||Jul 1 1997
The third in a series of cat
fantasy-mysteries featuring Joe Grey, a tomcat
who discovers, to his dismay, that he can speak
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Readers will adore this new installment by Shirley Rousseau Murphy a
treat for fantasy, cat and mystery lovers everywhere. Joe Grey was, well,
peeved. His human housemate Clyde was trying to volunteer him as a
once-a-week Animal Therapy cuddle kitty. And just when Joe was about to
nab the cat burglar who was terrifying the coast from Half Moon Bay to
Molena Point! But it wasn't up to Joe or Clyde. The "pet-a-pet" scheme was
Dulcie's idea, and she was a cat who always got her way. Dulcie needed
Joe's help to prove that the old folks' home was hiding more than just lonely
seniors. There was a mysterious kidnapper, a severed finger and a very,
very busy open grave!
"He knew he was a handsome cat, he knew what a mirror was for.
He knew that look of adulation in his lady's green eyes, too. But, thinking
of Dulcie at that moment, of her beautiful tabby face and soft, peach-tinted
ears, he was filled with her betrayal. Complete betrayal. It was Dulcie
who had put Clyde up to this insanity; it was Dulcie and her human
housemate, Wilma Getz, who had hatched this plan. . . .
"Clyde shook a tangle of dark hair out of his eyes. 'Just tell me what
is wrong with the idea. The venture would be charitable. It would be fun,
and it would do you good. Help you practice a little kindness, increase
your community awareness.'
"'What do I need with community awareness?' Joe sighed,
enunciating slowly and clearly, his yellow eyes wide with
innocent amazement. 'Let me get this straight. You want me
to join a pat-the-kitty group. You want me to visit an old people's
home. . .' He regarded Clyde closely. 'Are you out of your
feeble human mind?'"
Funny, intelligent, fast-paced
"Murphy's keen wit and intense love for all animals makes
this third novel in her series the best yet. Murphy's style
works because she's not afraid to face the seamy, clinical
side of detection and forensics, yet there's no manipulation of the reader's feelings
just for effect.... If you haven't read Cat on the Edge or Cat Under Fire, you're in for a
special treat! Funny, intelligent, fast-paced and sensitive--that's Shirley Rousseau
Murphy's "Joe Grey" detective series!"
--Library Cat Newsletter, Summer 1997.
Winner of the Muse Medallion Award
This book was the winner of the 1998 Muse Medallion Award given by the
Cat Writers' Association, and also its president's Best-of-the-Best Award.
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