I particularly enjoyed the Gothic excerpts, the story behind the silver cat printer’s mark, and especially Dulcie’s relationships with her beloved Mr. Grey and current feline Esme. ~Melissa’s Mochas, Mysteries and Meows
Code Grey relates fascinating details not only about academic and literary life but also about history of other importance. ~Laura’s Interests
Ms. Simon writes a great story, with very interesting characters. ~Book Babble
Did a down on his luck former student steal a priceless book? Grad student and cat lover Dulcie Schwartz thinks not and she sets out to prove it”
It s spring break, and Dulcie Schwartz has stayed behind in almost-deserted Cambridge, Massachusetts to concentrate on her thesis. But when a former student turned vagrant, Jeremy Mumbles, is found injured, with a valuable missing book clutched in his arms, Dulcie can t seem to let it go. What was he doing with the book? And why has it turned up after all these years?
With Jeremy now the prime suspect for a series of break-ins in the area, Dulcie is determined to clear the unfortunate former scholar s name. But when she finds a connection between the book he was carrying and her own research into an anonymous Gothic author, the search for clues takes on a new intensity and a new menace.
About The Author
Clea Simon is the author of 18 mysteries in the Theda Krakow, DulcieSchwartz, and Pru Marlowe pet noir series. The latter two are ongoingand include her most recent books, Code Grey (Severn House) and Kittens Can Kill (Poisoned Pen Press). A former journalist and nonfiction author, she lives in Somerville, Mass., with her husband, the writer Jon Garelick, and their cat Musetta. She can be reached at http://www.cleasimon.com
Where are you from?
I grew up in suburban
Long Island, New York, but now I live in Somerville, Massachusetts, a little
city right next to Boston. I came to Massachusetts for college and fell in
love! (Kind of like Dulcie, my heroine….)
Tell us your latest
Booklist – the book
review publication of the American Library Assocation – LOVED “Code Grey”! They said, “This unusual and intelligent
series continues to surprise, with additional backstory on some of the
characters adding layers of interest. Readers will not want Dulcie to finish
her dissertation anytime soon.” I’m so excited about this because these are
LIBRARIANS reading and reviewing this, so how cool is that?
When and why did you
I can’t even really
remember when I started. I always loved making up stories and as soon as I
could write, I wrote them down.
When did you first
consider yourself a writer?
Ah, that’s a
different question! Some days, I still don’t … I kind of eased into it. First I
was a journalist, and I used my writing to get information for people. It took
a long time and a big leap of faith before I realized that my writing by itself
might have value or interest for people.
What inspired you to
write your first book?
Well, my first three
books were nonfiction, so I’ll tell you about my first mystery (which kind of
ties in with what you asked me before):
I have always read
mysteries and I befriended the proprietor of a local mystery bookshop, Kate
Mattes of Kate’s Mysteries in Cambridge, MA (it’s closed now). She knew I had a
nonfiction book out about cats – “The Feline Mystique: On the Mysterious
Connection Between Women and Cats” – and she invited me to come sign my
nonfiction book at her annual holiday mystery party. I said, “But, Kate, it’s
not a mystery!” To which she replied, “Believe it or not, Clea, there’s a lot
of overlap between women who love cats and mystery readers.” So I did and it
was a blast and we all drank some wine. And at the end of the night, she said
to me, “You should write a mystery.” And it was like she was giving me
permission to do something I had always wanted to do. So the next day I started
the book that became “Mew is for Murder,” my first mystery.
Do you have a
specific writing style?
I try to write in the
voice of my characters and to write slightly different styles for my different
How did you come up
with the title?
All my Dulcie books
have “Grey” in the title, because the one constant in her life is the ghost of
her late, great cat, Mr. Grey. (NO relation to that OTHER Mr Grey –mine came
Is there a message in
your novel that you want readers to grasp?
My Dulcie books
always stress friendship and love – trusting your heart and trusting those you
What would you like
my readers to know?
That I write to
entertain. If my books leave you feeling warm and cozy, then I’ve done my job!