Have you met Joe Grey Cat Detective? Even if you have, we want to introduce a new way to read your favourite cat detective, so listen up!
Our book review spotlights books we have read, or listened to, and want to recommend to lot of other cat lovers.
Right now this means the Joe Grey series by Shirley Rousseau Murphy. Shirley is the best selling author of 20+ Joe Grey books (and numerous stories), as well as being the winner of several coveted Cat Writers’ Association Muse Medallions for several of the Joe Grey books.
Joe Grey on Audible and Amazon
My spotlight is the audio book versions of the best sellers, all found on Audible.com While we all love a good paper book or an e-reader, these audiobooks are really are something special.
The entire series is available through Audible and each audio book is about 8 to 9 hours long. They are a leisurely read that does not outstay its warm Joe Grey welcome.
The books are also a treasure to read if you value the tactile, paper experience.
Who is Joe Grey?
For those who haven’t met the characters, Joe and Dulcie live in Molena Point, which is loosely based on Carmel, California. The town is vividly brought to life in the books, a key thing that we as readers, and listeners, enjoy.
Open a Joe Grey book and step over a magical threshold into the sunny but occasionally dangerous world of Molena Point and its collection of characters. You fall in love with them, cheer them on and (once or twice) shake a fist at evildoers!
You Can Hear Joe Grey Books on Audible
I recommend the reader, Susan Boyce, as a clear-voiced narrator of the Joe Grey stories. Her subtle characterisations and inflexions let us know who is talking but allow you to focus completely on the adventure and mystery that Joe and his lady cat Dulcie are mixed up in!
(If you have never read Joe Grey mystery, check the bottom of this post as there is a freebie treat available).
This is a series that is consistently popular with cat readers, and we are big fans here at Dash Kitten. We enjoy re-listening to the stories too – so Mum, at least, is pleased we won’t wear out an old tape, or a cd thanks to Audible!
The prices range from approx $12.00 to $16.00. Basically, a book = one Audible member credit, and you can find out about Audible membership here, Otherwise, you can check and see if the print and audio books are in your local library (for the truly budget conscious shopper!) We are not Audible associates or affiliates, just keen members.
Joe Grey Cat Detective – The Series
The books are listed here in order of publication and it is one series, we recommend you read in order of publication. The first book tells the story of Joe and his human buddy Clyde, and how Joe begins to talk. It just gets more fun and more exciting from there! Check Audible here. If you want a glimpse into how the series develops you can find a list of all 21 books here.
Cat on the Edge (First in the series)
Cat Under Fire
Cat Raise the Dead
Cat in the Dark
Cat to the Dogs
Cat Spitting Mad [Free** Cat on the Money]
Cat Laughing Last
Cat Seeing Double
Cat Fear No Evil
Cat Cross Their Graves
Cat Breaking Free
Cat Pay the Devil
Cat Deck the Halls
Cat Playing Cupid
Cat Striking Back
Cat Coming Home
Cat Telling Tales
Cat Bearing Gifts
Cat Shout for Joy
Cat Shining Bright
PREVIEW: Cat Chase the Moon (link to SRM Site)
Our Top Joe Grey Cat Detective Tip
If you head over to the official Joe Grey site and scroll down near the bottom, you will be able to snag the FREE Joe Grey story ‘Cat on the Money’ listed above.