A graduate student turns sleuth when her roommate is murdered.
Dulcie Schwartz is down in the dumps. Her beloved cat Mr. Grey has died. Her regular housemate Suze has left town and stuck her with a sublet, a preppy jerk named Tim. Her dissertation in Gothic literature is going nowhere. And only a boring temp job allows her to make ends meet. Arriving home to find Tim stabbed to death with her carving knife is the last straw, especially as she’d ignored the ghostly voice of Mr. Grey warning her not to go back to her apartment. The cops think Dulcie may have stabbed Tim even though there are other suspects in the form of several girlfriends and Tim’s brother Luke, a student at Stanford Law, believes that Tim may have been dealing drugs. Glimpses of Mr. Grey and messages from him lead Dulcie to doubt her sanity. She’s suspected of computer hacking at work, and her love life is in a shambles. If she wants to prove herself innocent of murder and hacking and settle on a dissertation topic before she loses her grant, she’ll have to get her act together, take a few tips from Mr. Grey and solve the crimes.
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.