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Cambridge, MA
About Me:
I'm the author of four Theda Krakow mysteries ("Mew is for Murder," "Cattery Row," "Cries and Whiskers," and the upcoming "Probable Claws") and the brand new Dulcie Schwartz series, which will debut in summer '09 with "Shades of Grey." For the Theda mysteries, with Poisoned Pen, think not-too-cozy cat cozies, traditional mysteries that deal with real animal issues (hoarding, feral rescue) with a rock 'n' roll heroine. Dulcie, who is being published by Severn House, has a touch of paranormal. She can't help it. A literature grad student, studying Gothic novels, she stumbles on a murder and gets some help from the ghost of her late, great cat. What's a girl to do?

As if two series weren't enough, I'm a journalist, arts critic, online writing instructor, cat lover, epicurean human.
I Am A:
Reader, Writer, Critic
Books And Authors I Like:
Colin Cotterill, Elizabeth Peters, Ariana Franklin, Hilary Mantel, James Lee Burke, Valerie Martin, Michael Chabon, Poppy Z. Brite (particularly the restaurant series starting with "Liquor"), Barbara Hambly (I hope she gets a new publisher soon...) John Burdett, Robert Wilson, Donna Leon, Denise Mina, Jeff Lindsay, Qiu Xiaolong, Michael Stanley ... you get the idea.
Movies And TV Shows I Like:
"The Wire" on HBO, "Topsy Turvy" as my favorite movie about the creative process. "Sexy Beast," the first two "Godfathers," "L.A. Confidential." And, of course, "Impromptu," because I see myself as Judy Davis' George Sands (and, more important, my husband does, too. But he has healthy lungs.)

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"Shades of Grey" September

Yow, it's September! And Shades of Grey, my first Dulcie Schwartz mystery, is making its US debut (in reality) with a (virtual) tour.

Yes, I will be doing some line in-person readings. But this time out, I'm focusing on the online world. That means you can… Continue

Posted on September 3, 2009 at 12:30am

Thank you, Oline!

"It's easy to get caught up in the adventures of grad student Dulcie Schwartz." – Oline Cogdill, Sun-Sentinel

Big sigh of relief - and big thanks out to Sun-Sentinel critic Oline Cogdill!

Simon makes her elements of the supernatural work in `Shades of Grey'



-"Shades of Grey," by Clea Simon; Severn House (216 pages, $28.95)

It's easy to get caught up… Continue

Posted on August 13, 2009 at 12:15am

Thank you, Library Journal

"This series launch ... is for readers who like their feline cozies mixed with a touch of the paranormal." – Library Journal on Shades of Grey

Full review (including what I hope is a typo: Theo?)



Title: SHADES OF… Continue

Posted on August 7, 2009 at 2:02am

Thank you, Booklist!

"Well paced and tightly plotted, Shades of Grey debuts a promising series from the author of the Theda Krakow mysteries." Thank you, Booklist!



Publication: BOOKLIST

Issue: 1ST AUGUST 2009

Shades of Grey, Clea Simon. Severn, $28.95 (240p), Sept 2009, ISBN 978-0-7278-6781-0

Twentysomething Dulcie Schwartz is a doctoral student at Harvard, struggling to find a thesis topic,… Continue

Posted on July 30, 2009 at 2:03am

Happy Pub Day!

Probable Claws is officially out today!

Without, it seems, my acknowledgments...

Posted on April 11, 2009 at 6:25am

PROBABLE CLAWS acknowledgments

Somehow, these don't seem to have made it into the book. Damn! Anyway, here's what I wrote:

Not sure what happened,but here they are:


Writing is solitary work and the support of friends and family make it easier. For all the cups of coffee and tea, the queries and cheers, I’d like to thank the following: Caroline Leavitt, Vicki Constantine Croke, Brett Milano, Ann Porter, Sophie Garelick, Frank Garelick, Lisa Jones, and Iris Simon. My readers – Jon,… Continue

Posted on April 11, 2009 at 6:25am

HBO's "The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency"

And I, in turn, take on the Anthony Minghella production in my review in the Boston Phoenix. I quite liked it, largely because Minghella was quite respectful of the books. That said, he did change some things. One difference that I couldn't fit into this review was a new character, an openly… Continue

Posted on March 21, 2009 at 3:51am — 2 Comments

California dreamin'

I'm sitting here in my Cambridge office, hoping the temperature really does hit 50 degrees today, but in my heart I'm in California. In print, too: The San Francisco Chronicle ran my review of "Revenge of the Spellmans" today. Fun book - and if any of you liked the first of the series, and the second less so, take heart. Lisa Lutz has discovered new sources for madcap mayhem in this third… Continue

Posted on March 19, 2009 at 2:38am

Separated at birth?

