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Caturday Reads: Into the Grey

Into The Grey

A feline-filled academic mystery

by Clea Simon

Severn House

Mystery & Thrillers, General Fiction (Adult)

Pub Date 01 Sep 2016


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.

I have always enjoyed Clea Simon’s novels, particularly the Dulcie Schwartz mysteries. Not only are they well-written with characters who are realistic, they have that touch of magic that comes from having cats who inspire. Into the Grey is a wonderful addition to the series.


I received a copy of Into the Grey from the publisher and in exchange for an honest review.



Grad student and cat lover Dulcie Schwartz must fight to clear her name when she discovers Professor Fenderby dead in his office.

“I could kill Roland Fenderby”. Dulcie Schwartz has reason to regret those words when she discovers Professor Fenderby’s battered body in his office – and finds herself the prime suspect in the ensuing murder investigation. Although she had good reason to dislike the late professor, who had been calling her scholarship into question, Dulcie would never go so far as to murder him. But someone seems to be deliberately putting her in the frame for his death. Who – and why?

Her academic career in jeopardy, Dulcie must find out the truth – and fast. But when she turns to Mr Grey for advice, he seems strangely silent. Could the spirit of her wise grey cat really be fading from her life for good?

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