Purrfect Reading Challenge



When I found this challenge combining cats and mysteries, I knew it had to go on my list. It is a simple challenge – read books where a cat is a main character and the genre is mystery.

Instead of reading this as a challenge for the year of 2020, I think I am going to make it an ongoing challenge. I can’t read just one, so over time, I am going to read them all*

*all being a flexible word to mean all that I find interesting…

January 1, 2020: I realized as I looked at this list that I did not include Joe Grey. Trust me, I have read all of the books of the series and have recently discovered that the series has ended. Joe Grey has been added to the bottom of the list, although he will always be first in my heart.

Mystic Notch by Leighann Dobbs

  1. Ghostly Paws – read 4/18/2018
  2. A Spirited Tail – read 10/23/2019
  3. A Mew to A Kill – read 1/4/2020
  4. Paws and Effect
  5. Probable Paws
  6. Whisker of a Doubt
  7. Wrong Side of the Claw

A Magical Cats Mystery by Sofie Kelly

  1. Curiosity Thrilled the Cat
  2. Sleight of Paw
  3. Copycat Killing
  4. Cat Trick
  5. Final Catcall
  6. A Midwinter’s Tail
  7. Faux Paw
  8. Paws and Effect
  9. A Tale of Two Kitties
  10. The Cats Came Back
  11. A Night’s Tail

A Bookmobile Cat Mystery by Laurie Cass

  1. Lending a Paw
  2. Tailing a Tabby
  3. Borrowed Crime
  4. Pouncing on Murder
  5. Cat With a Clue
  6. Wrong Side of the Paw
  7. Booking the Crook
  8. Gone with the Whisker

Cat Cafe Mystery by Cate Conte

  1. Cat About Town
  2. Purrder She Wrote
  3. The Tell Tail Heart

Cat in the Stacks Mystery by Miranda James

  1. Murder Past Due
  2. Classified as Murder
  3. File M for Murder
  4. Out of Circulation
  5. The Silence of the Library
  6. Arsenic and Old Books
  7. No Cats Allowed
  8. Twelve Angry Librarians
  9. Claws for Concern
  10. Six Cats a Slayin’
  11. The Pawful Truth
  12. Careless Whiskers

Cats and Curios Mystery by Rebecca M. Hale

  1. How to Wash a Cat
  2. Nine Lives Last Forever
  3. How to Moon a Cat
  4. How to Tail a Cat
  5. How to Paint a Cat
  6. How to Catch a Cat

Kitty Couture Mystery by Julie Chase

  1. Cat Got Your Diamonds
  2. Cat Got Your Cash
  3. Cat Got Your Secrets
  4. Cat Got Your Crown

Dixie Hemingway Mysteries by Blaize Clement

  1. Curiosity Killed the Cat Sitter
  2. Duplicity Dogged the Dachshund
  3. Even Cat Sitters Get the Blues
  4. Cat Sitter on a Hot Tin Roof
  5. Raining Cat Sitters and Dogs
  6. Cat Sitter Among the Pigeons
  7. The Cat Sitter’s Pajamas
  8. The Cat Sitter’s Cradle
  9. The Cat Sitter’s Nine Lives
  10. The Cat Sitter’s Whiskers
  11. The Cat Sitter and the Canary

Paws and Claws Mystery by Krista Davis

  1. Murder, She Barked
  2. The Ghost and Mrs. Mewer
  3. Murder Most Howl
  4. Mission Impawsible
  5. Not a Creature Was Purring
  6. The Dog Who Knew Too Much

Second Chance Cat Mystery by Sofie Ryan

  1. The Whole Cat and Caboodle
  2. Buy a Whisker
  3. A Whisker of Trouble
  4. Telling Tails
  5. The Fast and the Furriest
  6. No Escape Claws
  7. Claw Enforcement

Sunny & Shadow Mystery by Claire Donally

  1. The Big Kitty
  2. Cat Nap
  3. Last Licks
  4. Hiss and Tell
  5. Catch as Cat Can

Witch’s Cat Mystery by Delia James

  1. A Familiar Tail
  2. By Familiar Means
  3. Familiar Motives

Joe Grey Mysteries by Shirley Rousseau Murphy

  1. Cat on the Edge (1996) -read
  2. Cat Under Fire (1996) -read
  3. Cat Raise the Dead (1997) -read
  4. Cat in the Dark (1998) -read
  5. Cat To The Dogs (1999) -read
  6. Cat Spitting Mad (2000) -read
  7. Cat Laughing Last (2001) -read
  8. Cat Seeing Double (2003) -read
  9. Cat Fear No Evil (2004) -read
  10. Cat Cross Their Graves (2005) -read
  11. Cat Breaking Free (2005) -read
  12. Cat Pay the Devil (2007) -read
  13. Cat Deck the Halls (2007) -read
  14. Cat Playing Cupid (2009) -read
  15. Cat Striking Back (2009) -read
  16. Cat Coming Home (2010) -read
  17. Cat Telling Tales (2011) -read
  18. Cat Bearing Gifts (2012) -read
  19. Cat Shout for Joy (2016) -read
  20. Cat Shining Bright (2018) -read
  21. Cat Chase the Moon (2018) -last in the series -read
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