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Nestled quietly on the Pacific Coast below San Francisco, Molena Point is a quaint hamlet - not the kind of place an escaped convict would choose for a hideout. But it just happens to be the home of a state's witness who put a thief named Cage Jones behind bars - until he broke out, that is.

Wily tomcat Joe Grey senses trouble is on the way, but he never expected a federal officer would be shot or that two locals would be brutally murdered. With danger closing in, the feline detective, his girlfriend Dulcie, and their tattercoat friend Kit must put paws and whiskers together to capture a very nasty criminal before he strikes again.

©2007 Shirley Rousseau Murphy (P)2007 BBC Audio

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Joe Grey is back

Joe Grey, Dulcie, and Kit are joined by the three ferals to help rescue Dulcie's beloved Wilma after she is kidnapped. In addition, Joe is obssessed with the three murders of women in their homes. Is there a serial killer lose in Medina Point?

This book is about halfway in the series.

The voice of Joe isn't exactly what I imagined for a rough tough tomcat but I got use to it. The other voices are quite good and the reader does catch Joe's impatience and slight arrogance.

A welcome addition to Audible's collection, I hope the others in the series will soon join it.

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Wonderful Story, Horrible Performance

Would you listen to Cat Pay the Devil again? Why?

I've listened to this book twice now because I enjoy the story and it's important part of the story arc of the Joe Grey mystery series.

How could the performance have been better?

I almost stopped listening to this book because the performance was so bad. William Dufris is a wonderful narrator, but his voices are awful. All of his female characters sounded insipid and his male characters sounded pompous. His portrayal of Joe Grey in particular almost made me put the book down. His Joe Grey removes all of the redeeming qualities and intricacies of the character; the voice he uses makes you want to run him over, vice chuckle over some his more cattish responses.

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No conclusion

Disappointing non ending,without the usual, " I hope you enjoyed..." from Audible. I liked the reader.

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Great magical story

Please, Please Please get a better narrator. He makes the surly tom cat sound like a spoiled
rich brat for the turn of 19th to 20th century in country estate. It
England. He can't pronounce the
villiage the story takes place in or
characters correct name's. The audiobooks charm may have stopped me from listening to theses magical , mysteries if I hadn't first read every one except
the last two. That I have both read & listened to. I would recommend this series of books to anyone & have. My thanks to Shirley Russo Murphy for sharing
her much treasured book with me & countless others. Be well
knowing you have entertained
so many.

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Three murders and two kidnappings this time out.

More suspense in this twelfth volume of the Joe Grey series but, this time, it's the humans who need help. In addition to Molena Point's detecting cats, some of the feral cats return to throw their paws into the mix, and Rock gets be a hero. Arriving unannounced, Mavity's disreputable brother offends nearly everyone with whom he comes into contact while harboring his own secrets.

This is one of my favorite storylines of the series. This is the second volume narrated by William Dufris, rather than Susan Boyce.

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Disappointed in Narration

I adore the Joe Grey mysteries; however this installment and the previous had a different narrator. William Dufris is horrible when it comes to this series, the mispronunciation of words was irritating, along with his character voices! I rushed through the book as quickly as I could, just to finish and move on so I could listen once again to Susan Boyce’s wonderful narration. The story was good, but the narrator was very disappointing! Please never use him again for this series!

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This one was a blast!

A good and fun story. I look forward to the next book.
I don't think SRM knows that portion of California very well because it takes more than 2 hours to drive from SF to Gilroy because of terrible terrible traffic .

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Could not listen the narrator was NOT good

I am sure the story is wonderful as all the others
I could not listen to the narrator

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Good story

I enjoyed the story; however, the narrator made the women and cats sound like whining children at times. I found that irritating.

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Bring Back Susan Boyce!

Cat Pay the Devil is a great installment in the Joe Grey series . . . but I, like many other listeners, can hardly abide William Dufris as the narrator :( Oh my . . . While Susan Boyce does a bang up job on all the Joe Grey books, I can't say the say for this performance. BUT I wasn't willing to miss the story. Wilma is kidnapped by an escaped convict . . . and the cats have their work cut out for them to find her and set her free . . . Joe, Dulcie and Kit are joined by feral talking cats, Cotton, Willow and Coyote, who witnessed the kidnapping. Many years earlier Wilma, a retired prison officer knew the escaped convict, Cage Jones, and now he was back and he had her. Great story . . . bad narration.