Thursday, February 19, 2015

Book Review: The Cat, the Devil, the Last Escape by Shirley Rousseau and Pat JJ Murphy

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this book, free of charge, from William Morris press, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it.

Continuing our pursuit of great books for Spring reading...


In this sequel to The Cat, the Devil, and Lee Fontana, Lee Fontana is back in prison after a successful switch-and-bait robbery. A few mouths and the old convict will be out, free to dig up the treasure and skip the country.

Or will he? With the devil planning revenge against Lee for a three-generation vendetta, only the ghost cat sees the full picture, the big golden tomcat who travels with Lee, who can appear or disappear as he pleases--a cat of love and wit with his own fierce desire for revenge against the wrongs of the world.

When Satan snares not only Lee but a little child across the country with whom Lee has an unknown connection, Lucifer means to estroy them both. The child’s prescient dreams, her predictive powers, enrage the devil. To hurt her, he sees that her father, Morgan Blake, is falsely imprisoned, framed by a sleazy killer who is also connected to Lee. When both Lee and Morgan end up in the Atlanta Pen, the little girl’s prophetic dreams turn violent, terrifying her. The ghost cat comforts her--and he fights beside Lee as the two convicts plan a nearly impossible escape to right a wrong, to defeat Satan’s plan of destruction. 


Author Shirley Rousseau Murphy is  writing this new series with her husband Pat J. J. Murphy, so it may seem a bit different from her previous books, for her fans. I have not read any of her books, including book 1 in this series (The Cat, The Devil and Lee Fontana), so I had nothing to gauge it against! The book is more of a thriller about good versus evil, than a true mystery, It also fits into History Thursday, as there is quite a bit of info on life prior to WWII. The story isn't really about solving the mystery, as much as how it came about (evil versus good) and how the involved parties now are trying to see justice served. And there is the ghost cat for those that like animals involve din your mysteries! LOL. This book is a little bit different than the books I normally recommend, butit is a worthwhile read!

About the Authors:

Shirley Murphy grew up in southern California, riding and showing the horses her father trained. She attended the San Francisco Art institute, and later worked as an interior designer while her husband attended USC. "When Pat finished school, I promptly quit my job and began to exhibit paintings and welded metal sculpture in the West Coast juried shows." Her work could also be seen in many traveling shows in the western States and Mexico. "When we moved to Panama for a four-year tour in his position with the U. S . Courts, I put away the paints and welding torches, and began to write." After leaving Panama, they lived in Oregon, Atlanta, and northern Georgia before returning home to California when Pat retired as Chief U.S. Probation Officer for the Northern District of Georgia.

Murphy's eighteen Joe Grey mysteries were preceded by the popular "The Catswold Portal" and, earlier, some fourteen children's books and several young adult fantasies that are now available as ebooks. Among her awards are eleven awards for best novel of the year for the Joe Grey books from the international Cat Writers Association, plus five Council of Authors and Journalists awards.

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