Cat Seeing Double (Joe Grey Series #8)

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Romance is in the air in the charming seaside village of Molena Point, California. Everyone is excited about the upcoming wedding of its chief of police to the lovely Charlie Getz, even cool feline detective Joe Grey. But the festivities are interrupted when two uninvited guests try to blow up the church. Then one of the bride's good friends, building contractor Ryan Flannery, lands in a heap of trouble when her philandering husband is found dead.

With suspicion falling on ...

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Overview

Romance is in the air in the charming seaside village of Molena Point, California. Everyone is excited about the upcoming wedding of its chief of police to the lovely Charlie Getz, even cool feline detective Joe Grey. But the festivities are interrupted when two uninvited guests try to blow up the church. Then one of the bride's good friends, building contractor Ryan Flannery, lands in a heap of trouble when her philandering husband is found dead.

With suspicion falling on Ryan's shoulders, Joe Grey and his pals, Dulcie and Kit, set out to prove her innocence. Soon paw–deep in a tangle of jealousy, greed, and vengeance, Joe Grey, Dulcie, and Kit find themselves in the biggest cat fight of their lives –– a bare–clawed battle with a prey who is as cunning as he is deadly . . .

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For those feline fanciers and animal-sleuth fans who haven't previously encountered the Joe Grey mysteries, let's start with a little background about the curious cats that have delighted readers with their detective skills in this popular series: It seems that certain human beings are fortunate enough to share their lives with amazing creatures -- cats who can reason, speak, use telephones, and solve mysteries. Three of these remarkable cats -- Joe Grey, Dulcie, and the as-yet-unnamed tattercoat kit -- live in the small California town of Molena Point. As Cat Seeing Double begins, the biggest thing on the local social calendar is the wedding of the chief of police. A bomber plans to liven things up, but fortunately the kit manages to make sure the explosives planted in the church detonate before the wedding. Then, while the feline sleuths are following leads in that case, a body turns up in a local contractor's truck. Since the deceased is her ex-husband, the contractor's the obvious suspect. But that doesn't explain how (or if) the murder is tied to the fact that the contractor is a good friend of the bride's, that the bomber stowed away in her truck, or that someone has broken into her office in order to cook her books. It's going to take some pretty fancy footwork to make sure justice is served in Molena Point this time around. Sue Stone
Cats magazine
“Magical whimsy and deft writing.”
Cats Magazine
"Magical whimsy and deft writing."
Cats magazine
“Magical whimsy and deft writing.”
Publishers Weekly
A wedding bomber and a murderer upset the peace of Molena Point, Calif., whose human denizens must turn for help to those crafty, crime-solving feline sleuths, Joe Grey and Dulcie, in Cat Seeing Double: A Joe Grey Mystery, the eighth in this warm and furry series by Shirley Rousseau Murphy (Cat Laughing Last, etc.). The author has won four National Cat Writers' Association Awards.
Kirkus Reviews
The latest outing of the super-feline trio headed by hard-boiled Joe Grey (Cat Laughing Last, 2002) begins with a bang: A bomb goes off in a church just before the long-anticipated wedding of Police Chief Max Harper and Charlie Getz in the northern California town of Molena Point. Because the feline loose cannon known as "the kit" uses her sharp claws and teeth to keep a ragamuffin boy from detonating the bomb at a more deadly moment, no one is seriously injured. The boy, Curtis Farger, is apprehended, but it turns out that he’s been under the command of his grandfather, no kindly old man, who escapes in the confusion. As for Curtis, Ryan Flannery, a building contractor newly arrived at Molena Point, recognizes him from her recent remodeling job up in San Andreas, where he ran with a pack of boys and a Weimaraner. Ryan hasn’t long to wonder about Curtis before her estranged husband, Rupert Dannizer, is found shot dead in her garage. Just as mysteriously, her old acquaintance, the Weimaraner, appears at her door. Not to worry, though: Joe Grey is on the case. He undertakes surveillance, searches houses, and places cell phone calls that reveal the killer. Once she’s invented semihuman cats, Murphy has apparently exhausted her novelist’s imagination. Anyone who mistreats animals is a bad guy, including the Ice Maiden dominatrix. And the cats themselves act according to gendered human stereotypes. Why bother lodging such conventionally human minds within feline bodies?
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061015618
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/28/2003
  • Series: Joe Grey Series , #8
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 206,307
  • Product dimensions: 4.18 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 0.96 (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 Dixie Council of Authors and Journalists awards. Two of her children's books were written in collaboration with her husband, Pat.

