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Cat Fear No Evil (Joe Grey Mystery Book 9) [Kindle Edition]

Shirley Rousseau Murphy
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What's the perfect read for fans of New York Times bestselling mystery authors Lilian Jackson Braun and Rita Mae Brown? This delightful ninth Joe Grey Mystery from award–winning author Shirley Rousseau Murphy.

When antiques and valuables begin to disappear from residents' homes, Joe Grey, Feline Detective, knows that something is very wrong in sleepy Molena Point, California. Lost are a five hundred thousand dollar painting, a diamond choker, and most shocking to Joe, his owner Clyde's vintage Packard roadster. But even a seasoned tomcat like Joe isn't prepared for the return of a yellow–eyed, sinister black cat who had terrorized him and his girlfriend Dulcie years before. The acid–tongued Azrael had paired with an old crook to loot the town and spread fear among the unsuspecting residents. Could Azrael and his partner be connected to this new set of crimes? But when a local waiter dies mysteriously at the art opening of one of Joe and Dulcie's closest human friends, the pair know that someone much more powerful and evil than Azrael's aging human friend is involved. And when miles away in San Francisco the cats' friend Kate––a woman with a mysterious, troubling secret––is followed by a stranger and robbed, the cats dig in their claws and investigate. Along with their tattercoat friend Kit, they pass clues to the police, and under the often sceptical eye of Clyde, slowly begin to sniff out the truth.

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With her latest Joe Grey mystery, Murphy moves closer to integrating the world she created in her first adult novel, The Catswold Portal (1992), which features shape changers who shift between cat and human forms. Azrael, the sinister black tomcat with burning yellow eyes introduced in Cat in the Dark (1999), has returned to Molena Point, California, to embark on another crime spree with human cohorts while he attempts to find the cat portal to the Netherworld. Kate Osborne, who moved to San Francisco three years earlier to search for information about the parents she has never known, also comes back to the village, obviously troubled and arousing great interest on the part of Azrael. The fast-paced story involves sophisticated burglary, murder, and the bizarre secret of Kate's own nature. Once again the delightful mix of humans, sentient cats, mystery, and humor remains true to the preceding books in the series, only this time with a larger dollop of fantasy, which should extend the audience beyond the usual cat-mystery buffs. Sally Estes
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“Magical whimsy and deft writing.”

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  • File Size: 261 KB
  • Print Length: 388 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0061015601
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books (October 13, 2009)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000W9666G
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting Cat Mystery March 2, 2004
When jewelry and antiques begin disappearing from the homes of Molena Point, California residents, and then a waiter dies at the feet of renowned artist, Charlie Harper, during the opening of her new solo art show, feline detectives Joe Grey and Dulcie know that there is something seriously wrong taking place in the sleepy town. Then, just a few miles north in the city of San Francisco, Joe Grey and Dulcie's human friend, Kate, a clever woman concealing a troubling secret, is not only followed and robbed, but also has her apartment invaded by a rogue, yet very tough tomcat named Azrael. Now, with the help of Joe's owner, Clyde Damen, Joe Grey and his partner in crime (or solving crime), Dulcie will begin clawing out the truth to uncover this frightening new mystery.
This was the first book that I have read by Shirley Rousseau Murphy, and I am quite pleased with the outcome. Joe Grey is a witty character, who's personality can change from funny to serious in the matter of seconds. Dulcie is adorable, even though she is a bit hard-headed. And Clyde is a fun character whom is lead around by the nose by two mischevious cats. Overall this was a fabulous mystery that will capture the hearts of all fans of a good animal-narrated story. Fans of Lillian Jackson Braun and Rita Mae Brown will relish in the likeness of Shirley Rousseau Murphy's plot and characters. A must read.
Erika Sorocco
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars NOT THE BEST, STILL FUN June 22, 2004
I'm sure when a writer dives into a series of novels, it's bound to get a little stale. Shirley Rousseau Murphy's Joe Gray/Dulcie series has so far been a very enjoyable series, with her feline hero/heroines (Kit's the other female)a delight to spend time with. CAT FEAR NO EVIL, while sure to please Ms. Murphy's fans, is a little stale. Murphy spends a lot of time commiserating over some of her character's dilemmas redundantly and uncolorfully. This is true in the case of both Kate and Dillon. There also isn't as much of Dulcie and Kit in this one; seems Murphy is spending a little more time on her humans in this one, and while Kate Osborne was initially fascinating, in this book she comes across pathetically inept both emotionally and physically. Azriel, the black cat, also chews up too much of the scenery. There's some far fetched plotting in this one, and resolutions come a little too easily.
But, the series isn't dead; Ms. Murphy needs to reassess why her readers have followed her---the three cats should be the focal point of the books, and let other fiction writers focus on the humans!!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Go Joe Grey March 22, 2004
The evil one is back in this riviting book. I was disappointed the Kate did not have her "skills" among her this time. But a very satisfying read! i have all her books and re-read often.
I highly recommend The Catswold Portal if you can get a copy. It is a out of print book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Convoluted plotting and all the sub-characters unite August 26, 2008
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Azrael is back in Molena point! Evil is lurking about!

