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The sharpest feline sleuth on the mystery scene--one cool cat, a clawed and formidable enemy of crime.

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Cat ShIning Bright, a Joe Grey cat mystery

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This site is now devoted entirely to the Joe Grey series of cat mystery novels. For information about author Shirley Rousseau Murphy, her recent novels The Cat, the Devil, and Lee Fontana and its sequel The Cat, the Devil, the Last Escape, plus her fantasy novels and children's books, please go to www.srmurphy.com.

Now available, the latest Joe Grey mystery, Cat Shining Bright!

While new father Joe Grey teaches his young kittens about the world, he misses his secret cop work for Molena Point P.D. But when beautician Barbara Conley and one of her customers are found dead at the salon, Joe can't help getting in the game. Heading for the crime scene, he has no idea the kittens are following him, or how they will complicate the investigation -- and this is not the only danger to the kittens. . . .

Cat Shout for Joy, a Joe Grey cat mystery

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Paperback edition of the previous Joe Grey mystery, Cat Shout for Joy

While Joe Grey and Dulcie joyfully await their first kittens, they grieve for the old yellow cat, Misto, whose time on earth is drawing to an end. But Misto tells them an exciting afterlife lies ahead for him; and he sees, as well, an adventurous future for the kittens: Among the litter will be a little calico returned from the distant past. She will be born with the same unique markings as in ancient tapestries and paintings, and with the same indomitable spirit as Joe Grey. As Joe and Dulcie stand by for the birth of their kittens, they work swiftly to unmask a killer, a predator attacking the most vulnerable citizens in the small coastal community of Molena Point.

"Murphy has a huge fan base and has won awards for good reason... Great sleuthing with a feline touch."--Cat Fancy

"What makes this series so delightful for both cat lovers and readers of offbeat fantasies is that Murphy's convincing anthropomorphism allows the cats to maintain their feline natures while still adopting human speech and cognition." --Booklist

"The book's charm lies in the clever cats and the people they care about. This is a must read for those who enjoy the feline side of sleuthing." --Romantic Times

"Excellent reading.... Not to be missed!" --Armchair Detective

"Talking cat fans will welcome Murphy’s exciting 18th mystery [Cat Bearing Gifts] featuring feline Joe Grey, in which Joe’s tortoiseshell friend, Kit, plays a lead role. . . Anyone unfamiliar with this cozy series will be quickly drawn in by the complete believability of Murphy’s crime-solving felines and their helpful human companions." --Publisher's Weekly

Shirley Rousseau Murphy says of her Joe Grey cat mysteries, "Joe and Dulcie set the mood by granting me rare glimpses into the feline world. I see the room from beneath the furniture; I remember Egypt and witchcraft; the scream of a skewered mouse is as music.... These cats are not cute, Joe Grey is not your sweet natured kitty. Joe's detecting skills run to swift action and to picking up classified information from Police Chief Max Harper as Joe lounges on the poker table ... the gray tomcat is a devotee of the cutting retort and the sneaky surveillance technique." --Mystery Scene.

The Joe Grey cat mysteries--go here for book descriptions, review quotes, and excerpts.
1. Cat on the Edge
2. Cat Under Fire
3. Cat Raise the Dead
4. Cat in the Dark
5. Cat to the Dogs
6. Cat Spitting Mad
** Cat on the Money
7. Cat Laughing Last
8. Cat Seeing Double
9. Cat Fear No Evil
10. Cat Cross Their Graves
11. Cat Breaking Free
12. Cat Pay the Devil
13. Cat Deck the Halls
14. Cat Playing Cupid
15. Cat Striking Back
16. Cat Coming Home
17. Cat Telling Tales
18. Cat Bearing Gifts
19. Cat Shout for Joy
20. Cat Shining Bright
** Cat on the Money, a short novella available only as an ebook and in printable PDF form here at this site, comes between #6 and #7.

The Joe Grey books have won eleven Muse Medallion awards!
For best cat novel of the year from the national Cat Writers' Association, presented at their annual conferences.

Muse Medallion won by Shirley Rousseau Murphy

All of the Joe Grey books, plus the related novel The Catswold Portal, are in print. (If you can't find them, any bookstore can order them for you--just ask! Independent bookstores in particular are happy to provide this service for their customers.) All are also available as ebooks and, except for Catswold, as audiobooks.

If you have a question about the stories or about Shirley Rousseau Murphy, be sure to look at the FAQ Page to see if it's answered.

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