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Publisher's Summary

Love - and murder - are in the air.

It took Joe Grey’s human, Clyde Damen, nearly forever to pop the question to his girlfriend, Ryan Flannery, and what more romantic time to tie the knot than on Valentine’s Day? But dark secrets from the past soon threaten to destroy everyone’s happiness.

First, a body discovered many miles away reopens a 10-year-old cold case involving a man who disappeared days before his own wedding. Then another body is found closer to home, on the grounds of a ruined estate, deserted save for a band of unusual feral cats.

Though the police investigate, only feline sleuth Joe Grey suspects that the crimes are related. And when he barely escapes alive from a deadly chase, Joe and his friends, Dulcie and Kit, know they’ll need to use their powers of feline perception to bring justice to the small town of Molena Point - and save Valentine’s Day!

©Shirley Rousseau Murphy (P)2013 AudioGO

Critic Reviews

"Murphy’s gentle blend of fantasy and mystery includes revelations about her unusually verbal cat detectives sure to please series fans." ( Publishers Weekly)
"Solid…A quality mystery, with excellent pacing, ratcheting tension, consistent characters, and suitably nasty villains. The new developments in the story of the talking cats will please many series fans but may not make much sense to new readers. A must wherever the series has fans." ( Booklist)
"Murphy’s feline-loving fans will enjoy the latest in her long-running series." ( Kirkus Reviews)

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Love is in the Air and Murder on the Agenda

Joe Grey's human, Clyde Damen and his girlfriend, Ryan Flannery are about to tie the knot (on Valentine's Day). Ryan's dad, Mike Flannery is in town for the wedding, and newly retired from the Federal Probation Office, he has decided to join Dallas Garza and the police department as a consultant. His first case turns out to be a ten year old cold case involving a missing person, Carson Chappell, the fiancée of Lindsey Wolf, who Mike Flannery had dated seriously some years after the death of his wife. For some reason, Lindsey believes that the skeletal remains of a man found in Oregon, some 500 miles from where Chappell was last seen may be the bones of Carson Chappell. To complicate things, another set of remains have been found closer to home in the garden of the old Pamillon estate. Strangely enough, that same week, ten years ago, Carson Chappell's accounting partner's wife, Nina Gibbs also disappeared. Could the two cases be connected? Joe Grey and Dulcie believe they are . . . But how? The two sets of remains are more than 500 miles apart? This installation in the series is a GREAT one, filled with the mystery of the magical cat clowder, the discovery of a long lost book, and an injured feral cat from the clowder, Sage, who Kit grew up with. The pull of the wild clowder life and memories of kittenhood with Sage almost undo the sweet Kit, Sage nearly dies after a horrible fight with Stone Eye, the leader of the clowder. The Molina Point veterinarian reveals to Charlie and the cats a secret that surprises them all. The investigation to the deaths of the two skeletons is very interesting and kept me engaged the whole time. And the details of the lives of all the folks in Molena Point, including the new entry of Mike Flannery are superb.

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great and thought provoking

I loved it. The story kept me interested, and the exceptional cat character development generated many nods of agreement. smiles, and even some sighs. The performance was excellent. The touches of philosophy about love touched my heart.

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Wejj worth reading or listening to.

Shirley Russo Murphy book's gain more depth with
each new story. I am so pleased that Susan Boyce
is narrator once again. She understands each character and brings to life the story as it was meant to be. Another magical journey I very much enjoyed
I would recommend this serries to anyone . I believe children as well as teens & adults will each
enjoy the story. Shirley Russo Murphy you have brought great pleasure to me personally and many
others I shared your book with. There is still one
book I will buy and read cats world portal. Thanks again for writing this magical serries.

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I found the story, and the narration extremely tedious. It took all I could mister to make it through the first six chapters. I guess I have little patience when the narrator gets thats soft lilting sincerity in her voice. Maybe she could do those stories for people to fall asleep by.

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Cat playing cupid

This story is great! I really enjoyed it. I love spending time with this unusual group of cats and the people who love them.

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I love all the Joe Grey books.

As always, a great story that keeps you guessing.
Excellent narration. I will listen to this book again.
Highly recommended for all cat and mystery lovers and of course Joe Grey fans.

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Myth or Not.

I have been reading the Joe Grey books from the beginning, having read The Catswold Portal some time before. I have become a real fan of these and wishing that I could meet a talking cat, and have at last realised that I have one o f my own, my present cat has suddenly started calling me, it comes out as iiieeen so Joe Grey and friends are not just a myth after all.