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The cats who saved Christmas . . .The charming seaside village of Molena Point, California, leads one to expect a quiet traditional Christmas surrounded by family and friends—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 whoThe cats who saved Christmas . . .The charming seaside village of Molena Point, California, leads one to expect a quiet traditional Christmas surrounded by family and friends—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.At midnight in the deserted gardens of the shopping plaza, a stranger lies dead beneath the village Christmas tree; the only witness to the shooting is a little child. But when the police arrive, summoned by an anonymous phone call of feline origin, both the body and the child have disappeared. As police scramble for leads, the grey tomcat, his tabby lady, and their tortoiseshell pal, Kit, launch their own unique investigation.Together Joe Grey, Dulcie, and Kit face their most heartbreaking case yet as they care for the child who may be the killer's next target. Trying to sort out perplexing clues amidst the happiness of the season, they shadow a cast of colorful characters. But neither the police nor their unknown feline assistants are aware that they might have stumbled over the murderer and never known it, until an electrifying final scene when the killer's identity is revealed.For years Shirley Rousseau Murphy has written tales that have delighted readers and critics alike. With her lyrical prose and fast-paced plotting, Murphy has created another delightfully absorbing trip to a magical place populated by unforgettable characters whom readers have come to think of as friends....

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ISBN : 9780061123955
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Number of Pages : 343 Pages
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Cat Deck the Halls Reviews

  • Amy
    2018-09-19 07:15

    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.

  • Larry
    2018-09-04 09:28

    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

  • Cyndee
    2018-08-30 10:38

    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!

  • Fred Nachbrunn
    2018-09-06 15:20

    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.

  • Jan Sjostrand
    2018-09-02 15:22

    Another great Joe Grey story.

  • Devin O'Branagan
    2018-09-07 09:27

    So far, I've read all the Joe Grey Cat Mysteries through this one. 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. His paramour, Dulcie, who steals silk teddies and satin nighties from the neighbors so she can snuggle with them and pretend she's a human woman, and my favorite of the three feline regulars, Kit, a once feral cat who chooses to live with humans and finds such joy and delight in EVERYTHING. 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)...but one bad book out of an entire series didn't put me off to them.I will continue to read these books and do recommend them.Amended to add: 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.

  • Abbey
    2018-09-02 15:17

    2007, #13 Joe Grey and Dulcie, Molena Point, Northern California; cosy, amateur sleuth, fantastical. 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 Molena Point and those cats, with Murphy's usual strong plotting and lots of interesting characters. She still seems to be recycling ideas and plot lines/threads, but this is one of my favorite series, and I always enjoy her writing. I suspect she wants to wrap the series up but won’t be allowed to do soby her publishers. Heck, *I* don’t want her to end it. But she’s not doing anything new theme-wise here, and hasn’t done so for several books now. Well, there are MUCH worse things in the world!Her stories are still very enjoyable, and I hope I can read a new book in this series for several years to come, but wouldn’t it be wonderful if she’d throw in something *completely* different next time???

  • Elva
    2018-09-09 08:35

    I had trouble w/talking cats and telephoning cats, etc. 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. I don't think you need to read the previous stories to enjoy this one - but I would like to understand what the deal is w/talking cats and how their humans found out, etc.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.

  • April
    2018-09-13 10:11

    Cat Deck the HallsShirley Rousseau MurphyAvon (an imprint of HaperCollins)2007Joe 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. 3 1/2 stars for a detailed and strongly crafted mystery, although I could have used a who's who chart to remind me who all the characters (from previous books) were.

  • Karen Hartshorn
    2018-08-26 10:31

    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---

  • Erin
    2018-08-20 07:33

    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.

  • Kate
    2018-08-30 09:33

    This was my first book in this series and I'm so glad I found it. Yes there are talking cats, but it isn't hokey like it sounds! The book is really well written and the talking cats aspect is actually very interesting. Cats can go almost anywhere and follow people without looking suspicious, they can eavesdrop, etc. and that adds a really cute, fun element to the book. I look forward to reading more in this series!

  • Emily Cullen
    2018-08-22 08:38

    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!

  • Rebecca Mulligan
    2018-08-26 07:32

    Fat and FancyShirley 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. As always, Ms. 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.

  • Rosemary
    2018-09-04 14:40

    This was a light, fluffy little mystery. I haven't read any of the other Joe Grey books, so I have no idea if it is typical. The characters are under-developed, the writing is repetitive, the mystery, with nearly no mistakes, I figured out about halfway through.But it doesn't matter. My standards for Christmas-themed books is that they not offend me (either in content or skill), don't require much attention, and cause me to be pleasantly diverted. This succeeded on all counts.

