When an animal rights activist is killed by a hit-and-run driver, music critic Theda Krakow can't get too upset. The victim cared more for wild animals than for people or for domesticated pets, such as the black-and-white cat Musetta that Theda adores.
But when she learns that the victim was defying her own radical group to rescue feral cats from the ferocious winter storm, Theda decides to investigate. As Theda and her buddy Violet race to save these half-wild felines from the freezing New England winter, they realize the activist's death was more than an accident.
When the threats become more personal and Musetta goes missing, Theda risks her reputation, and possibly her life, giving a whole new meaning to the word "deadline."
Clea Simon is the author of three Theda Krakow mysteries: Mew is for Murder, Cattery Row, and Cries and Whiskers. She lives in Cambridge, MA, with her husband, Jon Garelick, and their cat, Musetta.
In Simon's energetic third Theda Krakow mystery (after 2006's Cattery Row), freelance music journalist Theda delves into the seamy underside of the club scene and the radical side of animal rights. When Animals Now activist Gail Womynfriend is killed in a hit-and-
run, Theda and her pet-sheltering punk rocker friend, Violet, take over Gail's efforts to save feral cats from the brutal Boston winter. The more they investigate the accident, the more they learn about tensions among Animals Now's members, and Theda becomes uncomfortably suspicious of a friend. She's also hunting a dangerous new designer drug making the rounds of music venues and wondering about its connection to an elusive group of musicians who want Theda's attention, but only on their own terms. When her beloved cat, Musetta, goes missing, Theda risks everything to get her back and solve all these mysteries once and for all. Readers will thrill to
Theda's engaging adventures in amateur sleuthing. --Publishers Weekly (10/8/2007)
Freelance journalist Theda Krakow is back with a cat story that is anything but cozy. When an animal-rights activist who cared more about wild creatures than people is killed by a hit-and-run driver, Theda is not particularly upset. She is busy covering the Cambridge, Massachusetts, club scene and investigating a new designer drug that is endangering both musicians and patrons. Her boyfriend, Bill, a
homicide detective, is recuperating from a broken leg, and her cat, Musetta, resents the time that she spends with him. When Theda learns that the accident victim was rescuing feral cats during a winter storm, she decides to help her friend Violet, a punk rocker who owns an animal shelter, investigate. As she learns more about the tensions within the animal-rights group and the origins of the dangerous drug, Theda finds that she may have the biggest story of her career. It may also be her last. Simon has written a fast-moving story full of lively characters, both two- and four-legged. This series is highly recommended for mystery fans who love cats but who prefer to leave
the crime-solving to humans. -- Barbara Bibel, Booklist
With Cries and Whiskers, Simon nails it...Wonderfully written and deeply engaging.--Deborah Grabien "Deborah Grabien, author of the Haunted Ballad series "
"With Cries and Whiskers, Simon nails it...Wonderfully written and deeply engaging."--Deborah Grabien "Deborah Grabien, author of the Haunted Ballad series "
Series: Theda Krakow (Paperback)
Number Of Pages: 424
Published: 1st December 2007
Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 14.61
Weight (kg): 0.57
Edition Type: Large type / large print