Books by Clea Simon

I'm the author of four books: Mad House: Growing Up in the Shadow of Mentally Ill Siblings (published as a Doubleday hardcover in 1997, released as a Penguin paperback in 1998), Fatherless Women: How We Change After We Lose Our Dads (Wiley, 2001), The Fel


PANTHERS PLAY FOR KEEPS by Clea Simon
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 1, 2014

"The fourth in Simon's series (Parrots Prove Deadly, 2013, etc.) is not a bad mystery, but the constant animal chatter and Pru's often unbelievable behavior may appeal to only the staunchest animal lovers."
The ability to talk to animals is often a curse rather than a blessing. Read full book review >
GREY HOWL by Clea Simon
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 1, 2014

"Though Dulcie's rather scatterbrained approach to sleuthing may put readers off, her seventh provides a plethora of suspects that keeps them guessing."
More adventures in the dangerous groves of academe. Read full book review >
GREY DAWN by Clea Simon
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 1, 2013

"Simon's feline mysteries (True Grey, 2012, etc.), best read in the order in which they were written, show Dulcie's growing obsession with the fragments of a mysterious novel—a novel that presents a better mystery than her latest case."
A fascination with gothic novels colors a grad student's perception of a crime. Read full book review >
PARROTS PROVE DEADLY by Clea Simon
Released: April 2, 2013

"Although Randolph is a hoot, Pru's third (Dogs Don't Lie, 2011, etc.) is an average mystery that may be too cutesy for all but the most dedicated animal lovers."
The constant chatter of animals can be both annoying and enlightening. Read full book review >
TRUE GREY by Clea Simon
Released: Jan. 1, 2013

"As paranormal talking cat mysteries go, Simon's latest gives her humans their due and a little bit more."
A graduate student finds that life imitates art a little too closely in the gothic romances she studies. Read full book review >
GREY EXPECTATIONS by Clea Simon
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 1, 2012

"The identity of The Ravages' unknown author is a lot more interesting than the present-day shenanigans on the college campus."
A Boston-based grad student searching for supporting documentation for her thesis finds herself involved in yet another murder. Read full book review >
GREY ZONE by Clea Simon
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 1, 2011

"Although her protagonist is mildly less pretentious than she was last time around (Grey Matters, 2010, etc.), Simon's fans shouldn't expect many departures from a formula with which she clearly feels comfortable."
A sleuthing grad student adjusts to having a new cat companion and sidekick. Read full book review >
DOGS DON'T LIE by Clea Simon
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 1, 2011

"If Simon (Grey Matters, 2010, etc.) is more cute and cloying than usual, the plot compensates with more intrigue. Readers who can stomach the constant animal chatter will be rewarded with a story with some surprisingly creative twists."
An animal psychic depends on the voices around her to uncover the truth. Read full book review >
GREY MATTERS by Clea Simon
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 1, 2010

"Slow-moving even at the climax, Simon's second in the Dulcie Schwartz series is larded with soporific academic jargon and is sure to provide cat fanciers with a relaxing couple of hours."
Harvard grad student Dulcie Schwartz emerges from her academic work long enough to solve another murder. Read full book review >
SHADES OF GREY by Clea Simon
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

" A slow kickoff for a new series by cat-happy Simon (Probable Claws, 2009, etc.). Fellow animal lovers will feel the paucity of feline lore, and mystery mavens are likely to find the plot a bit convoluted."
A graduate student turns sleuth when her roommate is murdered. Read full book review >
PROBABLE CLAWS by Clea Simon
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 1, 2009

"Journalist Simon (Cries and Whiskers, 2007) adores cats. This book is for the similarly inclined."
The only eyewitness to a murder is a blood-spattered cat. Read full book review >
CRIES AND WHISKERS by Clea Simon
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Dec. 1, 2007

"A fast-paced look at the Boston music scene and a delight for cat fanciers."
Animal rights meet designer drugs in frigid Cambridge, Mass. Read full book review >
MEW IS FOR MURDER by Clea Simon
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 1, 2005

"Newcomer Simon's exploration of the real-life relations between women and cats (Feline Mystique, 2002) gives her and her complicated heroine an edge on other ailurophiles."
A chance meeting with a kitten on a sidewalk in Cambridge, Mass., leads a freelance writer into a mysterious maze with murder at the center. Read full book review >
FELINE MYSTIQUE by Clea Simon
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"Wide-ranging and perfectly pitched: both sensitive and sensible."
Journalist and memoir author Simon (Mad House, 1997) perceptively examines the close relationship between women and cats. Read full book review >
MAD HOUSE by Clea Simon
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: March 1, 1997

"Absorbing and moving—must reading for siblings of the mentally ill, members of their immediate and extended families, their friends, and all who work with them. (Author tour)"
 The outgrowth of an article by Simon in the Boston Globe, where she works, an evocative, sensitive, and beautifully crafted memoir by a journalist whose older sister and brother each suffered from schizophrenia; the brother ultimately committed suicide. Read full book review >