  • Sallie
    2018-09-11 14:22

    This was a Nook Book deal, and it was ok. I didn't mind that the cats could talk so that humans could understand them, but the mystery was convoluted and somewhat obvious from the first intro of one of the characters. Ya just had to know it was him early on by his actions.I like the Rita Mae Brown mysteries with animals who talk, but only amongst themselves, better than these. Maybe I just like the critters in her mysteries better, or the mysteries themselves or....

  • Phair
    2018-08-24 09:37

    Nice little holiday present for the followers of this delightful series. First-timers will likely be very puzzled over the many characters and back-stories brought into the plot or mentioned here. Two mysteries get mixed together and sorted out and some significant actions take place with our regular cast.

  • Linda
    2018-09-03 13:30

    I disliked this book so much that I didn't finish it, which is very unusual for me. I could not accept the fiction of talking cats and the humans who collude with them in solving crimes. Beside this ridiculous premise, I found much too much time spent on giving back story on the uninteresting recurring characters and their interactions. I like cats, but not these!

  • Cassandra
    2018-09-03 08:32

    LIke most people this is the first book I have read of the joe grey books it was just a long kinda boring book to me...I liked the idea of the talking cats though and the little girl that was in it was what kept me reading it to the did take me close to a year to finish it though cause it was so slow in the begaining

  • E.
    2018-08-25 09:25

    The trio of talking cats is involved in another mystery that requires their peculiar brand of investigation. A chilling look at identity theft juxtaposed with the beauty of the Christmas season and the evolving relationships of the humans intertwined with Joe Grey, Dulcie and Kit. Another excellent addition to the series.

  • Nan St.Michael
    2018-09-04 15:12

    I'm not sure why I love this series but I do. Maybe it's because the books address the intelligence of animals and that there is so much in nature that is not fully understood or appreciated. Maybe it's also because I used to live in Carmel and love going back there vicariously. I really like cozy mysteries and Ms. Murphy writes them well.

  • Tobius
    2018-08-25 10:26

    I have read others of this authors, and I have liked them all so far. True it is strange that cats can talk and use phones, but hey why not? It adds a little fun to the book, and that is what these books are for, a light, easy read with a bit of fun to them. If some one wanted a dose of reality, pick another book. :-)

  • Patti
    2018-08-19 08:38

    I thought this book was bad. I couldn't even finish it. Cats talking, strange. Oh, and it read schizophrenicly (is that a word, LOL). Anyway, I would read a part from one perspective and then several pages later I would read the same thing, only in someone else's perspective. But, it was close enough that it was unnecessary.BTW, I love cats, so I thought the book would be fun.

  • Lisa
    2018-09-08 11:35

    This is the book that got me into this series... Hate to say it, but I think I love these cats more than Midnight Louie's clan... o.k. maybe equally as well as Midnight Louie and company... If you haven't read any of these give them a try...

  • Donna
    2018-09-10 10:39

    I read the first book in this series several months ago and got this one for cheap on the Kindle. It's the 13th book in the series so clearly a lot has happened but I didn't feel confused by not having read the other books. This was a fun Christmas-themed mystery.

  • Brenda
    2018-09-05 12:16

    I read this book over the Christmas break. I thought it was charming, perhaps a bit predictable, but nevertheless, a cozy book to read during the season. I love "cat books" so my opinion may be somewhat prejudiced. I highly recommend this book, especially if saved for Christmas 2008.Brenda

  • Lee Ecklund
    2018-08-21 11:36

    This book is a mystery solved with the help of three cats that talk but only a few select persons know of the cats ability. After reading "The Art of Racing in the Rain" where there was a dog who was almost human, this was entertaing but had none of the emotional draw of the other book.

  • Carol Krout
    2018-08-25 09:25

    WOW!!!!!! GREAT!!!!!! She just keeps getting better and better!!!!!

  • Donna LoCastro
    2018-08-29 10:29

    Loved this book...plot and subplots were excellent. I want to read all Of Ms. Murphy's books. Five stars!!! I wish cat talk too!! Very descriptive of the whole. Story.

  • Vicky
    2018-09-01 10:19

    I loved this entire series… the cats who can talk and solve mysteries… what fun… definitely a cozy mystery, but then I love them… nothing I have to concentrate on...