Review and Giveaway: Grey Dawn by Clea Simon


I was thrilled when the sixth book in the Dulcie Schwartz mystery series, featuring the Harvard graduate student, along with her kitten Esme and the spirit of her departed cat, Mr. Grey, arrvied in my mailbox. I’m a huge fan of the series, and I’ve learned from reading the first five books that once I got started with Grey Dawn, I would have a hard time putting it down, so I planned accordingly.

In this book, we still find Dulcie working on her doctoral thesis about an incomplete gothic novel written by an unknown author in the 18th century. Dulcie is excited when she discovers what appear to be missing pages of what may have been the manuscript of the novel. She is deeply immersed in thoughts about the novel and its author on the way home one night, when she hears what sounds like a wolf howling, and catches a glimpse of her thesis advisor, looking strangely inhuman in the moonlight. She chalks it up to being so immersed in the dark tale of her gothic novel, and doesn’t give the odd occurrence any more thought until she finds out the next morning that a student was savagely attacked that very night. And the student looks very much like Dulcie.

If you know Dulcie from the previous books, you know she won’t be able to stop herself from investigating. Did she hear the crime as it was being committed? Could her advisor be a werewolf? Or did Dulcie simply spend too much time engulfed in her gothic novel?

Simon masterfully takes us through multiple plot lines to the surprising finish. The juxtaposition of Dulcie’s research into the gothic novel and her real life, and the communication from both her ghost cat, Mr. Grey, and her kitten Esme, add an element of mystery that left me in awe of the author’s imagination and ability to keep the story believable despite these excursions into the supernatural.

This series just keeps getting better and better. One of the best parts about reading a series is the character development, and Simon has done an outstanding job with Dulcie. I’ve come to like her more with each book, and I hope there’ll be many more to follow. And of course, there are plenty of cats in this book: from ghost cat Mr. Grey, who keeps an eye on Dulcie and guides her with subtle and sometimes not so subtle messages, to Esme, who is maturing into a young adult with a strong sense of who she is, to an orange kitten Dulcie rescues, the cat references are delightful. It’s clear that Simon knows and loves cats.

Like all the books in this series, Grey Dawn can be read as a standalone, but but I’d encourage you to read the entire series – it’s just too good to stop with just one book.

Clea Simon has generously offered one autographed copy of this book to go to one lucky winner. To enter the giveaway, tell me in a comment why you’d like to win this book. For an additional chance to win, tweet about this giveaway or share on Facebook, Google+ or Pinterest, and leave a separate comment letting me know that you shared. No need to post the link to your share.This giveaway ends Friday, June 7, and is limited to readers in the United States only *.

Clea Simon is the author of the Dulcie Schwartz and Theda Krakow mysteries and the nonfiction The Feline Mystique – On the Mysterious Connection Between Cats and Their Women as well as several other nonfiction books. For more information about Clea, please visit her website or her blog.

*No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Winners will be notified via e-mail. Prize winner must provide The Conscious Cat with a physical address to which the prize will be mailed within 72 hours. If this information is not received, an alternate winner will be chosen by random drawing. Winners will be announced in a separate post following the drawing.

This book was sent to me by the author. Receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.

24 Comments on Review and Giveaway: Grey Dawn by Clea Simon

  1. Charlotte Birt
    June 8, 2013 at 6:43 pm (8 years ago)

    I love mysteries and cats. So it would give me both loves.

  2. Julie McDonough
    June 7, 2013 at 9:03 pm (8 years ago)

    It sounds really interesting, I can’t wait to read it. Thank-you for the opportunity to win this.

  3. Ally
    June 7, 2013 at 8:55 pm (8 years ago)

    Sounds like a great book. Would love to win a copy!

  4. Gayle Keresey
    June 7, 2013 at 8:32 pm (8 years ago)

    I love Clea Simon’s books! I am excited there is a new one available!

  5. Cheryl J
    June 7, 2013 at 7:44 pm (8 years ago)

    Shared on facebook…would love to win.

