Cat Bearing Gifts (Joe Grey Series #18)

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In this latest entry in Shirley Rousseau Murphy's award-winning series, feline P.I. Joe Grey and his four-legged cohorts are plunged into a nightmarish mystery.

On the way home from visiting their friend Kate Osborne, tortoiseshell Kit and her elderly housemates, Lucinda and Pedric Greenlaw, are hurt in a terrible car crash. The accident is terrifying enough, but then two dangerous men steal the Greenlaws' Town Car, making off with a secret hoard of jewels and gold—a gift ...

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Overview

In this latest entry in Shirley Rousseau Murphy's award-winning series, feline P.I. Joe Grey and his four-legged cohorts are plunged into a nightmarish mystery.

On the way home from visiting their friend Kate Osborne, tortoiseshell Kit and her elderly housemates, Lucinda and Pedric Greenlaw, are hurt in a terrible car crash. The accident is terrifying enough, but then two dangerous men steal the Greenlaws' Town Car, making off with a secret hoard of jewels and gold—a gift bestowed from Kate's newfound treasure. A badly shaken Kit hides from hungry coyotes in the forested hills above the highway, waiting for Joe, Pan, and their human companions, Ryan and Clyde Damen, to rescue her.

Back home in Molena Point, yellow tomcat Misto, discovering a faded photograph of a child living fifty years ago, becomes lost in his memories of that past century—while Joe Grey and his tabby lady prowl an abandoned stone cottage where they've discovered two men hiding. The cats smell mildewed money and soon smell human blood, too. Though the cats know more than the thieves about the unique items stolen, their investigation is still in trouble as they claw their way to justice.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Talking cat fans will welcome Murphy’s exciting 18th mystery featuring feline Joe Grey (after 2011’s Cat Telling Tales), in which Joe’s tortoiseshell friend, Kit, plays a lead role. After a multicar accident on a dangerous mountain road near Molena Point, Calif., Vic Amson, a violent no-gooder whose old pickup was wrecked, steals the Lincoln Town Car of Kit’s elderly human friends, Pedric and Lucinda Greenlaw. Only later do Vic and his injured partner in crime, Birely, who have begun a successful search for bundles of cash hidden on the property once owned by Birely’s sister, realize that their stolen vehicle hides an even greater treasure. Evil and greed lead to murder, and it’s up to the cats to see justice served. Anyone unfamiliar with this cozy series will be quickly drawn in by the complete believability of Murphy’s crime-solving felines and their helpful human companions. Agent: Martha Millard, Martha Millard Literary. (Dec.)
Library Journal
California's favorite kitty sleuth, Joe Grey, works with his feline and human friends on a case overflowing with desperation and greed. Murphy brings in number 18 (after Cat Telling Tales) just in time for the holidays.
Kirkus Reviews
Molena Point's ever-growing cadre of talking cats is on the job when vagabonds threaten the felines' human companions. Joe Grey (Cat Coming Home, 2010, etc.), the original speaking cat, now has lots of company. Old yellow tom Misto survived his long journey from the north. Misto's son Pan soon joined his father, keeping watch over forlorn Tessa Kraft, whose mother leaves her alone in the house to go shoplifting. Dulcie, obsessed with computers, writes poems while her human housemates sleep. That leaves the work of detecting to Kit, who's with Pedric and Lucinda Greenlaw when their Lincoln Town Car is stolen by homeless Vic Amson and Birely Miller, who'd been holed up on the property Birely's sister Sammie left to Emmylou Warren. Birely insisted that Sammie had hidden lots of loot on the property, all given to her by their bank-bandit grandpa. What Vic and Birely don't know is that the Lincoln, which they grab from the Greenlaws after a landslide pushes the elderly couple off the road, is also chock-full of treasure. Not only do the trunk and back seat hold priceless antiques the couple bought in San Francisco, but inside the door panels are caches of jewels their friend Kate Osborne brought back from the Netherworld. With the help of Clyde and Ryan Damen, Kit sneaks into the hospital to visit the injured Pedric and Lucinda. But it's her ability to creep across Molena Point's rooftops that gives Kit the advantage she needs to crack the case. Despite their gift of gab, Murphy's sleuths continue to be decidedly feline in her 18th saga of Molena Point.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061807244
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/27/2013
  • Series: Joe Grey Series , #18
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 198,265
  • Product dimensions: 4.42 (w) x 6.64 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Meet the Author

In addition to her popular Joe Grey mystery series for adults, for which she has received ten national Cat Writers' Association Awards for best novel of the year, Shirley Rousseau Murphy is a noted children's book author who has received five Council of Authors and Journalists Awards. She and her husband live in Carmel, California, where they serve as full-time household help to two demanding feline ladies.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2012

    If you like cats you'll enjoy this series.

    Fun book - continues the adventures of Joe Gray and his band of talking cats. Each book is a joy to read.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2013

    OUTSTANDING

    Have been an avid follower of this series - love the characters = and the author's style of writing - it's some of the most enjoyable, humorus,and sometimes hair-raising reading one could want - can't wait until the next one!!!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2014

    Moonstar to below

    I know its like when i saw the cover i was like "is that scourge"

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2013

    Joe Grey and Dulcie are my favorite feline crime busters. I hav

    Joe Grey and Dulcie are my favorite feline crime busters. I have all the books in the series and am eagerly awaiting the next one. My only complaint is the length of time between installments.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2013

    Awesome series

    I love the joe grey series - start from the beginning.

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  • Posted July 1, 2013

    great read!!

    this is as good as her other books and keeps you reading till you finish!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2013

    The cat on the cover reminds me of Scourge...

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 28, 2013

    Another great installment in the Joe Grey series. I was very har

    Another great installment in the Joe Grey series. I was very hard to put down , but had to go to work.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2012

    Mnemosyne

    Meow meow meow Erin hunter style cat cat cat lets eat some pre~ey lets eat some pre~ey kit kit kit erin hunter style clan clan clan erin hunter style...

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2012

    Dawn

    Kit kit kit erin hunter style. Hey juicy pre~ey. Kit kit kit erin hunter style.

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2012

    Destructo

    "Erin Hunter Style"

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2012

    Themis

    "Ahem." I pause, then grin. "I really can't stay. I've got to go away. This evening has been so very nice. My mother will start to worry. My father will be pacing the floor. So really I'd better scurry. Well maybe just a half a drink more..."+Themis

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2012

    Riverrush

    "Dashing through the woods, with my nose on mouse scent trail, pounce when I get close, catch it by the tail! Hear the thrushes call, making cats' eyes bright! What fun it is to dance all day, then hunt all through the night! Oh, jingle mice, jingle mice, jingle all the way! Oh, what fun it is to nom on a juicy mouse today! Hey! Jingle mice, jingle mice, jingle all the way! Oh, what fun it is to nom on a juicy mouse today! Hey!"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2012

    Karoke

    Sing your voice to the fullest! :3

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 25, 2012

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    I ordered this November 12. It was supposed to be on my Nook on

    I ordered this November 12. It was supposed to be on my Nook on November 20th. It's still not available :-(

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