Even the bright seaside village of Molena Point has been hit hard by the economic downturn. Sadly, former residents haven't just left their homes; they've abandoned their pets, too. Luckily, Joe Grey's human friends have joined together to care for the animals. But just as one problem is solved more arise. A suspicious fire leaves a twelve-year-old boy homeless when the body of his alcoholic elderly guardian is discovered in the smoldering ruins. Then, a woman with two children appears on the Damen doorstep, claiming to have no money and nowhere else to go. The experienced Joe Grey smells a rat, and will work his paws off to prove it. Scratching out clues, he and his P.I. posse follow a trail that lead to a scam involving a group of shady real estate agents. When a realtor goes missing, Joe suspects the mysteries are connected. And just when the Damen household is filled to capacity, another stray arrives with answers... and the possibility of true love for the adventurous tortoiseshell Kit.
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"A delightful narrator and a good story"
I have already listened to this audio book twice! Why? It is a fun read and a delight for any Joe Grey fan. I am baffled why there are note more of this popular series on audiobook they would be my go to choice for a light, cat loving read.
The listener becomes absorbed in the lives and events of the cat characters who are all portrayed with affection and wit. The sub-story about Pan and Misto will move any cat lover and have them cheering at the end. A favourite? It would be mean to pick one out - the humans and Molena Point are a delight and the cats make me laugh and sometimes hold my breath!
It is, sometimes, simply nice to be read to, and by a voice of Susan Boyce's quality with its gentle characterisation and relaxed manner.
PLEASE commission Susan Boyce to read the whole series - there is a huge gap in the Joe Grey lover's library that Auduble needs to fill!
"Narrator, not so good"
The narration is choppy making a difficult listen. However the story is quirky and fun and would have been rated much higher with a better narrator. It's good to see that future books have another narrator. Thanks
"One of the best Cat Mysteries Ever"
I will listen to this again for sure. I love the series and Susan Boyce did a fantastic job bringing the characters to life.
I especially like Kit as she has a special wonder about the world around her. All the cats are wonderful characters with individual personalities.
She captures the personalities of the cats and the people so that it all becomes very believable. The focus is on the mystery, not on the fact that the cats are talking to each other and to their human friends.
I have read and love all the Shirley Rousseau Murphy Joe Grey books. I was disappointed with the narrator of the two previous audiobooks and only tried this one because the sample sounded so much better. (The other narrator was just not right for these books, in my opinion). I hope that they continue making these audio versions and that Ms. Boyce does the narrating. If you listened to the others and didn't want to try again, I suggest that this one is worth a credit. Great story to read and a great story to listen to.
"Cats that can talk and their people"
One of my favorite genres is mysteries so I love the way Joe Grey, a confidential informant, helps the police of Molena Point, Ca bring various thieves, murderers, and scammers to justice. He communicates only by phone and even the chief of police doesn't know his identity but has learned to trust his tips. Joe, whose bloodlines reach back to ancient Ireland, is one of a small collection of talking cats who have come together in the coastal town. In this book of the series the central mystery is to find who poisoned and then burned the shack of an old woman, leaving her young grandson homeless. I enjoyed all the twists and turns of the plot and look forward to reading the next book to find out what happens next to all the characters especially the 12 year old grandson and the newly arrived talking cat Pan.
"first but not the last"
loved the characterization of the cats. Good sweet story.
will definitely listen to the rest of this author's books.
"Murphy remains a top choice"
yes, the idea of a communicative cat is fun!
although Joe is the main role - and a macho cat - there are new personalities to explore
yes, there is always a good turn of events in stories and they hold my attention.
I can do many chores with my hands/eyes and still listen to a very good mystery tale.
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