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Clea Simon is the Boston Globe-bestselling author of three nonfiction books and 29 mysteries, including World Enough, a 2017 Massachusetts Book Award “must read,” and 2021’s Hold Me Down (Polis), of which the Boston Globe said: “In electric prose, Simon conjures the rock-and-roll world, its drink, drugs, and band dynamics, and the twin seductresses of excess and success, as she makes a penetrating portrait of friendship.” A graduate of Harvard University, she has contributed to publications ranging from Salon.com and Harvard Magazine to Yankee and The New York Times. 

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Clea Simon was born and raised in East Meadow, N.Y. She graduated  Harvard University with an A.B. in English and American Language and Literature magna cum laude. She then earned a certificate from the Columbia University School of Journalism summer magazine writing and editing program. She is married to the writer Jon S. Garelick, and they live in Somerville, Massachusetts.

She is a member of Sisters in Crime, the Mystery Writers of America, National Book Critics Circle, and the Cat Writers Association.

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Bibliography

Mad House: Growing Up in the Shadows of Mentally Ill Siblings (Doubleday, 1997), $23.95, ISBN 0-385-47852-6; paperback, Penguin, 1998, $14.00, ISBN 0-1402-74340

Fatherless Women: How We Change After We Lose Our Dads (Wiley, 2001), $24.95, ISBN 0-471-41006-3; paperback, Wiley, 2002, $12.95, ISBN 0-471-22895-8

The Feline Mystique: On the Mysterious Connection Between Women and Cats (St. Martin’s, 2003), $22.95, ISBN 0-312-26881-5; paperback, St. Martin’s Griffin, 2003, $12.95, ISBN 0-312-31610-0

Mew is for Murder: A Theda Krakow Mystery (Poisoned Pen Press, 2005), $24.95, ISBN 1-59058-165-2; trade paperback, Poisoned Pen Press, 2005, $14.95, ISBN 978-1590583081

Cattery Row: A Theda Krakow Mystery (Poisoned Pen Press, 2006),  ISBN 2-59058-306-X; trade paperback, Poisoned Pen Press, ISBN 978-1590584668

Cries and Whiskers: A Theda Krakow Mystery (Poisoned Pen Press, 2007), ISBN 978-1-59058-464-4; trade paperback, Poisoned Pen Press, ISBN 978-1590585382

Probable Claws: A Theda Krakow Mystery (Poisoned Pen Press, 2009),  ISBN 978-1590585641

Shades of Grey: A Dulcie Schwartz Mystery (Severn House, 2009)  available in hardcover, paperback, and ebook. ISBN 978-0727867810

Grey Matters: A Dulcie Schwartz Mystery (Severn House, 2010)available in hardcover, paperback, and ebook.   ISBN 978-0727868404

Dogs Don’t Lie: A Pru Marlowe Pet Noir (Poisoned Pen Press), available in hardcover, paperback, and ebook. ISBN 978-1590588606

Grey Zone: A Dulcie Schwartz Mystery (Severn House, 2011) available in hardcover, paperback, ebook, and audiobook. ISBN 978-0727869922

Grey Expectations: A Dulcie Schwartz Mystery (Severn House, 2012)  available in hardcover, paperback, ebook, and audiobook.  ISBN 978-0727881342

Cats Can’t Shoot: A Pru Marlowe pet noir (Poisoned Pen Press) available in hardcover, paperback, and ebook.ISBN 978-1590583258

True Grey: A Dulcie Schwartz Mystery (Severn House, 2012) available in hardcover, paperback, ebook, and audiobook. ISBN 978-0727882158

Parrots Prove Deadly: A Pru Marlowe pet noir (Poisoned Pen Press) available in hardcover, paperback, and ebook. ISBN 978-1464201028

Grey Dawn: A Dulcie Schwartz Mystery (Severn House, 2013),  available in hardcover, paperback, ebook, and audiobook.  ISBN 978-0727882615

Grey Howl: A Dulcie Schwartz Mystery (Severn House, 2014), available in hardcover, paperback, and ebook. ISBN 978-0727883469

Panthers Play for Keeps: A Pru Marlowe pet noir (Poisoned Pen Press, 2014), available in hardcover, paperback, and ebook. ISBN 978-1590588727

Stages of Grey: A Dulcie Schwartz Mystery (Severn House, 2014), available in hardcover, paperback, and ebook. ISBN 978-0727883933

Kittens Can Kill: A Pru Marlowe pet noir (Poisoned Pen Press, 2015), available in hardcover, paperback, and ebook. ISBN 978-1464203589

Code Grey: A Dulcie Schwartz Mystery (Severn House, 2015), available in hardcover, paperback, and ebook. ISBN 978-0727885067

The Ninth Life: A Blackie and Care Mystery (Severn House, 2016), available in hardcover, paperback, and ebook. ISBN 978-0727885715

Into The Grey (Severn House, 2016), available in hardcover, paperback, and ebook, ISBN 978-0727886279

As Dark As My Fur: A Blackie and Care Mystery (Severn House, 2017) available in hardcover, paperback, and ebook.  ISBN 978-0727886828

World Enough (Severn House, 2017) available in hardcover, paperback, and ebook. ISBN 978-0727887337

Cross My Path: A Blackie and Care Mystery (Severn House, 2018), available in hardcover and ebook. ISBN 978-0727887870

Fear On Four Paws: A Dru Marlowe pet noir (Poisoned Pen Pres, 2018), available in hardcover, paperback and ebook. ISBN 978-1464211072

A Spell of Murder: A Witch Cats of Cambridge Mystery (Polis Books, 2018), available in hardcover, trade paperback, and ebook ISBN 978-1947993327

An Incantation of Cats: A Witch Cats of Cambridge Mystery  (Polis Books, 2020), ISBN 978-1947993808

A Cat on the Case: A Witch Cats of Cambridge Mystery (Polis Books, 2021), ISBN 978-1951709266

Hold Me Down (Polis Books, 2021), ISBN 978-1951709518.

She also co-authored Boston Rock Trivia (Quinlen Press, 1985) with Brett Milano. It is out of print.