The murders are even less of a focus than usual in this long-running cozy series; instead, the mystery of the wild talking cats and their connection with the ruins take up much of the storyline. Even so, this is still a quality mystery, with excellent pacing, ratcheting tension, consistent characters, and suitably nasty villians. The new developments in the story of the talking cats will please many series fans but may not make much sense to new readers. A must wherever the series has fans. --Jessica Moyer

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“Murphy’s gentle blend of fantasy and mystery includes revelations about her unusually verbal cat detectives sure to please series fans.” (Publishers Weekly)

“Murphy’s feline-loving fans will enjoy the latest in her long-running series.” (Kirkus Reviews)

Customer Reviews

I love the talking cat theory.
verna921
I love Shirley Rousseau Murphy's delightful Joe Grey series, and each book seems better than the last.
Sheila L. Beaumont
Love the whole series and can't wait for next book about Joe Grey and friends to come out.
PATRICIA MURRIETTA

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Sheila L. Beaumont VINE VOICE on February 10, 2009
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I love Shirley Rousseau Murphy's delightful Joe Grey series, and each book seems better than the last. Romance is the theme in this one, the 14th in the series, with Clyde Damen and Ryan Flannery tying the knot at last, on Valentine's Day. Also involved in this story are two murders in the past, and the discovery of a old, hidden book of "folktales" that could reveal the secret of the special talking cats, Joe Grey, Dulcie, Kit, and others living in the area who are feral.

This whole series, with its lovely small-town setting in coastal Northern California, and its lovable, interesting characters, feline, human and canine, is an amazing accomplishment. Murphy is a wonderful writer and storyteller who somehow manages to make the reader believe in these speaking, crime-solving cats. And there's a fascinating Celtic mythological background behind these special felines.

It's best to read this series in order, beginning with Cat on the Edge, because the characters go through many changes in their lives, and we meet lots of new ones as the series continues. I enjoyed these books so much the first time that I have started a reread of the entire series.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By L. Rogers on February 9, 2009
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How in the world does Ms. Murphy do that? Make you believe what you know is impossible? Do I think cats can talk? Well, no. Do I believe Joe Grey can talk? Absolutely! If you've never read about these three felines, Joe, Dulcie and Kit, before, go back and read a few -- or all -- the previous stories to learn not only to appreciate their abilities, but also to learn all about their humans, who are wonderful people to know. But this book, this is one of the best! Well plotted, well written, full of suspense and believable all the way. I admire how this author has created a lovely town, filled with interesting people, some who know about the cats and their abilities, and some who do not, and how everybody lives all unknowing while the cats sneak here and there solving the mystery. This is a keeper. I closed the book with a smile, went to bed with a smile and woke up with a smile. You can't ask for better entertainment.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Barbara D. on February 4, 2009
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This, the latest in the Molena Point Cat Mysteries, combines once again the delightful local color of Carmel -- and the entire Monterey Peninsula -- with another, almost believable, story of talking felines and the their involvement in solving local mysteries.
I love Shirley Rousseau Murphy's books for adults and children alike. The Joe Grey mysteries carry so much mythology that readers, especially adult ones, find themselves gobbling up slight-shiver-inducing, mysterious tales of the past while enjoying some splendid, modern who-done-it work at the same time.
May Joe Grey (along with his feline, canine, and human friends) and their creator stay around for a long time to come!
P.S. Read _The Catswold Portal_, if you want to sample more of Shirley's writing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Chrijeff VINE VOICE on February 16, 2010
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Joe Grey, that indefatigable talking tomcat, is back for his 14th outing (which coincidentally begins on Valentine's Day with the wedding of his human, Clyde Damen, to Ryan Flannery) and getting mixed up in a long-cold missing-persons case and the lives and loves of his female counterparts, Dulcie and Kit, and the wild clowder of sentient felines that dwells in the hills above Molena Point. It's been 10 years since a local accountant, Carson Chappell, vanished just before his wedding while supposedly hiking nearby. The same week his partner's wife, Nina Gibbs, disappeared from human ken. Chappell's fiancee, Lindsey Wolf, never gave up tryng to learn the truth, and now word has come of the discovery of a male skeleton in Oregon, 500 miles from where Chappell was supposed to be hiking, and she's certain it's his. This draws MPPD, and particularly Ryan Flannery's uncle, Dallas Garza, and her father, Mike Flannery, who has just retired from the Federal Probation Office--and whom Lindsey briefly dated after Chappell's vanishment--into the effort to learn the skeleton's identity. What they don't know is that there's another skeleton much closer to home: in the ruins of the old Pamillon estate the wild clowder has discovered it buried in a garden courtyard. Joe and Dulcie, convinced that the two sets of remains are connected--could the second skeleton be Nina's?--must find a way to rig the discovery of the second without betraying their own secret. And who is responsible for these deaths? Did Nina's husband suspect that his wife was two-timing him? Did Lindsey discover that Chappell had someone on the side? If the latter, Mike Flannery will be devastated, and that will mean rough times for Ryan, whom Joe has happily accepted into his family, and for Clyde, his longtime buddy.Read more ›
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Donna L. Houchins on December 13, 2009
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Another winning story in the Joe Grey series. It was nice to see Clyde and Ryan get married without the usual Molina Point drama even though there was drama that was unfolding. I also liked how some favorite characters from the past (Willow) were brought back in a believable fashion while introducing another new secondary feline character. I also like the way the author quickly brings the reader up to speed on the human and feline characters while sticking to the present story line. Once again, Joe, Dulcie and Kit are able to help their human friends solve another crime without their secret being discovered. I have every one of these books and for the reader new to Joe Grey, start with Cat on the Edge so you can understand how it all began.
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More About the Author

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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