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Readers and reviewers alike have consistently praised multiple-award-winning author Shirley Rousseau Murphy for her absorbing plots, her charming, lyrical prose, and most of all, her delightful and highly realistic feline sleuths -- the wily tomcat Joe Grey, his best pal Dulcie, and their tattercoat friend Kit. Now Murphy has created her most compelling novel to date: theReaders and reviewers alike have consistently praised multiple-award-winning author Shirley Rousseau Murphy for her absorbing plots, her charming, lyrical prose, and most of all, her delightful and highly realistic feline sleuths -- the wily tomcat Joe Grey, his best pal Dulcie, and their tattercoat friend Kit. Now Murphy has created her most compelling novel to date: the murder of a much-beloved actress and the havoc it uncovers in an unsuspecting town.The appealing small village of Molena Point, California, offers a cozy refuge from the harsher realities of life and serves as a restful retreat for film star Patty Rose, who has retired among its oaks and cottages. Buying an inn where travelers' pets, too, are made welcome, Patty settles down to enjoy her golden years. But as the town gathers to honor her and to celebrate her old films, Patty is brutally murdered -- and only a tortoiseshell cat named Kit hears the three shots fired.Leaping from the window of the penthouse suite that Kit shares with her adopted humans and scrambling down a flowering vine, Kit is the first to discover Patty's dead body sprawled on the inn's dark back stairs. Glimpsing the killer, she sets out to track him. But soon, as sirens scream and the police arrive, so do Kit's feline pals, Joe Grey and Dulcie.Finding only Kit's scent and sure that she's headed for trouble, Joe and Dulcie follow her. But Dulcie must also put aside her own secret -- a runaway young girl she's been helping to hide in the local library. She won't learn until later that the child may be, in a grisly and convoluted scenario, connected to Patty's murder. This, along with the discovery of hidden graves, a kidnapping, and the secrets of a dying woman, deal the cats a full set of clues that soon have them clawing out the truth....

Title : Cat Cross Their Graves
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ISBN : 9780060578084
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 320 Pages
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Cat Cross Their Graves Reviews

  • Phair
    2019-01-23 06:58

    Plot a little more scattered than usual with lots about death and the hereafter; lots about family & friends in Molena Point. Kit is a little too emotional & crazy for me at this stage- I wish the book would have focused more on Joe with a little more straightforward sleuthing. Feels like author is slowly bringing us back around to Catswold Portal.

  • Lisa
    2019-01-17 05:10

    I really liked this one. Definitely looking for another "Joe Grey" book next time I go back to the library.

  • Chris
    2019-01-25 10:53

    Actually anti-Christian. Not just not mentioning it, or anything like that... but actually clearly against how Christians believe. The focus of this book was asking where will we go when we die. Was disappointed that she offers various possibilities except for anything that has to do with Jesus or God. She even has one of the characters say that to believe, basically how Christians believe, is wrong.I have so enjoyed these well written books. I seem to almost love the cats as if I know them. So, this was quite a disturbing thing for me.Also, after hearing the one before this and then this one.. made me wonder why she puts Kit through so much suffering. I don't care for that.

  • Cecilia
    2019-02-03 12:05

    First time I've read a Joe Grey mystery where 3 cats are the unseen detectives. Kind of whimsical and amusing, a little clever, and fun read. I don't think I would read another in the series but it was worth it to experience once.

  • Fred Nachbrunn
    2019-01-21 09:04

    New plots and characters to thirlcharacters from previous stories in new plot twistsA buffet of divergent plot twists to satisfy the most ardent mystery reader.

  • Jo Blankenship
    2019-01-24 11:14

    This one is intense. It gave me chills.

