Shades of Grey (Dulcie Schwartz Series #1) [NOOK Book]

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A Dulcie Schwartz feline mystery series - Dulcie's having an awful summer. Her beloved cat Mr Grey's been put to sleep, and her new room-mate, Tim, is a jerk. Walking home, she sees a cat the spitting image of Mr Grey, and hears a voice say "I wouldn't go in just now." She enters to find Tim dead stabbed with her own knife. Dulcie's in the frame for murder and she hasn't seen the last of Mr Grey, either . . .
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Shades of Grey (Dulcie Schwartz Series #1)

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Overview

A Dulcie Schwartz feline mystery series - Dulcie's having an awful summer. Her beloved cat Mr Grey's been put to sleep, and her new room-mate, Tim, is a jerk. Walking home, she sees a cat the spitting image of Mr Grey, and hears a voice say "I wouldn't go in just now." She enters to find Tim dead stabbed with her own knife. Dulcie's in the frame for murder and she hasn't seen the last of Mr Grey, either . . .
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Simon's tepid brew of cat paranormal and academic chick lit, the first of a new series, may disappoint fans of her Theda Krakow mysteries (Probable Claws, etc.). Dulcie Schwartz, a 26-year-old Harvard doctoral candidate living in Cambridge, Mass., mourns the death of her beloved cat, Mr. Grey. She's also worried about keeping her temp job until September's grant money kicks in. Nothing, however, prepares her for the stabbing death of her roommate, Tim Worthington, not even hearing the eerie warning of Mr. Grey's ghost before finding Tim: “I wouldn't go in, if I were you.” Tim, a playboy who enjoyed partying more than studying, had a bit of a drug problem that could be related to his murder. While Dulcie is a likable enough heroine, some may feel she should focus more on crime-solving than her thesis and dating. Others will hope to see more of Mr. Grey, whose ghostly manifestations are relatively few, in subsequent outings. (Sept.)
Library Journal
Graduate student Dulcie Schwartz is working as a temp and renting a room to another student for the summer to make ends meet. When her roommate is murdered, Dulcie hears her dead cat's voice warning her about dangers. VERDICT This series launch by the author of the Theo Krakow series (Cries and Whiskers) is for readers who like their feline cozies mixed with a touch of the paranormal. [See Prepub Mystery, LJ 5/1/09.]
Kirkus Reviews
A graduate student turns sleuth when her roommate is murdered. Dulcie Schwartz is down in the dumps. Her beloved cat Mr. Grey has died. Her regular housemate Suze has left town and stuck her with a sublet, a preppy jerk named Tim. Her dissertation in Gothic literature is going nowhere. And only a boring temp job allows her to make ends meet. Arriving home to find Tim stabbed to death with her carving knife is the last straw, especially as she'd ignored the ghostly voice of Mr. Grey warning her not to go back to her apartment. The cops think Dulcie may have stabbed Tim even though there are other suspects in the form of several girlfriends and Tim's brother Luke, a student at Stanford Law, believes that Tim may have been dealing drugs. Glimpses of Mr. Grey and messages from him lead Dulcie to doubt her sanity. She's suspected of computer hacking at work, and her love life is in a shambles. If she wants to prove herself innocent of murder and hacking and settle on a dissertation topic before she loses her grant, she'll have to get her act together, take a few tips from Mr. Grey and solve the crimes. A slow kickoff for a new series by cat-happy Simon (Probable Claws, 2009, etc.). Fellow animal lovers will feel the paucity of feline lore, and mystery mavens are likely to find the plot a bit convoluted.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781780102597
  • Publisher: Severn House Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/1/2012
  • Series: Dulcie Schwartz Series , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 572,593
  • File size: 337 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. 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 6, 2009

    Shades of GREY is a delightful mystery!

    Every amateur sleuth needs a sidekick and Dulcie Schwartz is fortunate to have Mr. Grey at her side.
    Mr. Grey is quick-witted, resourceful and endlessly devoted. He's has finely tuned instincts and a nose for ferreting out the truth.
    Oh yes, and he happens to be a cat.
    .Mr. Grey is more than a garden variety house cat; he's the ghost of Dulcie's beloved pet feline, and it quickly becomes apparent that he's more of a spirit guide" than a woo-woo presence in the book.
    Dulcie, still mourning the loss of her pet, feels an immediate affinity with him when he crosses her path. Is he really an incarnation of Mr. Grey? Could it be possible? He has "long silver fur and a face more Siamese than Persian, the slanted eyes giving him an intelligent and inquisitive look."
    And he's not only a gorgeous feline, but a talkative one. When Dulcie walks right into a crime scene, he gently chides her, "Dulcie, please go back outside. Go outside and dial 911."
    Is it the spirit of Mr. Grey speaking to her? Dulcie wonders if her imagination is playing tricks on her-perhaps it's a grief reaction or maybe the heat is getting to her. But the fact remains: his advice is eerily on target. "Please be careful, Dulcie," he tells her."Trust, like faith, can weave spells."
    Anyone who has ever lost a pet can certainly relate to the notion that our beloved furry friends are somehow still "with us." As Clea Simon said, "I came up with the idea of Mr. Grey after losing a beloved cat - and feeling like I was seeing him everywhere. It's very comforting, when you've lost a pet to feel like he's still there, watching over you, and my particular "Mr. Grey" was the cat of my single years, the wise and quiet companion who was always there for me. I think that's a common phenomenon - to keep seeing someone, human or animal, who you have lost. The feeling lives on, the love lives on, even after the corporeal being is gone."
    A multi-layered plot is another element in this delightful series and the reader is treated to a rare glimpse into the world of academia. Dulcie, a Harvard graduate student, is fascinated by eighteenth century Gothic novels and is caught up in The Ravages of Umbria. The author cleverly weaves passages from the book into Dulcie's own musings, adding another dimension to the story and a new insight into Dulcie's character.
    The first release in Clea Simon's Dulcie Schwartz series, SHADES OF GRAY (Severn House, September, 2009) has everything a mystery-lover could hope for-an engaging heroine, an intriguing plot, plenty of smart, sophisticated dialogue, and wonderful secondary characters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2014

    To steel

    Aghh! So sorry... posted the reviews at the actual chapters by accident. My overall rating is 2.5 stars...but I rounded to 3 stars. Needs some work, but good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2014

    To Steel

    Please continue!~Epicness

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2014

    Where is the stories

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2014

    Tigerstrike

    Keep on going duskstorm!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2014

    Ambertail

    Love them! Keep writing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2014

    Leopardshade

    Awwwww, I wish prt six was out!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2014

    Steel

    Thank you. I saw, is okay. It is my first story. Its actually based of her life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2013

    Very important to the kid below me.

    I dont know what this is.

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