One of my to go authors is Clea Simon who has a number is series out.  They are the following:Theda Krakow, # 1


A well-written mystery and the cats behave like your cat. The first book in this series Theda is a freelance journalist and a rock music lover. She is looking for stories when hears about a Cat Lady in the neighborhood. She decides a story about hoarders might be a good story. Theda goes to check it out and finds the woman dead in the kitchen. Hearing that cats were being taken to animal control, she recuse a kitten that she sees there. The police think it is an accidental death. Rumors begin to circulate that the Cat Lady was murder. Her friend punk rocker, Violet keeps searching the house for something. Theda becomes more involved especially when she heard most of the cats would be destroyed unless adopting. A portion of the story is about music that Theda likes. Theda has several questions to find answers Will she find the answers in time to save the cats? I am ready to read the next book

Dulcie Schwartz, # 1


The first in the brand-new Dulcie Schwartz feline-filled 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 wouldnt 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 . . .

Blackie and Care, #1


Introducing Blackie, an unusual feline hero, and his companion Care in the first of this dark new mystery series.” 

Three figures, shadowy against the light. That s all I remember from my past life, as I am dragged, dripping and half-drowned, from the flood. My saviour, a strange, pink-haired girl, is little help. She can barely care for herself, let alone the boy she loves. And although she has sworn to avenge the murder of her mentor, she must first escape the clutches of drug dealers, murderers and thieves. I would repay her kindness if I could. But we are alone in this blighted city and I am a cat.

The past is an enigma to Blackie, the voice of Clea Simon s dark new mystery. Combining elements of feline fantasy and cozy whodunit, The Ninth Life introduces this unusual hero and his companion, Care: two small creatures in a nightmarish urban landscape, fighting for their lives, and for the lives and memories of those they love.

CROSS MY PATH is to be released  July 1, 2018



Pru Marlowe # 1

“The problem with murder is that it’s messy. Not just the blood, the viscera, and what have you, but the boundaries. And when you’re trying to save a life—provide an alibi—for someone you know is innocent, well, the guilt tends to splash back onto you. Especially when there’s money involved.”


The first book in the Pru Marlowe series. Pru learns she can understand animals and the noise is such takes Wallis her senior tabby cat and returns home. She is called to a murder scene to take charge of a white pit ball accused of killing its owner. Pru knows that the dog did not do the killing so she investigates to save the dog from being euthanized.





“The bear was fast asleep, but he wasn’t the one snoring.

The black bear, a young male, lay on his side wrapped in rope netting, a small hillock of thick midnight fur. From where I stood, a good twenty feet away, he could have been fake — an oversized stuffed animal still in its wrapping from some upscale toy store, like the one I used to pass in the city. Only the slight rise and fall of that rounded side warned me against reaching out and running my hands through the lustrous coat that stood in contrast to the tawny weave of the ropes that bound him. That and the state warden who was approaching gingerly, tranquilizer gun in hand.


Pru Marlowe is able to sense what animals are thinking. She has returned to Beauville with her tabby cat, Wallis. She earns her living as an animal behaviorist. Put also covers animal issues for the county. In the seven book, she is called to check out an illegally trapped bear. There she finds the bear, call the state game officer for help. But she finds Frank, a ferret and is a drunker owner. Pru is offered a job as an assistant to the state game officer. In the new neighborhoods of Beauville, family pets are disappearing and a short time later the animals are found before Pru can arrive. What is happening? Pru needs to find the answer. Who is trapping bears for the black market?
Is Frank's owner, Albert guilty of murder? Why won't Creighton, Pru's boyfriend tell her about the murders? I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this book and series.

Disclosure: Many thanks to Poison Pen Press for a review copy. The opinions expressed are my own.

About bettylouise31 Member of NetGalley and Edelweiss Senior Citizen and been reading and sharing my thoughts on books most of my life. I read for my pleasure. I have been married for over 60 years. We had a Bengal Cat, Kato who has crossed over the Rainbow Bridge. Interests include reading, dogs, cats, gardening, knitting, crocheting. I have a strong interest in North American native plants. A word on my reviews. Books review are from my public library, brought, many from Netgalley, a few from Edelweiss, occasionally from an author or from friends. The opinions are my own. I represent no publisher, author or any other source​. My reviews can be found on Amazon, Tumblr, Goodreads, Google+, and Twitter. I have no Facebook account. Thanks for reading my blog.
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  1. Happy Friday!😊

    My FLF comes from a book I will be reading shortly, The Hope Jar by Wanda Brunstetter….

    Tears streamed down Sara Murray’s face as she sat on the living-room floor, going through another box of her mother’s things. Mama had passed away two weeks ago after a short three-month battle with colon cancer.

    Have a great weekend, happy reading, and stay cool!😊💖

  2. I haven’t tried a Clea Simons as yet. Must really fix that.

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