Clea Simon

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

The dead don’t keep pets. So when animal behaviorist expert Pru Marlowe gets a call about a kitten, she doesn’t expect to find the cuddly creature playing beside the cooling body of prominent Beauville lawyer David Canaday. Heart attack? His three adult daughters angrily blame drug interactions, feline allergies—and each other. This may be one time when Pru can’t solve the mystery or save the kitten she wants to believe is innocent. A single witness knows the truth about that bright spring morning. How far can Pru investigate without risking her own hidden tale?
Skeptics, relax: The solving of the crime and Pru's revelations about the people involved come through hard, traditional investigative work. Consider the pet psychic aspect to be scene music, if you like, and plunge on into this well-constructed and intriguing mystery. Clea Simon knows what she's doing.Kingdom Books
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.Kings River Life

Did a down on his luck former student steal a priceless book? Grad student and cat lover Dulcie Schwartz thinks not – but can she prove it before the library mystery claims another victim?
Author Simon delightfully exposes the eccentricities prevalent in the Ivy League institution and deftly plots out an academic mystery.Kings River Life.
Code Grey is a riveting mystery that will appeal to bibliophiles and cat lovers alike.Mutt Cafe.
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

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

Look for Kittens Can Kill and Code Grey in bookstores near you!

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Clea's Books

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Pru Marlowe Pet Noir Mysteries
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)