Clea Simon’s novels are not only enthralling mysteries where cats play an important role, they also address important issues - in this case sexual harassment in an academic setting. The newest Dulcie Schwartz mystery, Into the Grey, places her under suspicion for the murder of a professor interfering with her dissertation. But as Dulcie soon discovers, Professor Fenderby was also known for preying on vulnerable female students, including her cousin Mina.
Angry at being under suspicion, and threatened with losing her university position, Dulcie is desperate to find out who killed Fenderby and why she is being framed for his death. But her efforts might just end up with her as the next victim.
Clea Simon does an excellent job of raising awareness of women’s issues in a way that is appropriate to the story.