Code Grey Cozy Mystery
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”
Besides the traditional cozy elements, this series is quite cerebral, more intellectual than many other series. Dulcie, however, remains quite naïve and trusting. She honestly does try to see the best in everyone.
I love learning about many different topics as I read cozies. Cozy authors research the most interesting minute details for us and find the most creative ways to work them into novels.
Code Grey relates fascinating details not only about academic and literary life but also about history of other importance.
I enjoyed Clea Simon's characters, both immediately involved and who appear from a distance.
Her mother, Lucy, is weirdly delightful. I appreciated the telepathic messages from the cats, although Dulcie may not have been interpreting precisely. Esme has some training to do.
Mr. Grey, after whom the book is titled (I assume) was less involved and for someone who has not read the previous books, somewhat obscure.
While Dulcie needs to be more cautious with her trusting nature, another lesson of this book is about paying more attention and taking notice of people and situations you take for granted.
The writing is very well done and still there are places where the plot seemed to drag.
The conclusion is well worth slogging through those few spots.
I also enjoyed the jumps between the Gothic novel pages Dulcie should be studying, her dreams and her real, dangerous, daily adventures.