Since I posted my Shades of Grey cover (left), my buddy Brett pointed out its similarity to this REM… Continue

Posted on March 6, 2009 at 2:40am — 2 Comments

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At 7:55am on August 9, 2009, Preetham Grandhi said…
Hi Clea , I want to introduce you to my debut novel "A Circle of souls" which is a murder, mystery, psychological thriller and a tale of justice and hope. Do visit to read more about the book. Make sure you sign up to win an autographed copy of the book. You can also read more reviews by clicking on the More Reviews button at the website. Thanks for your time in advance.

Best regards

Preetham Grandhi

Early Endorsements for “A Circle of Souls”

Linda Fairstein, NYT Bestselling Author: "A fascinating debut - this novel takes the reader to the darkest places in the human soul, from a writer with the authenticity to lead us there. A stunning thriller and an important read."

Judge Judy Sheindlin, star of the Judge Judy Show: "The seminal work of this fine author kept me glued to my chair until the adventure was over and the mystery solved. A great read!"

Book Synopsis:

The sleepy town of Newbury, Connecticut, is shocked when a little girl is found brutally murdered. The town s top detective, perplexed by a complete lack of leads, calls in FBI agent Leia Bines, an expert in cases involving children.

Meanwhile, Dr. Peter Gram, a psychiatrist at Newbury s hospital, searches desperately for the cause of seven-year-old Naya Hastings devastating nightmares. Afraid that she might hurt herself in the midst of a torturous episode, Naya s parents have turned to the bright young doctor as their only hope.

The situations confronting Leia and Peter converge when Naya begins drawing chilling images of murder after being bombarded by the disturbing images in her dreams. Amazingly, her sketches are the only clues to the crime that has panicked Newbury residents. Against her better judgment, Leia explores the clues in Naya s crude drawings, only to set off an alarming chain of events.
In this stunning psychological thriller, innocence gives way to evil, and trust lies forgotten in a web of deceit, fear, and murder.
At 3:37am on December 15, 2008, Timothy C. Phillips said…
Hi Clea, how are you and how are things going? Congrautlations on all of your good news. Keep it up!
At 1:35am on May 15, 2008, Clea Simon said…
Thank you, LJ! I came back from the party at Kate's Mystery Books to that happy news. What a night!
At 2:00pm on May 14, 2008, L.J. Sellers said…
Congratulations on your Best Mystery of 2007 nomination from Deadly Ink!
At 6:48am on April 23, 2008, T. L. Cooper said…
Great to see you here! Look forward to getting to know you as well!
At 10:40pm on April 22, 2008, HELI COP said…

It's great having you as a friend, and nice to hear from you, enjoy your day.
At 8:39am on March 12, 2008, Clea Simon said…
Was - Boston Phoenix primarily. Mysteries and cats... ask Poe (or Collette)!
At 6:20am on March 12, 2008, Clea Simon said…
Thanks, Linton!
At 3:04am on January 13, 2008, Douglas Quinn said…
Douglas Quinn
Author, Editor, Book Reviewer

12 January 2008

Dear Family/Fans/Friends/Readers

Please join me in the first week of my Virtual Book Tour. Beginning tomorrow, Sunday, January 13th, writer Brenda Kay Wynn will publish an interview with Douglas Quinn on her webblog site at (click on the following or cut and paste into your browser)

You are invited to go to Brenda’s site, read the interview and comment and/or ask questions. I am looking forward to responding to your comments and queries.

The interview will be posted throughout the four week tour. Weeks two, three and four will have different articles hosted by and posted at other webblog sites. Would love to interact with you along the way.

In addition, each time during the four week tour you leave a comment and/or ask a question your name will be placed into a drawing for a Free Signed Copy of Blue Heron Marsh.. Hope to see you all there.

Douglas Quinn

P.S. Please feel free to forward this invitation to your own email address list. The more people who participate, the happier I will be.
At 9:23am on January 9, 2008, Darren Laws said…
Thank you for the welcome. Kind regards, Darren

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