Friday, September 4, 2015

Blog Tour: Code Grey by Clea Simon (Review/Tour-Wide Giveaway)

About the Book

Series: A Dulcie Schwartz Mystery (Book 9)
Hardcover: 224 pages
Publisher: Severn House Publishers; First World Publication edition (August 1, 2015)
ISBN-13: 978-0727885067

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Did a down on his luck former student steal a priceless book? Grad student and cat lover Dulcie Schwartz thinks not and she sets out to prove it"

It's spring break, and Dulcie Schwartz has stayed behind in almost-deserted Cambridge, Massachusetts to concentrate on her thesis. But when a former student turned vagrant, Jeremy Mumbles, is found injured, with a valuable missing book clutched in his arms, Dulcie can t seem to let it go. What was he doing with the book? And why has it turned up after all these years?

With Jeremy now the prime suspect for a series of break-ins in the area, Dulcie is determined to clear the unfortunate former scholar s name. But when she finds a connection between the book he was carrying and her own research into an anonymous Gothic author, the search for clues takes on a new intensity and a new menace.

My Review

Dulcie Schwartz, a graduate student in Cambridge, Massachusetts, decides to spend her spring break alone working on her dissertation. You would think a deserted college would be a quiet place to do her studies, but not this spring break. When a former student, now homeless, Jeremy “Mumbles” Mumbleigh is injured and found holding a valuable missing book, Dulcie’s dissertation is put on hold. She’s convinced he’s innocent and intends to prove it, despite her boyfriend’s pleas for her to stay out of it.

Things take another dangerous turn when a series of break ins occur and “Mumbles” is accused of those crimes as well. Unfortunately, he is unconscious and can’t defend himself, but this doesn’t deter Dulcie. She will clear his name no matter what it takes.

With help from her “spirit animal”, Mr. Grey, the search is on for the real culprits.

This is the ninth book in the series. I do wish I had started reading this with book one. It’s not really necessary as the mystery is contained in this book, but it would have helped me know Dulcie better, as well as Mr. Grey. I am definitely going to start this series from the beginning as this book piqued my curiosity.

The story is a good, engrossing mystery with interesting characters. You can’t help but keep turning the pages to see what Dulcie does next. I think cat and mystery lovers will enjoy this book. It’s fast-paced and a quick read.

Clea Simon is one of my favorite cozy cat authors and I’ve read other series by her that I absolutely loved. I know the “Dulcie Schwartz” series will be another favorite of mine. It also helps that I have a grey cat that looks exactly like the one on the cover :) How can I possibly resist?

For reading challenges:
What An Animal Reading Challenge 2015
2015 NetGalley and Edelweiss Reading Challenge

FTC Disclosure: NetGalley provided me with a copy of this book to review for this blog tour. This did not influence my thoughts and opinions in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.

About the Author

Clea Simon is the author of 18 mysteries in the Theda Krakow, DulcieSchwartz, and Pru Marlowe pet noir series. The latter two are ongoingand include her most recent books, Code Grey (Severn House) and Kittens Can Kill (Poisoned Pen Press). A former journalist and nonfiction author, she lives in Somerville, Mass., with her husband, the writer Jon Garelick, and their cat Musetta. She can be reached at

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  1. Thank you for reading! I hope you can take the time to catch up with Dulcie.

  2. oh! And thank you for saying I'm one of your faves!!

  3. I don't think I've read any by her before but I like that the setting is Cambridge MA. Maybe I'll look for book one at my library.

  4. I would love to add this to my book collection. Such a cute cover. You can't go wrong with a cozy and I don't think I have read any of Clea's work, so this would be a great place to start.
    sherry @ fundinmental

  5. It must be good for you to want to read the whole series starting with book one. Love the cat on the cover!

  6. I can't believe I live in Massachusetts and didn't know about this author.

  7. Thank you for the wonderful review and the opportunity to win through this blog tour! You bring the story to life with your review!

  8. I would love to add this book to my bookshelf. I love the cute cover.

  9. Cats and mysteries just go together purrrfectly!
    I would love to read this book!


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