Cat Shout for Joy (Joe Grey Series #19)

Cat Shout for Joy (Joe Grey Series #19)

by Shirley Rousseau Murphy

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Awaiting the birth of his first kittens, feline P. I. Joe Grey, his companion Dulcie, and their furry sleuthing pals must unmask a killer preying on some of the most vulnerable citizens in the charming California coastal community of Molena Point.

For Joe Grey and Dulcie, life is a bittersweet mix of endings and beginnings. While they joyfully await their first litter, they are also sad for their friend, the old yellow cat Misto, whose time on earth is drawing to an end. But Misto tells them an exciting future awaits: among the litter will be a little calico returned from the distant past who will be born with the same ancient markings, and the adventurous spirit of Joe Grey.

While the proud parents await the birth of their babies, their humans have their hands full with projects of their own. Kate Osborne has bought the old Pamillon estate and Ryan Flannery is building a new cat shelter as part of their volunteer rescue project. The criminals are busy, too. The Molena Point PD has stepped up patrols to apprehend a mugger attacking the local elderly. The case becomes a homicide when one of the victims dies, leaving everyone in the town—including Joe and Grey and his furry sleuthing companions—on edge, just when the kittens are about to arrive. When Dulcie gives birth, her little calico is just as Misto predicted, as if she has come back to the world from mythic ancient times.

But the celebrations will have to wait. A murderer is on the loose—and neither young nor old is safe until the culprit is found.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062403506
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/25/2016
Series: Joe Grey Series , #19
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 288,796
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Shirley Rousseau Murphy writes the popular Joe Grey mystery series and is a noted children’s book author who has received five Dixie Council of Authors and Journalists Awards. She lives in Carmel, a village which inspires the charm for Molena Point

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Cat Shout for Joy 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bittersweet, the rhythm of life well lived, and a story well written. Joe Gray does not disappoint us.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beautiful story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this story, but then I've enjoyed all the books in the series. I thought I knew 'who dunit', but was still surprised at the end. I'm wondering now, what comes next, and how soon will it be out. I can hardly wait!
KittyCalico More than 1 year ago
Awesome! I've been following this series from book 1 and have yet to be disappointed. This book however has to be the best yet. :) Thank you so much Ms. Murphy!
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JDKit8054 More than 1 year ago
I have read all of the Joe Grey mysteries, and like the rest, I loved this one. I can't wait for the next one. This is my favorite book series, and I'm always sad when I come to the end of the book!
JBronder More than 1 year ago
Someone seems to be pranking the elderly. Sneaking up behind them and surprising them. Unfortunately the surprises start getting more and more vicious until they start dying. It’s up to Joe Grey and the team to figure out who is causing the deaths and to find out why. On top of this, Joe and Dulcie are expecting kittens. There is some stress about the whole parenthood thing along with if the kittens will be able to talk and how to keep their secret safe. But it is also bitter sweet since it is coming to the time for Misto to go over the Rainbow Bridge, but not before a couple predictions. I have been meaning to read the Joe Grey mysteries for a while but I have never gotten around to them. So, when I was asked to review Cat Shout for Joy I was doing a happy dance. I loved the mystery, it was a good who-dunnit and I was kept guessing until the end. But I found most of the story revolved around Joe and Dulcie’s kittens and the passing of Misto. I loved the mystery and want to start the series from the beginning. But as a cat lover it was just like being home and interacting with my furry children. This is a great story and if you like cozy mysteries and cats you will love this book. I received Cat Shout for Joy for free from the publisher and Edelwise in exchange for an honest review.
MasonCanyon More than 1 year ago
A light-hearted mystery that will tug at your heart-strings, CAT SHOUT FOR JOY by Shirley Rousseau Murphy will also keep you guessing as to the reason and the culprit of the crimes. This delightful mystery features the antics and sleuthing techniques of a gray tomcat named Joe Grey and his dark striped companion Dulcie, along with several other furry investigating companions and a few humans. This story begins with a mixture of emotions. Joe Grey and Dulcie’s friends, Pan (the red tomcat) and Kit (a tortoiseshell) are off on an adventure. Pan’s father Misto (the old yellow cat) is dying but isn’t afraid since he says he’s lived many lives. Joe Grey and Dulcie are expecting their first kittens and even though Dulcie hasn’t told Joe Grey yet, Misto tells her there will be three kittens and one will be a little calico girl who will be special. Meanwhile, the humans in Molena Point are having their own problems too. What starts out as a street prowler attacking the elderly in the village soon escalates to murder when one of the victims dies. With no witnesses and no clues, the humans and felines are at a loss as to who the killer is and why they are attacking the elderly. Author Shirley Rousseau Murphy does an excellent job blending the cats’ adventures with the humans’ activities to create a plausible world where the four-legged sleuths aide in the investigations. The story moves at a steady pace and holds your attention with its twists and turns. The characters are well-developed and likable. The small town setting adds charm and enhances the story. The author’s rich descriptions and eye for detail makes the reader feel a part of the adventure. You don’t have to be a cat lover to enjoy this tantalizing tale. In addition, CAT SHOUT FOR JOY is a standalone read and it’s not necessary to have read the previous book in order to keep up with the story. Cats and humans, criminals and murder all combined with morsels of humor, a little sadness and a celebration to create an entertaining mystery you won’t be able to put down. FTC Full Disclosure – A copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. The thoughts are completely my own and given honestly and freely.
ReadYourWrites More than 1 year ago
An intriguing magical story. Molena Point, California has had an increase in attacks. What makes these attacks interesting is that the victims are all elderly. They are attacked when they are alone, at different times of the day. The attacks involve being hit on the head and pushed down. There’s no robbery and the perpetrator seemingly disappears. Unfortunately, several of the attacks have lead to the victims’ deaths. Police are at a loss as to what’s going on and why. It’s time for Joe Grey and his cat friends to get involved. Cat Shout for Joy is the 19th book in the Joe Grey Mystery series. However, it is the first book I’ve read. For the most part, I found the story to be a standalone read. I did, however, find myself being a little confused and intrigued by the magical cats (Misto, Joe Grey, Dulcie, Pan, and Kit). It took me awhile to understand where they came from and what their abilities were. To say I was completely fascinated with them would be an understatement. Each cat has their own personality and demeanor, making them all individuals. They all have a need to investigate and love their humans madly. I liked the plot and storyline. I found the mystery to be good with a couple of misdirects thrown in. I’m not sure I can say I liked the way the mystery was resolved, but I can say justice was served. Cat Shout for Joy balanced the death of wise and charming Misto well with the birth of Joe Grey and Dulcie’s kittens. While Misto dying is sad, he was happy, comfortable, and ready to move on to a new world/adventure. For me, that in and of itself made his passing less sad. Cat Shout for Joy marks my first time reading about an animal doing any type of investigation. It’s different from the normal cozy mysteries I read. I loved that the cats could talk, read, and knew how to do normal human things. I looking forward to reading more books like this. **Received a copy of the book courtesy of William Morrow for an honest and unbiased opinion.**