However, the 3 cats are very likeable, loyal to their humans, smart, and resourceful.
Cat Deck the Halls: A Joe Grey Mystery (Joe Grey Mystery Series) [Shirley Rousseau Murphy] on prog40.ru *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Christmas. Cat Deck the Halls has ratings and 57 reviews. Emily said: I love this cozy mystery series because the cats are the ones who are instrumental in solv.
There are so many human characters in the book, I was often confused who was who and how they were connected to each other I did guess the murderer very early on, almost immediately The mystery is solid, with very plausible red herrings. I will eventually get around to reading all the other 16 novels in the series.
One person found this helpful. I Cannot Finish It! It is a rare thing for me to not finish a book. I put this one aside after 56 pages. I think that you have to own a cat or many to be able to enjoy this book. Don't get me wrong, I like most cats.
But this book just was not my cup of tea. I could not get over the fact that these cats are talking to their owners, making phone calls, etc. I just could not get into the story. It did not hold my interest at all. Shirley Rousseau Murphy has done it again.
This latest installment of the Joe Gray series focuses more on the human side of the cats, rather than the animal. Rich with plot twists and turns, Joe, Dulcie and Kit react to each new situation with the gamut of human emotions. Murphy makes you leave the world of human fact and logic, and instead dwell in her superior universe of hard-core logic coupled with delightful fancy. I enjoy the Joe Gray mysteries. The cats being able to speak and help the police is pure fantasy, but it makes the story interesting too! Cat Deck The Halls is the 13th book in this wonderful mystery series.
I recommend you read them in order because each story has references to past stories. I am thoroughly enjoying them. Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase. Another great addition to the Midnight Louie series. His detective skills remain strong. I have enjoyed the Joe Grey stories and look forward to each new book. Murphy is a wonderful story teller. I collect her books, so I know the intelligent way she uses words to bring the reader into the story be it one of her childrens books or a Joe Grey Mystery.
You will be brought into the world of regular people living and working in a small beach town but some of them have to deal with a secret. If it ever gets out that Clyde, Wilma and only a few others know about Joe, Dulcie and Kit what a mess that would be. Hard to keep the fact that these cats are from a spicial breed. Joe loves to snoop! Joe loves to order food from the local deli and Joe, Dulcie and Kit visit the local police department, slove crime and no one ever knows who the persons are who help the police.
Cat Deck The Halls is set at the Christmas season and the cats are looking forward to the Christmas Musical and the seasons treats. Joe is a bit slow in finding out what all is going on when some suspect people move into a house down the road from Kit's house. Maybe kit is skiddish already from finding a man shot to death under the town Christmas Tree, and where is the little girl who was with him? Great story you will enjoy.
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Published 1 year ago. Published on June 8, Every book in the series was outstanding. Published on April 28, Published on April 11, Published on March 24, Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. Set up a giveaway. There's a problem loading this menu right now. Christmas in the charming seaside village of Molena Point, California, has always been a traditional affair—but not this holiday season.
Instead of singing carols and climbing into Christmas trees, Joe Grey, feline P. A st Christmas in the charming seaside village of Molena Point, California, has always been a traditional affair—but not this holiday season. A stranger lies dead beneath the village Christmas tree, with a little child the only witness to the shooting. As the police scramble for leads, the grey tomcat, his tabby lady, Dulcie, and their tortoiseshell pal, Kit, launch their own unique investigation. As they care for the child who may be the shooter's next target, the cats realize they're facing their most heartbreaking case yet—and that they must catch a cunning killer if they have any hope of saving Christmas.
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To ask other readers questions about Cat Deck the Halls , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Dec 20, Emily Cullen rated it really liked it. I love this cozy mystery series because the cats are the ones who are instrumental in solving the mysteries. When tortoiseshell Kit finds a body under the village Christmas tree and a child the only witness to murder, it's up to her, tabby cat Dulcie and tomcat Joe Grey to help the police make sense of the crime.
I read this now because it was a Christmas mystery but this is really a great series, especially if you are a cat lover! Fat and Fancy Shirley Rousseau Murphy has done it again. This latest installment of the Joe Gray series focuses more on the human side of the cats, rather than the animal. Rich with plot twists and turns, Joe, Dulcie and Kit react to each new situation with the gamut of human emotions.
Murphy makes you leave the world of human fact and logic, and instead dwell in her superior universe of hard-core logic coupled with delightful fancy. I want to read all Of Ms. I wish cat talk too!! Very descriptive of the whole. A challenge for every armchair sleuth. A superior mystery novel.
