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Clea Simon is the author of the upcoming "A Spell of Murder," the first in her new "Witch Cats of Cambridge" series. She is also the author of "World Enough," a rock 'n' roll noir, as well as the Blackie and Care series (most recently "Cross My Path") chronicling the adventures of the pink-haired Care and the black feral cat who loves her. In addition to these darker books, she is also the author of the 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 Associations Presidents Award, she lives in Somerville, Massac ...more

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Clea Simon I just sent back the revised ms. for "Kittens Can Kill," the fifth Pru Marlowe pet noir, and am hard at work on the ninth Dulcie Schwartz feline myste…moreI just sent back the revised ms. for "Kittens Can Kill," the fifth Pru Marlowe pet noir, and am hard at work on the ninth Dulcie Schwartz feline mystery. (less)
Clea Simon I started writing "When Bunnies Go Bad" during that terrible winter, three years ago, when up here in Boston we had so much snow. I saw tracks of bunn…moreI started writing "When Bunnies Go Bad" during that terrible winter, three years ago, when up here in Boston we had so much snow. I saw tracks of bunnies crossing our porch to eat the forsythia - the only shrub sticking out of the snow! Soon, I got to see them too! Then I read up on their behavior, to understand how they survived the winter. And then I reached out to a rabbit rescue group - they were wonderful about confirming and correcting what I had observed about bunny behavior. Thanks for reading!(less)
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Some of you noticed that second book in the announcement… Hold Me Down. Yes, I’ve written another music-world mystery, or as my publisher calls it, “a standalone novel of suspense.” It’s dark, it’s intense, and, no, there are no cats in it. Still, I’m very proud of Hold Me Down, which looks like it will be published (again by Polis) in September, 2021.





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"1/4/2020 3.5 stars. Builds delightfully off the first book. Full review tk at CriminalElement.com."
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"Set in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the narration of this novel is shared by a witch detective's litter of beautiful cats--who are actually witches themselves! The plot winds delightfully around the cats' assisting their owner in solving a mystery. The " Read more of this review »
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I picked this up because of the tiger on the cover and just fell so hard for it. Poor Lara, the 15-year-old protagonist, is getting quite an education in how not to be an adult, as her mother's crew of lovers, castaways, and so-called degenerate arti ...more
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“I’d done my practicum in one of the city’s biggest shelters, witnessing the kinds of trauma no human would survive. The one lesson in all that? Animals feel. They’re just as sensitive as we are, maybe more.”
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message 3: by Donna

Donna Thank you Clea for accepting my friend request on Goodreads.


message 2: by Clea

Clea Simon Wow! Booklist has reviewed my new Code Grey: A Feline-Filled Academic MysteryCode Grey, saying: "This unusual and intelligent series continues to surprise, with additional backstory on some of the characters adding layers of interest. Readers will not want Dulcie to finish her dissertation anytime soon." I am over the moon!


message 1: by Beth

Beth Hi Clea,
Thanks for befriending this fellow mystery author on Goodreads!


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