Cat Coming Home is the sixteenth in Shirley Rousseau Murphy's mystery series featuring the tail-less feline sleuth Joe Grey. If you're already a Joe Grey fan, you'll be familiar with Molina Point California and itsí denizens. This lovely seaside town seems to have a crime rate to rival Cabot Cove, but once again, Joe Grey and sidekicks Dulcie and Kit return to keep the charming tourist Mecca safe for everyone. If you haven't read any of the previous volumes, I recommend starting with the first in the series, Cat On the Edge , or the stand alone novel Catswold Portal , in which the origins of these fantastical cats is revealed. A mix of mystery and fantasy, the Joe Grey series will probably appeal to Carole Nelson Douglas fans or those who enjoy feline crime solvers gifted with the power of speech.
Cat Coming Home begins just before the Christmas holidays with Maudie Toola and her young grandson Benny arriving in Molina Point after the murder of Benny's parents. The killer has unfinished business with Maudie who may or may not know the killer's identity. When Maudie nearly becomes the victim of a hit-and-run driver, Joe and his tabby girlfriend Dulcie know they have a new mystery to unravel.
While brutal break-ins terrorize the town, the killer gets closer, ready to make the final move. With the whole town on edge, help arrives in the form of an old traveler with a message that will wrap things up just in time for Christmas. Though not as suspenseful as other books in the series, I still enjoyed revisiting Molina Point, and old friends feline and human. Cat Coming Home is a pleasant cozy for your holiday fireside reading.