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


Recent Blog POsts

Zoom on in!

Long before Bad Boy Beat was even a dream, I wrote a fun little mystery about cats – specifically about a young woman who meets a possible cat hoarder – a "crazy cat lady" – and who, when that poor older woman is killed must figure out not only who killed her but what...

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BAD BOY BEAT takes the p. 69 test!

Do you know about the p. 69 test? It's when you open a book to page 69 (in other words, some random point well in) and see if that page touches on the major themes and/or action of the book in ways that will ideally clue in and entice the reader. The test, referenced...

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Readers love BAD BOY BEAT

"Bad Boy Beat is a fantastic book that I couldn't put down." "This is one of Simon's best." "I am a bit of a fan of this author's Blackie and Care series of books so I was eager to see what she did with a more conventional mystery. And I wasn't disappointed at all..."...

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