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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 that stranger then disappears, leaving behind her heirloom violin the aspiring witch detective is drawn further into a web of deceit and intrigue complicated by a history that only Becca’s three magical cats truly understand.

And that other book?

Some of you noticed that second book in the announcement… Hold Me Down. Yes, I’ve written another music-world mystery, or as my publisher calls it, “a standalone novel of suspense.” It’s dark, it’s intense, and, no, there are no cats in it. Still, I’m very proud of Hold Me Down, which looks like it will be published (again by Polis) in September, 2021.

I had originally described HOLD ME DOWN as a “rock and roll noir” in the style of my Mass. Book Award-honored WORLD ENOUGH, that follows a recovering rock star as she unravels a mysterious killing – and her own past – in the context of an industry that monetizes dysfunction. Here’s the official deals report – a tad more standardized in terms of description!

Anyway, no cover or links yet, but I am VERY excited to have placed this book and I can’t think of a better home! More as I know it!

More witch cats to come!

It’s official! A Cat on the Case, the third Witch Cats of Cambridge cozy mystery, will be published by Polis Books on Jan. 16, 2021, and can be pre-ordered now.


When a panicked stranger shows up at Charm and Cherish, Becca Colwin feels compelled to help. But when that stranger then disappears, leaving behind her heirloom violin the aspiring witch detective is drawn further into a web of deceit and intrigue complicated by a history that only Becca’s three magical cats truly understand. 

January 2021? Maybe I’ll even be able to visit bookstores by then…

“Spell” in paperback

Yes! Just in time for holiday reading (and giving), A Spell of Murder is out in trade paperback. Same adorable cover, but lighter weight – and a bit less expensive too. Want a signed copy? Email me and we’ll figure it out!

“Simon expertly casts suspicion…”

Fellow authors have long talked about the “Kirkus kick” – this review publication’s reputation for zinging all but the most flawless books. That’s why I was a bit breathless when I got the email from my editor, alerting me to a Kirkus review for my upcoming An Incantation of Cats. I should explain – I’m reading the page proofs now. I can easily imagine a thousand things they would pick at (including many that I’m changing that will be corrected in the finished book)!

Me being me, I skimmed through the summary-type review – one reason for these advance reviews is to let libraries and bookstores know what a book is about – to the conclusion. You can imagine my surprise when I read:

Simon expertly casts suspicion on one member of her tiny human cast after another,

And the Kirkus kick? It’s this line:

but this series is really for readers who want all cats, all the time.

The three paranormally empowered feline detectives carve out a niche within a niche.

Ha! Some critic might think that’s a negative. I know it’s simple truth – and that my readers for this series are serious cat people! . And so I’m quite happy with it.

The full review is online here.

The Witch Detective of Cambridge, Massachusetts, has two clients knocking at her door, each one evidently suspicious of the other.

Since losing her job with the Cambridge Historical Society, Becca Colwin has been hoping that the paranormal powers she’s advertised in venues like Charm and Cherish, the New Age boutique that offers one-stop shopping for the local Wiccan community, will help turn her fledgling detective agency into a moneymaker. Among all the other difficulties of launching such a questionable venture, two are especially troubling. One is that minutes after Gaia Linquist, an aspiring herbalist who works at Charm and Cherish, leaves after asking her help in determining who left poisonous wolf’s bane in her coffee mug, Becca gets a visit from Margaret Cross, the co-owner of Charm and Cherish, who wants her to get the goods on the person who’s been stealing money from the till for the past three weeks—a thief she strongly suspects is Gaia Linquist. This question of how to decide between the two cases or how to juggle them both is daunting enough, but the second problem would be even more vexing if Becca had the slightest awareness of it. She doesn’t have any special powers at all; whatever success she’s enjoyed as a crime solver (A Spell of Murder, 2018) is due entirely to her three cats, littermates who actually do have them. Harriet can conjure physical objects; Laurel can manipulate human minds; and Clara can leap through solid objects. Although the mystery soon deepens to include the death of Margaret’s philandering husband, car dealer Frank Cross, it’s not at all clear whether he was felled by his heart condition or poisoned by wolf’s bane. Simon expertly casts suspicion on one member of her tiny human cast after another, but this series is really for readers who want all cats, all the time.

The three paranormally empowered feline detectives carve out a niche within a niche.

Pub Date: Jan. 14th, 2020ISBN: 978-1-947993-80-8Page count: 288ppPublisher: Polis BooksReview Posted Online: Oct. 27th, 2019Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 15th, 2019


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KIRKUS REVIEW

The Witch Detective of Cambridge, Massachusetts, has two clients knocking at her door, each one evidently suspicious of the other.

Since losing her job with the Cambridge Historical Society, Becca Colwin has been hoping that the paranormal powers she’s advertised in venues like Charm and Cherish, the New Age boutique that offers one-stop shopping for the local Wiccan community, will help turn her fledgling detective agency into a moneymaker. Among all the other difficulties of launching such a questionable venture, two are especially troubling. One is that minutes after Gaia Linquist, an aspiring herbalist who works at Charm and Cherish, leaves after asking her help in determining who left poisonous wolf’s bane in her coffee mug, Becca gets a visit from Margaret Cross, the co-owner of Charm and Cherish, who wants her to get the goods on the person who’s been stealing money from the till for the past three weeks—a thief she strongly suspects is Gaia Linquist. This question of how to decide between the two cases or how to juggle them both is daunting enough, but the second problem would be even more vexing if Becca had the slightest awareness of it. She doesn’t have any special powers at all; whatever success she’s enjoyed as a crime solver (A Spell of Murder, 2018) is due entirely to her three cats, littermates who actually do have them. Harriet can conjure physical objects; Laurel can manipulate human minds; and Clara can leap through solid objects. Although the mystery soon deepens to include the death of Margaret’s philandering husband, car dealer Frank Cross, it’s not at all clear whether he was felled by his heart condition or poisoned by wolf’s bane. Simon expertly casts suspicion on one member of her tiny human cast after another, but this series is really for readers who want all cats, all the time.

The three paranormally empowered feline detectives carve out a niche within a niche.