Shirley Rousseau Murphy




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Shirley Rousseau Murphy

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Shirley Rousseau Murphy is the author of over 40 books, including the award-winning Joe Grey cat mystery series and three other novels for adults, the Dragonbards Trilogy and more for young adults, and many books for children. She grew up in southern California, riding and showing the horses her father trained. After attending the San Francisco Art institute she worked as an interior designer, and later exhibited paintings and welded metal sculpture in the West Coast juried shows. Her work could also be seen in many traveling shows in the western States and Mexico.

"When my husband Pat and I moved to Panama for a four-year tour in his position with the U. S . Courts, I put away the paints and welding torches, and began to write," she says.
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Average rating: 4.13 · 13,820 ratings · 1,140 reviews · 58 distinct works · Similar authors
Cat on the Edge (Joe Grey, #1)

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Cat Under Fire (Joe Grey, #2)

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The Catswold Portal

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Cat Raise the Dead (Joe Gre...

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Cat in the Dark (Joe Grey, #4)

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Cat To The Dogs (Joe Grey, #5)

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Cat Spitting Mad (Joe Grey,...

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Cat Laughing Last (Joe Grey...

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“I hope people don't take kittens on a whim, like they would a toy, then not care for them.”
Shirley Rousseau Murphy, Cat on the Money

“[At the scene of a murder]

The cats' bloodthirst was normal; it was the way God had made them. They were hunters, they killed for food and to train their young--well maybe sometimes for sport. But this violent act by some unknown human had nothing to do with hunting--for a human to brutally maim one of the own kind out of rage or sadism or greed was, to Joe and Dulcie (the cats), a shocking degradation of the human condition. To imagine that vicious abandon in a human deeply distressed Dulcie; she did not like thinking about humans that way.”
Shirley Rousseau Murphy, Cat in the Dark

“Sometimes she could swear that she saw, in Joe Grey's eyes, a judgment far too perceptive, a watchfulness too aware and intense for any cat.
Charlie didn't understand what it was about those two [cats]. Both had a presence that set them apart from other felines.
Maybe she just knew them better. Maybe all cats had that quality of awareness, when you knew them.”
Shirley Rousseau Murphy, Cat in the Dark

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