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As Dark as My Fur

(Blackie and Care #2)

3.52  ·  Rating details ·  33 ratings  ·  13 reviews
A seemingly routine case becomes something far darker and deeper for novice private investigator, Care, and her feline companion, Blackie.

Blackie does not trust Care s new client, factory owner Mr Gravitz, who has hired the young PI to shadow one of his workers, a man he suspects is stealing from him. With his feline sixth sense, Blackie knows the client is not tellin
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published April 1st 2017 by Severn House Publishers
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Mar 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy, e-books, clea-simons
This is completely different from anything I have read before. I was held enthralled from the beginning. Set in a known city down by the waterfront in a decaying area. It is narrated by a cat, Blackie. All the moves and actions are correct. Jackie has faint memories of three men who tossed him into the raging water to die. He was rescued by a young girl, Care who nursed him back to health. He decides to help her. Care is on the from the foster system. Care earns her living as a PI and Blackie kn ...more
Apr 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
An orphaned girl and a reincarnated cat team up to solve mysteries. As a cat lover, I rather enjoyed this story told from the watchful, perspective of the cat.
Jan 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a very noir series, set in some unnamed city that has obviously gone entirely to the dogs. The middle class seems to have disappeared entirely, leaving society, such as it is, in the hands of vastly wealthy corporate bosses, and everyone else destitute and scrabbling. It is not my usual fare; however, I find the story compelling. The protagonists are young Care, a barely pubescent girl with a will to succeed against all odds, and Blackie, a cat she rescued from being drowned by vicious m ...more
Dec 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
I read a lot of books per year. Every so often I crave something different. For me, this was that book. Yes, it's a crime fiction book but it's narrated by a cat! Well, sort of a cat, but shall we just say, physically a cat. It's not the first in the series and, although I usually don't like to jump in mid-series, there is enough explanation of the story so far included so that I managed to follow quite nicely.
I do have to admit that it did take me quite a while to get into the style of this bo
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
Dec 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Morality. This novel, narrated by a reincarnated man, a mentor, a former Private Investigator, currently a cat, named Blackie is about morality. Blackie's protégé is a young, almost or just turning, teenager named, in Blackie's mind, Care. Care saved Blackie as he was dying from where he had been thrown, half-drowned. Thus...Care. This tale is about morality, at least to me.

I truly do not know if this is a period of time of post-apocalypse in a city that manufactures and distributes garments, or
Mollie Hunt
Mar 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
An orphaned girl makes an unlikely detective in a harsh, dystopian city. Aided by a cat with a past, she seeks answers to a cruel case. Traps are set; gauntlets are run, There is danger everywhere. Narrated by Blackie, an ancient cat who had once been human, the story loops and spirals to the final conclusion and leaves us ready for the next book.

Simon is extremely cat-savvy to pull off this unconventional narration with such accuracy and feeling. Though Blackie, remembering the advantages of be
Apr 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another great adventure. Again the story is told from the point of view of Blackie, the cat. It makes for a unique tale. I can't help but think a third adventure is on the way. Can't wait. ...more
Jul 30, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
While I still found it an interesting read, having the voice of only the cat was not an improvement, imo. If I had to guess how many times I read "I'm just a cat," or some version thereof, I would say every 2-3 pgs. Whole paragraphs of it, and the woes of not being able to communicate. But that's ridiculous. Animals are capable of nodding & shaking their heads, of pawing numbers, and many other things that Blackie could have done since it had much knowledge of his former human life (except,
Susan Johnston
Mar 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Princess Fuzzypants:

It is a dark, cruel world that Clea Simon has created in this series. It is very noir so it is only appropriate that the hero of the series is a black cat named Blackie by the young heroine. He was her mentor when he was still in his human form but was transferred into the body of the old cat just as he was about to die. Care, the girl, saved him from drowning and the two have been partners since.
Care is trying her best to survive in this nasty world as best she can. She is s
Mar 06, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

This is a very unique story. It is told entirely from the perspective of a cat, Blackie. His patterns of speech are very formal and antiquated. He uses phrasing such as "I would that it were not so". Because the story is told entirely from the cat's perspective, and he is unable to communicate with his human companion, Care, I think the story is much more one-dimensional. The reader sees Care's actions throu
Dec 04, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: animals
Probably a good book, but not for me. Clever premise of a sentient cat companion for a detective in a grim post-apocalyptic world. I couldn't handle the darkness. ...more
Apr 17, 2017 rated it it was ok
I looked forward to the novelty of a mystery narrated by a cat in As Dark as My Fur. I had read positive reviews and thought the cat’s perspective might add interest as well as a touch of humor. It didn’t contribute any amusement, but that was the author’s choice and is acceptable. The cat is, in fact, a man who has been murdered and reincarnated as a cat with only partial memories of his prior life.

The author, Clea Simon, has a remarkable command of the English language, excellent powers of des
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Apr 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Finding the lost, uncovering the hidden - Care has taken to her mentor’s profession with alacrity. But her youth and her gender make her vulnerable in the tumultuous urban landscape where predators reign. Blackie may remember little from his previous life, but he still has his instincts and his desire to guide and protect Care. As a cat, his ability to communicate is limited, as his is his ability to help. It is through his wise eyes and feline perspective that we see events. Care has been hired ...more
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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 ...more

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