Hold Me Down

“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

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

Fear on Four Paws

“Irresistible.”
-Publishers Weekly

“Series fans will lap it up.”
-Booklist

Welcome

I’m Clea Simon, author of the upcoming psychological suspense Hold Me Down; the rock ‘n’ roll noir World Enough; the Theda Krakow, Dulcie Schwartz, Pru Marlowe, Witch Cats of Cambridge, and Blackie & Care mysteries; and also a handful of nonfiction books. Please browse around and make yourself at home. I’d love to see you at one of my events, and I’m always happy to hear your feedback.

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Newest Books

Clea Simon writes with authority and affection about a lost world. Highly recommended.
Catriona McPherson

A twisty, bittersweet trip, with just the right mix of edge and nostalgia.
Joseph Finder

So vividly written and so rich and real, these characters’ collective loss of innocence feels shockingly personal
Caroline Leavitt

This is a haunting carpe noctem novel, and Simon seizes the night with a firm, relentless grip
Anthony DeCurtis

Recent Blog Posts

“Simon’s best book to date…”

"As much character study as mystery ... this is Simon's best book to date." Thank you so much, Book Blog of the Bristol Public Library! Click here to read the original review. Bookblog of the Bristol Library Reviews by the Reference Department of the Bristol Public...

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Countdown to HOLD ME DOWN launch

Dear friends, You’ve been hearing me talk about this book for years now, and finally Hold Me Down* will be released next Tuesday, Oct. 19. Thanks to the pandemic, it doesn’t look like I’m going to have any in-person events. However, I’ve paired with three very cool...

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The kitten on the cover …

When I heard that Book Riot had called Raquel V. Rayes' Mango, Mambo, and Murder "a vibrant, diverse, LGBTQ-inclusive cast," adding "Raquel Reyes's deft balance of sensitive topics and frothy intrigue make this a standout," I was intrigued. And then when I saw that...

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