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Publication Order of Joe Grey Books

Cat on the Edge (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cat Under Fire (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cat Raise the Dead (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cat in the Dark (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cat To The Dogs (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cat Spitting Mad (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cat Laughing Last (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cat Seeing Double (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cat Fear No Evil (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cat Cross Their Graves (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cat Breaking Free (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cat Deck the Halls (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cat Pay the Devil (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cat Playing Cupid (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cat Striking Back (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cat on the Money (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cat Coming Home (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cat Telling Tales (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cat Bearing Gifts (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cat Shout for Joy (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cat Shining Bright (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cat Chase the Moon (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Children of Ynell Books

The Ring of Fire (1977)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Wolf Bell (1979)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Castle of Hape (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
Caves of Fire and Ice (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Joining of the Stone (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Dragonbards Books

Publication Order of Lee Fontana Books

The Cat, The Devil, and Lee Fontana (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Cat, the Devil, the Last Escape (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Sand Ponies (1967)Description / Buy at Amazon
White Ghost Summer (1969)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wind Child (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
Poor Jenny, Bright As A Penny (1974)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Grass Tower (1976)Description / Buy at Amazon
Silver Woven in My Hair (1977)Description / Buy at Amazon
Soonie and the Dragon (1979)Description / Buy at Amazon
Elmo Doolan and the Search for the Golden Mouse (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Flight of the Fox (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
Valentine for a Dragon (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
Medallion of the Black Hound (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Song of the Christmas Mouse (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Catswold Portal (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Unsettled (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Picture Books

The Pig Who Could Conjure The Wind (1978)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tattie's River Journey (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

The Unicorn Treasury: Stories, Poems, and Unicorn Lore(1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Motherhood Is Murder(2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Christmas Cats(2005)Description / Buy at Amazon

Shirley Rousseau Murphy is an American author, most well-known for her Joe Grey Mysteries, featuring an anthropomorphic cat detective. The first book, Cat on the Edge, was published in 1996. Cat Chase the Moon, #21 and the last in the series, was published in 2019.

In 2020, Shirley turned 92. In March 2022, a note was posted on her website stating that due to advancing age and health problems, Cat Chase the Moon would be the last of the Joe Grey books.

Shirley Rousseau Murphy was born in Oakland, California, in 1928. She grew up in Southern California, where she enjoyed riding and showing the horses that her father trained.

Shirley attended San Francisco Art Institute and soon after graduation, married Marine veteran Pat Murphy. She was a commercial artist and worked in interior design while Pat attended USC under the GI Bill. When her husband finished college, Shirley began to exhibit paintings and welded metal sculpture in West Coast shows.

When her husband agreed to help establish the first federal probation office in the Panama Canal Zone, they moved to Panama. During their time there, she felt called to a different creative outlet and began to write. After leaving Panama, they moved to Oregon and then Atlanta, Georgia. They eventually returned to California when Pat retired as Chief U.S. Probation Officer for Northern District of Georgia.

In the Joe Grey Mysteries, Shirley Rousseau Murphy created an unusual approach to the feline mystery tales. Joe Grey is a cat who discovers that he can understand humans and can speak. He witnesses a murder and after discovering that he is being hunted by the killer, Joe leaves home to protect his owner.

As the story continues, we meet another cat, Dulcie. The cats team up to bring the murderer to justice. Other than some characters being cats, the story is a typical crime novel involving car theft, murder, and counterfeiting.

The two cats, Joe and Dulcie, are charming. Shirley Rousseau Murphy manages to entertain and subtly weave moral lessons into the adventures of Joe Grey and Dulcie. Her books are highly appealing to fans of cats, fantasy and mysteries.

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3 Responses to “Shirley Rousseau Murphy”

  1. Debra Wheeler: 9 months ago

    I really loved that series too. I sadly read that Shirley Rousseau Murphy passed away on September 23rd. 2022 She was 94. I will surely miss her books

  2. Pamela Sutton: 12 months ago

    Joe grey came into my life in the most difficult times. He saved me emotionally… he and his cat friends, and his human friends as well. Molina Point seems lovely, for CA. More pleasant, kind and peaceful. I like to open these books and escape from the world at times. I’ve read the entire series multiple times, and I’m not done yet! Thank you, Ms. Murphy. You’ve made the world a better place. With love and respect…

  3. Maxine Hopkins: 2 years ago

    I loved all the Joe Grey books. thank you your stories. I do miss them,


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