Shirley Rousseau Murphy





Shirley Rousseau Murphy

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in Oakland, California, The United States
May 20, 1928

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Shirley Rousseau Murphy is the author of Cat in the Dark, Cat on the Edge, Cat Under Fire, and Cat Raise the Dead, and has received five Council of Authors and Journalists Awards for previous books. She graduated from San Francisco Art Institute, has worked as a commercial artist and has exhibited paintings and sculptures extensively on the West Coast. She and her husband live in Carmel, California. Their cats have included a tom that twice warned them of burglars in the middle of the night by growling, and a cat that liked to ride horseback.



Average rating: 4.10 · 8,652 ratings · 743 reviews · 53 distinct works · Similar authors
Cat on the Edge (Joe Grey #1)
3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 1,039 ratings — published 1996 — 10 editions
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The Catswold Portal
4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 626 ratings — published 1992 — 12 editions
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Cat Under Fire (Joe Grey #2)
4.15 of 5 stars 4.15 avg rating — 530 ratings — published 1996 — 9 editions
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Cat Raise the Dead (Joe Gre...
4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 458 ratings — published 1997 — 9 editions
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Cat in the Dark (Joe Grey #4)
4.22 of 5 stars 4.22 avg rating — 430 ratings — published 1998 — 11 editions
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Cat To The Dogs (Joe Grey #5)
4.24 of 5 stars 4.24 avg rating — 428 ratings — published 1999 — 12 editions
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Cat Spitting Mad (Joe Grey #6)
4.22 of 5 stars 4.22 avg rating — 422 ratings — published 2000 — 12 editions
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Cat Laughing Last (Joe Grey...
4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 417 ratings — published 2001 — 12 editions
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Cat Fear No Evil (Joe Grey #9)
4.14 of 5 stars 4.14 avg rating — 387 ratings — published 2004 — 12 editions
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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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