Joe Grey Solves Mysteries, Feline Style

Book series by Shirley Rousseau Murphy features a black cat as the crime-solving main character.

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Cat NovelTomcat Joe Grey lives a good life with his owner, Clyde, eating Cream and Wheaties with liver for breakfast and snuggling under the covers. That is, until he becomes the only witness to a murder, narrowly escaping his own death at the scene of the crime. Thus begins his new life as a mystery solver in the first book in the Joe Grey Mystery series, Cat on the Edge. Joe has to stay one step ahead of the killer, and he's running scared and alone. Then he meets Dulcie, a green-eyed beauty with her own crime-solving abilities, and the two work together to solve the mystery.

Shirley Rousseau Murphys love for cats comes through loud and clear in her books. In this popular series, Rousseau Murphy has created a rich life for her crime-solving cat and his feline friend, Dulcie. The two cats protect the citizens of Molena Point and help the police find evidence only a cat could locate. All the while, the two keep their most important secret hidden from all but a few select humans: They can talk.

This talent proves handy as the two cats solve a tough arson case in Cat Under Fire, track down a killer in Cat Raise the Dead and keep tabs on a mean-spirited tomcat in Cat in the Dark. Solving crimes is tough work, so Dulcie and Joe Grey are grateful to meet a kindred spirit in Cat Seeing Double. Tiny cat Kit warns Joes owner, Clyde, of eminent danger, then stops two would-be murderers single pawedly. The act makes her the newest member of the feline crime-solving team.

Rousseau Murphys award-winning series is published by Harper-Collins and consists of 11 books. The latest book, Cat Breaking Free, was released in 2005, and a new installment is expected in December 2006.

Posted: May 9, 2006, 5:00 a.m. EST

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Cathy    Hubbard, OH

1/26/2009 6:09:49 AM

I LOVE this series. Great Books! However, the cat is pictured black, but when you read the books, he is grey! I have all the books and am waiting for the new one in February.

Verne    Media, PA

4/27/2008 4:49:22 PM

I,too love these books & have every one of them. The cats' attitudes toward humans are right on target.I'm always checking to see when the newest one comes out in paperback. I've turned two close cat loving pals on to these books too.I even like them more than "The Cat Who.." books!

Jenn    Wallingford, CT

12/5/2007 5:20:49 PM

Shirley R. Murphy's novels are phenomenal. I've read every one and the felines' personalities are right on target. Every cat lover will be able to relate to a Joe Grey mystery. Joe and Dulcie make the perfect feline pair. After reading your first Joe Grey novel you'll be hooked. His attitude toward Clyde is hysterical.

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