Review and Giveaway: Code Grey by Clea Simon


Dulcie Schwartz, her cat Esme, and the spirit of her departed cat, Mr. Grey, are back! In Code Grey, the ninth installment in Clea Simon’s Dulcie Schwartz mystery series, featuring the Harvard graduate student, it’s spring break, but Dulcie has stayed behind to continue to work on her doctoral thesis about a mysterious 19th century author of two gothic novels. Most of her friends have left Cambridge, even her boyfriend Chris is visiting his family in New Jersey.

You would think that perhaps, given the lack of distractions, Dulcie would finally finish her thesis, but after eight books, we know better. Dulcie once again becomes involved in a police investigation after a former student and scholar is found injured, with a valuable missing book in his arms. When Jeremy becomes the prime suspect for a series of break-ins, Dulcie refuses to believe that the former scholar had anything to do with them. As she tries to find proof that he is innocent, she discovers a connection between the book he was holding to her own thesis.

With each installment in this series, Simon ratchets the intricate plot lines up a notch, and I found this one very hard to put down. The cat references are plentiful, with Esme and the spirit of Dulcie’s departed Mr. Grey both helping Dulcie along the way. This is another thoroughly enjoyable book in a series that just keeps getting better and better. As with all of Simon’s book, she provides enough back story so the books can be read as a standalone, but why deprive yourself of the fun of reading the entire series?

Enter to win an autographed copy of Code Grey

For up to seven ways to enter, see the Rafflecopter widget below. This giveaway is open to readers in the United States only, and ends Friday, August 7. Winners will be chosen by random drawing*.

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Clea Simon is the author of 17 mysteries and three non-fiction books, including The Feline Mystique – On the Mysterious Connection Between Cats and Their Women. For more information about Clea, please visit her website.

*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.

FTC Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the author. Receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. This post contains Amazon Associate links, which means that I get a small commission if you purchase anything through the links.

26 Comments on Review and Giveaway: Code Grey by Clea Simon

  1. Helen Kotowske
    August 7, 2015 at 7:40 pm (5 years ago)

    Cats and mysteries, that is the best.

  2. Carolsue
    August 5, 2015 at 9:14 pm (5 years ago)

    I’d like to win because I love to read books starrings cats! (That kitty on the cover looks like a cat I had many years ago!)

    • Erin
      August 6, 2015 at 12:12 pm (5 years ago)

      I’d like to win because I have 6 cats and really enjoy books about cats. I just ordered “The Feline Mystique” and can’t wait to start reading it!

  3. Jana L
    August 5, 2015 at 3:05 pm (5 years ago)

    Sounds like a great read, thanks!

  4. Shelley P
    August 4, 2015 at 10:18 pm (5 years ago)

    I love reading mysteries and would enjoy this even more because it has cats in it 🙂 Sounds like a great read!

  5. Catherine
    August 3, 2015 at 1:56 pm (5 years ago)

    I love cats and I love mysteries, so this book would be perfect for me!

  6. Margaret Rushton
    August 1, 2015 at 12:04 pm (5 years ago)

    I love this series. It’s set in Massachusetts, a state that I love to go to all of the time since it’s so close to NH. It’s fun reading about places that I recognize. I love when cats are a big part of mysteries. It makes the story so much better. I love that her late kitty, Mr. Grey is still with her. We all want that when our beloved pets pass. Also, the cat on the cover looks exactly like my daughter’s cat, Kitty.

  7. Kaye Killgore
    August 1, 2015 at 3:15 am (5 years ago)

    I haven’t read this series, but would love to

  8. bonnie cox
    August 1, 2015 at 1:05 am (5 years ago)

    I haven’t read any of these books but they look interesting and I love to read. I have 4 cats now and I think a book with cats would be perfect. thank you

  9. Cleopawtra (Becca Cook)
    July 31, 2015 at 10:05 pm (5 years ago)

    Love Miz Simon’s books. I have a couple on my kindle, but I really enjoy the feel of a real book. This would be a real joy to win the book and feel it in my hands. And to read it with my kitties snuggled up besides me.

  10. Michelle
    July 31, 2015 at 9:53 pm (5 years ago)

    Cats and mysteries are a must for reading.

  11. Clea Simon
    July 31, 2015 at 7:48 pm (5 years ago)

    Wow! Thank you so much! I’m so glad Dulcie and her crew continue to entertain!

    • Ingrid
      August 1, 2015 at 6:09 am (5 years ago)

      My pleasure, Clea!

  12. Michelle
    July 31, 2015 at 4:51 pm (5 years ago)

    I love reading and I love cats – this sounds like a perfect book to me

  13. Judy D
    July 31, 2015 at 1:42 pm (5 years ago)

    I don’t even own a cat, and am a Cleo fan. Enjoy the academic setting.

  14. Patricia B
    July 31, 2015 at 11:49 am (5 years ago)

    I would love to win!! I LOVE Clea’s books…her books are a must read for any cat owner

  15. Sue Brandes
    July 31, 2015 at 11:22 am (5 years ago)

    I love mysteries and it’s even better with cats. Thanks for the chance.

  16. Judi Daly
    July 31, 2015 at 10:15 am (5 years ago)

    I would love to win a copy. Nothing like a good mystery with cats involved. Everything is better with cats.

  17. Vickster
    July 31, 2015 at 9:48 am (5 years ago)

    This is a great series! I’m also hoping for a new Theda Krakow mystery too!

  18. Vicky
    July 31, 2015 at 9:30 am (5 years ago)

    I love Clea Simon, I’ve read some of the Grey series and must get to the library for the one’s I’ve missed. Would love a signed copy.

  19. Sylvie's Crew
    July 31, 2015 at 9:16 am (5 years ago)

    Cats and mysteries just go together, and I have read all of the Joe Grey books and several of the Dixie Himingway novels too. Time for me to try another if I can win this one.

  20. Sheila K.
    July 31, 2015 at 9:15 am (5 years ago)

    I love the work of Clea Simon—she’s always a great read!

  21. Fur Everywhere
    July 31, 2015 at 8:57 am (5 years ago)

    I’ve been wanting to read some of Simon’s books now for a while. I’d love to win an autographed copy of this one so I can delve into the series.

  22. Janine
    July 31, 2015 at 7:49 am (5 years ago)

    I love cat books

  23. Tracy Nixon
    July 31, 2015 at 4:03 am (5 years ago)

    I would love to win this book to read in the garden during the Summer. I also think my mum would like to read it after me – we are both cat lovers and enjoy reaing cat related stories.


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