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Cat Shining Bright: A Joe Grey Mystery    by Shirley Rousseau Murphy order for
Cat Shining Bright
by Shirley Rousseau Murphy
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William Morrow, 2017 (2017)
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* *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Surely you know that animals can talk and I'm not referring to the sounds they make that are understood by their brethren. I'm bringing to mind the cats that populate the delightful stories written by Shirley Rousseau Murphy.

By the time readers have finished one novel about felines by Murphy, they are looking at their own pets and wondering why they haven't had conversations with their own animals. I feel sure our pets would have a lot to tell us if only they could.

Joe Grey is thrilled to become the father of three kittens who are becoming a real handful. The three have a true exuberance for life and don't hesitate to exhibit their joy in their surroundings much to the dismay of those in the household.

When beautician Barbara Conley and one of her customers are found shot to death in her salon, the cats gather to help the police discover who is responsible for the murders. Need I mention that the police are aware that the cats might be trying to help?

Joe Grey and his family look at the murders from the height of the roofs in the small town they call home. Joe, who seems to be head of the clan, leads this fun and cat-filled plot.

Cat Shining Bright is not without suspense, and a thrill or two. It is easy to fall in love with the feline characters and those humans who keep the secret of the cats' ability to speak. This is the twentieth book in this beguiling series!

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