Clea Simon

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Clea Simon

Welcome to my site! I’m Clea Simon, author of the Theda Krakow, Dulcie Schwartz, Pru Marlowe, and Blackie & Care 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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The Ninth Life

The past is an enigma to Blackie, the voice of Clea Simon’s dark new mystery. Combining elements of feline fantasy and classic whodunit, The Ninth Life introduces this unusual hero and his companion, Care: two small creatures in a nightmarish urban landscape, fighting for their lives, and for the lives and memories of those they love.
Forget everything you think you know about 'cat mysteries.' The Ninth Life is a dark and gritty story of life on the streets.
New York Times­-bestselling author Joe Finder
Compelling and utterly unique.
Hank Phillippi Ryan, Agatha, Anthony, and Mary Higgins Clark award winner
A delight for anyone who relishes cat mysteries.
Library Journal

When Bunnies Go Bad

Winter is hard in Beauville, where the melting snow can reveal much more than last season’s dead leaves. So when a wealthy, obnoxious tourist and his ski bunny girlfriend surface in Pru Marlowe’s little Berkshire town, she knows she should stay out of their way. The bad-girl animal psychic has to focus on more immediate concerns, including a wild rabbit named Henry. With everything in motion, Pru, Wallis, and everyone they hold dear will be lucky to escape…by a hare.
Once again Simon’s wacky humor—darkish but surely not black—provides more than enough entertainment.
Booklist
Pru’s wry voice, sharp intelligence, and empathy for animals guarantee that this elaborately plotted mystery will entertain with its good humor and compellingly quirky characters.
Kings River Life

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Clea's Books

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Blackie & Care mysteries
The Ninth Life
The Ninth Life

(Severn House)
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Pru Marlowe Pet Noir Mysteries
When Bunnies Go Bad
When Bunnies Go Bad

(Poisoned Pen)
Kittens Can Kill
Kittens Can Kill

(Poisoned Pen)
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)
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Dulcie Schwartz Feline Mysteries
Code Grey
Code Grey

(Severn House)
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)
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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)
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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)