Monday, December 26, 2011

Book Feature: "Cat Telling Tales: A Joe Grey Mystery" By Shirley Rousseau Murphy

Almost exactly a year ago I reviewed Cat Coming Home another mystery by Shirley Rousseau Murphy (click on title to read). This year, I was the recipient of another mystery in the Joe Grey series: Cat Telling Tales.

This post is listed as a "feature" because due to Cody recently being ill (he is fine now!), a non-functioning internet connection (my fault!), and a slew of holiday obligations, I am embarrassed to admit that I haven't had a chance to read it.  After having LOVED Cat Coming Home and not wanting you to have to wait any longer for a review, I wanted to at least  share information with you that the publisher,  William Morrow, an Imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers graciously provided:

"The book takes place in the bright coastal village of Molena Point, where a rash of foreclosures due to the economic downturn is causing many residents to abandon their family pets. While feline P. I. Joe Grey's human friends join together to care for the starving cats, a suspicious fire leaves a twelve-year-old boy homeless. The body of his alcoholic guardian is discovered in the smoldering ruins, causing Joe to wonder if escape was really impossible for the elderly woman."

"Meanwhile, a self-invited houseguest descends on the Damen household with her two children, claiming to have no money and nowhere else to go. But Joe Grey soon uncovers her relationship to a missing real estate agent, a homeless woman, and the fire. Then the houseguest's cat arrives, bringing with him a number of answers----but could he himself be the answer to tortoiseshell Kit's dreams of one true love with whom she can share her wildest adventures?"

"CAT TELLING TALES mixes humor, love, and a unique species of mystery. An intriguing story of strong friendships and new beginnings, CAT TELLING TALES is a delight for both cat lovers and mystery fans."

"It is the 17th installment in the award-winning Joe Grey series"

The reading order of the Joe Grey novels is as follows:

Cat on the Edge
Cat Under Fire
Cat Raise the Dead
Cat in the Dark
Cat to the Dogs
Cat Spitting Mad
**Cat on the Money
Cat Laughing Last
Cat Seeing Double
Cat Fear No Evil
Cat Cross Their Graves
Cat Breaking Free
Cat Pay the Devil
Cat Deck the Halls
Cat Playing Cupid
Cat Striking Back
Cat Coming Home
Cat Telling Tales


ISBN: 9780061806926

ABOUT SHIRLEY ROUSSEAU MURPHY- In addition to her popular Joe Grey mystery series for adults, for which she has received nine 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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  1. Awww so glad to hear Cody is ok and your internet bugs are now banished! Yay!!

    Another great review and intro to a most amazing series! Look at all these Joe Grey novels!! Brilliant!!

    Take care

  2. I can't believe I haven't read a single book in this series - and it features a tortie! I'm going to have to remedy this immediately - and I probably would buy this book just for the pretty cover!

  3. @Old Kitty thank you but I didn't review it, that was from the Publisher...I did review the one I linked to though!

    @Ingrid YES you DO need to read the series my friend!

  4. Look at all those, I didn't know they were out there either. I'm a slow reader, I fall asleep lots in mid-paragraph LOL!

  5. @Brian, you are too funny! Don't feel bad...I occasionally fall asleep while reading as well :)

  6. We like the Joe Grey mysteries! We have started at the beginning of the series after your last review, but still have a ways to go. We may need read this one sooner anyway - it sounds good! Thanks!

    Pip, Smidgen, Minnie, Hollie

  7. We like that series! But best of all, of course, is the Cat Who books.

  8. Hi Cara and gang! I am so happy that you started reading the series due to my review! That makes me feel soooooo good!!! I have to sit down and get moving on this one...that was the first time that ever happened where I posted and hadn't read the book yet! I just ran out of time and didn't want this to wait much longer.

  9. I haven't read any of those yet either. I am so glad you told us about them. I love books like that. Just gotta save up my green papers. Glad to hear that Cody is all right. It has been a busy time of year so you are forgiven. Take care.

  10. Mommy has readed some of the books. But has not started at the begining. Now she knoed what to liik for!

  11. So glad Cody is ok :)) I have never heard if this series. Will have to check it out on Amazon x

  12. Thanks for telling us about these books. Sound intriguing and we didn't know of hte series either. 17 already? We have some catching up to do!