Cattery Row

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Spiky freelancer Theda Krakow has fallen on a bare patch. Changes at the newspaper have cut her regular assignments and magazine work is slim. When a call comes in asking her to profile Cool, a gifted musician who's being oddly reclusive, it's welcome relief from both Theda's man and money troubles. But even with work at hand, there are problems: Someone is stealing show cats. And both the feline - friendly Theda and her friend Violet, who runs the local shelter, are outraged. When a kindly cat breeder is ...
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Cattery Row (Theda Krakow Series #2)

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Spiky freelancer Theda Krakow has fallen on a bare patch. Changes at the newspaper have cut her regular assignments and magazine work is slim. When a call comes in asking her to profile Cool, a gifted musician who's being oddly reclusive, it's welcome relief from both Theda's man and money troubles. But even with work at hand, there are problems: Someone is stealing show cats. And both the feline - friendly Theda and her friend Violet, who runs the local shelter, are outraged. When a kindly cat breeder is implicated in the thefts, Theda resolves to uncover the culprits. But when a murder hits close to home, the circle of suspects widens to include family, an extortionist, and more . Theda is a great guide to the city, whether hanging out in her Cambridge neighborhood or enjoying the latest bands in the clubs, particularly Violet's brand of riot grrrl punk. She's less adept at sorting out her own heart, which largely belongs to her kitten, Musetta, but as a sleuth, she's razor - sharp.
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In Simon's satisfying second kitty cozy (after 2005's Mew Is for Murder), spunky Boston journalist Theda Krakow and her feline friend, Musetta, are plunged into a crazy quilt of cat-related crime. In recent months, eight catteries near Beantown have been broken into, and expensive show cats stolen. Theda is puzzled over these thefts without documents of their lineage, the cats are practically worthless, so why would anyone steal them? Then, one of Theda's friends, eccentric cat-breeder Rose Keller, lets on that she's received some threatening phone calls. A few days later, Rose turns up dead. Meanwhile, a blues singer called Cool tells Theda that she's being blackmailed. Someone has evidence that Cool has been drinking and using prescription drugs. (This is the weakest strand in the plot would a celebrity musician shell out big bucks to keep a little pill-popping secret?) With its well-developed cast of characters and a multilayered plot, this feline mystery is the cat's meow. (Oct.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781459656888
  • Publisher: ReadHowYouWant, LLC
  • Publication date: 1/4/2013
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Meet the Author

Clea Simon is a Massachusetts-based writer, journalist and a regular contributor to the New York Times, Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, Ms., Rolling Stone and Salon.com. Sheas the author of three nonfiction books, She lives in Cambridge, MA, with her husband, the writer Jon S. Garelick, and their cat, Musetta.
http://www.cleasimon.com

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  • Posted July 19, 2009

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    Show cats, rock and roll and a well-crafted mystery

    In this second book in Clea Simon's Theda Krakow series, we get to enter the world of show cats and the Boston area rock and roll scene. When show cats are being stolen, and Theda's friend Rose, a breeder of pedigreed cats receives threats and is eventually implicated in the thefts and then found murdered, Theda begins to investigate because she refuses to believe that her friend had anything to do with the cat thefts. While she delves into solving the cat thefts and her friend's murder, a musician friend of Theda's is being blackmailed and becomes increasingly withdrawn. Are the two situations connected?

    This is a well-crafted mystery with an immensely likeable heroine and the combination of cats and rock and roll make this a thoroughly enjoyable read. I particularly enjoyed this second glimpse into Theda's world because of Simon's excellent character development. Theda continues to grow as we get to know her better. And let's not forget Musetta, Theda's feline sidekick, who always has a paw in solving the mystery.

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  • Posted July 10, 2009

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    Cattery Row is Clea Simon's second foray in the Theda Krakow series.In this sophomore outting Theda's caught up in murder, extortion and cat thefts.In recent months, eight catteries near Boston have been broken into, and expensive show cats stolen.Theda is bewildered over these thefts. Afterall, without documents of their lineage, the cats are practically worthless, so why would anyone steal them?Her friends are having their own problems. Eccentric cat-breeder Rose has received a blackmail phone call. She doesn't have the money they asked for. If she doesn't pay, they will kill her cats. Violet has had some sick kittens stolen from her shelter.Theda gets hired to write a follow up story. Her friend Rose is one of those women. When Theda goes to interview her, she finds Rose murdered.Thea speculates the blackmailer killed her. The police figure Rose was involved in the string of robberies of purebred cats.Cleo Simon definitely knows cats. Her knowledge comes through in the way she has them interact with the humans. Ms.Simon ensnares you immediately from the first page.This series just gets better & better.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2007

    Can Theda survive the tough times and help her friends?

    Tough times have hit Theda Krakow, a freelance journalist. She had a blowup with Tim, an editor of The Boston Morning Mail, which means she isn¿t writing for them any more. Plus she¿s not sure about her relationship with Bill, a Boston homicide detective. Her friends are having their own problems. Rose has received a blackmail phone call. She doesn¿t have the money they asked for. If she doesn¿t pay, they will kill her cats. Violet has had some sick kittens stolen from her shelter. Theda gets hired to write a follow up about 4 women. Her friend Rose is one of those women. When Theda goes to interview her, she finds Rose murdered. She figures the blackmailer killed her. The police figure she was involved in the string of robberies of purebred cats. To muddy the waters even more, her ex-boyfriend returns. Should Theda get back with him or work on her relationship with Bill? Can Theda figure out who the killer is and what is really going on without using up her one life? I really enjoy Theda. She¿s such a fun character. I love the Boston setting as well. I like this series with cats. The author really knows cats. That comes through in the way she has them interact with the humans. Yet, she doesn¿t feel a need to make them ¿talk.¿ I felt this was even better than her debut novel in this series. I can¿t wait for the next one to be published. I highly recommend this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2006

    The whodunit is fantastic

    Freelance journalist Theda Krakow is having a rough time of it lately. The reporter, who has had many of her articles published by the Boston Morning Mail, had a major blow up with her editor Tim and walks out in a tiff, which leads to her current financial crisis. She wonders whether her relationship with Bill, a Boston homicide detective, should go to the next level finally she is further confused when her former ex-boyfriend comes back to Boston wanting to see her.------------- Her friends aren¿t doing much better. Her cattery pal Rose is being blackmailed for $20,000 which she insists she does not have but must pay otherwise they will kill her cats. Another pal Violet has had some sick cats stolen from her shelter. When Theda goes to interview Rose for a story she finds the woman murdered and believes the blackmailer committed the crime while the police think she was killed because of her involvement in stealing purebred cats. Theda investigates not realizing she may need as many lives as the cats possess.--------------- CATTERY ROW is much more than just a great mystery it is a story of a woman¿s life. Through her eyes the audience will adore the quirky and culturally rich Cambridge protagonist who deals with failure responsibly while also enjoying her relationships with her lover and her friends, all with distinct differing and distinct personalities. The whodunit is fantastic as Clea Simon brings her heart and soul into CATTERY ROW.-------------- Harriet Klausner

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