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Clea Simon

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Clea Simon is the author of the upcoming psychological suspense novel, "Hold Me Down," as well as the recent "A Cat on the Case," the third in her "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 Writer ...more

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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)
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)
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Boston Lit Crawl!

This year, the Boston Book Fest’s Lit Crawl is “taking it to the streets,” in that all events will be OUTSIDE! The June 10 eventincludes three evening sessions (at 6, 7, and 8 pm), and I am thrilled that I’ll be part of two events, both taking place in Cambridge’s Central Square. The first – at 6 p.m. – is a Mystery Writers of America “Making a Mystery,” at Starlight Square 84 Bishop Allen Drive (

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A Cat on the Case by Clea Simon
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"ANOTHER WINNER FOR CAT COZY FANS (and the rest of you, too)

Clea Simon’s “A Cat on the Case” has everything I could want from a cozy cat mystery: thrills, chills, a bit of romance, a bit of witchcraft, a bit of murder, and a whole lot of cats.

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Such a perfect rainy-day read! Twenty-five years after a weekend escape turned tragic, a woman returns to the scene of what just may have been a crime. As her friends from that day gather, old rivalries emerge, secrets are shared, and ... well, I won ...more
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Wow, talk about making a case for a theoretically unlikeable character! I shouldn't be surprised: Linda L. Richards excels at writing tough women, and this time out is no exception. "Endings" is voiced from the POV of an unnamed woman who, faced with ...more
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Always a treat when a new Laurie R. King is published! This time out Holmes and Russell find themselves in Romania, where the secluded castle of Queen Marie is apparently plagued by ... yes, vampires! With their sleuthing skills, as well as their com ...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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“Such clubs and bars offered the perfect “third place,” neither home nor work, where I could go to unwind and socialize. I wasn’t ready to give that up.”
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“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.”
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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!

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

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