World Enough

“With a colorful cast of characters, a gift for detail, and intricate plotting, Simon takes her readers deep into the esoteric world of the Boston music scene.”


-Lisa Unger

As Dark As My Fur

“Clea Simon paints a sweeping emotional cityscape that will stay with you long after you put the book down.”


-Ingrid King


Fear on Four Paws

There’s trouble brewing in the woods of Beauville, and the only witness isn’t talking.


Cross My Path

The reappearance of an old enemy from the past spells trouble



I’m Clea Simon, author of the rock ‘n’ roll noir WORLD ENOUGH; the Theda Krakow, Dulcie Schwartz, Pru Marlowe, and Blackie & Care mysteries; and also a handful of nonfiction books. Please browse around and make yourself at home. I’d love to see you at one of my events, and I’m always happy to hear your feedback.

As featured in the Wall Street Journal and on NPR

Clea Simon writes with authority and affection about a lost world. Highly recommended.

Catriona McPherson

A twisty, bittersweet trip, with just the right mix of edge and nostalgia.

Joseph Finder

So vividly written and so rich and real, these characters’ collective loss of innocence feels shockingly personal

Caroline Leavitt

This is a haunting carpe noctem novel, and Simon seizes the night with a firm, relentless grip

Anthony DeCurtis

Recent Blog Posts

The wayward clue

I missed it the first time. The second and third time. My agent missed it, so did my beta readers. So did my editor. But there I was, reading through the revised, edited manuscript of A Spell of Murder one final time before sending it back, and I saw it: Wait a...

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“Epic in scope” Thank you!

The Bookblog of the Bristol Public Library reviews Cross My Path concluding: "While each book has its own mysteries from start to finish, it’s obvious in this entry that Simon has a larger story arc going on, one more epic in scope. It’s possible that there is a...

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Writing about music, writing about the world…

Wynton Marsalis seeks respect. When the Celebrity Series brought his Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra to Symphony Hall on Sunday to perform the music of Duke Ellington, the program was in keeping with Marsalis’s overall mission to establish (enshrine?) jazz as...

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