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Cat Cross Their Graves
Harper Collins, Jan 2005, 24.95, 320 pp. ISBN 0060578084 In the town of Molena Point, three sentient intelligent cats live with their human companions who love them dearly but the felines keep a secret even from their closest human friends. The youngest cat Kit hears a shot ring out at the Otter Pine Inn and when she goes to investigate she finds the body of the proprietor, ex-movie star Patty Rose. Kit loved Polly so when she gets the scent of...
Cat Fear No Evil
Harper Collins, March 2004, 24.95, 336 pp. ISBN 0066209498 In the small town of Molena Point, just South of San Francisco, live three very special felines who can talk to and be understood by humans. Only six people in the town know the secrets of the cats and since they love Joe Grey, Dulcie and Kit, they will not tell anyone. In the past, these precious felines have solved crimes for the local police and it looks like their help will be neede...
Cat in the Dark
The main character in this series is Joe Grey, a tomcat. Joe and his lady, Dulcie, watch as another tomcat helps an old lady named Mavity whose visiting brother commit cat burglaries, and they try to solve the murders that come later in the book. Mavity's brother's only child (Dora) and her husband (Ralph) come from Alabama for a visit. They think the con artist who took them for all their money in Alabama is trying to do the same to Mavity. They end...
Cat Laughing Last
HarperCollins, Jan 2002, 23.95, 288 pp. ISBN: 006620951X Renowned author Elliot Traynor and his wife Vivi move from New York to Molena Point, California, so that the dying writer can finish his final novel and direct his only play, Thorns of Gold. However, the Pacific community residents quickly abhor the outsiders as Vivi's air of superiority gets on everyone's nerves and Elliot's health does not allow him to smooth the relationships. ...

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Cat Seeing Double
This is part of the Joe Grey (cat detective) series, but Joe and his other two cat pals are almost secondary characters. They observe a lot, talk to some humans who are in on their "secret" ability to talk, and call in to the police with their anonymous tips. In this book, Ryan Flannery is a female contractor who was framed for murdering her ex-husband, Rupert. Ryan's uncle, Dallas Garza, is the department's relatively new Chief of Detectives, so he's...
Cat Spitting Mad
Captain Max Harper of the Molina Point, CA, PD is being framed for the murders of two of his horseback riding friends. The folks setting him up are criminals he put away, plus a few other accomplices. There was a third person with the two murdered horseback riders, a little girl who got away and hid in the ruins of the old Pamillon estate, a crumbling Victorian-era mansion. Then, one of the conspirators kidnapped her, locked her up in a basement, and ...
Cat to the Dogs
In this Joe Grey (cat detective) book, the main character is a Molena Point, CA resident, Lucinda Greenlaw. Her philandering husband died in a boat accident in Seattle (she was home in Molena Point). There was a PI investigating her husband, and the PI died in an auto wreck which was made to look like an accident (foggy morning, Deadman's curve kind of thing). Finally, her nephew, who was on the boat when her husband died, was killed and another famil...


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