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Cat Shining Bright: A Joe Grey Mystery (Joe Grey Mystery Series) Hardcover – August 15, 2017
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When death pays a visit to his beloved coastal California town, the stakes are higher and more personal than ever for feline investigator Joe Grey in this charming mystery from award-winning author Shirley Rousseau Murphy
It’s springtime in Molena Point and the close-knit seaside hamlet is overjoyed to welcome the arrival of three new residents. Dulcie has given birth to a trio of adorable kittens, two little boys as pale as sand and one winsome calico girl. While proud new father Joe Grey can’t wait to teach Buffin, Striker, and Courtney about the world, he wants to keep his precocious offspring safe from his detective work secretly helping solve crimes alongside his human friends at Molena Point PD.
Though they’re bold and growing fast, the kittens are still innocent of the dangers of the outside world—including a ring of car thieves who have hit their village and a slew of small towns along the Northern California coast. The stakes are raised for Joe Grey, Dulcie, and their human companions when the local beautician and one of her customers are found murdered in the salon.
Joe’s stealth, cunning, and superb instincts lead him and the police closer to the culprits. But the investigation is unexpectedly complicated when three curious young cats decide to take matters into their own paws—not knowing that a suspicious stranger is lurking around their home.
To solve the murders, stop the gang of thieves, and keep their babies safe, Joe and Dulcie, along with their friends Kit and Pan, eagerly dig their claws into a hair-raising search that leads to unexpected connections—to the building of a new cat shelter, and a neighbor who suddenly becomes part of the tangle.
Joe Grey fans will relish this delightful installment featuring their favorite feline detective and his growing group of family and friends.
About the Author
Shirley Rousseau Murphy is the author of twenty mysteries in the Joe Grey series, for which she has won the Cat Writers’ Association Muse Medallion nine years running, and has received ten national Cat Writers’ Association Awards for best novel of the year. She is also a noted children’s book author, and has received five Council of Authors and Journalists Awards. She lives in Carmel, California, where she serves as full-time household help to two demanding feline ladies.
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Top customer reviews
Joe and Dulcie juggle their new parental roles while still being great sleuths. Charlie Harper, the sheriff’s wife, discovers the victims and her feline and human friends are determined to find the murderer.
I especially enjoyed the return of Dr. and Mary Firetti, family of the late Misto from previous Joe Grey books and The Cat, the Devil, and Lee Fontana. They have joined the Damens and their friends in keeping these cats’ secret. And that is the essence of Cat Shining Bright—Family. The felines are all connected via their Celtic ancestry, and the humans are connected through friendships and marriages. Whether the characters wear fur or not, they care about each other. The future for this family by choice is bright, and I can’t wait to see what the kittens choose to do next.
Whether you are new to the series or have read every single Joe Grey mystery, this new feline adventure will be a welcome addition to your bookshelf.
In Cat Shining Bright, Dulcie has given birth to three kittens, two boys and a girl, and Joe, the proud father, is finally able to get past the stress of Dulcie giving birth. Joe and Dulcie have always been a team from the start of this series, and we have enjoyed the love they have for each other. A few books later, we met the wonderful sweet and daring Kit, who found her own love, Pan recently. It will take a few months, with everyone waiting with anticipation, for the kittens to begin to talk. It was very well written and fun when they did.
It is Kit and Pan who will discover a car theft ring stealing cars during a storm; this after the death of a beautician found in her salon with a customer. Though Joe has been spending most of his time with his kittens and Dulcie, he becomes intrigued by the car thefts, and will join Pan and Kit in their investigations. The Molena Police department has gotten used to Joe entering the station and falling asleep in the Chief’s office’ of course they do not know he listens and learns all the information there. One day, the kittens became interested in what their father was doing and secretly followed him; Joe will catch them before they are discovered, but their curiosity is now peaked.
What follows is an exciting mystery, trying to find out who murdered the two people, and who was behind all the car thefts. There are trying times when Joe, Kit, Pan and even the kittens find themselves in danger. When Wilma (Dulcie’s human), senses an intruder in her house, she will take Dulcie and the kittens to stay at Clyde & Ryan’s (joe’s humans) house for protection. Someone knows about the secret book about the magical sentient cats, and their ability to talk; and they want the book. Besides the cats finding clues, and making secret calls to the police, the humans will also play a big part in solving the crimes. As I have noted before, I love the characters that have accepted our cats; Charlie, Ryan, Wilma, Clyde, Kate, etc. We also spend time with the police department characters, such as Max, Dallas, etc, who have no idea about the cats.
This is a fun series, exciting mysteries, and fantastic characters, including cats and humans. Do not let that fact that these cats can talk deter you into reading this series. It is a fun and awesome series, and so well written my Shirley Rousseau Murphy. Give yourself a chance to read this enjoyable series.
On the night of severe rain storms and howling winds, a car theft ring skulks through the village breaking into cars, driving those they can away and stealing any valuables left inside the cars they can’t start. Felines Kit and Pan brave the storms and follow detectives from MPPD compiling a description of two thieves and observing their actions. Joe Grey still enjoys his investigative work as snitch for the Molena Point Police Department but has cut his hours drastically to save more time for his family. When he reads the newspaper account of the car thefts, Dulcie urges him to go be part of what he loves at MPPD. Up until now the kittens had been sheltered from learning any bad news, but they latch onto these stories wanting to be part of detecting work too.
Unknown to Joe, the kittens sneak out of the house and follow him to MPPD. They watch as Joe appears to sleep on the police captain’s desk, when he is actually stealing glances at reports and listening to detectives discuss the day’s events. When the police chief’s wife calls 911 to report the shooting deaths of her beautician and a customer in the salon, Joe follows detectives toward the MPPD exit to head for the scene. Just then, moving shadows alert him to the presence of his kittens! He is mortified to see them there, but he is compelled to visit the crime scene. Promising to stick close to Joe, the kittens follow him to the scene. Dulcie has discovered the kittens missing from home and hears the sirens; she knows then where the kittens have gone.
Dulcie and the kittens are no longer safe at Wilma Getz’s home after a stranger lurking outside breaks in. Wilma scares him away before knowing what he was after, but she suspects it is an ancient hand printed book on the wild sentient cats. Discovering who broke into Wilma’s home and why gets tangled together with investigations into the murders and car thefts. Kit and Pan and the feral cat clowder are led to connections between the new cat shelter and its closest neighbor. Shelter owner Kate Osborne and construction worker Scotty Flannery observe strange happenings near the shelter. Joe Grey has a plan to tie everything together and entice the thieves out of hiding right into the arms of MPPD detectives.
This 20th entry in the charming Joe Grey series takes us deeper into the lives of human and feline residents of Molena Point. Joe and Dulcie watch their kittens grow up and discover new passions and new alliances. They know their trusted friends will help guide their kittens into their adult lives.