  • Sandie Herron
    2019-01-27 10:13

    Cat Cross Their GravesSeries: Joe Grey Mystery #10Written by Shirley Rousseau Murphy, Narrated by Susan BoyceUnabridged Audiobook, Listening Length: 11 hours and 7 minutesPublisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc., Release Date: April 9, 2013ASIN: B00C9UTB2WThis tenth entry in the Joe Grey Mysteries rates five stars from me. This book takes more steps forward in many ways including improved writing and storytelling. Cat Cross Their Graves was complex with many plot lines crossing each other more than once. It took my heart strings and twisted them through to the end which was a wonderfully satisfying climax of all of the storylines.Special sentient tortoiseshell cat Kit is finally living with Pedric and Lucinda Greenlaw, plans for which had been put on hold until they would return from traveling up and down the west coast in their special RV. When it was stolen and crashed, Pedric and Lucinda escaped before the RV went up in flames but scared all their friends, especially Kit, by hiding for a few days so the kidnapper would not follow them. He had already tried to steal the special jewelry the Greenlaws owned.When they arrived back in the small village of Molena Point, California, Pedric and Lucinda rewarded themselves with a stay at a luxurious inn that allowed pets owned and run by former country singer Patty Rose. Kit was spending time with her feline friends - Dulcie and Joe Grey – sitting in the bay window that gave them a view of the main part of town. They and their human friends were all planning a high tea honoring Patty Rose as well as one of the senior ladies who was terminally ill who had been friends with Patty for many years. The fun was cut short when Kit hears gunshots aimed at Patty and sees the small, thin man running away from the scene at the Inn toward the parking garage where he escapes all but Kit who follows his trail. Dulcie had a secret no one knew of. She was helping a 12-year-old girl named Lori Reed who had run away from her father because he locked her into their home with boarded windows and nailed doors. There was simply no way out other than the front door which was under her father’s control. Lori made her way out and was now hiding in a small cubbyhole in the wall in the basement of the library where she’d brought peanut butter and jelly and a blanket and a few articles of clothing. She’d been gone two weeks and her food was running out.Kit was after information on the small, thin man who she saw leaving the scene when Patty was shot. She was certain it was Jack Reed, but needed proof. She managed to get into the house and found some crucial material, but she was having great difficulty getting out leaving the items she’d found accessible to the police without needing a warrant. In the meantime, the senior ladies who had set up their own retirement home were working in their garden when they discovered the bones of a small child. They called MPPD Captain Max Harper who then called anthropologists to study the grave and unearth what it held. Only there was more than one set of bones. They felt it was especially peculiar since their senior home had once belonged to Jack Reed, which meant that Lori and her mother lived there as well. Sadly Lori’s mother died of cancer, but that wasn’t when Jack turned bad. Will Lori Reed return home or be forced into foster care? Will Jack Reed change back into the caring man he once was? Will the town still hold high tea in honor of Patty? Will the terminally ill senior lady make it to the tea? Will the man who shot Patty end up in jail? I found myself tugged in all sorts of directions by the end of the book. Another question that kept coming up for each character was their view on what happens when one dies -- Is there a heaven, or is there nothing when we die? It was fascinating to read all the different opinions and the short philosophical conversations that followed some of those revelations. Cat Cross their Graves is an exceptional entry in the Joe Grey series. It is a captivating cozy mystery full of depth and emotion and complex storylines that intertwine in many ways. I highly recommend it.

