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post #1 of 27
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We were discussing cat mysteries on the other threads and I looked up one of the authors and discovered these websites listing A LOT OF different series.

www.januarymagazine.com/features/kittylit.html

http://www.omaha.lib.ne.us/reads/boo...animalmys.html

Have fun with all this....it's going to be hard to pick where to start.
post #2 of 27
Yahoo! More books! My library card is actually almost worn out!
post #3 of 27
my fave series is this one: The "Joe Gray" series by Shirley Rosseau Murphy. This new series featuring Joe Gray, a tomcat, and Dulcie, a library cat in the Bay Area town of Molina Point, led to some wary hissing in the world of kitty lit. That's because Murphy's cats are not only fully conversant in English, but literate as well. This violates what had been the literary cats' prime directive against inter-species communications. However, it has led to a lively series, opening with Cat on the Edge (1996), and now up to a fifth installment, Cat to the Dogs (2000). I confess I've approached these books with real caution. Of course, I have no trouble believing that cats talk to one another, but I have difficulty understanding why they would stoop so low as to speak to mere humans.
she also wrote a fantasy book, The Catswold Portal, about a breed of humans who can transform into cats - i so wanta be one! it's good, too, just different - not a mystery, per se, although there are some mysteries within the story.
post #4 of 27
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Who else has read some of these books and can let us know what you thought? My favorite books about pets are the autobiographic type. I loved The Cat Who Went to Paris although I can't remember the author's name. He also wrote a heartbreaking follow-up about the death of his wonderful little boy from renal failure. I loved both of them.

Does anyone else have any cat or pet related books that they can recommend?

A series of mysteries not mentioned in the websites in the Kinky Friedman's series. Maybe he's too raunchy for most catlovers though some of first ones are very funny if you're into that kind of thing.
post #5 of 27
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OK I looked it up: the author is Peter Gethers and the second book is The Cat Who Will Live Forever.
post #6 of 27
THANK YOU KATIE!

hello sweetharts~ we luv u an send kisses! Shenandoah an humble
post #7 of 27
My personal favorite is Akif Pirincci's "Felidae" series. Thus far, he's written five cat murder mysteries featuring his feline hero, smartypants Francis. As far as I can tell, only the first two, "Felidae" and "Felidae on the Road", were translated into English (he writes in German and Turkish). Both are out of print, but should be available at some libraries, and through Amazon's "market place".
I posted a link, but it's not working. If you go to amazon.com, and search for "Felidae", you'll find the book(s).
post #8 of 27
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I found The Catswold Portal listed at the Central Library (far from where I live) and put it on hold for my local library. Murphy has a lot of books many in the Young Adult field that seem to be fantasies. I can't wait for the book so I can read about people turning into cats and vice versa all in nearby San Francisco. A city that I lived in for five years way back in my hippie days.
post #9 of 27
Well, I'm pretty behind the times, but I have started reading The Cat Who... series. I'm on book 3 already - they are quick reads, and I'm really enjoying them! I'm glad Bobbie mentioned them, very grateful!
post #10 of 27
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I got two Carole Nelson Douglas books at the library, but they are the last two of the series. The 15th one is Cat in a Neon Nightmare but I got very confused with all the references to past books and characters and haven't finished it. The I tried the last one #16, and really enjoyed it, references and all.

I'm going to check and see if any of Akif Pirincci's books are in the library system.

It's not a cat book but I just finished The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini and it's become one of my favorite all-time books.
post #11 of 27
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I just finished reading Catswold Portal and I loved it. It was very exciting fantasy-adventure and I loved the Catswold beings who can change from cats to people whenever they wish.
post #12 of 27
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Originally Posted by katie=^..^=
I just finished reading Catswold Portal and I loved it. It was very exciting fantasy-adventure and I loved the Catswold beings who can change from cats to people whenever they wish.
i know - i want to be one of them! the 'joe grey' mysteries are similar, altho the cats in those can talk, but don't change into people. they think they're better off as cats, anyway!
post #13 of 27
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i know - i want to be one of them! the 'joe grey' mysteries are similar, altho the cats in those can talk, but don't change into people. they think they're better off as cats, anyway!
I just got 'Catswold' today and was going to read it at lunch. Had to pick up my son from school though ... the little dear got suspended!
post #14 of 27
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I hope your son didn't do anything too bad. How old is he?

You'll probably love Catswold -- I did and I usually don't like fantasy that much.

My daughter (now grown) was once nearly suspended because she literally went over the fence. She was supposed to meet someone from the French Club at the airport. Eventually they forgave her since it was school related.
post #15 of 27
Well, this is an interesting one. I've told a couple others, so bear with me everyone...

My son got suspended for decking a boy who hit a girl and called her a "ho"! He's 14 on Sunday. We're supporting the school, but not meting out any other punishment. I'd be a lot more worried if the shoe was on the other foot.
post #16 of 27
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Originally Posted by jcat
My personal favorite is Akif Pirincci's "Felidae" series. Thus far, he's written five cat murder mysteries featuring his feline hero, smartypants Francis. As far as I can tell, only the first two, "Felidae" and "Felidae on the Road", were translated into English (he writes in German and Turkish). Both are out of print, but should be available at some libraries, and through Amazon's "market place".
I posted a link, but it's not working. If you go to amazon.com, and search for "Felidae", you'll find the book(s).
I found the first one Felidae in the library and read it at one sitting. It's not at all cozy like most of the cat mysteries, it's dark and sinister, but EXTREMELY well-written. A best-seller in Germany, France, and Italy. Thanks for recommending it.
post #17 of 27
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Sounds like your son's heart was in the right place -- but no fighting in school!
Like that's ever going to happen.

