This series has the entertaining title of Dulcie Schwartz
Feline Mysteries so I had to take a look. They say
curiosity killed the cat! The first book in this series is
called SHADES OF GREY, and introduces a feline spirit.
Author Clea Simon has also written the Theda Krakow
mysteries featuring cats and the Pru Marlow mysteries
CODE GREY opens in Cambridge, the town on the east
coast of America, not England. The icy slush could have been
found in either location, as could a lover of poetry.
Dulcie is working on her dissertation during spring break
when a series of campus burglaries makes her boyfriend
Chris fearful for her safety. Dulcie spends much time
alone or with just her black and white cat Esme,
researching, and the campus isn't well populated at
present. A former grad student who had a mental breakdown
is coming under suspicion for some of the incidents, but in
the latest development this man, Jeremy Mumbleigh, is the one
who is injured. Dulcie decides to see if she can get to the
bottom of the matter.
I'm not sure I like a feline ghost's voice speaking to his
friend, using English and telling her that she needs to
take care. Cats convey such messages quite well to anyone
who knows their body language and sounds, so how would a
cat spirit learn English and whisper in Dulcie's ear? I do
like the work going on around the campus; water pipe
replacement and flooding are causing chaos in the orderly
world of academia. During a previous session of works, some
of the rare volumes in the English Lit library went
missing, and now one of those reappears in an unusual
place. Is there any connection to the burglaries?
Personally, I could do without the paragraphs of Gothic
fiction at the start of some chapters; this is Dulcie's
preference in reading. The good lady naturally prefers to
do her case research over a desk, but other amateur sleuths
would see a possibly homeless suspect as a prompt to visit
a homeless shelter. Instead, Dulcie spends even more time in
the library. If you enjoy tales about conserving old books
and shaking up a dusty atmosphere, Clea Simon's CODE
GREY will repay your interest. Just mind your step.
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
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.