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Title:
Stages of grey
Author:
Simon, Clea, author.
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Edition:
First world edition.
Publication Information:
Sutton, Surrey, England : Severn House, 2014.

©2014
Physical Description:
217 pages ; 23 cm.
Summary:
Dulcie never considered herself a player. But when her friends drag her to a new local theatre company that is updating Ovid with a disco version of The Metamorphosis, the grad student finds herself in the front row of a murder. This could be the end of the struggling company, which is also plagued by money woes and romantic rivalries. But was jealousy the reason the performer was stabbed? Or are there darker secrets behind the scenes? And what role does Gus, the troupe's feline mascot, play? As the classics get mangled, Dulcie must untangle the truth before she also gets caught up in deadly illusion.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780727883933
Format :
Book

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Graduate student Dulcie Schwartz finds herself in the front row of a murder in the latest instalment of the Dulcie Schwartz feline mystery series
Dulcie never considered herself a player. But when her friends drag her to a new local theatre company that is updating Ovid with a disco version of The Metamorphosis the grad student finds herself in the front row of a murder.

This could be the end of the struggling company, which is also plagued by money woes and romantic rivalries. But was jealousy the reason the performer was stabbed? Or are there darker secrets behind the scenes? And what role does Gus, the troupe's feline mascot, play? As the classics get mangled, Dulcie must untangle the truth before she also gets caught up in deadly illusion.


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Booklist Review

Dulcie Schwartz, the Harvard graduate student who talks to her dead cat, Mr. Grey, balances working on her doctoral thesis with investigating the murder of an actress on the opening night of a peculiar production of Ovid's Metamorphoses,which features a cat in the cast. After the victim's body is discovered, Dulcie spots feline thespian Gus slinking away and searches for him, fearing his fate in the winter weather. That flimsy premise tracking down the cat gives Dulcie all the excuse she needs to start asking questions about the murder. Still, once underway, Simon moves smoothly between the paranormal goings-on, the sleuthing, and Dulcie's musings on her doctoral research. Perhaps not one of the best in the series, but those who enjoy the odd mix of academia, cats, and ghosts will get what they bargained for.--Alessio, Amy Copyright 2014 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Simon's diverting eighth Dulcie Schwartz mystery (after Grey Howl) finds Dulcie, now a fifth-year Harvard grad student, in need of a break from her academic toils. As a distraction, Dulcie attends a "disco interpretation" of Ovid's Metamorphosis at a Cambridge theater, accompanied by her boyfriend, Chris Sorenson. During the performance, a blonde actress lures Chris to the stage by picking his pocket, and a cat walks a tightrope above the audience. After the show, Dulcie and company discover the blonde actress lying dead in an alley, her throat slashed. Was she the victim of a passing stranger, or possibly of domestic abuse? Or is the truth even more sordid? The feline complications of the plot should please those readers who crave shed fur in their whodunits. Dulcie herself is an endearingly fragile but determined protagonist. Agent: Colleen Mohyde, Doe Coover Agency. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

Graduate student Dulcie Schwartz attends a modern theatrical interpretation of Ovid's Metamorphosis with a disco theme. She is front and center when a performer is killed. Will this doom the struggling theater company? And where does the troop's feline mascot, Gus, fit in this drama? (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.