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Clea Simon

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Clea Simon is the author of the upcoming "World Enough," a rock 'n' roll noir. Her "As Dark As My Fur," the second Blackie and Care mystery, is just out now, following "The Ninth Life," in 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, Massachusetts, with her husband, Jon Garelick, and their cat, Musetta."

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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…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…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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Utterly thrilled to have my World Enough among the nominees for the Killer Nashville Readers’ Choice awards. And if you’re reading this, you’re a reader – so whether you vote for my book or one of the other great books, please vote! (It only takes a minute). (If the link above doesn’t work, try this:  https://killernashville.com/awards/killer-nashville-readers-choice-award/


 

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Cross My Path by Clea Simon
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I loved the way Blackie, the cat, and Care, the girl, were and the mystery part was really good.
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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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