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Mew Is for Murder (Theda Krakow #1)

3.43  ·  Rating Details  ·  645 Ratings  ·  93 Reviews
Theda Krakow is in a funk. Her sometime boyfriend's gone for good. The death of her beloved cat opened a bigger void. And the career leap she's made from copy editor to freelance writer has left her financesand her spiritflat. She desperately needs a headline to get her life back on track. One day, out for a stroll in her Cambridge neighborhood, Theda spies an adorable str ...more
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Published May 27th 2010 by Poisoned Pen Press (first published July 1st 2005)
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Aug 20, 2012 Darcysmom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed Mew is for Murder tremendously! Theda Krakow is an engaging, sympathetic, and fun protagonist. I especially enjoyed how her work as a free lance journalist was woven throughout the story.

In Mew is for Murder, Theda, a cat lover, stumbles upon Lillian - the local crazy cat lady. Theda thinks Lillian would be a good subject for a story about cat hoarding. Theda runs into a major problem - when she goes to Lillian's house to try to speak with her, she discovers Lillian laying in a pool of
Cats and Music

A well written mystery and the cats behave like your cat. The first book in this series Theda Is a freelance journalist and a rock music lover. She is looking for stories when hears about a Cat Lady in the neighborhood. She decides a story about hoarders might be a good story. Theda goes to check it out and finds the woman dead in the kitchen. Hearing that cats were being taken to animal control she recuse a kitten that she sees there. The police feel it is an accidental death. Rum
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At one time we had a dog and several cats. The smallest cat, and she was a tiny little thing, had never particularly distinguished herself, except that she was a great hunter.

The dog loved to ride in the car and we usually let him. But one day just after a rainstorm (during which time the dog entertained himself by frolicking pretty energetically in the mud) we needed to go to the store. No way was he tracking all that mud into the car.

At such times, our usual method of preventin
Apr 22, 2012 Larraine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I only just discovered Clea Simon's books two years ago. I'm getting over a case of sinusitis and can't seem to sit up for any length of time right now. So today was spent in my easy chair reading. Having finished up "Every Secret Thing" by Laura Lippman (see previous post), I was in the mood for something a little lighter.

This is the first in Ms. Simon's "Theda Krakow" series which she finished up recently. (She has two new characters, Dulcie Schwartz, struggling grad student and cat lover, an
Dec 10, 2011 Sara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Smart, amusing and has cats! This is a mystery series expressly executed for me!
Jul 24, 2013 C. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed "Mew Is For Murder". We learn hoarding isn't about numbers but having a mission and providing care. 'Lillian's' disdaining neighbour misjudged her and cats, at first. People must be aware: all animal centres aren’t 'shelter' in the safe sense. Executions are conducted for being sick or homeless, as if lack of space justifies it. Clea warns about this and a time limit lent urgency to her tale. But advocates like 'Thea' and 'Violet' would have directed Lillian's cats to a no-kill group. ...more
Kelly Robinson
Sep 11, 2012 Kelly Robinson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Mew is for Murder: A Theda Krakow Mystery by Clea Simon was recently available free for Kindle, but this is a story I wouldn't have minded paying a few dollars for, and in fact I might buy some of the subsequent books in the Theda Krakow series! I wavered between giving this story 3 and 4 stars, and would more honestly rate it a 3.5. Theda Krakow, a freelance journalist who specializes in the Boston rock scene, stumbles upon a mystery in her Cambridge neighborhood when she discovers local "cat l ...more
Another fantastic cat based mystery series, however this one isn't really focused on the cats giving the clues. I honestly didn't mind that, so long as the cats were there, lurking in the background and ready to swoop in and save the day. Theda is a fantastic character too, and investigates the crime with zeal and sometimes a little bumbling humor. I liked her, despite her awful taste in men haha. Definitely need to read more in this series, highly recommended! Five stars!
Sep 05, 2012 Kathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-general
As a mystery lover, as well as a cat lover, I was interested in this free offering. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked this book. In addition to a light, clever mystery, the author gives the reader an insight into a unique world - freelance writers. Most people do not realize that a significant number of the reporters they read, see and hear are not full-time employees of the media outlets they work for.

