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Cat Seeing Double

Narrated by: Susan Boyce
Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins

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Romance is in the air in the charming seaside village of Molena Point, California. Everyone is excited about the upcoming wedding of its chief of police to the lovely Charlie Getz, even cool feline detective Joe Grey. But the festivities are interrupted when two uninvited guests try to blow up the church. Then one of the bride’s good friends, building contractor Ryan Flannery, lands in a heap of trouble when her philandering husband is found dead.

With suspicion falling on Ryan’s shoulders, Joe Grey and his pals, Dulcie and Kit, set out to prove her innocence. Soon paw-deep in a tangle of jealousy, greed, and vengeance, Joe Grey, Dulcie, and Kit find themselves in the biggest cat fight of their lives - a bare-clawed battle with a prey who is as cunning as he is deadly...

©2013 Shirley Rousseau Murphy (P)2013 AudioGO

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  • Abena
  • 24-06-19

One of the best in the series.

This installment is action packed. A great series to read & re-read. The animals are so realistically described with depth of personality. Enjoyable!

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  • Sandie Herron
  • 18-04-19

I always look forward to this enthralling series

On the Pacific Coast the enchanted village of Molena Point nestles between rolling hills. Watched over by Police Captain Max Harper and his small force of detectives, it is a safe and idyllic haven from the hustle and bustle of modern life. This pleasant community is inhabited by a wide variety of people whom we have gotten to know over seven previous entries in this series. It is also the home of Joe Grey, Dulcie, and Kit, three sentient cats with the ability to speak.

On a quiet Saturday in September, the residents of the village assemble at the wedding of Captain Max Harper and his bride Charlie Getz. Joe Grey’s owner Clyde Damon is the best man. The chief of detectives’ niece Ryan Flannery is maid of honor. Romance is in the air while Ryan dresses up for the first time in weeks, having just returned from the completion of her weeks-long work at a nearby construction site. Clyde loads Joe Grey and Dulcie into the rumble seat of his vintage car when he picks up Ryan.

The church is resplendent with flowers and ribbons as the villagers gather. Only Kit sees the boy with a small black box on the roof across the street watching the wrapped present tucked into the lectern. As the contents of that box dawn on Kit, she scampers down to whisper “bomb” into Clyde’s ear. Never doubting the word of one of these unique talking cats, Clyde quickly spreads the word to evacuate the church.

Charlie anticipated that her life as a police captain’s wife was going to be full of stress, and she certainly has proof of that now. However, the villagers all re-group and move the wedding to a garden down the street and hold the ceremony by candlelight, sending the happy couple to San Francisco for their honeymoon.

Never in her wildest dreams did Ryan Flannery think she would awaken the next morning to find her estranged husband dead in her garage. Separated for months, Ryan had no desire to see Rupert, her philandering husband whom she was suing for half the value of the construction company they built together. Now the police have another investigation on their hands, one they will carry out with the utmost care to find the culprit and exonerate the family of one of their own.

I always look forward to a new entry in this enthralling series. I enjoy the steady pace of action and storytelling all bundled together with brief histories from previous books. This volume in particular fills in essential details of who the villagers are and their relationships with each other and with these exceptional cats. None of it is so overwhelming, however, to need a chart of events or list of characters.

The unique talents of Joe Grey, Dulcie, and Kit bring an element to this cozy story that would never have been possible without them. They are good detectives, and they find brilliant ways to share the information they gather from rooftops and spying through windows and sneaking through open doors that is simply not available to the human inhabitants of the story. Their existence provides yet another enigma that is woven into the plot.

Shirley Rousseau Murphy has an exceptional way of sharing information and telling a story. The pace never stalls; it proceeds at a very comfortable speed, but it is certainly full of surprises. The same information is not reviewed over and over again, which I find fault with in so many other cozy stories, and which Murphy successfully avoids in her writing.

Each earlier entry in this purr-fectly delightful series is a separate and distinct entry in the series exploring the lives of different villagers and events that are intermingled with one another, yet it is not necessary to read them all to enjoy each of the others with pure delight.

With “three cats who are like no other – not totally cat, and not human, but with talents of both” – the town of Molena Point will no doubt be safe under their watchful eyes.

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  • Frances E. Greer, Jr.
  • 24-02-19

Joe Meets His Gray Double

It's the further delightful adventures of the Feline Threesome, now added by a dog! Just enough subterfuge & murder to spice things up, makes this latest mystery as delectable as the varied (non-vet approved!) meals the Three regularly consume, compliments of the close-knit characters whom the cats consider their family.
If you've ever lived with a cat who made you suspect that he understands you well, can anticipate your thinking, or was unlike any cat you'd ever known, then you would truly enjoy this series. If not, then let this series open your eyes to what the rest of us already realize about the Feline Mind!

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  • Duckie Lane
  • 14-09-13

Narration can make or break........

Would you try another book from Shirley Rousseau Murphy and/or Susan Boyce?

I have read many stories in this series but this is the first one I have gotten in the audible version. I enjoy the books and characters and had hoped to share these stories with my daughter on a car trip. She has enjoyed other cat series so I thought this would be a good way to introduce these books. Susan has a nice voice but it does not work for these books. At times , especially the first chapter has a "sing song" quality and then at a couple of other points her voice sounds robotic. Some of the characters are ok and others not as well done. The narrative parts do not work well for me. I am finishing it and have managed to get beyond the narration but we could only listen to one chapter on our trip before turning it off. I love audible and listen to several books a month but I will stick with reading these unless there is a different narrator.

What did you like best about this story?

I love the whole series. The characters work for me and I visit the California coast often so find the setting very enjoyable.

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