Grey Expectations (A Dulcie Schwartz Cat Mystery, 4) Hardcover – April 1, 2012
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"The fourth in Simon's Mr. Grey and Dulcie series, following Grey Zone (2011), continues successfully to marry the apparently very different subgenres of the cat mystery and the academic mystery. ...This is definitely more than just another cat mystery." - Booklist
- Publisher : Severn House Publishers; First World Publication ed. edition (April 1, 2012)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 208 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0727881345
- ISBN-13 : 978-0727881342
- Item Weight : 14.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.76 x 0.94 x 8.79 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #5,382,275 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Then, Dulcie receives a panicked phone call from her friend, Trista. Suddenly, Dulcie and Chris are thrown into the dark grey world of stolen codexes, missing friends, stolen identities, men in black, and murder!
Dulcie finds herself framed by an unknown quantity. Add a conspiracy and we have a captivating story. Add, the underlining mystery hunt for the actual author of the Dissertation's main theme,a Gothic book written in 1790, and you have two spell-binding mysteries. Can Mr. Grey and Esme save their precious humans?
The psychic element of the ghost cat and communication flows realistically throughout the book. In fact this is a common element of Gothic literature and make no mistake, "Grey Expectations" is a work of literature.
kitten was so adorable. Loved all the characters
and the story line. This series was hard to come
by but I'm so thankful I found it!! I love the way
Clea Simon writes and I plan to check out her
other series! The other thing is I wish there was
more Mr. Grey in her story lines. But all in all love
Soon after Trista's hysterically call, she vanishes and her boyfriend is frantic. Dulcie goes to Trista's place in the Cambridge Campus where her friend liked to go when she wanted to be left alone. Trista is not there, but Dulcie notices a ticket admitting her to the Mildon special documents. Stunned as Dulcie knows she never went there on that day; she thinks she is being framed by someone for stealing the medieval manuscript the Dunster Codex. She finds her life in jeopardy from a person masquerading as a cop; however, she has her beloved late Mr. Grey, Esme and Chris watching her back.
Once again, Clea Simon writes a wonderful Dulcie Schwartz cozy in which the heroine is an intellectual star of the Perils of Pauline. Her heroes are Mr. Grey who she still communicates with her, Esme the playful kitten and Chris; though the protagonist wonders how fickle felines alive and dead are though they have her back and keep her spirits up. The mystery is clever with red herrings and unexpected twists and readers will appreciate this engaging amateur sleuth.
(Please note that while i quite liked #1-2 in this series, #3 left me cold. But I am glad I persisted!)
Dulcie is finally buckling down on her dissertation. Meanwhile she is both flattered and a bit jealous that her ghost-cat, Mr Grey, is talking with her live-in boyfriend! And Esme, the "kitten" (here probably over a year old), is not being quite as pointy, and Dulcie seems to be bonding to her- finally!- and has some idea about how to settle her down more.
Add in various faculty shenanigans, especially around their rare book collection, looking at which leads Dulcie to the insight that makes her dissertation work!
Lots of local Cambridge color, which I love. And while the event that set all else into motion was, I think, not all that well explained, the subsequent events followed logically.
This was a very fun read!