In "Mew Is for Murder," a freelance writer's love of writing and cats seem destin
Jan 08, 2016 Betty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A well-written mystery and the cats behave like your cat. The first book in this series Theda is a freelance journalist and a rock music lover. She is looking for stories when hears about a Cat Lady in the neighborhood. She decides a story about hoarders might be a good story. Theda goes to check it out and finds the woman dead in the kitchen. Hearing that cats were being taken to animal control, she recuse a kitten that she sees there. The police think it is an accidental death. Rumors begin to ...more
MEW IS FOR MURDER (Amateur Sleuth-Boston-Cont) – G+
Simon, Clea – 1st in series
Poisoned Pen Press, 2005- Hardcover
Theda Krakow is a freelance journalist and cat lover. Passing a house in her neighborhood with a multitude of cats, she is concerned the elderly woman, Lillian, may be a cat hoarder. On a return visit, Lillian has fallen and died. Thea, concerned about the cats and unconvinced Lillian's fall was accidental, becomes involved with a young musician/waitress who had been helping Lillian.
In Clea Simon's Mew is for Murder, the first installment in the Theda Krakow cozy mystery series, you'll be charmed by Theda and her love for cats. Poor Theda. Her boyfriend was gone for good, while she mourned the loss of her cat, and she just made a big career leap that left her finances flat. During a stroll in Cambridge, she spotted an adorable stray kitten. It had led her to a decrepit old home of Lillian Helmhold, who was a classic cat hoarder in her home. This story intrigued her enough t ...more
Diane  Morasco
Mew is for Murder is the first book in a terrific series featuring freelance writer & cat lover Theda Krakow.Following a precious stray kitten, Theda stumbles upon an old woman holed up in a decrepit house full of cats. Thea goes to interview " cat " lady Lillian and finds her dead.Everything points to her death being an accident except for the fact that someone keeps breaking into Lillian’s house.It is rumored there is hidden treasure in the house. Theda is determined to get to the bottom o ...more
Sep 16, 2012 Anne rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Another free Kindle download that will not lead to me buying the rest of the books. The writing was awkward, the story was predictable, and again, it wasn't BAD, but it just wasn't really good, either. I will even admit to having enjoyed most of the "The Cat Who" series- I'm a kitty mystery liker. But this? Meh for Mew is for Murder.
May 11, 2009 Erin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first in this series about a freelance writer who wants to write about a woman who she believes may be a crazy cat lady...when that woman is found unexpectedly dead, she must get to teh bottom of who would want her dead and why. This ended better than expected and I will read more in the series!
May 28, 2008 Ann rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the author's first book. She's a good writer with some very "tasty" characters. I like how she treats the cats (i.e., not personified and cutsied-up). I will probably read more in the Theda Krakow series. Does anyone know if that is the name of a real cinematic person?
Sara Kuberski
Nov 29, 2007 Sara Kuberski rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really liked the second half of this book. First part of the book was really slow. Love the fact that the main character in these mysteries is a younger, hipper female than what you typically see in this genre of books.
Ruth Kevghas
Dec 25, 2011 Ruth Kevghas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can't wait to read another book by this author! Great story and I love her characters and way of immersing me into it!
Georgiann Hennelly
Theda Krakow is in a major funk her Boyfriend is gone her Cat died and her big career move from Copy Editor to Freelance writer has left her finances and her flat. One day while out for a walk in her neighborhood she finds a Kitten the Kitten leads her to Lillian Helm hold who lives in a decrepit house full of cats.Is she a crazy cat lady?A hoarder? or does she just rescue stray cats? Is this the story she has been looking for? But when she goes back to interview her she finds Lillian dead, vict ...more
Jul 21, 2014 Beverly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Theda Krakow is in a funk. The death of her cat opened a void and the career leap from copy editor to freelance writer left her finances flat. Out for a stroll in her neighborhood, Theda spies a stray kitten, who leads Theda to an old woman holed up in a house full of cats. When she returns to interview Lillian Helmhold, Theda finds her dead of an apparent accident. Theda marshals her investigative journalism skills to turn gumshoe. A really good murder mystery without the prime investigator as ...more
Feb 02, 2013 Ashley rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: zz-113-in-2013
Theda Krakow is a 33-year-old freelance journalist in Cambridge, Massachusetts who accidentally stumbles into a dead body. While researching for a story she's writing about a neighborhood "cat lady," she finds the woman dead in her kitchen. The police assure her that the death was accidental, but Krakow -- egged on by her neighborhood barista, Violet -- suspects something more sinister has happened. The journalist, who is fostering one of the kittens found in the cat lady's home, tries to uncove ...more
Aug 03, 2016 Becky rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It started out good but deteriorated fast. The girl who was supposed to solve the case (Theda Krakow) asked so many pushy questions to everyone she met, but totally skipped the BIG OBVIOUS QUESTIONS like "oh, one of my friends raped you, which one?" And the bad guy lurking in the victims house was completely overlooked and no suspicion or questions were ever raised about him.

