Cat Telling Tales (Joe Grey Series #17)

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"Missing humans, missing cats, what's the difference?"

A fire in the seaside village of Molena Point has left a twelve-year-old boy homeless—and the body of his alcoholic guardian is found in the smoldering ruins. A most curious tomcat, feline p.i. Joe Grey wonders if escape was really impossible for the elderly woman or if something more sinister occurred. And when boisterous Debbie Kraft descends uninvited on the Damens' home with her two children, claiming that her ex-husband has left her destitute, Joe really...

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Overview

"Missing humans, missing cats, what's the difference?"

A fire in the seaside village of Molena Point has left a twelve-year-old boy homeless—and the body of his alcoholic guardian is found in the smoldering ruins. A most curious tomcat, feline p.i. Joe Grey wonders if escape was really impossible for the elderly woman or if something more sinister occurred. And when boisterous Debbie Kraft descends uninvited on the Damens' home with her two children, claiming that her ex-husband has left her destitute, Joe really smells a rat—especially when he discovers Debbie is carrying loads of cash . . . and that the dead woman was her estranged mother.

This case—a nasty mix of missing persons, abandoned pets, real-estate scams, and murder—has Joe's fur standing on end. But it's not until Debbie's left-behind housecat shows up that Joe and his furry detecting pals find the biggest, most troubling clue of all: a grave that the cops somehow have missed.

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Editorial Reviews

Romantic Times on Cat Coming Home
“The heartwrenching stories of an orphaned child and a stray cat at Christmas will tug on more than a few heartstrings.”
Booklist on Cat Coming Home
“A heartwarming and satisfying tale.”
Booklist
“A heartwarming and satisfying tale.”
Romantic Times
“The heartwrenching stories of an orphaned child and a stray cat at Christmas will tug on more than a few heartstrings.”
Todd David Schwartz
“This is delightful entertainment. It would be a true cat-tastrophe if you let it pass you by.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061807237
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/30/2012
  • Series: Joe Grey Series , #17
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 213,471
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.60 (h) x 1.20 (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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  • Posted November 16, 2011

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    Heartwarming mystery for the holiday season

    As everyone knows (or, should by now) these amazingly fun, entertaining characters have been the plot of sixteen novels thus far, and this 17th title is all about mystery and suspense, wrapped up in the hope, joy and peace of the holiday season. Our main character, as always, is the fantastic cat - Joe Grey - a Private Investigator who helps his human friends solve crimes. This black Tomcat has been reader¿s favorite feline for a long time, and this is certainly a tale that will get everyone into the ¿holiday¿ mood. The book opens with Joe waking up from a nightmare and trying to remember exactly what it was all about. Joe is used to his everyday life in the stunning coastal village of Molena Point, but as the economy worsens around the globe, Molena Point does not escape the troubled times. Because of the economic circumstances there have been foreclosures aplenty, which is causing families to move and leave their pets behind¿to fend for themselves. Joe¿s human family, the Flannerys - along with all of their friends - are doing their best to help care for the animals who need to be fed and kept warm. Suddenly a fire occurs that costs a woman her life, and also leaves a frightened twelve-year-old boy without a home. When Joe finds out about this he¿s more than a little freaked out, because he thinks he saw the victim of the fire in his nightmare arguing with someone else. And frankly, it feels to Joe like this is a serious case of ¿foul play.¿ Along comes Debbie Kraft, a woman who claims to know Ryan Flannery from art school. She shows up on the doorstep of the Flannerys with an odd story about how her ex-husband took all of her money and she and her two children are now homeless. The victim of the ¿odd¿ fire was Debbie¿s mother, and Joe soon learns that Debbie Kraft is nowhere near broke. Joe is beyond suspicious and it gets worse when he meets up with Debbie Kraft¿s own tomcat who she abandoned back in her hometown; a cat who has followed his old owner and speaks with Joe about some seriously freaky things that happened in the human world that he oversaw. Joe and his feline friends definitely do go on the prowl, and the case grows wider and wider with everything from real estate scams to a missing person. This installment is truly heartwarming. Millions of animals are abandoned every year. Most cannot survive on their own in the outside world and end up dying all across the country every single day. This book was not only dedicated to the wonderful human beings who help and support their pets, but the author also wrote in a little ¿feline romance¿ to get the holiday season started off just right. Quill Says: A perfect little mystery. Joe Grey is the ultimate hero, and the message of love behind this tale is one that everyone should learn.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2013

    Thats weird...

    The cat on the cover looks alot like Scourge, from Erin Hubter's warriors series...

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 5, 2013

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    Reviewed by Karen Pirnot for Readers Favorite

    In her latest cat-sleuth mystery book entitled "Cat Telling Tales", Shirley Murphy has clever feline Joe Crey smack in the middle of a murder in the coastal town of Molena Point. There is a fire and an alcoholic woman is dead, leaving her 12 year old son Billy seemingly orphaned. The intrigue sets in when cat Joe and his sleuth feline friends discover that something has been removed from the fire and that it has a lot to do with the disappearance of certain people in Molene Point. The cats become private investigators, giving tips to the police so that the mysteries might be better understood and resolved.

    At times, the cats seem to be much more aware of what has already happened as well as being much more in touch with the potential for clues than do the humans. At times, this comes across as very clever and at times, a bit irritating. I felt the development of the cats' personalities came somewhat at the expense of the development of the human characters and yet, the felines are also absolutely charming in their human-like abilities. I tended to like the humans and wish I had learned more about them. But, for those feline-lover readers, this book is a goldmine! Even though the book is a stretch of the imagination as far as attempting to present anthropomorphism, it is nevertheless charming in both its characterization of the cats and in the story development itself.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2012

    Dawn

    Shrugs and rips of a bough with massive jaws...good mice

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2012

    Destructo

    Slices tree down with claw and sets it down. Ties dead (possibly alive) mice to tree by tails

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2012

    Sora

    Fixes the tree MAGICALLY. xP and sends Destructo to Mars.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2012

    Light enjoyment

    Not serious literature but a good respite read. Obviously this series is meant to be be taken lightly but at the same time does provide an adequate level of intrigue.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2012

    Buy the paperback

    The paperback is out and almost $3 cheaper!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2012

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    I thought this book was just a real delight!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2012

    I love this series!

    Addicted to this series. These are written so well, I can't put them down. Looking forward to many more.

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  • Posted February 13, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    It was another good murder mystery in which the cats help solve the crime!

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  • Posted January 19, 2012

    A must for anyone who likes cats!

    Joe Grey has a great way of solving a mystery. He, his buddies and people keep one interested from beginning to end. I've enjoyed all the Joe Grey mysteries very much, from #1 thru #17, and am looking forward to reading many more.

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  • Posted December 30, 2011

    a great series

    I have read all the Joe Grey mysteries in Shirley Rousseau Murphy's series, and have loved them all. I am a cat lover, and a mystery lover, and this series combines both with a bit of occult since the animals can communicate with each other, and with some of 'their' humans. Joe Grey is a very intelligent feline, and in most cases gathers enough information and clues to help solve the mystery. Always a good read from beginning to end.

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  • Posted December 22, 2011

    recommended reading

    Excellent read for all ages, better than the other cat detectives by a long shot.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2011

    Fun read

    Another great story about Joe and his friends. Only complaint is the ending left you hanging on several issues.

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    Posted December 17, 2011

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