Monday, August 3, 2015

Thank you, Gumshoe Review!

Gumshoe Review calls the ending of my new "Code Grey" "surprising and quite satisfying." The reviewer other lovely things to say as well, which you can read here.

Thank you, Conscious Cat!

"With each installment in this series, Simon ratchets the intricate plot lines up a notch, and I found this one very hard to put down." Wow, thank you! Read the full review here.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Wow, Richmond TImes-Dispatch compares "Code Grey" to "Gaudy Night"!

The Richmond Times-Dispatch compares "Code Grey" to Dorothy L. Sayers' "Gaudy Night," calling it "stimulating and refreshingly different." Read the full review here.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Happy book birthday to Dulcie, Mr. Grey, and CODE GREY!

Because Code Grey came out in the UK several months ago, it has been sneaking onto the shelves for a few weeks. But today is my official US publication date. So please join me in welcoming Dulcie and Mr Grey back in Code Grey!

Friday, July 31, 2015

A day in the life of Dulcie Schwartz

"Ever since I was kicked out of the library, I’ve been at loose ends..."

What's troubling Dulcie and why has she been kicked out of her home-away-from-home? Find out more on today's Dru's Book Musings, the 2015 Anthony Award-nominated reader's blog here.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Musetta speaks out!

What does the cat think of summer – and of my new mystery, Code Grey? She lets us know in no uncertain terms here.

"Musetta here, and I’m logging on to tell you: I hate summer.

Does that surprise you? As a cat, I am essentially a desert animal. My body temperature runs higher than yours, and I could lay in the sun for hours, soaking up the rays. (When I do this, my mom says I’m the solar-powered kitty, recharging.) But as a writer’s cat, I’ve learned a few things. And number one is that summer means travel. For my humans, of course. Not for me, and I hate that...."

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Thank you, Bristol Public Library!

Talking about my new "Code Grey," the Bookblog of the Bristol Public Library says, "If you’re looking for blood ‘n’ gore or car chases, look elsewhere. But if you want to feel as if you’re walking the halls of the Milhorn Library or grab a bean burger at Lala’s while trying to sift through clues, then prepare yourself for a real treat." Want to read more? Click here. (This actually went up yesterday. What nice birthday present!)

Monday, July 27, 2015

Last day to enter CODE GREY giveaway

It's my birthday today, and I'm celebrating with this Goodreads giveaway. For one more day, you can enter to win a signed copy of my new Dulcie Schwartz mystery, Code Grey. Just click the link below or go to Goodreads and search for "Code Grey Giveaway."

Code Grey (a Dulcie Schwartz feline-filled mystery) will officially pub. on Aug. 1 in the U.S.
Did a down on his luck former student steal a priceless book? Grad student and cat lover Dulcie Schwartz thinks not – and she sets out to prove it

It’s spring break, and Dulcie Schwartz has stayed behind in almost-deserted Cambridge, Massachusetts to concentrate on her thesis. But when a former student turned vagrant, Jeremy Mumbles, is found injured, with a valuable missing book clutched in his arms, Dulcie can’t seem to let it go. What was he doing with the book? And why has it turned up after all these years?

With Jeremy now the prime suspect for a series of break-ins in the area, Dulcie is determined to clear the unfortunate former scholar’s name. But when she finds a connection between the book he was carrying and her own research into an anonymous Gothic author, the search for clues takes on a new intensity – and a new menace.

"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." - Booklist

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Code Grey by Clea Simon

Code Grey

by Clea Simon

Giveaway ends July 28, 2015.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter Giveaway

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

What Happens Next ...

You have a crime. You want to solve it. How does that evolve into an 80,000 word manuscript? That's what I'm talking about today in my guest post on Mystery Fanfare!

"Readers often ask how we mystery writers plot. During panel discussions, this usually leads to a chat about “pantsers” vs. “plotters,” those who let the writing guide us as opposed to those who outline what will happen before the writing starts. But I don’t know if these readers are really asking about our process, per se. Whether they too are writers or are simply fans, reading for pleasure, I think they want to know something more basic. They want to know how we figure out what happens next. I wish I could give them an answer." - See more at:

Monday, July 20, 2015

The story behind "Code Grey"

In “Code Grey,” the ninth Dulcie Schwartz mystery, my heroine, Dulcie, is back once again in the library. It’s spring break, but she’s so close to finishing her doctoral dissertation that she can taste it. With her boyfriend and all her buddies out of town for the week, Dulcie figures she can focus on work: the research and writing that will, she hopes, get her the PhD in Gothic literature she’s been woring toward for more than five years.

Want to read more? Click here.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Wow, Mutt Cafe says "Code Grey" is "riveting"! Thank you!

