This 16th Joe Grey book is sure to please veteran fans of the series. All the favorites are back – Joe, Dulcie and Kit – and the heartwrenching stories of an orphaned child and a stray cat at Christmas will tug on more than a few heartstrings.

Someone is working very hard to discredit Max, Molena Point’s police chief, with a series of unsolved and unpreventable attacks on women in the village. Meanwhile, Maudie and her grandson Benny have recently moved to Molena Point after Benny’s parents were brutally murdered in front of him. Joe and his pals soon realize that someone is also trying to kill Maudie. With the help of an old stray tomcat, the mystery is solved just in time for the merriest Christmas ever. (MORROW, Oct., 368 pp., $16.99)
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Rhomylly Forbes