So much for the summer slowdown…

Whew! That was exhausting! I’ve just gotten through the edits of next winter’s mystical cat cozy, A Spell of Murder, and have been looking forward to some lazy summer days.  (More on that here.) Then the calls and emails started.

Yes, I have two mysteries coming out in July: Cross My Path (July 1, Severn House) and Fear on Four Paws (July 3, Poisoned Pen Press).  But I kind of thought life would be quiet until Bouchercon in September. Silly me!

“Cat-loving fans of grim post-apocalyptic tales will best appreciate Simon’s third Blackie and Care mystery … The disparate plot lines combine in a fiery finale.” – Publishers Weekly

First up: New England Mobile Book Fair and Newton Warehouse Wine & Spirits are pairing up to present “Noir Night,” July 19. They’ll pair the latest noir-ish books by me, Lisa Lieberman, and Joanna Schaffhausen with pinot noirs, in what should be a tasty event! (6:30-8:30 p.m., Newton Wine & Spirits, 241 Needham St., Newton). Then, August 10-12, I’ll be at the Deadly Ink conference in New Jersey. (Look for me on the “Cozy Cats” panel on Saturday.)

I’ll also be taping a summer book chat, along with Hank Phillippi Ryan and Peter Swanson, for “Under the Radar with Callie Crossley,” to air Sunday, Aug. 5, on WGBH-FM. (You’ll be able to hear us here.), along with segments for Winthrop public access cable, and more, which I’ll post on my site as they go up. Oh, yeah, and I’m writing again…of course!

Happy summer!


“Readers who love bossy cats, don’t mind ferrets, and can accept an animal psychic as a protagonist will enjoy this seventh entry in the Pru Marlowe Pet Noir series….Series fans, who have no problem with the fact that Pru talks mostly to animals, will lap it up.” – Booklist
“Irresistable” – Publishers Weekly