A car crash, a missing treasure, a dead thief, and a suspicious blond divorcée have feline P.I. Joe Grey and his four-legged cohorts clawing for justice in this lively new entry in the beloved, award-winning series.
Kate Osborne, a divorcée, reappears with a fortune and a strange story about how she obtained it. Meanwhile, a terrible car crash involves tortoiseshell Kit and her elderly housemates, Lucinda and Pedric Greenlaw. The accident is terrifying enough, but then two mysterious men steal the car - and the secret treasure hidden inside its doors. When one of the thieves ends up dead, Joe must discover if the events are connected - and why. With the investigation in trouble, will they find the killer…or be left chasing their tails?
©2012 Shirley Rousseau Murphy (P)2012 AudioGO
I once owned the bookstore A Novel Idea. I sold mysteries and cat humor. Put a cat in a mystery, and I'm likely to read it. Book Reviewer.
Yes. I find that the audio versions read by good narrators are superior to the written page because they bring the words to life with no ambiguity.
Two men are in Molena Point, California, similar to real-life Carmel, searching one's sister's home since she had passed on and he was convinced she'd hidden some bonds he had stolen years ago somewhere in that house. After a week of searching, the two men went north to sell a few items. Pleased with their take, they head back to Molena Point via the Pacific Coast Highway, a curving two-lane road high up from the ocean with no guard rail to protect them from plunging into the sea. Ahead of them, a town car is traveling too slowly, and behind them a delivery truck is driving too fast, ultimately passing their pickup. The three vehicles crash into each other; the delivery truck smashed into the cliff, killing the driver and causing the cliff to crumble. Pedric drove past the trucks, stopping just past the rocks on the road. The men were pinned in their pickup.
With no one moving, one of the men broke his window and pulled himself out of the pickup. He approached Pedric with a tire iron, which Pedric noticed at his side. Vic swung at Pedric, landing a blow to the head, knocking him down, bleeding profusely. Lucinda struggled out of the town car. She swung at Vic with a large flashlight, but Vic hit Lucinda in what might be a broken shoulder. The second man, with his own head wound, got out of the pickup, and the two drifters took off in the town car, leaving Lucinda, Pedric, and a scared but unhurt Kit on the road to wait for help. Kit went back and forth between them, comforting each one until sirens signaled the arrival of help. Kit knew they’d never let her into their vehicles, and she took off up the cliff, dragging Lucinda’s cell phone with her. It slowed her, but she had heard coyotes, and needed to rescue herself before bull dozers arrived to repair the road.
Once Kit found a small hole to hide in, she called Clyde and Ryan to come find her. They packed up quickly, bringing their Weimaraner, Joe Grey, and another cat Pan. Arriving at the scene, they were all shocked to see the condition of the road, the vehicles, the people, but there was no cat.
I think one of the reasons I enjoy the spoken book is that I'm not alone at times like these in the book. Had I been, in real life, I would have been shaking my husband awake for some comfort in my fear for Kit. However, with Susan Boyce reading the story, I had a "friend" with me to hold my hand and one who held the answer to where Kit was.
This is one of those books you want to read slowly so it won’t end. I found it highly entertaining. Many parts were sad, some made me mad, yet many made me smile, and I even had a tear or few drip from the corner of my eyes. It was nice to find out where Kate had been and how her travels went. While this book did not seem to have a slew of subplots, it actually did. The entire series has led up to many of the exchanges between residents, young and old, new and old-timers. Yet Mrs. Murphy made them clear to the beginner or veteran to the series. If one wanted to read something to get into the series before this book #18, I think I would suggest #17, CAT TELLING TALES, the just previous book which introduces the woman who died and her family. It isn’t necessary, but it would explain a few things that happen in this book. Many people can be daunted by a series with 18 books in it, thinking they could never catch up from the beginning and if they didn’t read the entire series, they wouldn’t understand or enjoy the current books. Not so for Mrs. Murphy. Her writing is exceptional in bringing you just what you need to know at the right moment. You won’t need a cast list or a cheat sheet. So close your eyes, and plunge right in. You are sure to enjoy whatever title in this series you choose.
I have read or listened to the entire Joe Grey series so far. Mrs. Murphy’s writing took a step forward with her agility in twisting many storylines together a couple books ago and continued on here. Plot lines that seem unrelated come together effortlessly. Mrs. Murphy has a way of weaving all the events together with strings of friendship. CAT BEARING GIFTS absolutely deserves to be on everyone’s “TBR” piles. Just in time to celebrate the holidays along with Molena Point once Joe and pals help Max and his crew put the violence to rest.
I like the previous stories better. This one didn't have the fun adventure.
The story could have been good if I could actually tell where the author was trying to go with it.
Maybe the movie would be better
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