Clea Simon’s Dulcie Schwartz mystery series, featuring the Harvard graduate student, along with her kitten Esme and the spirit of her departed cat, Mr. Grey, has become one of my favorite cat mysteries. In Grey Howl, the seventh installment of the series, we find Dulcie helping with preparations for a prestigious literature conference. Dulcie is in the final stages of her doctoral thesis about an obscure gothic novel by a mysterious author, and she is excited about presenting her paper at the conference. But as the visiting scholars arrive, things begin to go wrong, and Dulcie finds herself in the middle of a tangled web of academic rivalries. A presentation is sabotaged, a scholar disappears, and another is murdered. And to top it all off, Dulcie’s boyfriend Chris is acting strangely.
It’s a good thing Dulcie has the help of her young cat Esme, and the spirit of her beloved Mr. Grey, as she tries to put together the pieces of the mystery!
As with the other books in the series, the multiple plot lines and well-developed characters will keep the reader engaged. Dulcie becomes more and more likeable with each installment. I loved seeing how Simon balanced Dulcie’s somewhat scatterbrained nature with more confidence in her abilities. The cats in the book, from Mr. Grey’s gentle guidance to Esme’s sometimes frustratingly veiled input, showcase the author’s deep connection with and understanding of cats and their nature.
This book, and the others in the series, will appeal to mystery lovers who enjoy a mystery with lots of twists and turns, and to cat lovers who will find the frequent cat references delightful.Simon provides enough backstory so that Grey Howl can be read as a standalone, but why deprive yourself of the fun of reading the entire series?
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Clea Simon is the author of the Theda Krakow and Pru Marlowe 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.
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