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Book review (fiction): Stages of Grey
BY JAY STRAFFORD Special correspondent | Posted: Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Actors and hackers and sleuths, oh my!
All are among the featured players in “Stages of Grey” (217 pages, Severn House, $28.95), the eighth novel in Clea Simon’s mystery series featuring Harvard doctoral candidate Dulcie Schwartz, her pals and a few felines.
The fun begins with a local theater group, which is staging “Change: A Metamorphosis Musical,” a disco (yes, disco) version of Ovid’s play. But the fun ends when one of the actresses, Amy Ralkov, is found dead, her throat sliced.
Dulcie, who’s still working on her dissertation, puts herself in peril by engaging in some amateur detection. Aided by Gus, a Russian Blue cat who has been adopted by the theater group, she learns the truth.
Simon, a former journalist and the author of two other mystery series, uses her fertile imagination in all her work, and “Stages of Grey” is no exception. With a keen eye for the hothouse world of academia and a touch of the supernatural, she creates another entertaining story, one that combines a clever whodunit with an update on the lives of cherished characters.
Jay Strafford is a retired writer and editor for The Times-Dispatch. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.