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Throwback Thursday (16) October 18, 2012

Posted by thehypermonkey in Book talk.
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Throwback Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by The Housework Can Wait and Never Too Fond of Books.

It’s the nature of book blogging to focus mainly on new releases, but there are thousands of great books out there that haven’t seen the “New Releases” shelf in years. We hope to be able to bring attention to some older titles that may not be at the top of the current bestseller list, but still deserve a spot in your To-Be-Read pile.

You don’t have to be a book blogger to participate! You can put up a Throwback Thursday post on your non-bookish blog; or if you don’t have a blog at all, just use the comments to tell us about a book you remember fondly.

Here’s how it works:
1. Pick any book released more than 5 years ago. Adult, YA, Children’s; doesn’t matter. Any great book will do.
2. Write up a short summary of the book (include the title, author, and cover art) and an explanation of why you love it. Make sure to link back to The Housework Can Wait and Never Too Fond of Books in your post.
3. Link up your post at The Housework Can Wait or Never Too Fond of Books.
4. Visit as many blogs as you can, reminisce about books you loved, and discover some “new” books for your TBR list!

Title: Cat on the Edge

Author: Shirley Rousseau Murphy

Publication Date: April 1, 1996

Available at: Amazon Kindle Barnes and Noble

From Goodreads:

It’s been quite a week for Joe Grey. First the large, powerful feline discovers that, through some strange, inexplicable phenomenon, he now has the ability to understand human language. Then he discovers he can speak it as well! It’s a nightmare for a cat who’d prefer to sleep the day away carefree, but Joe can handle it. That is, until he has the misfortune to witness a murder in the alley behind Jolly’s Deli — and worse, to be seen witnessing it. With all of his nine lives suddenly at risk, Joe’s got no choice but to get to the bottom of the heinous crime — because his mouse-hunting days are over for good unless he can help bring a killer to justice.

I’m a cat lover. I’m not ashamed to admit it. But I’m not going to flock to just any book about cats. They can’t be too cute. They can’t be too silly. The Joe Grey books may have talking cats, but these fit the bill.

Joe Grey is a talking cat who is still a cat through and through. He is also a  man’s cat. Joe is full of character and he doesn’t back down for anyone. Especially humans. That’s what I liked about these books. The cats were cats! Bossy, sneaky yet still lovable.

The mysteries were great too. Not too violent, but still realistic and without any cartoon quality to them. As the series goes on, the cats sleuthing abilities evolves. It was great reading about how they fooled everyone.

This is probably my favorite mystery series. If you love cats, definitely give these books a try!

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