Thank you, Conscious Cat!

"Simon ... not only reflects a thorough understanding of feline behavior, but also a connection to the feline essence..." The Conscious Cat reviews Cross My Path, adding, "I absolutely love Clea’s brilliant, highly descriptive writing style." She concludes: "If you...

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Discovering Tortitude…

Thanks to Thisbe and Ingrid King of the Conscious Cat, I've begun to learn about the joys of tortitude and ask myself the question: "How soon is too soon to invite another feline spirit into one’s life?" (Read more...

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Looking for a fun historical?

I got to read and review Jordy Rosenberg's wild new Confessions of the Fox for the Boston Globe. (And, yes, the Waters and Faber books are set 150 years later. I'd noted this, but then cut the note for space – and then "Victorian" was added back in, for accuracy I'm...

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Happy summer!

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,...

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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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Thank you, Booklist!

"Series fans [as well as "readers who love bossy cats, don't mind ferrets, and can accept an animal psychic as a protagonist"] will lap it up." So says Booklist on my upcoming (July 1) Fear on Four Paws. Thank...

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Not all cozies are cat mysteries…

And not all cat mysteries are cozies! As I ready to launch two of my own kitties of a different color (the snarky Fear on Four Paws and the positively dystopian Cross My Path), I blogged about animal cozies of all species for Booklist...

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#MeToo and my op-ed in today’s Boston Globe

As many of you may already know, I have an op-ed in the Boston Globe today, talking about "The Americans" and, more to the point, the aftereffects of rape. I wrote this piece because of a theme that seemed obvious to me – how the trauma of rape can derail a person and...

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