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Mew Is for Murder (Theda Krakow Series #1)
     

Mew Is for Murder (Theda Krakow Series #1)

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by Clea Simon
 

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Theda Krakow is in a funk. Her sometime boyfriend’s gone for good. The death of her beloved cat opened a bigger void. And the career leap she’s made from copy editor to freelance writer has left her financesand her spiritflat. She desperately needs a headline to get her life back on track. One day, out for a stroll in her Cambridge neighborhood, Theda

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Theda Krakow is in a funk. Her sometime boyfriend’s gone for good. The death of her beloved cat opened a bigger void. And the career leap she’s made from copy editor to freelance writer has left her financesand her spiritflat. She desperately needs a headline to get her life back on track. One day, out for a stroll in her Cambridge neighborhood, Theda spies an adorable stray kitten. This charmer leads Theda to an old woman holed up in a decrepit house full of cats. Is this one of those “crazy cat ladies,” a classic hoarder, or is the old woman a neighborhood do-gooder More important, is this the story to catapult Theda out of the dumps But when she returns to interview Lillian Helmhold, Theda finds her fascinating subject dead of an apparent accident. The neighbors are celebrating, the police aren’t interested, and the cats are removed to a shelter. End of story Not for Theda—one or two things don’t compute. So Theda marshals her investigative journalism skills to turn gumshoe.

Editorial Reviews

Kirkus Reviews
"Newcomer Simon's exploration of the real-life relations between women and cats (Feline Mystique, 2002) gives her and her complicated heroine an edge on other ailurophiles."
Sparkle Hayter
"A witty, engaging and compelling first mystery that's more quirky than cozy, full of tasty characters and local color."
Boston Globe
"Simon [is] poised to join the ranks of the more established authors of the cat-centric mystery." --Boston Globe

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781615952014
Publisher:
Poisoned Pen Press
Publication date:
05/27/2011
Series:
Theda Krakow Series , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
262
Sales rank:
202,255
File size:
317 KB

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. She’s the author of three nonfiction books, She lives in Cambridge, MA, with her husband, the writer Jon S. Garelick, and their cat, Musetta. 

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Mew Is for Murder (Theda Krakow Series #1) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 62 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
It hasn¿t been a very good year for Theda Krakow, copy editor for the Morning Mail in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She and her boyfriend broke up when he took a job out of state and even more devastating her beloved cat James died. She quits as a copy editor to become a freelance writer for the Morning Mail. When she sees a kitten near a house in her neighborhood, she finds herself charmed by her. The kitten Mussetta belongs to Lillian Helmhold who has a house full of cats that people dump on her. --- Theda decides to do a story on Ms. Helmhold but on the day she approaches her she finds her dead in the house. The police think Lillian tripped and a resulting head injury caused her death but the victim¿s friend Violet Hayes thinks she was murdered. Theda believes it is a possibility and starts investigating even while she thinks someone is in the house illegally, looking for something. --- Clea Simon has a definite talent for writing investigative mysteries and her love for felines shine through on almost every page. Theda is gutsy, independent and totally likeable. The who-done-it is well crafted and readers will have a good time trying to figure out who the killer is and why it was necessary to kill an elderly lady who hurt no one. MEW IS FOR MURDER is a delightful start to a new series.--- Harriet Klausner
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hip, smart and full of surprises. Simon's done something new with mysteries here--blending rock 'n roll, cats and a heroine so real you swear she's roaming in your neighborhood. Theda's down on her luck--but she doesn't take no for an answer when it comes to solving a mystery, even when everyone insists there is no mystery to solve. I truly loved this book and cannot wait for Simon's next!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like mixing up my reading. Sometimes I want to be moved or learn something. Sometimes I wish to be entertained. I was entertained here. The writing is clever. I learned something about the club scene and freelance writing without it being pushy or dull. The characters are real and relatable. No gore. No obscence language. Simply a murder mystery well written and enjoyable. I will read more from this author because I feel like I just cant stop at one!
CathWren More than 1 year ago
An engaging mystery with enough red herrings to keep it interesting. Especially good for cat lovers.
TheBookResort More than 1 year ago
Mew is for Murder is the first book in a terrific series featuring freelance writer & cat lover Theda Krakow.Following a precious stray kitten, Theda stumbles upon an old woman holed up in a decrepit house full of cats.Thea goes to interview " cat " lady Lillian and finds her dead.Everything points to her death being an accident except for the fact that someone keeps breaking into Lillian's house.It is rumored there is hidden treasure in the house.Theda is determined to get to the bottom of things and prove Lillian was murdered and why.The neighbors are celebrating her demise. The local police aren't listening to Thea's claims it wasn't an accident.Thea skilled with her investigative journalism savvy jumps in to find Lillian's killer & save the lovable kitties left behind.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Easy read, good characters. Looking forward to additional books.
IngridKing More than 1 year ago
"Mew is for Murder" is the first in a series by Clea Simon, featuring freelance writer and rock and roll lover Theda Krakow and her cat Musetta. In addition to a great mystery, which begins when Theda shows up at a local "cat lady's" home to interview her and finds her dead, and which features suspects ranging from the coffee-bar waitress who helped the murder victim take care of the cats to the victim's schizophrenic son, Simon also shares her love of Cambridge, the setting of the story, as well as her forays into the Boston music scene. Filled with well-developed and likeable characters, this book is a thoroughly enjoyable read that leaves the reader wanting more. Thankfully, there are three more books in this series: "Cries and Whiskers," "Cattery Row," and "Probable Claws."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Too much detail about stuff that didn't pertain to the main story. I found myself skipping over pages just to get to the "meat" of the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sweet read about smart kitties
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. I could not put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Look forward to more from this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
493 Nook pages. DW
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pretty well developed characters. Loved the feline herd & their personalities. Fast read but didn't drag. Wasn't boring and kept my interest the whole time. Lots of interesting story lines & good plot development. Will read more of the author if I run across her but won't go out of my way to hunt her down.
McDr More than 1 year ago
Great book! Keeps you guessing. I'm going to read them all.
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Anonymous5 More than 1 year ago
I chose this book based off the good reviews, but  I found it too long and mired in too much detail that doesn't benefit the story.  I found the book needed better editing and  that the first 300 pages could have been condensed into 50 pages. I found myself skipping over sections of it to try and get to the point of the story.  This book could be a cure for insomnia.
LarryMac808 More than 1 year ago
This book could have used a good editor.  It wasn't as bad as the endless coffee and Ikea lists in the "Dragon Tattoo" series, but there was a lot of needless detail.  The "deus ex felinia" was a bit much, not once but twice, and the first clue it delivered made less than zero sense, except it helped move the story along.    The ending was pretty obvious early on - not just the whodunnit, but the denouement.  
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