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Cat Bearing Gifts
A Joe Grey Mystery #18
Shirley Rousseau Murphy

William Morrow
November 20, 2012 / ISBN 978-0061806940
Mystery / Cats / Fantasy

Reviewed by Linda Morelli

The elderly Pedric and Lucinda Greenlaw are with their cat Kit in their car, driving on a dangerous mountain road on their way home to Molena Point, California, when they are in a multi-car accident involving a truck, whose driver dies, and a pickup holding the shady characters Vic and Birely. The injured Pedric leaves his vehicle to check on the others and is struck unconscious by Vic. Fearful of a rockslide, Lucinda grabs Kit, leaves the vehicle and calls for help. Pedric and Lucinda are transported to the hospital, and a search for Kit follows.

The five cats in this novel, Kit and her beau Pan, Joe Gray and his lady Dulcie, and Misto, each have high intelligence and can talk to humans. While Pedric and Lucinda recover, our stealthy cats figure out that something’s up with Vic and Birely, and Pan does his best to protect a young child who is left alone while her mother steals from the town’s shops.

I may be a dog person, but I’ve been fond of cats and I wanted to read Cat Bearing Gifts, little knowing how much I’d enjoy these feline detectives, their adventures and sleuthing skills, and the romance between Pan and Kit which is sweet and almost human. This book was a delight and the story, while a fantasy, was also a good mystery. There were references to characters and cats mentioned in previous releases, as well as a “Catsworld Portal,” which likely would give more background on the reason for the cats’ anthropomorphic skills, but these didn’t detract from my enjoyment of this novel. I loved it and look forward to reading more of the author’s releases in this series.

Reviews of other titles in this series

Cat Fear No Evil #10
Cat Pay The Devil #12
Cat Deck the Halls #13
Cat Playing Cupid #14
Cat Striking Back #15
Cat Coming Home #17

Reviewer Linda Morelli is the award winning author of three published romance novels.
Reviewed 2013