Search Results: "Shirley Rousseau Murphy"


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CAT BREAKING FREE by Shirley Rousseau Murphy
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 13, 2005

"If you're not bothered by talking cats, preaching on animal issues or a complicated slate of characters, you may actually enjoy the clever felines and their well-drawn human pals."
Fairy tale meets detective story when the cats of Molena Point pitch in to solve some murders and foil a series of robberies. Read full book review >

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CAT LAUGHING LAST by Shirley Rousseau Murphy
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 5, 2002

"The unwieldy plot has loose ends everywhere, but the series premise remains delicious, executed with wry pungency and affection for life's small pleasures."
Dying novelist Elliot Traynor and his trophy wife Vivi have fled New York for peaceful Molena Point, California, so that Elliot can complete his last novel and oversee the premiere of his first play, a historical drama called Thorns of Gold, based on local lore. Read full book review >

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CAT CROSS THEIR GRAVES by Shirley Rousseau Murphy
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 7, 2005

"The somber plot is leavened by the author's affection for her characters and their rewarding small-town lives. Newcomers to the series, however, may find it hard to keep up with the growing cast of continuing characters."
Feline sleuths help rescue a frightened waif and solve the murder of a beloved resident. Read full book review >

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THE CATSWOLD PORTAL by Shirley Rousseau Murphy
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 1, 1992

"But, still, she's a writer to watch."
Longish first novel about a magical world where cats change to people and back again, from a veteran children's author. Read full book review >

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CAT STRIKING BACK by Shirley Rousseau Murphy
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 27, 2009

"Readers new to Murphy's fanciful and highly anthropomorphized mental world of cats might best approach this installment as a dialogue-free zone."
Sleuthing feline Joe Grey's back in this find-the-victim mystery. Read full book review >

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CAT PLAYING CUPID by Shirley Rousseau Murphy
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 3, 2009

"Murphy's feline-loving fans will enjoy the latest in her long-running series (Cat Deck the Halls, 2007, etc.). Newcomers and ailurophobes may find the story confusing, with too much sentiment and too little suspense."
The talking feline detectives of Molena Point catch a cold case. Read full book review >

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CAT IN THE DARK by Shirley Rousseau Murphy
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 1999

"Burned-out cats who drive police cruisers and count the days till their retirement?"
Joe Grey and his ladyfriend Dulcie aren't just your ordinary feline detectives. Read full book review >

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CAT BEARING GIFTS by Shirley Rousseau Murphy
Released: Nov. 20, 2012

"Despite their gift of gab, Murphy's sleuths continue to be decidedly feline in her 18th saga of Molena Point."
Molena Point's ever-growing cadre of talking cats is on the job when vagabonds threaten the felines' human companions. Read full book review >

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CAT SPITTING MAD by Shirley Rousseau Murphy
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"But this outing gets wrapped up in a tangle more arachnid than feline, with a huge multispecies cast—or 'clowder'—that seems to have taken all its social cues from daytime drama."
Chesterton's Father Brown once chided a dog-lover for acting as if the animal's name were spelled backwards. Read full book review >

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WIND CHILD by Shirley Rousseau Murphy
Released: May 31, 1999

"A picture book to be cherished. (Picture book. 4-9)"
PLB 0-06-024904-8 An exquisite story from Murphy (The Song of the Christmas Mouse, 1991, etc.) that has the air of myth about it, and which is intricately plotted visually by the Dillons. Read full book review >