Loaded with plot twists to entice even the most jaded reader. The solutions all there, but easy to miss. Dec 14, Larry rated it did not like it. Don't read this book. Not because it has talking cats and is implausible. Don't read it because this author takes ten words to say 'hello'.
The book would make a decent short story. I think maybe the reason this one didn't do it for me is because i wasn't familiar with the characters and it is book 13 in a series. View all 3 comments. Dec 17, Jan Sjostrand rated it it was amazing. Another great Joe Grey story. Ridiculous premise--cats who can speak and make phone calls. However, the book was pretty good, and I got into the antics of the cats!
Sep 03, Gen Lucien rated it it was amazing.
Murders a foot again in Joe Gray, Dulcie, and Kit's live. A cat cannot get a break not even at Christmas time. Amidst the decorations, the practices for the Christmas Play and the spirit of good cheers in a small town were good people reside they are always someone trying to get over with mischief. Thank Heaven the town has three swift footer informants or should I call them four footer detectives who can see the crimes at ground level.
Can't wait to read the next installment. This is the first review I've written on the series. At first the books were very hard to read because of how brutally the cats hunted wild creatures. I am an animal lover, which is why I wanted to read this series, and to read how the rabbit "screamed like a woman" while being ripped to shreds by the cats was just too much.
I noticed on Amazon a lot of negative reviews for this same issue. I am a realist, I understand that cats are hunters, but these cats are pampered beyond words, eating caviar and steak, and do not need to eat baby bunnies and other small animals to survive. I couldn't understand why the author seemed to revel in the penning of these scenes in such graphic detail. Over time, whether due to criticism or common sense, the author backed away from those disturbing scenes.
I persevered in reading the series because I grew to adore the feline characters. And characters they are! Joe Grey, a grouchy tom cat, who likes to solve mysteries. The ultimate mystery of this series, is that these cats can speak English. Apparently, they descend from a line of mystical Welch cats who have the gift of language.
It is a mystery series, and sometimes the mysteries are super easy to figure out. In this particular book I had it solved within ten minutes of reading. However, the series is well-written and the characters are delightful and, so far, there was only one book that was so boring I couldn't finish it Cat Raise The Dead I will continue to read these books and do recommend them.
I went on to read more books in the series, but was so horrified by the animal cruelty in "Cat Striking Back" that I returned the book.
I do not understand why the author did this and am sadly disillusioned. A young child is found, mute and amneisiac, near the body of a dead man, and as Joe, Dulcie, and their humans try to find out what's going on in their beautiful little town at Christmastime, they discover the killer is after her as well, and doesn't care who he hurts in the process. Not recommended as your first read in this series, but a lovely addition to it for those already enamoured of Molen , 13 Joe Grey and Dulcie, Molena Point, Northern California; cosy, amateur sleuth, fantastical.
Not recommended as your first read in this series, but a lovely addition to it for those already enamoured of Molena Point and those cats, with Murphy's usual strong plotting and lots of interesting characters. Well, there are MUCH worse things in the world! But the it's a solid, not-quite cozy mystery. I did guess the murderer very early. But the the mystery was why. Also, there were other crimes and red herrings that were well executed.
This is the 1st Joe Grey cat mystery I've read. The cats are likable, smart, logical, and kind. There a so many human characters in this book. I had trouble keeping track of who was who and how they were connected to all the other citizens of Molena Point. Cat Deck the Halls Shirley Rousseau Murphy Avon an imprint of HaperCollins Joe Grey, Dulcie, and Kit , the talking cats of Molena Point, are back for another adventure as they try to solve another murder when a man is killed underneath the Christmas tree in the town square.
This story belongs mostly to Kit and Joe Grey and their human companions. In this story SOME of the cats can talk. I am not sure that in this reality based story for adults that is ok it was ok in Watership Down of Course. But it was a good little mystery and had its little heartwarming small town-- It was ok I guess as long as it doesn't or I don't take it too seriously.
I am going to read the first in the series. A little light reading never hurt anyone and there is a good chance that my 12 year old daughter will love them Ok, if you can overcome the fact that cats can actually talk and do in fact, talk to their owners, then you will probably enjoy this novel. I picked it up thinking that it was going to be a Christmas story starring cats. It was, but also a lot more. It was much better than I was hoping it would be. The cats are the central idea. They see crimes and murders and then tip off the police.
This is a murder mystery and involves a great cast of characters.