  • Gaele
    2019-01-18 09:06

    AudioBook Review:Stars: Overall: 5 Narration: 5 Story: 5This is a deliciously clever story: murders, secrets, runaways and above all the three clever cats that drive the story forward as they work to solve the mysteries. This is my first introduction to this series by Shirley Rousseau Murphy, and it most certainly will not be my last. The mystery was cleverly plotted, if on the darker side as it touched on themes of missing and exploited children all kicked off with the death of an aging film star. While the human characters are well developed and are developed in ways that serve their purpose in the story, their development in relation to the cats that are the stars of the story. Joe Grey is the ringleader of these sleuths, even if only in his own mind sometimes. His manner is completely well developed with even an eye for the “fantastical imaginings’ of the females he encounters. His romantic attentions are centered on Dulcie, one of the two female felines in his little group, and she is the more centered and grounded of the two, even as she is keeping a massive secret. Kit was the one to witness the first murder, although she never saw the killer’s face. Not unsurprisingly, the humans don’t realize that these cats not only can and do talk, but are working to puzzle out the mysteries that have been unearthed in this story. Narration is provided by Susan Boyce and the pairing is spectacular. Susan’s voice is perfectly modulated without overuse of vocal manipulations to provide character distinctions, instead choosing pacing and inflection to indicate the characters. Particularly effective is the dreamy quality of Kit’s voice, and the sometimes exasperated tone that emanates from Joe Grey. Her narration was smooth and easily understood, with inflections and moments of tone variation that perfectly suited the text of the story. The writing is so cleverly done that a listener / reader doesn’t even come close to missing a greater interaction from the humans in the story. There are enough twists and clues to nowhere that keep the mystery alive, this is no simple mystery that is a direct line to the killer. With the clever interjections from the cats, and the humans who exist in their investigations this was a story that flew by, and was wholly enjoyable. I received an MP3 download from AudioGo via AudioBook Jukebox for purpose of honest review for the Heard Word. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

  • Ronna
    2019-01-26 06:18

    This is the tenth Joe Gray, the talking cat , murder mystery. I loved the first one in this series, and definitely want to read more. But I broke a cardinal rule for myself with this book choice. This is the tenth book in this series, but the second one that I read. So unfortunately for me, I felt that a lot of character's introductions and action had happened in the previous books that was referred to in this book, but I was not completely in the loop for this story. Probably for that reason alone, I gave this book 3 stars. Could I have enjoyed it more if I had read them in order? Well, since I liked the first book so much, I'm going to give this book the benefit of the doubt. The mystery involves the murder of an elderly beloved movie star, and the additional finding of buried children's bones. Once again the antics of the feline "talkers" found clues that they relayed to the police by phone as 'unknown snitches' which lead to finding clues to these intertwined murders. There was also a precocious 12 year old girl that added much heart, intrigue, and thrills to this particular Joe Gray mystery. I will definitely read more Joe Gray mysteries, starting with the second one---CAT UNDER FIRE. These are definitely unusual, but compelling 'cats' tales!!

  • Chris Meads
    2019-02-13 08:14

    I'm a sucker when it comes to cat mysteries (the likes of Sneaky Pie and the Cat who...books) and found this series. This one is Book 10.Joe Grey, a dark colored cat with white markings, along with Dulcie and Kit are sleuths, and they talk to certain people. And when there is foul play, they find the bad guy and help the police by being "snitches." Most of the police only know that there are two females and a male that tell them where to look.Kit, the youngest, hears shots and finds the owner of the Inn, Patty Rose, shot. And the cat follows the small man that did the killing. She gets locked in his run down house but while there, finds all kinds of clues.Dulcie has been disappearing at night and joe is upset. He believes she is seeing another cat. Finally the argument comes to a head and she tells him about a little girl living in the basement of the library. Are the two incidents related in some way? Between the three cats, they get to the bottom of the story.I like this kind of story. It comes across as being realistic except for the cats really talking but then it's that, that makes the book a great read. And I really like these kind of reads.

  • Martha
    2019-02-16 10:10

    Even though this is the first book I read in this series, I didn’t feel I missed too much back story to get the jest of the characters and their relationships. My problem is with the plotting and the solving the murder. The police never found any hard evidence to show that Fenner killed Patty Rose. It was all based on speculation and “cat snitches”. The author should have had the police find the murder weapon at the very least to show that Fenner committed the murder. This could have been easily done by finding the weapon in the car or on Fenner’s person after he was killed. I think it’s great if an author wants to use cats as main characters and to help/guide the police/sleuth/investigator, however the crime should be solved in a realistic way with hard evidence, confessions, or human witnesses.

