October 26, 2020

Book review- Cat Chase the Moon

Cat Chase the Moon Book Cover Cat Chase the Moon
Shirley Rousseau Murphy
William Morrow
October 29, 2019

Feline PI Joe Grey and his friends pounce on several investigations that may connect to one large mystery —including a case that is very personal… Joe Grey and his tabby lady, Dulcie, are frantic when Courtney, their teen kitten, goes missing. Aided by their two- and four-legged friends, they hit the streets of Molena Point in search of their calico girl. Courtney has no idea that everyone is looking for her. Kidnapped, locked in a luxurious upstairs apartment above the local antiques shop, she begins to enjoy her first lone adventure as the shop’s owner, Ulrich Seaver, pampers and flatters her. Sheltered by her parents, her brothers, and her kind human companions, innocent Courtney thrills at the glamorous future Seaver paints for her—until his sly moves awaken a sharp fear in the young calico… Joe Grey, intent on finding Courtney, neglects his search for the attacker who left a beaten woman near death in an open grave. As the clues to that crime surface, as Joe passes information to Molena Point PD, he finds himself entwined in a larger tangle of robbery, death, and unexpected relationships that challenge even the wily gray tomcat. Can the fleet-footed feline unravel the mysteries before it is too late?

Cat Chase the Moon is the latest in a series of novels by Shirley Rousseau Murphy featuring the talking cats of Molina Point, California.

I enjoy these books because the cats are the main characters. They don’t just supply support to the humans in the story; they actively work to solve the mysteries, then share what they’ve learned with the humans around them. Joe Grey takes the lead, and is the town “snitch,” frequently phoning in anonymous tips to the local sheriff.

The author knows her cats, and they have different personalities, but all seem to like their creature comforts and are happy to snuggle into a pile of pillows anytime for a nap.

This is the 21st Joe Grey mystery, and although it does stand alone, I think it would help a new reader to start earlier in the series. I hadn’t read a book from this series in a while and would have appreciated a short introductory section, matching up cats with their personal humans, and reminding me who did and didn’t know that the cats could speak. A paragraph on the history of this particular species of cat would have helped, too. I kept trying to remember things as I went along, which distracted a bit from the story.

If you’re a Joe Grey fan, don’t miss the latest. If you’ve never read one of Murphy’s novels, what are you waiting for? Start at the beginning and catch up with the rest of her fans.

review by Susan Ewing

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