Cat on the Edge - Joe Grey, Bk 1 Author:Shirley Rousseau Murphy It's been quite a week for Joe Grey. First the large, powerful feline discovers that, through some strange, inexplicable phenomenon, he now has the ability to understand human language. Then he discovers he can speak it as well! It's a nightmare for a cat who'd prefer to sleep the day away carefree, but Joe can handle it. That is, until he has t... more »he misfortune to witness a murder in the alley behind Jolly's Deli -- and worse, to be seen witnessing it. With all of his nine lives suddenly at risk, Joe's got no choice but to get to the bottom of the heinous crime -- because his mouse-hunting days are over for good unless he can help bring a killer to justice.« less
This is the first in the Joe Gray series. I really enjoy this book, and plna to read the rest of the series. Joe Gray is a cat, who witnesses a murder, and all of the sudden has the power of human speech. Here is the sereis in order (from http://www.stopyourekillingme.com/M_Authors/Murphy_Shirley-Rousseau.html:
Joe Grey Cat, private investigator, is featured in:
Cat on the Edge (1996)
Cat under Fire (1997)
Cat Raise the Dead (1997)
Cat in the Dark (1999)
Cat to the Dogs (2000)
Cat Spitting Mad (2001)
Cat Laughing Last (2002)
Cat Seeing Double (2003)
Cat Fear No Evil (2004)
Cat Cross Their Graves (2005)
Cat Breaking Free (2005)
Cat Pay the Devil (2007) (From FantasticFiction.com
Lots of fun! Introduces Joe Grey, a new P.I., to the world. He's short, dark and handsome (at least in his own slitted eyes!) but he's not really the silent type anymore.
From back cover: 'It's me, your cat. I had to split. I witnessed a crime and someone is following me. Trust me. When I get this sorted out, I'll be home. I am still your cat, and I guess I miss you...'
Joe Grey jumped down to the floor without hanging up the phone. He was trapped in an unfolding nightmare. First he found he could understand human speech (who would have guessed they had so little to say?). Then he found he could talk (useful for scaring dogs) and even read.
He got worried when he found himself feeling human emotions like guilt and sympathy. He even caught himself planning his day!
All that, Joe Grey could have handled. If only he hadn't found himself in the alley behind Jolly's Delly the night Beckwhite was murdered...