Cat Coming Home (Joe Grey Series #16)

Cat Coming Home (Joe Grey Series #16)

by Shirley Rousseau Murphy

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Overview

“That was no accident.”

Escaping Los Angeles and the ugly memories of her son’s recent murder, Maudie Toola returns to her childhood home of Molena Point with her orphaned grandson, facing the upcoming Christmas holiday with trepidation. But she is not aware that the small seaside village is being plagued by a series of brutal attacks on single women . . . or that the heartless fiend who shattered her world has followed her here.

Feline sleuth Joe Grey and his cat pals have a lot on their dish this holiday season, and it overflows when an elderly wandering tomcat appears on the scene bearing an important message from a state prisoner for the chief of police. But this lonely old cat also has a personal agenda—as does Maudie Toola, who knows more than she’s telling about her son’s killer.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061806957
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 11/29/2011
Series: Joe Grey Series , #16
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 250,471
Product dimensions: 4.24(w) x 6.78(h) x 1.06(d)

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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Cat Coming Home 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
GailCooke More than 1 year ago
Shirley Rousseau Murphy has garnered legions of fans with her cat sleuth P.I. Joe Grey and the feline he fancies, Dulcie - she's sure to win more with the 16th in this award winning series, CAT COMING HOME. Murphy manages to fill her stories with sufficient amounts of mystery, mayhem and murder to satisfy and still keep it within the bounds of believable feline activity. (So says this owner of two cats who rule not only the roost but our hearts, too). Now, if there are naysayers claiming that talking cats are farfetched, just read a Joe Grey mystery, and you'll find yourself chatting with them. In the most horrific murder imaginable Maudie Toola's son and daughter-in-law are suddenly shot to death while driving a lonely road on their way to the mountains near Lake Arrowhead. Maudie and three children are in the backseat; she glimpsed the passenger in the big pickup for just a second, and saw "the gleam of metal, too, and shoved the children to the floor, crouching down over them as a fiery blast exploded and another." Blessedly their lives were saved. Now, eight months later, still reeling from the trauma of that night, Maudie is moving back to her childhood home, Molena Point. She brings her orphaned grandson, Benny, with her while knowing she must now raise him and make life as good for the child as she can. A gray tomcat watches their arrival; something about Maudie has aroused his curiosity. "Something out of keeping, an attitude that didn't seem to fit this gentle person....." Little did Joe know that his interest in Maudie would soon involve murders, a stabbing at the state prison, and the fearsome home invasions that had suddenly begun in once peaceful Molena Point. Could the vicious killer have tracked Maudie and Benny to this seaside village? - Gail Cooke
Addicted-to-BooksOR More than 1 year ago
I have read all of the Joe Grey series. Each one gets better. I REALLY enjoyed this book. There was something about the big yellow cat that was so touching! I always find myself wishing the story would go on. Then I wait with eager anticipation for the next book. I adore cats and have 4. How much you love animals may have a definite affect on how much you will enjoy this series. Compariable to the Mrs. Murphy series by Rita Mae Brown. They will make you smile!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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delphimo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I am a sucker for Christmas novels and this has an added bonus as a cat mystery. But, I was sadly disappointed with this novel. The story moves too far from reality. As a cat an owner and lover, I understand the unique personality of a cat. Murphy presents cats with more intelligence than the humans in the story. Lilian Jackson Braun presents a more believable story with her "the cat who" series. Many times, the dialog is confusing, who is talking, the cat or the human. Also, the agility of the cats flying over rooftops and entering houses presents a picture of ninja cats. I plan to stick with Braun's series.
enemyanniemae on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A book by Shirley Rousseau Murphy is an automatic purchase for me. I still remember the first in the Joe Grey series, Cat on the Edge. Being a fan of Rita Mae Brown's pet mysteries, I was fascinated to find that Murphy's feline sleuths are quite a bit more advanced than your average kitty. Joe deciding to let his human know for the first time (via telephone, no less) that he is safe after going in to hiding from a bad guy and, oh, by the way, not only does he understand human language, he speaks English quite well is one of the funniest passages I have read in quite some time. And that book drew me in and had me well hooked. I have followed Joe and his friends, feline and human, ever since.This latest installment finds former Molena Point resident Maudie Toola returning to her childhood home with her grandson, Benny, after the shooting deaths of Benny's father and stepmother in Los Angeles. She longs to give the child the security, stability and love he needs after they both witnessing the double murder. Christmas is right around the corner and Maudie has no time to grieve. Instead, she must plow ahead and create a positive environment for Benny. What she doesn't know is that the killer has followed them or that the little town is under siege by a band of criminals who are preying on single women, brutally attacking them during home invasions. Each of the attacks comes minutes after a break-in at a business at another location... just long enough to divert police attention so the attacks can be carried out quickly and the women's belongings thoroughly destroyed. The chief is at a loss, as the attacks are random and his police force is small. The cats have been unable to help... until they come across a tomcat like themselves, an elderly kitty who arrives with his own agenda as well as a message for the police chief from one of the prisoners in Soledad prison. Murphy weaves a story so very well. She intertwines subplots with the main storyline and the result is a very satisfying read. Cat Coming Home is a wonderful holiday mystery recommended for animal lovers and cozy mystery lovers alike.
Mayopets More than 1 year ago
This was a good book in the Joe Grey cat series. I am never disappointed with these books; they always keep me interested and I care about the characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I have read in this series. Joe and his cohorts are quite the detectives. The book is amusing and interesting for tweens and older persons. If you are a cat or dog person, you will enjoy it. The reading is easy and does not require much thought. I would definitely read other books by this author but would not suggest it for book club discussions.
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sharno22 More than 1 year ago
I'm new to this series, and I must say I love it. Warm cozy atmosphere, characters, and cats. Don't be put off by the cats talking. This is an intelligent mystery that all cozy lovers will enjoy.
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