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Review: Cat Fear No Evil by Shirley Rousseau Murphy

By ellent | June 6, 2011

I have been so busy as of late and not been able to read as much as I’d like.  I have finally found some time to catchup on a few reads.  Lately I have been in a “Cozy” mode so I found a terrific Cozy Mystery by Shirley Rousseau Murphy that I’d like to share.  Cat Fear No Evil (from her “A Joe Grey Mystery”series) is a great Cozy Mystery that is totally enjoyable from beginning to end.

Joe Grey Mysteries have an interesting platform.  Joe Grey, Dulcie and Kit are all cats that were originally homeless and now have owners in the small town of Molena Point, CA.  They are not just cats – they talk!  Only their owners and a few other people know this and it’s kept very hush hush.

Joe solves mysteries by leaving messages with the police department, guiding them to the culprits.

Murphy really does capture feline personalities and behaviors.  These cats do have believable personalities that make reading these books ever so easy to fall into and find totally credible.

She captures a very nice balance between talking cats and their owners that allows the reader to totally accept the probability of such a notion.

Cat Fear No Evil offers a wonderful blend of very intriguing characters and a puzzling mystery that leads the reader into a complex maze.


Antiques and other very valuable items are disappearing from residents’ homes and shops in the small town of Molena Point, CA.  Joe and his two friends Dulcie and Kit realize there is something very sinister afoot.

Joe learns very early on that his old nemesis, a sinister black cat named Azrael is back in town and behind these thefts!

For readers that love cozy mysteries, this book should find it’s way on your list. For those who have never read cozy mysteries, but have an interest in checking them out, this is a great book to start with.

About the Author:

Shirley Rousseau Murphy has received six national Cat Writers’ Association Awards for best novel of the year and the Joe Grey books.  She also has five Council of Authors and Journalists Awards for her children’s books.

She lives in Carmel, CA with her husband and two feline ladies.






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