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Joe Grey, P. I.

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


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Cat Chase the Moon, 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 and her many other books, go to www.srmurphy.com.

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Coming November 6, the latest Joe Grey mystery, Cat Chase the Moon!

Feline P. I. Joe Grey and his friends pounce on three investigations that may connect to one larger mystery—including one case that is very personal—in this hair-raising installment in Shirley Rousseau Murphy’s beloved, award-winning series.

Joe Grey and his partner Dulcie are frantic when Courtney, their pretty teen-kitten, goes missing. Aided by their two- and four-legged friends, they hit the streets of Molina Point in search of their calico girl. Has Joe Grey and Dulcie’s only daughter been lured away by someone and stolen? Is she lying somewhere hurt, or worse? In reality, Courtney, locked in an upstairs apartment above the local antiques shop, is enjoying her first solo adventure. She doesn’t know that the seemingly-kindly owner of the shop is hiding a dangerous secret that could threaten her and everyone in this charming California coastal village.

Meanwhile, with his focus on finding Courtney, Joe Grey has neglected his detective work with the Molina Point Police Department, but now he's worried by the stalled investigation of a vicious beating and an apparently unrelated burglary. Though the crimes are as crisscrossed as the strands of a ball of yarn, Joe Grey’s cat senses tell him they may somehow be linked. It’s up to the fleet-footed feline and his crime-solving coterie to untangle the mysteries before it’s too late.

Cat Shining Bright, a Joe Grey cat mystery

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Paperback edition of the previous 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. . . .

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"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
21. Cat Chase the Moon
** 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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