  6. Cheryl J
    June 7, 2013 at 7:43 pm (8 years ago)

    Sounds like a great book! Thanks for the opportunity- what a great giveaway.

  7. Melissa
    June 7, 2013 at 7:05 pm (8 years ago)

    I can never get enough cat books…would love to read this one 😉

  8. Gail W.
    June 2, 2013 at 10:28 pm (8 years ago)

    I haven’t read any of the books in this series but would love to. They sound great.

  9. Jeanne
    June 2, 2013 at 7:39 am (8 years ago)

    I have already read Grey Dawn, so I don’t need to be entered in the contest to win. I think it’s the best Dulcie to date. I love the way the author draws the parallels between the 18th century manuscript and what happens with Dulcie. The character has grown a lot. And of course, I love the cats!

  10. Ronnie
    June 2, 2013 at 7:34 am (8 years ago)

    Thank you Ingrid for posting this cat series books. I will check them out at my library! I need fiction for a change:) And love to read anything on a kitty coming back to visit after passing over the Bridge. And for sure, will get Ms. Simon’s non-fiction book: “The Feline Mystique: On The Mysterious Connection Between Cats & Their Women.” Thank You!

  11. donna
    May 31, 2013 at 10:36 pm (8 years ago)

    I love every cat book that comes out i hope i win this one

  12. Central Coast Vet
    May 31, 2013 at 10:06 pm (8 years ago)

    Could be interesting! I have yet to see a cat in the lead role in a novel.

  13. Paulette Smith
    May 31, 2013 at 9:51 pm (8 years ago)

    Posted giveaway on Facebook.

  14. Paulette Smith
    May 31, 2013 at 9:49 pm (8 years ago)

    I have read all of Clea Simon’s books and have loved them all! The Dulcie Schwartz series is my favorite of all and it would be a real thrill to have an autographed copy! Thanks for the opportunity to win one!!

  15. Becca Cook
    May 31, 2013 at 8:23 pm (8 years ago)

    This series of novels sound wonderful. I love to read just about any typ of novel that have cats as a main character. Hope to find these books at the library since funds are tight to buy any books lately.

  16. Betty Wells
    May 31, 2013 at 6:23 pm (8 years ago)

    I love to read books, especially any of them about a cat or ghosts. I haven’t read any of these either but I will definitely start now.

  17. Clea Simon
    May 31, 2013 at 5:47 pm (8 years ago)

    Thanks so much for your kind words and all your interest! I’m revising what I hope will be the next book in the series, and your responses are so encouraging.

  18. Michelle
    May 31, 2013 at 4:42 pm (8 years ago)

    I haven’t read any of this series yet, but even if I don’t win, I want to start.

  19. Cindy
    May 31, 2013 at 11:17 am (8 years ago)

    I’m sorry to admit, but I haven’t read a book in awhile. I have a hard time finding books that I’m interested in, but this series looks like it might be right up my alley (cat)! I’m going to download a copy of the first in the series today. Thanks for the review. 🙂

  20. Kyle S.
    May 31, 2013 at 9:46 am (8 years ago)

    I am an avid reader, and I love cats, but sadly, I have not yet read a book in which cats play any significant role. I would love to try this one out – I’m sure that I would love it!

  21. Sue Brandes
    May 31, 2013 at 9:43 am (8 years ago)

    Cute cover. I have heard really good things about her books. I would love to read it myself. Thanks for the giveaway.

  22. Laura Albert
    May 31, 2013 at 9:28 am (8 years ago)

    As a pet sitter, I work hard all day caring for all manner of wonderful animals, but when I get home, my 5 cats & I love to curl up with a great book & this one sounds like it’s perfect for those special times!!

  23. Michelle
    May 31, 2013 at 6:39 am (8 years ago)

    I would love to win this book. It sounds like my kind of fiction.

  24. Kay
    May 31, 2013 at 3:12 am (8 years ago)

    I can’t win this book as I live in Australia…so off to amazon I go to purchase of luck everyone


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