Book Review: Shades of Grey by Clea Simon


The first book in the brand new series by Clea Simon, Shades of Grey features Harvard grad student Dulcie Schwartz, who is fascinated by 18th century Gothic novels.  Dulcie is not having a good summer.  She recently lost her beloved pet cat Mr. Grey, her best friend and room-mate has gone away for the summer, and she has sublet her apartment to an unpleasant business school student.   One day, Dulcie comes home from her boring temp job at an insurance agency and is about to enter her apartment when she sees a cat that looks just like her beloved Mr. Grey, and she clearly hears a voice in her head warning her “I wouldn’t go in just now, if I were you.”  Is it he spirit of her pet?  Dulcie ignores the warning, and finds her room-mate murdered with her own kitchen knife. 

This sets up a multi-layered plot in which our heroine deals with murder, someone hacking into computers at the insurance agency she temps at and at Harvard, and research for her thesis on Gothic novels.  Throughout all of this, the ghost of her cat continues to appear, offering his cryptic advice.  Is it a ghost, or a spirit guide?  You’ll have to read this extremely well-crafted and enjoyable mystery to find out for yourself.  This book has everything a mystery (and cat) lover could want:  a great story, a likeable heroine, a spirit cat, a little bit of romance, exceptional story telling and multi-dimensional secondary characters.  I can’t wait for the next book in this series.

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6 Comments on Book Review: Shades of Grey by Clea Simon

  1. Ingrid
    August 2, 2009 at 6:15 pm (12 years ago)

    It’s a wonderful book, Wendy – as are all of Clea Simon’s. I’m sure you’ll love it.

  2. Literary Feline
    August 2, 2009 at 1:45 pm (12 years ago)

    I’m very much looking forward to reading this one. It’s sitting right here next to me. I am glad to read you enjoyed it, Ingrid!

  3. Ingrid
    July 24, 2009 at 3:41 pm (12 years ago)

    Thanks for stopping by, Clea! Congrats on finishing your revisions. I’m so happy to hear there won’t be a long wait for “Grey Matters!”

  4. Clea Simon
    July 24, 2009 at 2:03 pm (12 years ago)

    thank you so much! And don’t worry … I am sending “Grey Matters” back to my editor today (am finishing up my revisions). It’s due to be published in Dec. ’09 in the UK, in the US soon after!


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