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Clea Simon

Welcome to my site! I’m Clea Simon, author of the Theda Krakow, Dulcie Schwartz, and Pru Marlowe mysteries and also a handful of nonfiction books. Please browse around, click on the covers below or the categories at your left, for excerpts, reviews, and more, and make yourself at home. I'll also be posting readings and signings as they are scheduled, and I'd love to hear your feedback.

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Panthers Play for Keeps cover NEWS:

Pru Marlowe isn’t your ordinary animal psychic...

Parrots will repeat anything – they don’t talk sense. Or do they? When Pru Marlowe is called in to retrain a foul-mouthed African gray after its owner’s death, the bad-girl animal psychic can’t help hearing the bird’s words as a replay of a murder scene. With the only other possible witnesses being an evasive aide, the blind neighbor, and a single-minded service dog, Pru is stuck with what may be a feather-brained theory. Even her crotchety tabby Wallis doesn’t buy it, although she’s more than willing to “interrogate” the big bird, as Pru deals with drugs, jealousy, and a potential rabies outbreak in Parrots Prove Deadly, the third Pru Marlowe pet noir.
  Clever, says Publishers Weekly. Pithy dialogue and distinctive characterizations.   A classic mystery with some modern trappings, says the Bristol Public Library book blog, one which will also appeal to animal lovers.

Publishers Weekly raves about Grey Dawn! With the lightheartedness and strong themes that characterize a cozy series with staying power, Simon delivers her winning combination of academic rivalries, student relationship drama, and kitty wisdom in the sixth Dulcie Schwartz mystery, begins the starred review. Meanwhile, the Bristol Public Library book blog calls it, a tour de force of the genre, Simon juxtaposes all those florid images from early Gothic novels with Dulcie’s everyday experiences. Dulcie could be the very model of some of those Gothic heroines, yet would be appalled if you were to suggest this to her…. delightful.

These are darn good mysteries.
*Oline Cogdill, South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Look for Parrots Prove Deadly and Grey Dawn in bookstores near you!

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Clea's Books


Pru Marlowe pet noir mysteries
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Pru Marlowe Pet Noir Mysteries
Panthers Play for Keeps
Panthers Play for Keeps

(Poisoned Pen)
Parrots Prove Deadly
Parrots Prove Deadly

(Poisoned Pen)
Cats Can't Shoot
Cats Can't Shoot

(Poisoned Pen)
Dogs Don't Lie
Dogs Don't Lie

(Poisoned Pen)

Dulcie Schwartz feline mysteries
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Dulcie Schwartz Feline Mysteries
Grey Howl
Grey Howl

(Severn House)
Grey Dawn
Grey Dawn

(Severn House)
True Grey
True Grey

(Severn House)
Grey Zone
Grey Expectations

(Severn House)
Grey Zone
Grey Zone

(Severn House)
Grey Matters
Grey Matters

(Severn House)
Shades of Grey
Shades of Grey

(Severn House)

Theda Krakow mysteries
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Theda Krakow Mystery Series
Probable Claws
Probable Claws

(Poisoned Pen)
Cattery Row
Cries and Whiskers

(Poisoned Pen)
Cattery Row
Cattery Row

(Poisoned Pen)
Mew is for Murder
Mew is for Murder

(Poisoned Pen)

Nonfiction
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Nonfiction Books
Feline Mystique
The Feline Mystique
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On the Mysterious Connection Between Women and Cats
(St. Martin’s)
Fatherless Women
Fatherless Women
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How We Change After We Lose Our Dads (Wiley)
Mad House
Mad House
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Growing Up in the Shadow of Mentally Ill Siblings (Penguin)