In this volume of the series, Ms. Murphy puts together a masterpiece. Those who have read her previous books are treated to many treasures: Not only does this book perform the normal feat of making sentient cats who can read and speak English sound almost believable, but the mystery plot is actually convoluted enough, and credible enough that I had a tough time deciphering the who-dun-it part until about two thirds of the way through the book. Finally, this book brings together all of the characters that inhabit this wonderful little corner of the world and progresses each of their stories.

Let's start with Azrael - Last we saw him, he was helping a drunken old man perform burglaries in Molena Point so they could pay for their food and booze. This time Azrael leaves the man in Columbia, South America and he is on the trail of some unique talismans that will lead him to a greater place. However, to get there, he helps in creating havoc and much crime all up and down the California coast.

Dillon - the 14 year old girl that has been a special project of Max Harper and Charlie is going through that stage of puberty where the world is against her. In this book, she is even more angry as her mother has started an open affair with a good-looking rich man who moved into the village a few months before. Dillon's rebelliousness leads her to associate with a small crowd of other girls who are also at that stage and who are led by an older teen who eggs them on to mischief.

Kate Osborn is also back. In her case, she is searching for her ancestors and has actually discovered an old law firm that has been holding some jewelry for her for over 30 years.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Was okay, but not the best March 13, 2006
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I am an avid reader of cat mysteries. If there is a cat even remotely involved in the plot line, I've read it. I have all of Murphy's Joe Grey series, but I always wait for the paperbacks. She is a talented writer and has created some likeable characters, but this one was not my favorite. I do like the fact that Dulice is an avid bibliophile and Joe Grey's snide sense of humor. The human characters in the book are wonderful as well. She really has created a wonderful setting and the kind of comraderie that other books set in small towns are losing. Murphy's characters do not lose quality as the series goes on, but this book seemed to be struggling for a plot line. I guessed the whodunit, and I was able to put the book down for awhile, which to me does not reflect a book getting five stars. I highly recommend reading all of Murphy's series, but not at hard back prices.
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Love the whole series and can't wait for next book about Joe Grey and friends to come out.
Published 7 months ago by PATRICIA MURRIETTA
4.0 out of 5 stars I like cats so this was enjoyable even if there were ...
I like cats so this was enjoyable even if there were too many references to earlier books in the series.
Published 8 months ago by Raymond E Dittmeier jr.
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
I just couldn't get into a talking cat as a main character.
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars The cats so smart as usual
Mystery kept me tied in. The cats so smart as usual. Good read
Published 9 months ago by Marilyn Plantz
5.0 out of 5 stars Joe Gray and his friends help solve a murder mystery.
As a cat lover, I really could not dislike this story! Joe Gray and his friends are 'special' cats who help their owners and police solve a mystery. Totally loved it.
Published 10 months ago by Linda
5.0 out of 5 stars cat tastic
Great read. First SRM book. I'm hooked!
Published 11 months ago by Mary Pomeroy
5.0 out of 5 stars Another case solved
Joe has done it again. The soap opera continues...Israel will return.This is book nine in the series of 18; do read them in order.
Published 11 months ago by chm
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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 a new series, "The Cat, the Devil and Lee Fontana" and its sequel "The Cat, the Devil, the Last Escape."

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