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Publisher's Summary

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

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Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I like the previous stories better. This one didn't have the fun adventure.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

The story could have been good if I could actually tell where the author was trying to go with it.

Did Susan Boyce do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

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Maybe the movie would be better

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I've listened to many Joe gray mysteries and love them all. however, this one I couldn't even listen to all of it. I fast forwarded to to the finish. If this was my first Joe Gray novel, I wouldn't be a fan. My reason for this is the dark theme of the novel. There was TMI, too much information, on what the killer was thinking, and the description of the violence. It was well written but a disappointment to me.

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Love the series ,hate it when it's over.

The most creative , imaginative
authors. The books in the series
almost have me believing that there are cats with the ability to
speak to their human housemates. Funny, emotional
and deliciously charming. I wish
the author the best . Her books
are uplifting to the spirit. I makes
an adult believe in a special kind
of magic. I'm sorry to hear the last book has been published.
The series has given me great
joy and laughter. Thanks Shirley
Russo Murphy. I will miss your
wonderful way of telling a great
story.

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Where the series lost me….

You know a series has too many side plots happening all at once when you can skip multiple whole chapters and still follow the main plot of the book. The reemergence of Kate was truly an unnecessary and most unfortunate choice by the author. Her acts of caring towards everyone seem contrived and painful to listen to when she’s been absent from everyone’s lives for so long. The jump in time between books also made this book seem somehow misplaced, but mainly like the continuation of the series itself was an afterthought to the author. We have no time to develop our feelings towards Pan nor towards Pan and Kit as a couple. We are meant to simply expect them to have this deep, personal connection after so short a time, and despite Kit’s continuously juvenile attitude. This type of connection would not be unfounded between Joe Grey and Dulcie, but even they do not claim to have what is made to sound like a romance novel’s fated-mates connection. Additionally, we’ve been progressively losing the ethos of the series since the introduction of Kit. The core mystery within each book has received very variable amounts of focus in the last few books, often taking a backseat to interpersonal drama among the cats and/or their humans.

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Stolen Car and Hidden Treasures

Love this series, and book 18 is no exception! Pedric and Lucinda Greenlaw are on their way home to Molena Point from San Francisco when there is an accident and landslide near Santa Cruz. The Greenlaws Lincoln Town car goes off the road and the Greenlaws are seriously hurt and Kit prepares to go for help, but before she can, a pair of drifters attack Pedric and steal their car . . . hidden in the door panels are precious jewels. So Kit, Dulcie and Joe Grey have their work cut out for them searching for the car thieves and the Greenlaws' friends keep busy nursing them back to health. Kit meets Pan, who is looking for his father, Misto, and the two fall instantly in love. 😘 There's a lot going on, but its not hard to keep track of it all. All of our favorite characters are present, Max and Charlie Harper, Clyde and Ryan Damon and the Greenlaws. Great addition to the series!

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Very likeable

A bit of a fantasy but well worth listening if you like cats and cozy mysteries.

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another good boom in the Joe Grey series

Enjoyed this book and the performance as usual. author introduces new characters ti keep interesting.