Code Grey is a riveting mystery that will appeal to bibliophiles and cat lovers alike. Like a fine wine, Code Grey is multifaceted and complex in flavor, certain to satisfy readers," says Mutt Cafe, calling it "a purr-fect continuation of the Dulcie Schwartz series." Wow, just wow. Thank you so much! Read more here. Or just order the book...

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Cat Chat with the Animal Radio Lady

A few weeks ago, I had a lovely chat about cats, mysteries, and cats in mysteries with Tracie Hotchner, who hosts a wide variety of animal-themed podcasts. Our talk is up today at Cat Chat. Of course, because it's a podcast, you can download it – and all of her other great interviews – at any time. (The interview starts at around 23 minutes – you can skip ahead, but why miss any of Tracie's great show?)

Friday, July 10, 2015

CODE GREY is "a riveting mystery" - thank you, Goodreads!

Code Grey, the ninth Dulcie Schwartz mystery, is out in the UK so advance reviews of the US edition (Aug. 1) are beginning to come in. Some of those are already appearing on GoodReads, the site for readers. Not a member? You should join!

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Festivals, conventions, and more!

So you know I'll be at Crimebake, Nov. 6-8, right? Can't make it to New England? Come say hi at Left Coast Crime (Phoenix, AZ, Feb. 25-28, 2016), Malice Domestic (Bethesda, MD, April 29-May 1, 2016), or Bouchercon in New Orleans (Sept. 15-18, 2016). I'm also planning on a bunch of bookstore events and maybe another conference or too. Stay tuned – and please do let me know if you'd like me to visit you!

Monday, July 6, 2015

Thank you, Library Journal, for noting "CODE GREY"

"Insight and appeal" - why, thank you, Library Journal! And yes, my Mr Grey - who is a cat, and was long before that other Mr Grey - does have both!

Library Journal
Dulcinea Schwartz's homeless friend Jeremy Mumbleleigh is accused of stealing a valuable book, but Dulcie knows the gentle Jeremy, who had a breakdown years ago, is innocent. It's spring break, and the library is in the throes of a renovation. As Dulcie investigates, more crimes come to light. This is the ninth entry (after Stages of Grey) in the series, and Mr. Grey, Dulcie's cat ghost, continues to provide insights and appeal along the way.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

The CODE GREY giveaway is live! Enter now!!

To enter, click here.

Or click below, where it says "enter giveaway":

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Code Grey by Clea Simon

Code Grey

by Clea Simon

Giveaway ends July 28, 2015.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter Giveaway

For real this time: Win a copy of CODE GREY!

Sorry about that delay, folks! The contest is NOW OPEN to win a copy of my new Dulcie Schwartz feline mystery, Code Grey on Goodreads! Want to know more about this new feline-full mystery? Click here.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Code Grey by Clea Simon

Code Grey

by Clea Simon

Giveaway ends July 28, 2015.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter Giveaway

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Beach book catch up! (Pru and Dulcie in paperback)

Heading to the shore or the lake? Want some inexpensive reading? WorldWide Mysteries (a branch of Harlequin) does the mass market paperbacks – those pocket-sized, inexpensive editions – of most of my books. They're only available for a short time (until they run out) and only on line. Interested in starting the Pru series with Dogs Don't Lie or catching up with Dulcie via True Grey? WorldWide has them!
Want to see all the books available? Click here.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

"Another great installment" and ANOTHER CHANCE TO WIN!

Memes and Fiction calls my Kittens Can Kill "another great installment in the Pru Marlowe series. I've read all five now, and find each one more enthralling than the last" and gives it four stars. Today also marks the countdown on this book giveaway. Only three more days! Enter here.

Win a copy of CODE GREY!

Win a copy of my new Dulcie Schwartz feline mystery from Goodreads! Contest is open for one month before the official Aug. 1 U.S. release date!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Code Grey by Clea Simon

Code Grey

by Clea Simon

Giveaway ends July 26, 2015.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter Giveaway

Monday, June 29, 2015

Is Pru "a superbly strong heroine"? This librarian thinks so!

In Kings River Life, Cynthia Chow writes, "Despite Pru’s prickliness, her brittle nature, and a less-than-pristine past, she is ultimately likable and admirable as she guards over animals that seem far nobler than humans. As she says, nature isn’t pretty but humans only make it worse. The title comes, prophetically enough, from an animal control officer’s ferret that provides the clue Pru interprets incorrectly. This novel delves deeply into noir territory with family drama and the secrets of an unforgiving small town, and it features a superbly strong heroine learning to lower her defenses and open herself up to a life filled with possibilities."Thanks so much, Cynthia! Read more here.

Friday, June 26, 2015

"This unusual and intelligent series continues to surprise"! THANK YOU, BOOKLIST!!

"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."

Wow, I am over the moon!