I just read what's listed as a parody The Cat Who Killed Lillian Jackson Braun, and I hated it. It's sexually obnoxious and has a lot of toilet humor. Not my style. Oh, and the parody seems a little nasty when it comes to Braun.
post #18 of 27
oh my! is she ok?
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Originally Posted by katie=^..^=
I hope your son didn't do anything too bad. How old is he?

You'll probably love Catswold -- I did and I usually don't like fantasy that much.

My daughter (now grown) was once nearly suspended because she literally went over the fence. She was supposed to meet someone from the French Club at the airport. Eventually they forgave her since it was school related.
post #19 of 27
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Originally Posted by katie=^..^=
Sounds like your son's heart was in the right place -- but no fighting in school!
Like that's ever going to happen.

I just read what's listed as a parody The Cat Who Killed Lillian Jackson Braun, and I hated it. It's sexually obnoxious and has a lot of toilet humor. Not my style. Oh, and the parody seems a little nasty when it comes to Braun.
That WAS an awful book. I checked it out, from the library, because the title caught my eye. NASTY, NASTY, NASTY!

I've read all of the Joe Grey books and am waiting impatiently for the next.

I recently discovered Lee Charles Kelley. His mysteries aren't cat-themed but his protagonist is a retired NYPD detective turned dog trainer. Excellent reads.
post #20 of 27
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Originally Posted by jcat
My personal favorite is Akif Pirincci's "Felidae" series. Thus far, he's written five cat murder mysteries featuring his feline hero, smartypants Francis. As far as I can tell, only the first two, "Felidae" and "Felidae on the Road", were translated into English (he writes in German and Turkish). Both are out of print, but should be available at some libraries, and through Amazon's "market place".
I posted a link, but it's not working. If you go to amazon.com, and search for "Felidae", you'll find the book(s).
These are my personal favourites too, i've read the first 2 that were translated into english and haven't looked at my cats in the same way since.
post #21 of 27
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Don't worry Bobbie, my daughter is fine and all grown-up now.

I found a list of the Joe Grey series:

1. Cat on the Edge 1996
2. Cat under Fire 1997
3. Cat Raise the Dead 1997
4. Cat in the Dark 1999
5. Cat to the Dogs 2000
6. Cat Spitting Mad 2000
post #22 of 27
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Special for meowmy Bobbie and anyone that might be interested......

There's a great collection of little stories by Bailey White called Mama Makes Up Her Mind. The stories all take place in southern Georgia and northern Florida and White is also an elementary school teacher. They are very funny and you'll probably like them.
post #23 of 27
I am a The-cat-who*maniac* and so is my bf!
The best series I've read so far and they're soooooo addictive, easy to read and still a bit puzzling as well.
My second love would have to be Rita Mae Brown's books(even though the long cast list at the beginning was a bit of a turn-off for me), the Felidae books being a close third. I've read a few other books labelled cat mysteries, but mostly it was just a single book and not the kind that makes you hope for a series...oh and before I forgot, it's not truly a mystery, more a cute little book, Nero Corleone by a German author named Elke Heidenreich who has a literary show on tv and is quite popular over here
post #24 of 27
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We looked up the Sneaky Pie Brown books and discovered she's the only cat that gets credit as a coauthor of her series.

Her books are

Wish You Were Here (1990), Rest in Pieces (1992), Murder at Monticello (1994), Pay Dirt (1995), Murder She Meowed (1996), Murder on the Prowl (1998), Cat on the Scent (1999), Pawing Through the Past (2000), Claws and Effect (2001), Catch as Cat Can (2002), The Tail of the Tip-Off (2003), Whisker of Evil (2004), Cat's Eyewitness (2005).

Sneaky Pie has also published Sneaky Pie's Cookbook for Mystery Lovers (1999).

Her coauthor, Rita Mae Brown has written many other novels and one other (noncat) mystery series.

The Foxhunting series has three books: Outfoxed (2000), Hotspurs (2002) and The Hunt Ball (2005).
post #25 of 27
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This was posted on another thread, but I know readers of this thread will be interested too.

“I am a cat. As yet I have no name.†So begins one of the most original and unique works in world literature and one of the classic novels ever written in Japanese. I Am a Cat by Soseki Natsume is the chronicle of an unloved, unwanted, wandering kitten who spends all his time observing human nature-from the dramas of businessmen and schoolteachers to the foibles of priests and potentates. Begun by Soseki in 1904, and long since a core book for students of Japanese literature, I Am a Cat is the seminal novel of the Meiji era and offers a biting commentary-through the prism of Soseki’s training in Chinese philosophy-of the social upheaval of this time period. Richly allegorical and delightfully readable, I Am a Cat, originally offered in three volumes, has now been brought under one cover in this newly redesigned edition.

Available at www.thejapanshop.net
post #26 of 27
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Originally Posted by katie=^..^=
I found the first one Felidae in the library and read it at one sitting. It's not at all cozy like most of the cat mysteries, it's dark and sinister, but EXTREMELY well-written. A best-seller in Germany, France, and Italy. Thanks for recommending it.
I'm glad you liked it. I really hope he continues the series. They're not just "cat mysteries", but also social commentaries. Further books in the series deal with genocide, genetic engineering, and religious fanaticism/terrorism. They're all pretty dark.
post #27 of 27
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Has anyone read the cat books by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson? They sound very interesting.
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