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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.I., is faced with his most difficult case yet-and that's saying a lot for a wily tomcat who for years has been solving crimes the police can't even crack. 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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Shirley Rousseau Murphy is the author of twenty mysteries in the Joe Grey series, for which she has won the Cat Writers' Association Muse Medallion nine years running, and has received ten national Cat Writers' Association Awards for best novel of the year. She is also a noted children's book author, and has received five Council of Authors and Journalists Awards. She lives in Carmel, California, where she serves as full-time household help to two demanding feline ladies.

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Just in time for Christmas, Murphy brings in feline sleuth Joe Grey to celebrate the season and try to rescue a frightened child in her 14th mystery set in Molena Point, Calif. (after Cat Pay the Devil). Joe's tortoiseshell pal, Kit, discovers and reports a child clinging to a dead man under a Christmas tree. By the time the police arrive the body has disappeared (disposed of by the killer), as has the little girl (hidden by the cats). As Joe and company try to solve the mystery and keep the girl safe, intruders-perhaps linked to each other and the murder-break into Kit's house and a noted artist's studio at the Home for Orphan Children. Murphy's fans will be happy to curl up under a blanket as they savor the finely crafted suspense set against the backdrop of holiday feasts and festivities and the crashing waves of the Pacific. (Dec.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

"savor the finely crafted suspense set against the backdrop of holiday feasts and festivities... " -- Publishers Weekly

In the 13th entry of this mystery series featuring feline private eye Joe Grey and friends, the fantastical talking and crime-solving cats must solve the murder of a man found shot dead with a traumatized child clinging to his side. For libraries where the series is popular. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

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