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Mew is for murder

by Simon, Clea.

Format: Print Book 2005
Availability: Available at 4 Libraries 4 of 4 copies
Available (4)
Location Collection Call #
Community Library of Allegheny Valley - Harrison Mystery MYSTERY SIMON
Location  Community Library of Allegheny Valley - Harrison
Collection  Mystery
Northland Public Library Mystery FIC SIM MYS
Location  Northland Public Library
Collection  Mystery
Call Number  FIC SIM MYS
Penn Hills Library Mystery SIM MYS
Location  Penn Hills Library
Collection  Mystery
Call Number  SIM MYS
Plum Community Library Fiction FIC SIM
Location  Plum Community Library
Collection  Fiction
Call Number  FIC SIM

Theda Krakow is in a funk. Her sometime boyfriend is gone, her beloved cat has died, and the career leap she's made from copy editor to freelance writer has left her finances - and her spirit - flat. She desperately needs a headline. One day, strolling in her Cambridge neighborhood, Theda spies an adorable stray kitten who leads her to an old woman holed up in a decrepit house full of cats. Could this be the story to catapult Theda out of the dumps? Or deeper into something more sinister?

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Boston journalist Simon wisely sets her debut novel in the city she knows best. In fact, sharing a native's insight into Cambridge, Jamaica Plain, and other Boston-area haunts does much to make up for a somewhat predictable plot. Simon's protagonist, Theda Krakow, is a copy editor who has recently made the move to freelance writer. Desperately seeking stories, Theda sells her editor on an idea to interview Lillian Helmhold, a crazy cat lady harboring numerous felines. When she shows up for the interview, Theda finds the old lady dead. Is it murder? A punk rocker named Violet, who helped with the cats, definitely thinks so. Theda feels that she owes it to Lillian--and her now homeless cats--to find the truth. With Violet's help, Theda tracks down Lillian's mentally challenged son, looks for a motive, and indulges in her after-hours passion--the rock scene in Boston's small clubs. Although the mystery is easy to solve, Simon brilliantly evokes the Boston music scene and imparts interesting tidbits about freelance writing. Perhaps most thankfully, she avoids the hypercutesiness of some cat cozies. --Jenny McLarin Copyright 2005 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Journalist Simon (The Feline Mystique) makes an auspicious fiction debut with a well-plotted cat mystery that's not your usual four-footed cozy caper. Theda Krakow, an appealing freelance feature writer, really gets down to "kickin' " blues and the Boston rock scene. When Theda goes to interview "cat lady" Lillian Helmhold at home in Cambridge, she finds Lillian dead and her cats circling the woman's big Victorian house in distress. Lillian's death appears to be an accident, but someone keeps breaking into her house, which is rumored to contain treasure in the late owner's stacks of boxes and papers. Suspects include a coffee-bar waitress who helped Lillian with the cats, Lillian's schizophrenic son and an avaricious realtor who lives next door and hates cats. Simon writes well about the visceral tug of today's rock music. We feel the feral heart of true hard rock, and the way the sound, the dancing and the booze all blend into something close to good sex. If the ending borders on the saccharine, and a cat named "Aslan" who saves the day is a little much, this is still a strong start to what one hopes will be a long series. Agent, Ann Collette at Helen Rees Literary Agency. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Series Theda Krakow mystery
Features Theda Krakow, a cat-loving freelance writer in Cambridge, Massachusetts
#1 - Mew is for murder
#2 - Cattery row
#3 - Cries and whiskers
#4 - Probable claws
Subjects Authors -- Fiction.
Cats -- Fiction.
Cambridge (Mass.) -- Fiction.
Publisher Scottsdale, AZ :Poisoned Pen Press,2005
Edition 1st ed.
Language English
Notes "A Theda Krakow mystery"--Cover.
Description 223 pages ; 23 cm
ISBN 1590581652
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