The beautiful, serene village of Molena Point, California is the type of place where people go to get away from the harsher realities of life - which is what attracted classic film star Patty Rose to buy the village inn and settle down to enjoy her golden years. But as the town gathers to celebrate and honor the beautiful, aging actress with a festival of her old films, Patty is brutally murdered - to the horror and shock of this peaceful burg.
A gentle tortoiseshell cat, Kit, has been enjoying a retreat to the animal-loving actress’ inn, where she’s spending time with her feline friends - Dulcie and the slick tomcat sleuth Joe Grey. But her relaxation is cut short when she hears the gunshots that end Patty’s life and sees her dead body sprawled on the inn’s front steps. She glimpses the killer racing into the parking garage and soon follows his trail.
Joe and Dulcie must now follow the naïve Kit’s trail and keep her from getting into serious trouble. To complicate matters, Joe discovers that Dulcie has been hiding a runaway child - one of the lucky humans that these special cats choose to talk to - who has now been kidnapped, likely by the same man who killed their famous friend. When the shocking discovery of hidden graves raises the stakes even further, the inquisitive feline trio will have to work quickly to claw out the truth and end the nightmare that has the devastated community reeling.
“A skilled YA author, Murphy handles such sensitive issues as child endangerment and death well…Established fans will welcome back all their old friends, both feline and human.” (Publishers Weekly)
“Fans of the series will welcome this new episode, which maintains the expected suspense and investigative skills of the cats.” (Booklist)
“The somber plot is leavened by the author’s affection for her characters and their rewarding small-town lives.” (Kirkus Reviews)
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