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Cat to the Dogs
by Shirley Rousseau Murphy   

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Category: 

Mystery/Suspense

Publisher:  HarperCollins ISBN-10:  0061050970 Type: 
Pages: 

243

Copyright:  Jan 1 2000
Fiction

The latest entry in the acclaimed, uniquely charming mystery series featuring a pair of cats who discovered one day that they have the amazing ability to read, speak, and solve crimes.

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Ever since the earthquake, things have been going from bad to worse in Molena Point. There was the car "accident" on Hellhag Hill, which looked--well--fishy, to Joe's night-wise eyes. And now even Dulcie is getting weird. She's going to the dogs, literally. She's taken to mothering the two orphaned pups discovered at the scene of the crash. Worst of all, there's Clyde, Joe's erratic but lovable human. He thinks cats should stay out of police work and he's locking Joe and Dulcie out of the house when Officer Harper comes over to play poker. But Joe is not about to give up the chase. Mice are nice, but what cat can resist the chance to stalk a real killer?


Excerpt

"Fog lay so thick in Hellhag Canyon that Joe Grey couldn't see his paws, could barely see the dead wood rat he carried dangling from his sharp teeth. Moving steeply down the wall of the ravine, the tomcat was aware of a boulder or willow scrub only when his whiskers touched something foreign, sending an electrifying jolt through his sleek gray body. The predawn fog was so dense that a human would have barged straight into those obstacles--one more example, Joe Grey thought smugly, of feline senses far keener than human, of the superiority of cat over man.

"The fog-shrouded canyon was silent, too, save for the muted hushing of the sea farther down and the occasional whisper from high above of wet tires along the twisting two-lane, where some early-morning driver crept blindly. Joe had no idea why humans drove in this stuff; swift cars and fog were bad news. As he searched for a soft bit of ground on which to enjoy his breakfast, another car approached, moving way too fast toward the wicked double curve, sending a jolt of alarm stabbing through Joe."



Professional Reviews

Top entertainment

"Clever plotting and lyrical prose offer top entertainment."
Kirkus Reviews

"The plotting is tight, the characters delightful and the cats are utterly believable.... Cat to the Dogs ... held my interest page after page until its exciting conclusion. Highly recommended."
Michele A. Reed, I Love a Mystery


Sure to delight cat lovers and mystery fans alike

"...Fast-paced, intricate and well-researched, Cat to the Dogs glows with Murphy's obvious love for all animals, her sense of outrage at crime and criminals, and her quick, analytical approach to forensic details. Funny, tender and loving at times, Cat to the Dogs is still a murder mystery--so Murphy doesn't shy away from graphic crime scene descriptions. Sure to delight cat lovers and detective mystery fans alike, with a dash of fantasy thrown in for good measure!"
--Ann Sharkey, Library Cat Newsletter, Spring 2000


Irresistible feline sleuths

"Murphy's a master of fantasy, and her remarkable writing skills carry us willingly into suspension of reality.... I've become addicted to reading Murphy's Joe Grey mysteries.... She writes with a great facility for description, using English with a refinement of phrasing and cadence much appreciated by the careful reader."
--Margot Nichols, Carmel Pine Cone, December 17, 1999

"...Murphy's two irresistible feline sleuths are at it again in their latest caper.... Cat to the Dogs blends feline 'attitude' with a captivating story line to create a readable and highly enjoyable mystery.... If a cat is part of your life, but you haven't discovered Joe Grey and Dulcie yet, it's time you did."
--Bob Walch, Monterey (CA) Herald, February 13, 2000


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