It probably comes as no surprise to most people that I’d find myself reading about talking cats.
Shirley Rousseau Murphy’s Joe Grey is about a feline detective, Joe Grey, who helps the local police solve crime in Molina Point, California.
In Cat Shout for Joy–which happens to be quite a ways into the series, so there were a few things I didn’t quite follow–someone is preying on the elderly population of Molina Point. It seems like vicious pranks, pushing them down and running away, until it becomes a homicide. The police are struggling to link the attacks together, and the cats seem best equipped to find the missing clues.
The police, however, don’t know the cats are sleuths, nor that they can talk. So, once they uncover the clues, they anonymously call and give tips to the police. Amid the hunt, Joe Grey and his lady Dulcie are expecting kittens.
While I don’t really enjoy jumping into the middle of a series, I must say, I did enjoy reading Cat Shout for Joy. Murphy’s writing is easy to read and enjoyable. While the cats are talking cats, and thereby a little more human than a normal cat, Murphy’s cats retain their feline personalities, despite being a little human.
I can tell the series is largely episodic, with themes that run through the whole thing. It’ll be interesting to dive into the series at the beginning.
So if you’re looking for something fun in the mystery vein, and you like cats, check out the Joe Grey series. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.