#NoContact book tour welcomes Barbara Ross

It's cold out. It's getting dark earlier, and between the virus and missing so many of our familiar holiday gatherings, I'd say it's the perfect time for a cozy! My own A Cat on the Case will be out in late January, but until then, why not cozy up to Barbara Ross's...

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“Good Spirits,” indeed!

"You don't have to be a cat lover to appreciate this cozy mystery..." When I heard that Publishers Weekly had included my A CAT ON THE CASE in a roundup of cozy mysteries, I was thrilled. Then I SAW the piece – four cozies, all due early next year, all with some...

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“Fans of feline cozies will be charmed,” says PW

"Simon's pleasing third Witch Cats of Cambridge mystery," begins the review in Publishers Weekly, which winds up by concluding "Fans of feline cozies will be charmed." Well, I'm charmed – and grateful – that my upcoming A CAT ON THE CASE is already winning such...

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Sometimes sleuths work from home…

That's the premise of my short story, "The Inside Job," which will be featured in MASTHEAD: The Best New England Crime Stories 2020, coming Nov. 25 from Level Best Books. The story takes place post-pandemic, but my heroine – a homebody anyway – finds it hard to...

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#NoContact book tour with Martha Reed

It's been a while, but after the election anxiety couldn't we all use a good read? How about a good Martha Reed? Martha has just launched a new New Orleans-based series, and I know I'm ready. I missed my annual pilgrimage to the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Fest back...

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SHATTERING GLASS Sunday!

Please join us on Sunday for an all-star literary event! Free, of course. Find out more below (or here) or click through to join us here. Details: Meet some of the legendary, bestselling and critically acclaimed authors who donated time and work to Shattering...

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Cover reveal: A CAT ON THE CASE

Presenting A CAT ON THE CASE, the third Witch Cats of Cambridge mystery, to be published in January 2021 by Polis Books. Doesn't she look intent on solving this one? When a panicked stranger shows up at Charm and Cherish, Becca Colwin feels compelled to help. But when...

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A last beach read: Ursula Hegi’s “Patron Saint…”

My review of Ursula Hegi's wonderful latest novel ran in the Boston Globe: BOOK REVIEW A story of motherhood, madness, and love in ‘The Patron Saint of Pregnant Girls’ By Clea Simon Globe Correspondent, August 13, 2020 Seaside light can make reality less harsh. Hazy...

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#NoContact Book Tour with Leslie Budewitz

What a joy to see Leslie Budewitz again, even if the meet-up is virtual. In addition to being a former president of Sisters in Crime, Leslie is the first author to have won Agatha Awards for both fiction (Death al Dente) and nonfiction (Books, Crooks...

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Fiction in the Pandemic

How do we create worlds when the real one is falling apart? I tackle that dilemma in today's Boston Globe Arts have long served as humanity’s means of processing reality. But as we reel from continued global crises, what stories are going to emerge from these odd and...

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