I really do enjoy this mystery series where cats are the detectives and never miss a beat to display their very cat-like tendencies even as they perform tasks far better suited to humans. Joe Grey, a large tom is the ringleader who, with his compatriots manages to investigate and bring solutions to the murder mysteries that seem to plague the small coastal town of Molena Point.
Shirley Rousseau Murphy manages to create mysteries that are mostly devoid of gore, focusing more on the who rather than the aftermath of the how. Feeling very similar to early Agatha Christie stories, the focus is on the cats as they investigate and observe the humans around them, presenting conclusions that help in the solution of the case.
In this story: Joe is the witness to a car crash, and his owner isn’t particularly interested in hearing his viewpoints. Dulcie, Joe’s companion and female friend wavered a bit between smart and easily distracted: while like all cats she is intrigued by warm, soft and fuzzy it does lead Joe to oft repeating just how determined, smart and strong she is. Still, the mystery was cleverly plotted and the cats again take center stage despite the puppies and humans attempts to discourage their snooping.
Narration is again provided by Susan Boyce, and her voice perfectly accentuates the story without over-reaching to distracting levels or pretentions when delineating the characters. I do appreciate her narration of these books, her voice is pleasant and her enunciation is clear and distinct, making the listen a comfortable time.
I am addicted to these little mysteries, cozy and warm with enough ‘cat fueled’ moments to solidify the main characters as cats, but giving them just that little bit more. I have not been reviewing or listening to these in any sort of order, and I have yet to feel as if I have missed information that would further the story. The author manages to set each character completely without over-loading readers who are familiar with the story with information, yet not leaving newcomers with questions.
Stars: Overall: 4 Narration 4 Story 4
Title: Cat to the Dogs
Author: Shirley Rousseau Murphy
Genre: Contemporary Mystery
Narrator: Susan Boyce
Published by: AudioGo
Source: AudioBook Jukebox
Audio Length: 8 Hours, 56 minutes
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A recent earthquake was only the beginning of the big trouble that plagues Molena Point, California. Joe Grey may be merely a cat, but he's already solved more murders than your average human detective, and he knows the "accident" on Hellhag Hill was anything but. Unfortunately Joe's somewhat erratic, if lovable, owner Clyde thinks cats should keep their paws out of police work, and locks Joe and his feline lady friend Dulcie out of the house when Officer Max Harper pays a social call.
But Joe can be a very stubborn tomcat when he sets his mind to it. And he's not about to give up the hunt. A killer needs to be apprehended, and Joe Grey's just the cat for the job -- especially since the humans who should be on the case don't seem to have a clue.
A copy of this title was provided via AudioBook Jukebox for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.