Escaping Los Angeles and the ugly memories of her son’s recent murder, Maudie Toola returns to her childhood home of Molena Point, bringing her orphaned grandson, whom she must now raise, with her. Mourning for her son, she’s not looking forward to the holidays but feels she must make them positive for the child. But Maudie is unaware that the killer has followed her, nor does she know that the small seaside village is dealing with a series of brutal assaults. A team of criminals is stalking single women, hiding their attacks behind spectacular break-ins to divert the cops. And this time there’s not even a phone call from the four-footed snitch to give the cops a lead.
Meanwhile, a new tomcat appears on the scene, a wise and elderly wanderer who bears an important message from a state prisoner for the chief of police. But this cat has a personal agenda too - as does Maudie, who harbors her own secret about her son’s killer. As the lonely prison cat provides the link between the mysteries, Joe Grey and his pals, in turn, help him find a surprising new home, a safe retreat in time for the holidays.
With a story both enchanting and suspenseful, Shirley Rousseau Murphy shows once again why her trio of feline sleuths are so beloved by her fans, and why the Joe Grey mysteries should be at the top of every cat lover’s Christmas list.
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An excellent addition to the Joe Grey series!
- Sandie Herron
Dull and grim
Murphy is very well-regarded and I might try another book from her, but Susan Boyce's narration was so dull and lifeless that I would think twice if she were the narrator.
No, I love "The Cat Who" books and will look for other similar stories. This series is renowned and I might give this series another chance if there is a different narrator.
Probably not. I'd have to really think hard about it and listen carefully to the free samples.
Disappointment and annoyance that a book that was billed as a "Christmas cozy" had a story that was dark and that depicted grotesque violence against some of the most defenseless members of society. It was almost shocking. It wouldn't have been so bad if the book hadn't been advertised as a charming Christmas cozy, but considering the way the book was marketed, I felt misled. Combined with a narrator whose work could probably best be described as "lifeless" made for a very unsatisfying listening experience.
This is part of a renowned series and Murphy is a nine-time Cat Writers’ Association Award winner (did you know there is a Cat Writer’s Association??? There is!!!). I got halfway through before giving up. I love “The Cat Who” books and talking cat detectives at Christmas sounded cute, but the story was dull and often grim. As an audio book, the dullness was exacerbated by a dull reader. It's well-reviewed and readers love it, but I was an exception.
- Leon Miller