  • Judy
    2019-01-22 13:03

    In the 10th Joe Grey mystery, Murphy waxes philosophical at several points about death and whether there is life after death. It's enough to make one wonder what might be going in her personal life that she is thinking so much about that. Nevertheless, the mystery is solid, but somewhat uncomfortable. The plot involves the murder of several children for an insane reason, and child abuse by a father who is trying to protect his child from becoming another victim. Even Kit, the just-turned-adult cat, is in mortal peril. The ending is rather somber, as well. Not a cheery book, and not Murphy's best, but not her worst, either. Read it if you like suspense and don't need a cheerful, sunny ending.

  • Mervi Eskelinen
    2019-02-12 12:53

    A former filmstar gets killed and a kid runs away from her dad. At the same time a grave of dead children is found from a garden. Cat Cross Their Graves is slightly all over the place and not as strong a story as some of the other Joe Grey Mysteries.It took me some time to finish this book. I'm not sure if it's because I wasn't so much into it as I was into other Joe Grey Mysteries or if I just read too many of them in the row.

  • Audrey Southorn
    2019-01-31 12:14

    I have always loved these cat stories. They are so interesting and give me a look at a State I have never had the good fortune to visit. Like my area n Toronto it is not flat. We have hills but not mountains and the weather is so different. These books have lots of make believe and would suit anyone who still likes fairy tales.

  • Betty
    2019-01-31 07:01

    Kit and the Greenlaws are at Party Rose Hotel enjoying being together. Kit hears voices and looking out she finds the body of Party. Kit tracks the killer and manages to get trap in his house. Meanwhile Dulice and Joe aren't speaking. Digging in there garden the Senior Ladies find a skeleton. Does Kit get out, Joe's problem with Dulice and who are buried answers are twisted into one story.

  • Cheryl
    2019-02-17 12:16

    Found myself skimming through this book. The novelty of the cat personalities has worn off. There were so many characters who are "in on it" from previous books that it was hard to catch up with them all. You only get a little time to look at each and no rich development of any.

  • Pat
    2019-02-16 05:08

    I continue to love the furry detectives and the residents of Molena Point, CA. Each book introduces a new character or two and sometimes a new pet, but keeps most of the old familiar cast of characters. There is always at least one mystery in the works to solve, sometimes two or more.

  • Terry Miller
    2019-01-28 13:07

    There's not a thing I don't like about these books.I was very worried about how the kit was going to get out of his situation.Lori was believable, and I was concerned about here.A little less mystery to be solved, perhaps less action, but the characters really took form for me.

  • Valerie
    2019-01-26 09:58

    Still enjoying this author. This time the cats must track down the killer of a local philanthropist and former movie star and also protect a young girl from an overprotective father and a serial killer. It takes all three plus the help of their speaking human friends to find the happy ending.

  • Phillis
    2019-01-18 08:58

    I love these Joe Grey mysteries. Joe is a grey tux and his girlfriend is Dulcie a calico. They can talk and reason and help the local PD in solving the towns mysteries. Only a few people know that Joe and Dulcie can talk and none of them work at the police deptment.

  • Kim
    2019-01-19 07:09

    This one got to me because it deals with the deaths of children at the hands of a serial killer.

  • Brenda Jenkins Kleager
    2019-01-22 04:59

    The is the most delightful cat mystery series yet. The fact that the cats communicate with each other and their humans lends a demension to the stories that all cat-lovers adore.

  • Michele
    2019-01-31 12:03

    Love Joe Grey, Dulcie and Kit!

  • Helen
    2019-01-28 13:19

    sweet old lady dies, fragile girl hides and is saved

  • Frank Kaiser
    2019-02-11 06:04


  • Vicky
    2019-02-01 06:08

    I loved this entire series… the cats who can talk and solve mysteries… what fun… definitely a cozy mystery, but then I love them… nothing I have to concentrate on...

  • Dorothy
    2019-02-15 05:53

    After The Cat Who series,these cat books are my next favorite cat series.