Cat Shout for Joy: A Joe Grey Mystery (Joe Grey Mystery Series)

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William Morrow

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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.


William Morrow
William Morrow
William Morrow
William Morrow
Cat Shout for Joy: A Joe Grey Mystery (Joe Grey Mystery Series)
Shirley Rousseau Murphy
Item Height
8.25 inches
Item Length
5.5 inches
Item Weight
0 pounds
Item Width
1.09 inches
Package Height
1.3 inches
Package Length
8.3 inches
Package Weight
0.45 pounds
Package Width
5.6 inches
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Latest reviews

Pros: The book is well written, the narrative is coherent, and the main characters are fun to read about.
Cons: Some of the villains are positively horrible people and it's hard reading from their perspective.
The first thing you need to know about this series is that the main characters, the cats Joe Gray, Dulcie, and Kit, can speak human (and English). They're intelligent, and they fight crime by a series of tips that they call into the police station so that the police can find, arrest, and prosecute the criminals. In this book there are a series of attacks where someone rushes up behind an elderly man or woman, strikes them down, and then runs. The cats and the police (who have  no idea that the cats are helping) are desperately seeking some clue to the identity of the perpetrator. 

Of course, that's not all that's going on. Dulcie has discovered that she's pregnant (as a speaking cat she wasn't spayed), while Kit and her  beau are off exploring the realm where speaking cats actually came from. Murphy weaves the realistic crime solving element with fantastical element well, and leaves only one question: will the kittens be able to speak like their parents, or not?


I've been following this absorbing series for years.  I'm currently in the middle of rereading The Catswold Portal (the book that introduced the underground realm) so that I'll be properly up on it before checking Cat Shout for Joy out of the library.
Note: most libraries will carry an electronic version of this book shortly if they don't already, and if you install Overdrive on your computer or tablet (free) you can check out the electronic version with no worries about it becoming overdue, as Overdrive automatically deletes it when its due date arrives.