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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...

When Pru Marlowe takes a dog for a walk, she doesn’t expect to find a body – that of a young woman seems to have been mauled by a wild cat – and Pru knows there have been no pumas in the Berkshire woods for years. And while Wallis, Pru's curmudgeonly tabby, seems fixated on the idea of a killer cat, Pru’s own heightened senses suggest that the violent death was something more than a tragic accident. As motives multiply, a cougar of a different sort sets her eyes on Pru’s sometime lover, and another woman disappears. With panther panic growing, Pru may have to put aside her own issues – and her own ideas of domesticity – to solve a savage mystery in Panthers Play for Keeps.
  Infused with a killer plot and an engaging heroine – as well as striking originality and a measure of humor – Panthers Play for Keeps continues an addictive series and displays Simon's profound talents at their best.Richmond Times-Dispatch

Meanwhile, a prestigious literature conference is convening in Cambridge and Dulcie Schwartz is the university liaison. But when one scholar's presentation is sabotaged while another visiting professor disappears and Dulcie struggles to solve problems and soothe egos, a strange apparition starts to haunt the bi-annual event. And even Mr Gray, the ghost of Dulcie's late, great cat, appears to be overwhelmed, leaving Dulcie to manage an increasingly backstabbing crew of professional rivals, one of whom may be a killer, in Grey Howl.
  Simon pays sincere homage to the gothic tradition while having a lot of fun with it.Bookblog of the Bristol Public Library

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

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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
Stages of Grey

(Severn House)
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)