Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Cat Shout for Joy


I started reading the Joe Grey Mystery series back in 2009, when I was laid-off from my job and looking for a new position.  Those were difficult emotional times for me, plus I had just begun my personal TNR campaign for the cats in the neighborhood.  I was taking TNR classes, learning how to make my life integrate with twice daily feedings outside, while attending every resume-writing, interviewing for beginners, how to network online, free class I could find!

Spending lots of time at the local library, I searched the book catalog for 'cat' books, to soothe my nerves.  Reading is my great escape!  Author Shirley Rousseau Murphy's name came up, and I saw there were already several books in the Joe Grey Mystery series.  So, I checked out the very first book, "Cat on the Edge".  The mixture of murder mystery, metaphysical cat lore, and the bond between humans and cats was a powerful punch! I then secretly bought every book in the series, which was a very big deal for someone living on a VERY fixed income!  I devoured every book, and then reread them again.  Now, for years, I wait impatiently for the next volume, and I was NOT disappointed in "Cat Shout for Joy", which was published last month.

Last night, I stayed up past midnight, as I read the last of this tale.  I cried multiple times...tell me, how often does reading fiction make you cry?!?  I will not give the story away; there are too many spoilers for me to even tell you much about the characters of Joe Grey, the mostly grey-colored cat with a short tail, and his lady tabby cat Dulcie.  Along with their human companions, plus many members of the Molena Point Police department, a band of very special feral cats, and calico Kit and her special cat friend Pan, Shirley Rousseau Murphy has created a landscape of fascinating...and mysterious...stories that I hope you will enjoy reading.

Cat Shout for Joy: A Joe Grey Mystery
Publisher: HarperCollins
ISBN: 9780062403490
On Sale: 02/23/2016
Pages: 336

6 comments:

  1. Mom has read quite a few of the Joe Grey mysteries. They are pretty good. Often a bit grittier than the usual cat mysteries.

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  2. These books sound good! I will be looking for them. Thank you for reviewing this. I had not heard of these mysteries, and I LOVE mysteries. :-)

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  3. I am not familiar with these, but they sound great. I will get the first one from the library. 2009 was the year to get laid off, my husband did too.

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  4. I have heard about the Joe Grey mysteries,but have not read one.
    I have,however read "the Cat Who" books by Lillian Jackson Braun and enjoyed them very much.
    Will have to check out the Joe Grey books :)
    Thanks.

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  5. The mom needs to add this series to her reading list.

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  6. Cats and mystery are both my favorite. The book and the whole series sound very good! Reading is really a great escape. Reading funny stories helped me when I was having difficult time :-)

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