“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 praise! You can find out yourself in January (and pre-order it here)

A Cat on the Case: A Witch Cats of Cambridge Mystery

Clea Simon. Polis, $26 (304p) ISBN 978-1-951709-26-6

Simon’s pleasing third Witch Cats of Cambridge mystery (after 2020’s An Incantation of Cats) finds Becca Colwin working at Charm and Cherish, a New Age shop in Cambridge, Mass. It’s the perfect place for the aspiring witch detective, even if she doesn’t really have magical powers, as her three talking cats—Laurel, Clara, and Harriet—know. One day, a woman stops by the shop and accidently leaves behind a violin case containing a “very old instrument.” The search for the violin’s owner leads Becca and her coven of two other aspiring witches, along with her skeptical best friend, into a complicated case involving theft and other crimes. Meanwhile, Becca is in danger of losing her apartment when the building goes condo. The three witchy cats, each with its own distinct personality, do what they can to help Becca, in addition to discussing such matters as how they fit into Becca’s life and their own hierarchy. Fans of feline cozies will be charmed. Agent: John Talbot, Talbot Fortune. (Jan.)