Cat Striking Back (Joe Grey Series #15)

Cat Striking Back (Joe Grey Series #15)

by Shirley Rousseau Murphy

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“Murphy’s series is top-notch...a real treat.”
Cats magazine


The acclaimed mystery writer whom Kirkus Reviews praises for having “raised the stakes of the feline sleuth genre,” Shirley Rousseau Murphy brings back cat detectives Joe Grey, Dulcie, and Kit in Cat Striking Back. Arguably the most unusual sleuth in contemporary crime fiction, Joe Grey is at his curious best when he pads across evidence of a heinous crime but with no victim in sight. Cat Striking Back is a treat for readers of Lillian Jackson Braun, Rita Mae Brown, and Carole Nelson Douglas—for cat people and anyone who loves a good whodunit—a bravura display of the mastery that has won Murphy an unprecedented seven straight Muse Medallions from the national Cat Writers Association.

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ISBN-13: 9780061124006
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 11/30/2010
Series: Joe Grey Series , #15
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 11.72(h) x 0.80(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 Striking Back (Joe Grey Series #15) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
GailCooke More than 1 year ago
Granted, considering the number sold it's doubtful that there are many first-time readers of Rousseau's Joe Grey series, but just in case there are a few things that should be accepted for prime enjoyment of this fun, part fantasy, all mystery story. First, decide that it's ok for cats to talk, to one another and to their human friends. Second, accept the fact that Joe is a cat and a full-time detective who will dare almost anything until the crime in question is solved. There, now that's settled prepare for the 15th installment of his sleuthing shenanigans. Joe is padding through Molena Point toting a four course meal for a nursing mother cat when his sharp senses detect a smell that stopped him, " smell that made his fur bristle." It was the awful odor of blood and human death. He follows this to an abandoned property and an empty swimming pool. The pool's bottom is covered in muddy slime but it's also clear that something, something large has been dragged across one end of the pool. Joe is able to follow a trail that leads to where what he believes to be a body is dragged, tire marks indicate the body was put in a car and taken away. He calls the police, and then after taking food to the hungry mother cat returns to the scene only to find that in such a brief period someone has hosed down the area removing the evidence he had seen. Who and why? No sooner had Joe made his report and hardly had time to ponder the strange goings-on when houses in the neighborhood are broken into. Strange robberies if that is what they are as nothing seems have been taken. Four houses that have been entered are vacant as the owners are on vacation. Joe, his lady, Dulcie, and friend Kit begin going house to house trying to put a few pieces of this strange puzzle together. These are really odd break-ins and Joe knows there's been a murder but there is no body. What can the crime busting kitties do next? A couple of feral cats join them while continuing to marvel at the strange ways of humans. Joe and his two-footed friends certainly have their work cut out for them and readers have one more Joe Grey mystery to enjoy. - Gail Cooke
antarcticdream More than 1 year ago
Once again Ms. Murphy has produced a compeling and enjoying mystery. Joe, Dulcie, Kit, and all of the wild bunch team up this time. It's a must-read, as are all of Ms. Murphy's Joe Grey Mysteries!
PurrsonNJ More than 1 year ago
Great addition to the previous 14 books of the Joe Grey Series.
flowersOK More than 1 year ago
I love these books. Makes me want to live there and have a talking cat of my own.. I can't get her books often enough..
koalamom on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The cats are at it again - out to solve yet another murder in Molina Point without the Chief discovering that his prize snitch is a cat.Several couples in one neighborhood all decide to go on vacation at the same time leaving Charlie's cleaning crew to check on the houses. Unbeknownst to all, one of their neighbors is planning a break in after they all leave and his wife has keys to their homes since she watches their cats or lets in workmen when the owners' are at work.The whole plan is set - until he kills his wife, his partner in crime, and then things go downhill from there.
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Ms. Murphy does not seem to be at her best in this novel. The plot seemed to be too slow at first. However, who can resist Joe Grey and his friends? If you are a fan of these talking cats, you will want to read this book. It was a little disappointing at first, but the pace picked up later. I am not sorry I purchased this book. And I'd really like a talking cat for my next birthday. This is still an essential purchase if you are a Joe Grey fan!
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Skyhorse More than 1 year ago
As always, sheer fun, adventure and thrills.
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harstan More than 1 year ago
In California after an evening of mouse hunting with his tabby lady Dulcie and their buddy Kit, Joe Grey says good night to them. However he soon realizes that an abandoned home with an empty but open swimming pool has been the recent location of a human homicide. As he has done in the past when he stumbled upon a corpse, he leaves an anonymous tip at the Molina Point Police Department; though he has no dead body this time. Police Detective Juana Davis arrives at the alleged murder scene and finds evidence that a homicide occurred in the pool area. Meanwhile Sage the cat catches the killer interring the corpse in a hole dug in the garage floor of a house undergoing renovation. The feline loathing killer tries to hammer Sage who escapes and reports to Joe and others what happened. Obviously for the cat-loving crowd, the latest Joe Grey feline police procedurals (see CAT PLAYING CUPID) is a lighthearted frolic as the cat-detectives go after a human killer. The Anthropomorphist investigation is fun though the cops seem more Keystone compared with the more knowledgeable in detecting methods cats. Harriet Klausner