So in those ways it was really disappointing. I started reading a Pru Marlowe Pet Noir Mystery after this one, and so far
Cheryl Landmark
Actual Rating: 3.5 Stars

I absolutely devour cozy mysteries, particularly ones involving animals, and this one was quite enjoyable for the most part. Even though I'm primarily a dog person, I love all animals and the cats in this book were cute and heartwarming, although there was not a lot of interaction with them as the title and premise might suggest.

What took away somewhat from my enjoyment was the inordinate amount of time that was spent describing Theda's social life, the music and bar scen
Mark Baker
Mar 18, 2014 Mark Baker rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, 2005
When Theda meets her new neighbor, a crazy cat lady, she thinks this might be a good subject for an article. Going back, she finds her neighbor dead. Why was she killed? The characters are good, but the writing and plot were weak. I wanted to like this book, but I just couldn't.

Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.
Dennis Fischman
As I suspected I would, I liked this series better when I began at the beginning. The plot is easy to follow--some would say, too easy--and the characters are introduced with some care. I still like the cats better, and I still think Theda is unusually immature for a woman in her thirties, but she has a good heart and good friends who help her pick up the pieces when she rushes headlong into something.

I wonder whether the character's parents and her Jewish background will ever become a bigger p
Aug 23, 2012 Jessica rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
As a cat lover, how could I not pick up a book with such a cute cover? Murder mysteries are not my usual genre, but I enjoyed this one. One feature that I both liked and hated was the amount of detail in this book. A person doesn't just go for a run in this book, she puts on her shoes, stretches, locks the door, and runs down the block, where she makes some sort of observation about a car at a stoplight before deciding which way to run and noting she's finally getting into a rhythm. All of these ...more
Linda Sirvio
Started out slow, but when things kicked in about halfway through it wasn't so bad. Kind of a cute story for all cat lovers out there.
Joan Curtis
Great soft read. I loved the way she described cat-behavior. The main series character is very strong. I'll read others in this series.
Nov 26, 2014 Beth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: freebook, 2014-read
Enjoyed this book way more than I thought I would since I'm not particularly a cat lover. Smartly written and intriguing.
Mar 27, 2013 Kenzie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Simon obviously knows the worlds her protagonist moves in very well. Journalism, Boston and its emerging music scene are all well described and vivid in her prose. The novel overall is very well written. The plot drags a bit at times, but there are nice twists including one at the end. Her villain isn't so obvious as to allow the reader to figure everything out early on, but isn't so well hidden that it feels like he's been pulled out of thin air.

The cats in the story are also nicely done. I'd
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Clea Simon is the author of the upcoming The Ninth Life, the first in the Blackie & Care mysteries. She also writes Dulcie Schwartz feline mysteries, the Pru Marlowe pet noir mysteries, and the Theda Krakow mysteries, as well as three nonfiction books, including The Feline Mystique: On the Mysterious Connection Between Women and Cats. The recipient of multiple honors, including the Cat Writers ...more
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