Cat on the Edge : A Joe Grey Mystery

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Cat on the Edge : A Joe Grey Mystery

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This is the first in a series of cat fantasy/mysteries feautring Joe Gray, a tomcat who discovers he has the ability to not only understand human speech, but to speak himself.

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Cat on the Edge by Shirle

Cat on the Edge by Shirley Rousseau Murphy is the first in her Joe Grey series. Joe in this instance is a cat, who somehow has acquired the knowledge and use of the English Language. For all Joe knows he's the only cat with this ability, and he's feeling rather lonely and sorry for himself when he witnesses a murder. The murder victim is a business associate of his owner, Clyde. The murderer sees Joe and tries to kill him. Joe runs away from home in an effort to protect his owner from the murderer. He meets up with another cat, Dulcie, who shares his unique abilities. Together they work to bring the murderer to justice, and save not only themselves, but their beloved owners. It's an interesting take on anthropomorphic animals. The author doesn't try to explain why these two cats have this ability, and many times seems to forget that her protagonists are cats. Their antics many times don't seem to be something that would be possible for actual cats to do. Who knows maybe with their human language capabilities they've also aquired superpowers. All in all it's an entertaining read, just check your knowledge of cat behaviours and abilities at the door.

Cat on the Edge: A Joe Gr

Cat on the Edge: A Joe Grey Mystery by Shirley Rousseau Murphy might just be one of the strangest books I've every read. Is it a cozy mystery? Cat story? Fantasy? With 20 books in the Joe Grey series, it obviously appeals to many readers, but I was primarily left shaking my head over it. The writing itself is pretty good in most parts, maybe a bit over descriptive, but it isn't a big complaint. The author captures the small touristy California town perfectly. The murder and surrounding crime was well enough thought out. I wasn't charmed by the talking cats, who were portrayed very matter-of-factly. The reveal to their owners of their extraordinary abilities was very flat, in my opinion. The were-cat storyline just added another layer of strangeness to the plot. I wasn't certain it added anything else except as a device to keep the narrative moving forward. It's a unique novel, I'll give it that, but I won't be continuing with this weird world of cat stories.

Molena Point is a quaint

Molena Point is a quaint seaside town near the Bay Area of California. Everything is fairly peaceful right up until a body is discovered in the alley behind the local Deli. It seemed like the perfect crime with the only witness being a cat. And everyone knows cat's can't talk. Cat on the Edge is the first in the Joe Grey Mysteries. This is slightly different than your average murder mystery as the murderer is identified fairly early on and it is the secondary story. Instead the real mystery lies with the cats, how they became the way they are, how they adapt to the situation and how their humans handle it all. The story has a slow reveal of the cat's nature while they put together the pieces of the murder to capture the killer. I read Murphy's Catsworld Portal years ago, which does tie in somewhat. It is not necessary to read that to enjoy this book though it will explain the mythology a bit more. I quite enjoyed this cozy little mystery and plan to continue the series for a few books. It is a nice, light entrance to a mystery series for cat fans.

Joe Grey is a big old tom

Joe Grey is a big old tomcat that likes nothing better than to sleep the day away in a patch of sunlight, carouse a little, tease his furry housemates, cuddle with his owner and, hunt at night. On one particular night he witnesses a murder and for some unknown reason the assailant is very insistent to leave no witnesses. Not even a cat! Shortly after that strange things start happening ... Joel discovers he suddenly has the ability to fully understand human speech ... and he can read ... and, unbelievably - he can talk? Stranger still he teams up with a (really cute) female feline who has the same amazing abilities. Can they solve the crime before the mysterious murderer does them in?If you can suspend reality for a little while and you love cats - or even just stories about cats, this is a fun read. I found it a little slow at the start, but by the middle of the book I was hooked into the story enough to need to know the outcome.I'm still not 100% certain about the series as a serious time investment but am definitely going to give the next book a try before I make up my mind.

My introduction to the Jo

My introduction to the Joe Grey books was the unabridged audio edition of book 18. I love cats (as Kai and Cosmo can attest), love fantasy, love mysteries, and have no problem with mixed genres. Cats Bearing Gifts was pleasant enough for me to decide to check out the series from the beginning. Joe Grey (who, unlike the cat on the cover, is a gray cat with white markings who lost most of his tail to a bad infection that had set in before his human, Clyde Damen, found him), has no idea why he can suddenly understand, speak, and read English. He witnessed a murder and the killer is trying to kill him. It's as if the man knows that Joe could tattle. Dulcie is a lovely female cat who lives with retired parole officer Wilma Getz. Dulcie has a thing about stealing soft and pretty objects from the neighbors, which Wilma returns. Dulcie is like Joe. Her life is also in danger. A mysterious amnesiac cat we meet turns out to be a shape-shifting woman. A character who came from Wales may be responsible. I enjoyed the cats' adventures, especially Joe trying to use a phone to let Clyde know that he's okay while he's hiding from the killer. I also enjoyed Joe's reaction to Clyde's dates now that he can understand what they're talking about. The narration is fine. If you're looking for a cozy series to listen to while you're getting other things done, this one will do. I must admit, though, that while my disbelief was willing to be suspended for talking literate cats and a were-cat, it was not willing to swallow Joe thinking that he's only a cat. I'm sure our cats wouldn't believe that, either.
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