Cat Shining Bright by Shirley Rousseau Murphy is the 20th book in the “Joe Grey” mystery series. Publisher: William Morrow; coming August 15, 2017
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.
This is my first book in the series where the felines communicate with the humans. It is an interesting concept and I had a good time reading it. The author did a great job in presenting the mystery that kept me intrigued with all that was happening. I liked following the path that was taken to weed out the suspects and maintain a good story. The kittens were adorable and I liked how they were portrayed. For fans of this series, they will enjoy the latest adventures with Joe, Dulcie and their friends. This was a friendly whodunit that captures the soul of the town they live in.
FTC Full Disclosure – I received an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) from the publisher.