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Posted February 6, 2013
By Clea Simon
Copyright December 2012
Publisher Severn House
Things look bleak for cat-loving Dulcie Schwartz when she finds the body of an academic rival she threatened to kill just days before . . . When Dulcie Schwartz stumbles across the body of Melinda Sloane Harquist, a visiting scholar whose upcoming book threatens to ruin Dulcie’s thesis and who she threatened to kill, in jest, just days before, it’s creepily reminiscent of the nightmares that have been waking her for the past week.
And with boyfriend Chris distant and preoccupied, and both the ghost cat Mr Grey and her kitten Esmé strangely cryptic in their advice, it’s up to Dulcie to prove herself innocent, before it’s too late . . .
This book is taking longer to read than it should... Every time I reach a point of the story that upsets me, I have to close the book and walk away for a minute or longer. I do love the characters though and this new book is the most troubling of all so far. The actions taking place around our heroine are scary, very scary.
Besides the classes that Dulcie teaches, she is working very hard researching her thesis topic, and finally feels like she is making progress towards finding the identity of the unknown author. Thomas Griddlehaus, the Chief Clerk of the library’s famous Mildon Collection is helping her find the scraps of pages she needs to validate her thesis. He is a very quiet and nervous man who seems to enjoy being able to help her. So it pains him to have to inform her that she is being locked out of the library at the behest of the Dean, who is giving exclusive access to a visiting scholar… A scholar who appears to be searching for the very same scraps and author that Dulcie’s been spending five years researching.
Why is all this so upsetting to me, and scary? This academic scholar is a former student at the college and appears to be very close to the dean who gave her access. So with much trepidation Dulcie arranges to get access to her prior to her “coming out party”, Dulcie finds her dead in her rooms with her head bashed in. She is ignoring Mr. Grey’s advice and steps into the room thereby making her even more of a suspect then she would be anyway.
The many twists, turns, and possible enemies are piling up and Dulcie has no idea who to trust. Even her boyfriend Chris appears to be unavailable when she needs him most. You will be very shocked at the identity of our killer and their motives. This book will keep you riveted to your seat from beginning to end (unless, like me you need a break between shocks).
FTC Full Disclosure: I received this book as a gift from the author who hoped I would give it a fair and impartial review.
Posted November 28, 2012
Perhaps because her mom is constantly sharing negative horoscope alerts with her, Dulcie Schwartz does not like to heed anyone’s advice, warning or even her own nightmares. Not having read the four previous books in the series, it took me a while to get used to how headstrong she is. This gets her into more trouble, but carries the reader along at a good pace. Plenty of suspects (the boyfriend included) and surprises before the murder is solved. Maybe a book with a ghost cat is the latest trend; this one also has a real cat who is telepathic. There is certainly no shortage of paranormal books out there. What I enjoyed the most were the academic environment and the research element involving an author’s work. Bookstores and libraries are two of my favorite places and a hunt for a lost object is my kind of story. Though I don’t have a pet, I have found myself reading a lot of other pet detective tales. Clea Simon has several other cat books under her belt, which I hope to read in order. I suspect there is a lot of Clea in Dulcie besides both attending Harvard. I received the book for review. I like the cover; it sets the tone. I prefer the more colorful ones, but that's a personal thing. I think it will appeal on many levels and it publishes December 1. Look for her other published works; you won't be disappointed.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.