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Clea Simon is a Boston-based writer and journalist, who contributes regularly to the Boston Globe, The New York Times, Ms., and a variety of other publications

Inclou aquests noms: Clea Simon, Clea Simons


Obres de Clea Simon

Cattery Row (2006) 87 exemplars
Shades of Grey (2009) 68 exemplars
Cries and Whiskers (2007) 58 exemplars
Cats Can't Shoot (1646) 43 exemplars
Grey Matters (2009) 42 exemplars
Probable Claws (2009) 39 exemplars
When Bunnies Go Bad (1835) 31 exemplars
Parrots Prove Deadly (2013) 30 exemplars
Grey Zone (2011) 29 exemplars
Kittens Can Kill (2015) 28 exemplars
True Grey (2012) 22 exemplars
Panthers Play for Keeps (2014) 21 exemplars
Grey Expectations (2012) 20 exemplars
Grey Dawn (2013) 18 exemplars
Code Grey (2015) 14 exemplars
Grey Howl (2013) 12 exemplars
Into The Grey (2016) 9 exemplars
Hold Me Down (2021) 8 exemplars
Fear on Four Paws (2018) 7 exemplars
World Enough (2017) 6 exemplars
Cross My Path (2018) 4 exemplars
Boston Rock Trivia (1985) 1 exemplars
Dirty Sally 1 exemplars

Obres associades

Writes of Passage: Adventures on the Writer's Journey (2014) — Col·laborador — 17 exemplars
Shattering Glass: A Nasty Woman Press Anthology (2020) — Col·laborador — 7 exemplars


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This review originally appeared on my blog at

Many thanks to NetGalley and the author for the ARC!

The Queen of Pet Noir is back! BUNNIES is a little darker outing this time, with Pru choosing to do most of the work herself, with minimal input from Wallis. It also seemed that everyone was untrustworthy – whatever things seemed to be on the surface turned out to be the opposite.

Author Simon has a lot going on in this tale, and at times I felt it took a while for the plot to advance. Pru struggles with understanding the “why” and “who”, despite a seemingly simple murder. In the beginning, things appear to be just another murder. But just as snow will melt away, uncovering more detail underneath, the murder turns into two, Pru’s cop beau is taken off the case, and a mysterious gentleman gangster keeps showing up.

For those that haven’t read the first few installments of the Pru Marlowe story, things may not make sense quickly. However, as you read, you will see Pru become more aware of where she is in her life, and what she has become due to her dubious “gift” of being able to communicate with animals.

She learns to accept that things don’t always go as they should; and becomes even closer in a way to those animals that identify as prey. Gangster Benazi continues to keep Pru off balance as he continually alludes to her “gift” – and refers to it openly, much to her dismay. She is terrified of anyone finding out the truth about her, and through these thoughts Pru understands how prey animals must feel.

It takes a strong person to let your vulnerability show – and Simon shows us Pru in all her incarnations. We see not just a cute story about a woman who can talk to animals; we can see the character evolving and growing into someone more aware of her place in the bigger picture of the world.

Enjoyable as always are the regulars: Growler, Frank, and of course Wallis. We also meet a sweet spaniel who just wants to be next to the man he loves – if only Pru could figure out who he is!

Simon dangles some interesting things in front of us at the end, leaving things open for another book. I know her many fans will be grateful for this, including me!
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kwskultety | Hi ha 4 ressenyes més | Jul 4, 2023 |
This review originally appeared on my blog at

Thanks to the author for this review copy! When I met her at BookCon 2015, she was signing copies of two books. Fans got to pick which one they wanted and Ms Simon graciously shared a few words with each person as she inscribed their copy. I was intrigued, since I never heard of “pet noir”, and knew right away I wanted to review this book.

Pru is an animal trainer who just happens to be able to “hear” thoughts in her head, thoughts that come from the animals around her, wild or tame. She’s also hovering on the edge of misanthropy, a trait that has carried her through dark times in her past. The author alludes to Pru’s past with tantalizing bits here and there, and the reader must put everything together, like a puzzle with a few missing pieces.

Pru’s tabby cat Wallis, is a typical feline: reticent, self centered, and slothful. She sneeringly communicates with Pru in such a way that her comments seem disingenuous, until Pru makes the connection and it all makes sense. This was a bit hard to get used to in the beginning, until I realized it was being written intentionally in that fashion–I wasn’t missing things due to lack of brain cells.

Simon’s attention to detail in writing about Wallis’ behavior is a joy to behold. She truly describes a cat’s attitude, movements (Wallis “delicately splays a toe” while grooming herself) and complete disinterest; exactly like every cat I’ve ever known! Some of Simon’s best writing is done as she leads the reader into the mind of various critters, such as ferrets, dogs and birds. It was so easy to believe their conversations and mannerisms were true renditions. Every little quirk of dogs sniffing trees or the flock mind of starlings was rendered perfectly. Perhaps this story written in a different way would have seemed surreal or silly. Not so here. I seamlessly moved through the story in a state of belief that yes, Pru could hear these thoughts and the animals could pick hers up as well. No cartoonish Dr Doolittle thing going on here—-this is excellent writing.

The author can render people well too: the tippling town gossip, the sweet talking bad boy, the vapid gum snapping kennel attendant are all easy to picture. And let’s not forget about the plot. There is drama, suspense, and lots of red herrings. Absolutely delightful.

I had a fun time reading DOGS DON’T LIE. It sounds like Ms Simon had a fun time writing it too. I’ll be picking up more of her work in the future.
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kwskultety | Hi ha 9 ressenyes més | Jul 4, 2023 |
Pretty decent mystery though Theda, despite her experience as a journalist, seemed peculiarly willing to trust what many people told her.
leslie.98 | Hi ha 12 ressenyes més | Jun 27, 2023 |
Sex Drugs and Rock & Roll!

Being a lover of rock music, I was excited to read this novel about a female rockstar! I was expecting a Daisy Jones vibe, but this was way more grittier and darker…which I dig.

A suspense filled book that was spoken by the protagonist, Gal, in dual timelines from today and when she was living that rockstar lifestyle! I loved this character.

She begins having flashbacks of suppressed memories that slowly reveals the darkness of that lifestyle and how it can affect her moving forward.

I would say not to go into this book expecting a strong thriller/mystery. It read more like a suspenseful woman’s fiction novel.

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GeauxGetLit | Hi ha 1 ressenya més | May 27, 2023 |



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