Full text:



Publication: BOOKLIST

Issue: 1ST JULY 2015

Code Grey. Simon, Clea (Author), Aug 2015. 224 p. Severn, hardcover, $28.95. (9780727885067). Severn, paperback, (9781847516107). Severn, e-book, (9781780106618).

Working on her dissertation, Dulcie Schwartz is one of the few people remaining at Harvard over spring break. Her scholarly pursuits are interrupted when she comes to the defense of a former Harvard student, Jeremy, now homeless, who is found at a construction sight, holding a long-missing, valuable book. Police like Jeremy for the rash of recent campus break-ins, but Dulcie doesn’t buy it. With the help of her friend, rare-books librarian Mr. Griddlehaus, she begins to research the history of the missing book, which was part of a collection donated to the library decades ago, when Griddlehaus, Jeremy, and the head of facilities were all students. Cats play a role, of course, in sorting out the mystery, and Dulcie’s abilities to communicate with felines comes in very handy. 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.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Take Your Cat to Work Day

Today is Take Your Cat To Work Day! A great idea, but not for everybody - or every kitty. As comments point out, most cats are very territory-based: they are most comfortable in a place they know and will be unhappy going someplace new, even with their best human. (Why we get a cat sitter as opposed to boarding Musetta when we travel.) But not every cat is alike. Of course, this is a no-brainer for me! I'm a writer and I work at home. Or, you could say, my workplace and Musetta's overlap (i.e., I work in her realm. For her, of course)

Friday, June 19, 2015

"Brilliantly written, fast paced, funny cozy mystery."

And this Book Bug reviewof Kittens Can Kill calls it, a "[b]rilliantly written, fast paced, funny cozy mystery" with "ery colourful characters, interesting relationships between them," concluding, "I will definitely have some catching up to do (this was the first one for me in the series. The fact that I loved it can prove it does well as a standalone as well." Read more here.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

"One of the most interesting characters to come along in quite a while"

Pru Marlowe, that is, and the "highly intriguing" mystery is my Kittens Can Kill. Want to read the entire review from Vic's Media Room? Click here.

KITTENS CAN KILL "more than just a mystery"

Trust a librarian to give a thoughtful review! Reviewing my Kittens Can Kill, the Bookblog of the Bristol Public Library says, in part: "As with most of the best books, Simon gives the reader more than just a mystery. It’s an exploration of the relationships between people and animals, both domestic and wild, and how one can impact the other in unexpected ways and sometimes unhappy ways. Food for thought!" Want to read more, click here.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Not quite free books, but ...

Do you know about If not, you should. The librarian send out an email daily letting readers know about discounted ebooks. They're not always new, but many of them will be new to you. And tomorrow – June 16 – one of my books will be featured. So if you sign up today, you'll get the email tomorrow... It's free, of course.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Want to win some free books?

It's not too late to win my Kittens Can Kill! All this month, I'm being hosted on a blog tour by Partners In Crime Virtual Book Tours. They've set up interviews, reviews, guest posts, and more – and most of them link to chances to win free books. Come see my full itinerary and enter to win.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Is KITTENS the best Pru yet? Richmond Times-Dispatch thinks so!

"With a clever plot that keeps the reader guessing — and a deeper look into Pru’s inner life and demons — “Kittens Can Kill” shines as the best installment yet in Simon’s entertaining and thoughtful series." That's how the Richmond Times-Dispatch review puts it. Would you like to read more?

Crimebake filling up fast!

I know it's hard to think about autumn when spring has only just finally arrived. But CrimeBake, New England's own mystery conference, has been announced for Nov. 6-8, and registration is filling up fast! The great Elizabeth George is the guest of honor – and yours truly will be on a panel on Saturday (along with Donna Andrews, Leslie Meier, Roberta Isleib, and Paul Doiron, wow!). Won't you join us?

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Dulcie will be in paperback!

Great news, folks! My publisher Severn House will be bringing out all my Dulcie Schwartz books in trade paperback – even the first ones of the series! No word yet on when, but look for them to start appearing this spring... in time for the new Dulcie/Mr. Grey adventure, "Code Grey." (To find out more, click here.)

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

PANTHERS PLAY FOR KEEPS is "a wonderful cozy mystery." Thank you, MBR!

Thank you, MBR! "'Panthers Play for Keeps' is a wonderful cozy mystery with a well-planned story involving a gifted protagonist. ... The journey to the end is an adventure."– Teri Davis, Midwest Book Review. Thank you, Teri!

Read the whole review here.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Gumshoe Review "enthralled" by STAGES OF GREY

"This is one of those books where the reader gets so caught up in the narrative that you try to help the main character. You have to keep on reading because you continue to hope against hope that Dulcie will make the right decisions, or at least have a lot of luck if she makes the wrong ones. The writing draws in the reader and keeps them enthralled...."

Gumshoe Review