Annie's Book Stop of Worcester

The little bookstore that's bigger on the inside

peppermysteries![This week’s installment of “Bookstore Mapping Sunday” was written by ABSW staffer Selina Lovett and is the first of a series about the mystery subgenre of “cozies”.]

I am a cat lover. I am a dog lover too, but right now, I have two beautiful part-Maine Coon cats that demand my attention all of the time I am at home. They sit on my keyboard while I am trying to write, yell at me to feed them, even though they have a full dish of food in the other room, sit in my lap and on my shoulder, and generally love me to death. And I love them to death. I often wonder what they do when I am not home, though. Which brings me to the topic of this blog… I wonder if they try and solve mysteries.

Admittedly, there are no murders for them to solve in my house, but cat mysteries don’t necessarily have to be about murders to be really enjoyable.

Barbara Stretton has written (and illustrated) several wonderful “Tori Trotter Mystery” books recommended for children 8 – 12, that involve a stalking, a mystery cat, and catnappings. They are a lot of fun not only for children, but for any adult who loves cat mysteries. These books involve a handful of adorable cat characters, and Tori Trotter, Cat of Mystery, who actually solves the mysteries. The names of her books are:

The Case of the Tiberian Tiger
The Case of the Lurking Lion
The Case of the Purloined Persian

Shirley Rousseau Murphy is a prolific author of Cat Mysteries. She has written a series of 18 Joe Grey mysteries, Joe Grey being a feline forensics expert. In other words, a Cat Detective. Not just a detective dealing with cats, Joe IS a cat. The stories Ms. Murphy writes give the cats human qualities and speech, yet you still know that they are cats, Joe is not exactly a cuddly, cute cat – he is a very clever, crime-solving feline who is protective of those humans he cares about. The latest books in her Joe Grey series are:

Cat Telling Tales
Cat Bearing Gifts

Cat mysteries are not always written from the point of view of a cat, though, and Liz Mugavero has written several great cat mystery books about humans with cat themes. Her main character is a human, accompanied by her cat. Her books have recipes for organic dog treats, as well, since her human character bakes them for her other main character, her dog, and baking them soon becomes her money-making business. In any case, she becomes the prime suspect in the murder of the town veterinarian, and things go downhill for her from there. The books are fun to read, and the titles are:

Kneading to Die
A Biscuit, A Casket
The Icing On The Corpse [due out on March 31, 2015]

Clea Simon is an author who has written three different series of cat mystery books

Her Dulcie Schwartz series includes stories about a Harvard Grad Student named Dulcie Schwartz and her late, great cat, (yes, LATE) Mr. Grey, who solve mysteries. Some of the titles are:

Shades of Grey
True Grey
and her latest,
Stages of Grey

Clea’s Theda Krakow mysteries are stories about Theda Krakow, a music Journalist who proves to be a feisty and determined sleuth with cat connections. “Probable Claws” is the latest of 4 books in this series.

Her new Pru Marlowe pet noir series involves Pru Marlowe, an animal behaviorist/psychic, and her adventures with her trusty tabby Wallis solving crimes purportedly perpetrated by pets. The latest book in this series, “Kittens Can Kill”, comes out on March 3, 2015.

Another well-known author of Cat Mysteries is Lilian Jackson Braun, who has written an extensive series of books featuring “Mystery’s most extraordinary detective team”, former newspaper reporter, James Qwilleran, and his two Siamese cats, Koko and Yum Yum. “The Cat Who…” books are bestsellers, and are fun, dialogue-filled romps through the fictitious small town of Pickax located in Moose County “400 miles north of everywhere.” Some of her 23 titles include:

The Cat Who Talked To Ghosts
The Cat Who Sang for the Birds
The Cat Who Robbed a Bank
The Cat Who Smelled a Rat

Mrs. Braun died in 2011 at the age of 97, so unfortunately this cat has solved his last mystery.


For more information on other Cat Mystery writers, please see my next blog. Happy Reading!

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