Bad Boy Beat

When a rookie reporter is convinced a series of street crimes are connected, she is willing to go the extra mile to chase down the big story.

“Simon’s staccato prose sets a tense mood that keeps readers on the edge.” – Kirkus Reviews


To Conjure a Killer

Kitten season can be murder…


If you enjoy feline-centric mysteries, fantasy, and a touch of magic, you will love this book.” – Purrs of Wisdom

“A treat for cat and cozy mystery lovers.” – Lesa’s Book Critiques

Hold Me Down

Now a Mass. Book Award “Must Read”!

“This devastatingly powerful mystery hits you like a punch to the heart.”
— Caroline Leavitt, New York Times-bestselling author

“A darkly suspenseful dive into friendship, fame, murder, and the thrilling power of rock music. I couldn’t put it down.”
—Meg Gardiner, author of the UNSUB series

A Cat on the Case

“Fans of feline cozies will be charmed.”
Publishers Weekly

“Yes, this is a feline-filled cozy, but it’s also an intricate work of speculative fiction.”
Kingdom Books

An Incantation of Cats

“Simon expertly casts suspicion on one member of her tiny human cast after another … for readers who want all cats, all the time.”
Kirkus Reviews

World Enough

“With a colorful cast of characters, a gift for detail, and intricate plotting, Simon takes her readers deep into the esoteric world of the Boston music scene.”
-Lisa Unger, New York Times-bestselling author

A Spell of Murder

“Delightful … You don’t have to be a cat lover to appreciate this paranormal cozy’s witty observations, entertaining dialogue, and astute characterizations.”
Publishers Weekly

Cross My Path

“Epic in scope.”
Bristol Public Library book blog

“Not only reflects a thorough understanding of feline behavior, but also a connection to the feline essence.”
The Conscious Cat

Fear on Four Paws

 – Publishers Weekly

“Series fans will lap it up.”


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Praise for Hold me Down

Provocative, moving, and suspenseful

Lisa Unger

Gripping and intense…darkly suspenseful 

Meg Gardiner

Pitch-perfectly dark psychological suspense

Hank Phillippi Ryan

Cracking plot in a rich setting… perfection

Catriona McPherson

Powerfully written and compulsively readable

Dave Zeltserman

Powerful…hits you like a punch in the heart

Caroline Leavitt

A  justice-gets-done story that you can’t put down.

E. Jean Carroll

Raw and compelling suspense novel

Kingdom Books


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New book alert!

Remember Hold Me Down? Named a “must read” by the Massachusetts Center for the Book, this dark rock ‘n’ roll novel of suspense was briefly orphaned when publisher Polis Books went out of business. But now Bloodhound Books has picked it up and will re-publish...

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Instagram loves BAD BOY BEAT

A quick search of #BadBoyBeat gathers these lovely blossoms: “Fast-paced, intriguing and suspenseful. I love strong female characters and Em was a feisty and complex heroine, I just loved her character. A great mystery that will keep you at the edge of your seat.” –...

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HOLD ME DOWN will be back in print!

As some of you know, dear Polis Books has called it quits. That left us Polis authors out in the cold... but I'm thrilled to announce that Bloodhound Books has picked up HOLD ME DOWN! This UK publisher will re-publish my dark rock 'n' roll standalone in e-book and...

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