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Mew Is for Murder (Theda Krakow #1)

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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 finances and her spirit flat. 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 st
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published July 1st 2005 by Poisoned Pen Press
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Aug 19, 2012 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
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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 rated it really liked it
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
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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
Dec 10, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Smart, amusing and has cats! This is a mystery series expressly executed for me!
Jul 14, 2013 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
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Sep 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
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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
Sep 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
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.
Aug 09, 2008 rated it liked it
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
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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 ...more
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