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First Chapter

Cat Seeing Double
A Joe Grey Mystery

Chapter One

Ryan Flannery had no idea, when she dressed for the wedding of Chief of Police Max Harper on Saturday afternoon, that she would soon face the police not as a wedding guest among friendly uniformed officers, but as a prime murder suspect. No notion that the tentative new friendships she'd made within the department would turn without warning to that of investigators and possible offender.

An hour before the ceremony, half-dressed in a slip and scuffs and the first skirt she'd had on in weeks, she stepped into the kitchen alcove of her studio apartment to nuke a cup of coffee. Through the wide front windows the dropping sun blinded her, reflecting from the village rooftops and repeated as hundreds of brilliant signals across the surface of the sea, as if all the sea creatures held up little mirrors attempting to communicate with the land-bound before evening descended. Nearer, just below her balcony, the mosaic of rooftops among the oak trees was as serene as a storybook hamlet where all promises ended happily-ever-after. No smallest twinge of unease touched her, no sixth sense that early the next morning uniformed attendants to a murder would fill her garage stringing yellow crime tape, the coroner working on poor Rupert taking care not to disturb any evidence among the stack of broken windows with which the body was entangled -- her exhusband lying white and lifeless among shards of colored glass. And Ryan herself facing Detective Dallas Garza answering her uncle's questions as, cold and detached, he recorded her formal statement.

Pouring a cup of cold coffee left from breakfast, a brew that at 3:00 in the afternoon closely resembled crankcase oil, she stuck the cup in the microwave. She needed something to keep her awake. Even at what she considered the tender age of thirty-two she could no longer stay up until 1:00 in the morning and feel human the next day.

She'd driven down late last night from the mountains after paying off her carpenters and wrapping up a construction job, wanting to be back home and have her work squared away in plenty of time for the wedding. She'd pulled into her drive well after midnight dead for sleep, had unloaded the precious stained lass windows she'd found in a junk shop in San Andreas, locked her garage and truck and come upstairs. Pulling off her boots and jeans, she had fallen into bed -- wondering only briefly why her tarp, folded behind the stack of windows, had what looked like cracker crumbs and half-a-dozen Hershey wrappers among the layers when she unfolded it.

Someone had been in the truck bed, but she wasn't sure when.

Maybe one of the kids hanging around the job site, up there. Well, nothing was missing. Too tired to care, she'd rolled over and known nothing more until nearly dawn.

Waking, she'd lain in bed staring out at the black September sky, then dropped into sleep again like diving into deep, silky water. Awakening again at 9:00 feeling dull, she'd showered, unpacked her duffel, dumped her laundry in the washer, made a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for breakfast, and spent the middle of the day cleaning out her truck, putting away tools and stacking the antique windows more securely in the big double garage. Seven beautiful old windows she'd bought for a song, with wonderful designs of birds and leaves. It was amazing what you could pick up in the little back hills junk shops even today when every tourist was a bargain hunter.

Clyde had left a message on her phone tape, that he'd pick her up at 3:30 for the wedding. The ceremony was scheduled for 4:00 with a casual reception afterward in the garden of the village church. Ryan had helped Charlie pick out her wedding dress, and Charlie's aunt Wilma and several friends had handled the arrangements and the caterer and informal invitations, all of which had given Charlie a prime case of nerves. Charlie Getz, inclined to be a loner, was better at the easel or the typewriter or at housecleaning and maintenance repairs than at sorting out the details of a social function that would change her life as she knew it.

Because Charlie's parents were dead and she had no close male relatives, Ryan's uncle Dallas would give her away. And Clyde Damen, Max Harper's lifelong friend, would be best man. She wondered if he'd show up for his official duties dressed in sweatshirt and jeans. Never one for polish, Clyde was as unlike Ryan's philandering ex-husband as it was possible to be, and that made her like him quite a lot.

As she reached to open the microwave, a scratching sound at her window made her start. Turning, she caught her breath then swallowed back a laugh.

Two cats crouched on the sill peering in at her: Clyde's big gray tomcat and his lady pal, dark-stripped Dulcie. Two bold freeloaders who, before she left for San Andreas, had been at her door every morning.

How could they have known she was home? Or had they come every day for two months, expecting the handout they'd grown accustomed to? Oh, surely not. No cat was that tenacious, and certainly these cats never went hungry -- though at the moment, with their noses close to the glass, their whiskers drawing delicate patterns through the dusty surface, they presented the picture of ultimate greed and impatience.

And the tomcat had brought her a gift.

From the gray cat's sharp white teeth dangled a dead mouse.

Joe Grey held his kill securely by its rear, its fur matted and wet from mauling. She stared at it, and looked into the burning yellow eyes of the self-satisfied tomcat, and choked back a laugh ...

Cat Seeing Double
A Joe Grey Mystery
. Copyright © by Shirley Murphy. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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