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Fall 2015 Mystery Authors Series – Clea Simon

Clea_w_cat1On Tuesday, October 6th at 7 PM Clea Simon will drop by Curtis Memorial Library’s Morrell Meeting Room for a visit and talk about writing and her books.

Clea has three pet-related series: The Theda Krakow mystery series, the Dulcie Schwartz Feline Mysteries set in academia, and the Pru Marlowe Pet Noir series set in the Berkshires.

In the spring of 2016 Severn House Books will launch Clea’s new, darker series, “The Ninth Life”, which features a homeless runaway teen and her cat.

cattery rowClea is also the author of three nonfiction books, and her essays and mystery short stories appear in several anthologies.

The Theda Krakow mystery series was Clea’s first venture into the mystery series venue. In the first Theda mystery, “Mew is for Murder”, Theda, a free- lance writer becomes an investigative reporter when an old “crazy cat lady” Theda has just met dies suspiciously.

Theda continues with “Cattery Row”, “Cries and Whiskers”, “Probable Claws” (Poisoned Pen Press). Clea’s next series stars Dulcie Schwartz and Mr. Grey her ghostly cat, beginning with, “Shades of Grey”, and continues with “Grey Matters”, “Grey Zone”, “Grey Expectations”, “True Grey”, “Grey Dawn”, “Grey Howl”, “Stages of Grey” and just this summer “Code Grey” (Severn House) was published.

noirThe Pru Marlowe pet noir series features bad girl turned pet psychic and Wallis her cantankerous cat. This series begins with, “Dogs Don’t Lie”, continuing with “Cats Can’t Shoot”, “Parrots Prove Deadly”, “Panthers Play for Keeps”, and published this year, “Kittens Can Kill”. (Poisoned Pen Press).

Both the Dulcie and Pru series are ongoing.

Clea’s nonfiction books include: “Mad House: Growing Up in the Shadow of Mentally Ill Siblings” (Doubleday, 1997), “Fatherless Women: How We Change After We Lose Our Dads” (Wiley, 2001) and “The Feline Mystique: On the Mysterious Connection Between Women and Cats” (St. Martin’s Press, 2002).

Clea’s essays are included in several anthologies, including “Cat Women: Female Writers on Their Feline Friends”, “For Keeps: Women Tell the Truth About Their Bodies, Growing Older, and Acceptance”, and “He Said What? Women Write About Moments When Everything Changed” (Seal Press).

coverClea’s short mysteries are included in “Christmas Cats: A Literary Companion” (Chamberlain Bros.), “Deadfall: Crime Stories by New England Authors” (Level Best), “Cambridge Voices (Friends of the CPL)”, and “Tales from the House Band, Volumes 1 and 2” (Plus One Press).

Clea has also written new introductions for two Agatha Christie classics, “The Mysterious Affair at Styles” and “The Secret Adversary”, published by the Barnes and Noble Library of Essential Reading.

Clea is a regular contributor to the Boston Globe and her writing pops up occasionally in such publications as American Prospect, Ms., San Francisco Chronicle, and

Clea lives with her husband and their cat, Musetta, in Massachusetts.

Such clubs and bars offered the perfect “third place,” neither home nor work, where I could go to unwind and socialize. I wasn’t ready to give that up.
― Clea Simon, Mew is for Murder

Mystery Author Book Talk: Vaughn Hardacker, Tuesday, September 22, 7 PM

VCH_Webpic-375x274Once again, Curtis Friends, Sisters in Crime, and Maine Crime Writers are working together to bring some very talented mystery authors to Curtis Memorial Library on Tuesdays this fall.

On Tuesday, September 22nd, Maine mystery author, Vaughn Hardacker will be visiting Curtis Memorial Library to talk about his books and writing.

A meeting with the author and book signing will follow.

This book talk will begin at 7:00 pm in the Library’s Morrell Meeting Room with free refreshments provided by Bohemian Coffee House.

Books will be available for purchase courtesy of Gulf of Maine Books.


book coverVaughn C. Hardacker is a veteran of the US Marines, and served in Vietnam. He holds degrees from Northern Maine Community College, the University of Maine, and Southern New Hampshire University. Hardacker is a member of the New England Chapter of the Mystery Writers of America, and his short stories have been published in several anthologies.

For more information and updates, visit the Fall 2015 Mystery Authors homepage.

Day & Time: Tuesday, September 22, 7 PM

Location: The Library’s Morrell Meeting Room

Contact: Carol Briggs 207-725-5242 ext. 212 |

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