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