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Subject: Shirley Rousseau Murphy "Cat" Books
Date Posted: 7/7/2009 12:46 PM ET
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Curious to know your opinions on these. I've never read cozies and haven't been into mysteries, but I LOOOOVE cats. I love the idea of cats speaking/doing stuff/solving mysteries. Should I give it a go?

Date Posted: 7/7/2009 1:38 PM ET
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I've never read these, but I enjoy Lilian Jackson Braun's "Cat Who" cozies.

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Date Posted: 7/7/2009 2:10 PM ET
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I am also one who has yet to read this series.   However, I am a major fan of Rita Mae Brown's  "Mrs. Murphy" series.  It's about  2 cats and a dog who help their humans solve the mystery.  The animals don't talk to the humans, but they do talk to each other.  The stories are set in Virginia  and  the characters are very likeable people from all walks of life.


Date Posted: 7/7/2009 4:57 PM ET
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I have read a few of the books in this series and I do like them.  I think it would be worth your while to get a couple for yourself.  I haven't read them all and have not read them in order, so you'd be safe I think to just pick and choose if you would rather.

Date Posted: 7/7/2009 6:49 PM ET
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I read one of these and DNF'd it, but I think because it was more not really what I expected than that it was bad. I like the Mrs. Murphy series and I enjoyed the earlier Cat Who books, too, and I am not especially a cozy reader. I didn't realize these Midnight Louie books were written from the POV of the cat. It's been a few years now since I tried that one, I might give them another go sometime.

I would give them a try if you like cats. If you don't like it, no one is making you read more or even finish the one. :)


Date Posted: 7/8/2009 2:34 AM ET
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Heather I read all the cat cozies mentioned and then some...The series you mentioned is THE BEST...IMO..I buy them the day they come out.....it takes 3 of the books to hook you....I can take or leave Midnight Louie..Sneaky pie and the cat who....but Joe Grey........love um...TRY  the first 3...I wasn't sure how I felt when I read the first one...read the second and then 3rd by then I was hooked...You may wanna look in the book bazaar 2 or 3 for 1 and see what you think

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Date Posted: 7/21/2009 11:40 PM ET
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These cats not only talk to each other, they talk to humans tooo!!   They will keep you hopping LOL

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Date Posted: 7/25/2009 6:31 AM ET
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I've read them and like 'em.  I like Joe Grey more than the Midnight Louie books.

Joe Grey and his two best buds (one female one kitten) speak to each other, speak to other animals and speak to their humans.  There are only two people who know the three cats can speak.  Joe Grey loves to talk to a police detective on the telephone though.  Joe also likes to read the newspaper.

I would advise reading them in order, at least at the beginning.  They do develop.  In the first Joe Grey is aware he can speak he just doesn't immediately speak to his human.

Date Posted: 7/26/2009 4:12 AM ET
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Joe Grey is an awesome character!  They are some of my favorites and are keepers for me. Out of all the cat character books these are the  best IMHO.

I don't like the Midnight Louie books at all. I'm not sure why .... I think it's more the author's writing style. The first many Cat Who books are really good but like a lot of series I think it eventually just got played out. I don't like the last half dozen or so.

Marian Babson has a cat series too .... I have several but have yet to read them. I need to get going on them because I've got one in a game. Same with Mrs. Murphy books, I've a lot of them but haven't read them yet.

Good thing I'm on vacation. I have a lot to read! lol