Monday, July 24, 2017

Book Review/Giveaway: Cat Shining Bright by Shirley Rousseau Murphy


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 twentieth 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 P. D. But when beautician Barbara Conley and one of her customers are found dead in the salon, Joe makes an exception, he 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.


The very first Joe Grey mystery was published over 20 years ago in 1996. I have every book in my collection, and while I haven't read the entire series yet, I have read several and through the years have enjoyed watching Joe and Dulcie solve crimes together and ultimately fall in love. In book 20, their litter of three extra special kittens, buff colored boys Striker and Buffin and calico Courtney, are born, and with them comes a whole new world of adventure for the felines of Molena Point.

For anyone new to the series, these cats have the ability to talk and many people in town share their secret. One human who is blissfully unaware is the police chief Max, but the cats still use their talent to be a snitch for the Molena Point Police Department via anonymous phone calls. In Cat Shining Bright a car theft ring is stalking the town and though Joe and Dulcie are new parents with responsibilities to their babies, the itch to investigate is still strong. When Joe heads to the police department to do some covert feline detective work, little does he know he has precious cargo hot on his trail. When a call comes in that the police chief's wife has stumbled upon the bodies of her beautician and another man in the salon, Joe has no choice but to let them tag along to the crime scene. Even at home Dulcie and the kittens aren't safe as their human Wilma is being watched by a stranger and subsequently have their home broken into. She suspects the thief was after a rare book about Molena Point's extra special cats. And at the new cat shelter in town, shelter owner Kate Osborne and construction worker Scotty Flannery are busy watching the suspicious goings-on at their elderly neighbor's property. There's a lot going on, but the murders and thefts are all tied together, it's just up to the cats (both the house pets and the ferals) to figure out how.

The Joe Grey series has been going strong for two decades for a reason...it's one of the most remarkable, unique collections of cat novels on the market. Each cat has a unique personality that will capture reader's imaginations, and watching Joe and Dulcie become parents just adds another layer through their interactions as each of the kittens find their place in the world. Baby Buffin is the one who completely stole my heart from the very beginning. Just wait until you see what his special calling is. Seeing the difference he's going to make in so many animal and human lives will be such a joy in subsequent books.

Whether you've spent the last 2 decades following Joe and Dulcie's adventures or you're new to the dynamic duo, Cat Shining Bright will leave you purring.

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Giveaway

Thanks to the publisher we have not one, not two, not three, but FIVE advanced reader copies (ARCs) to give away to lucky readers in the US! To enter, simply fill out the Rafflecopter below.

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25 comments:

  1. This sounds like such a fantastic read! It's always good to know a series has been going strong for so long, because that must mean it is indeed a great one. Thank you for always sharing wonderful reads! They pretty much all end up on my to-read list.

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  2. I am a new reader and have never had the pleasure to read her books

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  3. I am a total nubile but a cat in the mix?????? I'm in!!!!!!!!!

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  4. I've read a couple of the Joe Grey mysteries and super enjoyed them. Joe Grey himself has to be my favorite character. I'm anxious to see how the kittens help or hinder him in the mystery. I hope they inherited some of Joe and Dulcie's special powers.

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  5. Thanks, Melissa! I haven't read the entire series, either, but look forward to meeting the kittens, especially Buffin.

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  6. Thanks for this lovely feature and giveaway. I enjoy the books very much and especially Dulcie.

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  7. This is a new author and series to me but after reading Mudpie's review, I'm anxious to start it! Thanks to the publisher for the giveaway!

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  8. OH OH OH! I LURV JOE GREY! I have ever book, and buy a new one on the first day it's out...going to the bookstore and finding it on the shelf, and knowing that I'm the first one to buy it that day at that store! I cried when Misto...oh wait, no spoilers! :::jumping up and down::: Cannot wait for this book to arrive!

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  9. I have never read any of the Joe Grey series yet. I really enjoyed the description of the book and I'm looking forward to reading the series.

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  10. I have never read any of the Joe Grey series yet. I really enjoyed the description of the book and I'm looking forward to reading the series.

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  11. This is one of those series that I have heard about forever but have never read. I've got to make time for it!

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  12. I am a new reader to this series and would love to read these! Thanks for the chance to win.
    aut1063(at)gmail(dot)com

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  13. I didn't realize Joe Grey had been around that long!

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  14. I love this series. I've read them all!

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    1. I was too hasty with the publish button. I meant to say I enjoyed reading your review!

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  15. I was looking for a new read so might check this out! Sounds good

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  16. This sounds like a great series, I can't believe I haven't read any of them.

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  17. "Are you a longtime fan of the Joe Grey series or a new reader? Do you have a favorite book or character in the series?" Nope! This would be new to me! I love that cover!

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  18. I've loved this series for a very long time. I've even gotten to go out to lunch with Ms. Murphy when I lived in Monterey. She's a lovely person!

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  19. I've loved this series for a very long time. I've even gotten to go out to lunch with Ms. Murphy when I lived in Monterey. She's a lovely person!

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  20. I'm a new reader! :D

    mia2009(at)comcast(dot)net

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  21. I'm a new reader and would love to read this and start reading the new generation of brilliant cats! jeaniedannheim (at) ymail (dot) com

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  22. I love Joe Grey! But my favorite character is Kit.

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  23. I became aware of the Joe Grey Series. I'm not sure. 6, 7 years ago. Not sure actually. But I fell in love with the series. Actually. I love all the characters. The acerbic comments about humans made by the cats are spot on and funny. I am so looking forward to reading Cat Shining Bright!
    Della at deepotter (at) peoplepc (dot) com

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  24. I wasn't aware of Joe Grey, but these books sound great!

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