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Shirley Rousseau Murphy
The Cat, the Devil, the Last Escape
by Shirley Rousseau Murphy
Coauthored with her husband Pat J. J. Murphy
Shirley Rousseau Murphy, author of the award-winning Joe Grey mystery series--a writer hailed for her "magical whimsy and deft writing" (Cats magazine) who "has raised the stakes of the feline sleuth genre" (Kirkus Reviews)--teams up with her husband to conjure a charming supernatural adventure involving the devil, a thief, a bet, and a spirited phantom cat.|
Brad Falon, one of Satanís longtime puppets, orchestrated a deadly robbery and set up his old friend Morgan Blake to take the fall. Now, Morgan has been sentenced to life in prison, and his wife Becky and young daughter Sammie are devastated. Alone and afraid, in need of comfort and a friend, Sammie turns to Misto, the ghost cat.
Behind bars, her father Morgan makes fast friends with an old con named Lee Fontana who knows a few tricks about outwitting evil. They plan a wily escape to bring the real killer to justice and clear Morganís name for good. All it will take is outsmarting the Devil one more time. . . .
"The second mystery featuring Lee Fontana and the ghost cat Misto is an engrossing story. Darker than a cozy, the plot is intriguing. . . . As the characters get more desperate, they are tested in ways that will ultimately define their true character." --RT Book Reviews
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The Cat, The Devil, and Lee Fontana
To the devil, the span of human life is as brief as spit on the wind. But the challenge of playing with flawed humans, like a cat toying with a mouse, is endlessly amusing. However, if the devil loses a wager, he will harass a person's descendants until he eventually gets his due. Which is why he is tormenting Lee Fontana.|
The night before Lee is paroled, Satan terrifies and tempts the thief with the promise of one more successful robbery. But Lee has a secret ally looking out for him. The prison cat, a ghost, will tail the ex-con on his dangerous mission--an adventure that moves across the country and spins far beyond our present world into the vast realms of afterlife, a story in which ghostly Misto revels in his added ethereal powers and expanded freedom.
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In addition to her popular Joe Grey mystery novels for adults, which have received eleven national Cat Writers' Association Awards for the best novel of the year, and her related fantasy novel The Catswold Portal, Shirley Rousseau Murphy has written many children's and young adult books, for which she has received five Council of Authors and Journalists Awards. Two of her children's books were written in collaboration with her husband, Pat. Pat spent his career as a US federal Probation Officer in California and in Oregon, as the Chief US Probation Officer in Panama, and as Chief US Probation Officer for the Northern District of Georgia. After he retired the Murphys returned to their home in California, settling on the Central California coast with a view of the hills and the sea.
Shirley Rousseau Murphy is not online personally, but if you send a message through the Contact form or by e-mail to murphy [at] joegrey [dot] com it will be promptly forwarded to her via fax.
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Signed copies of in-print editions of Shirley Rousseau Murphy's books are available from The Bookworks in Pacific Grove, California. You can place orders for signed books there by phoning 831-372-2242 or sending mail to The Bookworks, 667 Lighthouse Ave., Pacific Grove, CA 93950.