- Series: Joe Grey Mysteries
- Hardcover: 336 pages
- Publisher: William Morrow; First Edition edition (October 27, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0061123994
- ISBN-13: 978-0061123993
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 65 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #879,471 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In Murphy's magical 15th mystery to feature tomcat Joe Grey (after Feb. 2009's Cat Playing Cupid), an anonymous tip leads Det. Juana Davis of the Molina Point, Calif., PD to an empty swimming pool, where she finds trace evidence of a murder but no corpse. When Sage, a feral feline, catches the canny killer in the act of placing the victim in a ditch dug in the garage floor of a house being remodeled, the cat-hating sociopath throws a hammer at Sage. Sage survives to report what he's witnessed to his cat pals who live with humans, including Joe. With so many smart four-footed sleuths on his trail, the killer is doomed. As in recent entries in this popular series, the cat detectives receive more face time than their two-footed cohorts, like Molina Point's often bumbling if well-intentioned police chief, Max Harper, who gets on the stick only late in the game. Mystery fans who prefer people in action will have to look elsewhere. (Nov.)
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“Magical.” (Publishers Weekly)
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“Joe continues to be one of the most entrancing (and effective) detectives in modern cozy mysteries.” (Booklist)
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One has to love talking cats with attitude. The interactions between the cats and humans can be hilarious and the story lines are highly entertaining, especially if you love detective novels, too. I love the fact that these stories entertain without foul language or drawn out and unnecessary-to-the-story love-making scenes. This series is all about entertaining and solving a mystery which is why I pick up such a novel in the first place.
I do regret taking away one star because of technical issues. I very rarely read a book where I don't find some typo or some sentence where you see the sentence was started one way and then was changed without changing the rest of it to match. Such mistakes haven't taken away from the stories which have them, but they are there. The Joe Grey mysteries are thoroughly enjoyable and I look forward to reading them for a long while.
Meanwhile Kit and Dulice make friends with Tansy a clowder cat. Randy used to live in the town before she was dumped in wilderness area. Tansy is a lot of help as she knows the houses. Sage watches the killer bury the woman and is hurt.
Clyde has decide to sell his antique cars and joined Ryan in restoring houses. Clyde and Ryan are looking at houses to buy. The killer follows them looking for a burial site. These plots are neatly solved together.
This book, along with the other Joe Grey books, has gone a long way in healing my heart.
Cats are amazingly complex and this writer inhabits the soul of a cat and she understands
the love humans have for them.
I'm grateful to her.
He's taking some live mice to a mother cat who can't go hunting and who needs MEAT while she's nursing, according to Dulcie, Joe's companion. As he's carrying the mice he smells blood and sees evidence of a body being dragged in the bottom of an abandoned pool. He delivers the mice, calls the police, returns to the scene, and finds that it has been cleaned up. Someone has returned and hosed down around the pool and in the pool to smooth up the dirt in it. However, the policewoman who comes notices that the hose is dripping, the walk is only partly wet, and looks for evidence. She finds blood spots!
Through the book you follow the murderer as he disposes of the body, (a wild talking cat, Sage, sees him burying it in a drain that is going to be concreted in) and thinks he's safe. He leaves and robs four houses whose owners are in vacation. You learn that he and his wife, the dead woman, make a practice of moving into a nice neighborhood for a couple of years, befriend all the neighbors, exchange house keys to feed pets, wait until the neighbors are on vacation, rob them and their own house of valuables, and leave on a trip they've told everyone about. He is an asthmatic and has left his inhaler somewhere. When he goes back looking for it he sees the cat who watched him bury his wife, panics, and throws a hammer through the window at Sage.
Sage, the wild cat, had talked to one of the 'city' cats and told her what he had seen. It gets reported to Ryan, the contractor who is doing the remodeling, and she digs up the concrete which has just been poured, calls the police before they dig for the body and find it.
The cats, Joe, Dulcie, and Kit, follow through on everything. Their prowess doesn't fail them.
The book is fun to read, and the mystery of who got killed and who did the killing is kept a secret until late in the book. I'm always waiting for the next book in this series.
I love this series. Molena Point, a fictional small town on the Monterey Peninsula in Northern California, is a lovely setting. The regular characters, both human and feline, are likable and intelligent. Even the dogs, who, unlike the talking cats, have no otherworldly talents, are wonderful characters. The plotting is always strong and complex.
It's a good idea to read this series in order, as the characters go through many changes. In this book, longtime bachelor Clyde Damen has married Ryan Flannery, and the couple are embarking on new ventures. Charlie, who is married to Police Chief Max Harper, is contemplating selling her housecleaning and repair business to concentrate on her art. I've found this series to be very re-readable, and have lately been enjoying the earlier books for the second time. It's a special delight, however, when Ms. Murphy comes out with a brand-new book to be savored for the first time.
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A collection of suspects.
A number of clues.
Well written action suspense story
Development from previous books.