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Shirley Rousseau Murphy

Shirley Rousseau Murphy is a noted children’s book author who has received several Dixie Council of Authors and Journalists Awards. She is also the author of the popular Joe Grey mystery series for adults, for which she has received nearly a dozen national Cat Writers’ Association Muse Medallions. She and her husband live in Carmel, California, where they serve as full-time household help for two demanding feline ladies.
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