Cat Shining Bright

A Joe Grey Mystery
Narrated by: Susan Boyce
Series: Joe Grey Mystery, Book 20
Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
4.8 out of 5 stars (77 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The stakes are higher and more personal than ever for feline investigator Joe Grey when death comes to his beloved coastal California town in this 20th installment of the enchanting cat mystery series.

While new father Joe Grey is overjoyed to teach his three young kittens about the world, he misses his cop work - secretly helping solve crimes alongside his human friends at Molena Point PD. But when beautician Barbara Conley and one of her customers are found dead in the salon, Joe makes an exception and heads for the crime scene. He has no idea that the kittens are following him, or how they will complicate the investigation.

But this is not the only danger to the kittens. A stranger is lurking around the home of Joe's tabby lady, Dulcie, where the kittens were born. Both parents' backs are up and their claws out, ready to protect their babies and to protect Wilma Getz, Dulcie's human housemate. As the death of the beautician becomes entangled with a gang of thieves working the village, Joe, Dulcie, Kit, and Pan are all into the investigation; and they are led to unexpected connections, to the building of the new cat shelter and to a neighbor who becomes suddenly an unexpected part of the tangle. Joe Grey fans will relish this latest installment following their favorite feline detective and his growing group of friends.

©2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc. (P)2017 Shirley Rousseau Murphy

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Joe and Dulcie's kittens growing up

CAT SHINING BRIGHT is about coming of age and changes in the lives of the magical sentient felines that live in Molena Point, California. Joe Grey and his love Dulcie are marveling over the birth of their three kittens, two boys and a girl, waiting to see if they, too, will speak and read human language. The boys Striker and Buffin are buff colored. The third kitten, Courtney, is the calico female that Misto, the wise old yellow tomcat, had predicted would return from the lands in the Celtic myths. On the night of severe rain storms and howling winds, a car theft ring skulks through the village breaking into cars, driving those they can away and stealing any valuables left inside the cars they can’t start. Felines Kit and Pan brave the storms and follow detectives from MPPD compiling a description of two thieves and observing their actions. Joe Grey still enjoys his investigative work as snitch for the Molena Point Police Department but has cut his hours drastically to save more time for his family. When he reads the newspaper account of the car thefts, Dulcie urges him to go be part of what he loves at MPPD. Up until now the kittens had been sheltered from learning any bad news, but they latch onto these stories wanting to be part of detecting work too. Unknown to Joe, the kittens sneak out of the house and follow him to MPPD. They watch as Joe appears to sleep on the police captain’s desk, when he is actually stealing glances at reports and listening to detectives discuss the day’s events. When the police chief’s wife calls 911 to report the shooting deaths of her beautician and a customer in the salon, Joe follows detectives toward the MPPD exit to head for the scene. Just then, moving shadows alert him to the presence of his kittens! He is mortified to see them there, but he is compelled to visit the crime scene. Promising to stick close to Joe, the kittens follow him to the scene. Dulcie has discovered the kittens missing from home and hears the sirens; she knows then where the kittens have gone. Dulcie and the kittens are no longer safe at Wilma Getz’s home after a stranger lurking outside breaks in. Wilma scares him away before knowing what he was after, but she suspects it is an ancient hand printed book on the wild sentient cats. Discovering who broke into Wilma’s home and why gets tangled together with investigations into the murders and car thefts. Kit and Pan and the feral cat clowder are led to connections between the new cat shelter and its closest neighbor. Shelter owner Kate Osborne and construction worker Scotty Flannery observe strange happenings near the shelter. Joe Grey has a plan to tie everything together and entice the thieves out of hiding right into the arms of MPPD detectives. This 20th entry in the charming Joe Grey series takes us deeper into the lives of human and feline residents of Molena Point. Joe and Dulcie watch their kittens grow up and discover new passions and new alliances. They know their trusted friends will help guide their kittens into their adult lives. Susan Boyce does an excellent job of reading and keeping the book at a steady pace. Highly recommended.

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Great book as always

Loved the story as always! Joe Grey's a favorite of mine, glad I found it in Audible.

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Fun and fantasy

Always a good story, full of cute cats. Well written and performed . Wish kittens would stay young longer.

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Introducing new mystery solving kittens.

Loved the kittens first crime detecting work. Hope to read more about Joe's kids. Elaine Eastman

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Great!

Waited a long time for this book. It was worth every minute of it. This is a wonderful addition to the Joe Greg series. I look forward to rereading it many times. It is like having a visit with dear friends. :-)