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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Alex Matthews  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Mystery

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1940 in Portland, Oregon

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Illinois Connection

Matthews lives in Oak Park, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Alex Matthews grew up in Portland, Oregon. She taught English for a couple of years until her husband's career took them to the Chicago area. It was there that she began to indulge in her lifelong passion for writing. She first started working part time for a local newspaper. It was her journalistic success that gave her the courage to begin writing.After her divorce, she became a psychotherapist to support her family. But, after her children were grown and she was happily married to her second husband, she found she was missing a new challenge. So, Alex started work on her first mystery ''Secret's Shadow''.Since then Matthews has written several books in a mystery series that features a fictional cat that is a character, not a pet. The central figure of the series is Cassidy McCabe, a psychotherapist/sleuth who solves mysteries out of her home in Oak Park. Matthews has received the Readers' Choice Best Series Character Award and the Cat Writers' Muse Medallion.

Published Works

  • Secret`s Shadow, Intrigue Press, 1996
  • Satan`s Silence, Intrigue Press, 1997
  • Vendetta`s Victim, Intrigue Press, 1998
  • Wanton`s Web, Intrigue Press, 1999
  • Cat`s Claw, Intrigue Press, 2000
  • Death`s Domain, Intrigue Press, 2001
  • Wedding`s Widow, Intrigue Press, 2003
  • Blood's Burden, 2006
  • Murder's Madness, 2008
  • Healer's Heresy, Veiled Intent Press, 2011

Selected Titles At Your Library

Secret's shadow /
ISBN: 155686745X. OCLC Number:

Books in Motion,. Spokane, WA :. ©1997.

A therapist, being sued for a client's suicide, joins the client's brother to investigate the death, and finds secrets that lead to murder.

Satan's silence /
ISBN: 1890768049. OCLC Number:

Intrigue Press,. Angel Fire, NM :. 1998, ©1997.

A young woman patient confides to psychotherapist Cassidy McCabe that as a child she witnessed a murder. Cassidy discusses the case with her journalist boyfriend and the two begin an investigation. When the girl is abducted they realize they are onto something.

Vendetta's victim /
ISBN: 1890768146. OCLC Number:

Intrigue Press,. Angel Fire, NM :. 1999 c1998.

Wanton's Web /
ISBN: 1890768340. OCLC Number:

Intrigue Press,. Philadelphia :. 2001.

Cat's claw /
ISBN: 1890768359. OCLC Number:

Intrigue Press,. Philadelphia, PA :. 2001, ©2000.

Death's domain /
ISBN: 1890768375. OCLC Number:

Intrigue Press,. Philadelphia :. ©2001.

Psychotherapist and cat companion Cassidy McCabe enlists the help of her investigative reporter husband Zach after an ominous prank leads to Zach becoming the target of a ruthless E-stalker.

Wedding's widow /
ISBN: 1890768499. OCLC Number:

Intrigue Press,. Denver :. ©2003.

Psychotherapist-sleuth Cassidy McCabe and her husband, Zach, investigate the shooting death of her patient Claire's fiancé on the day of their wedding.

Blood's burden /
ISBN: 1890768642. OCLC Number:

Intrigue Press,. Madison, WI :. ©2006.

Murder's madness /
ISBN: 0979475600. OCLC Number:

Veiled Intent Press,. [Oak Park, Ill.] :. ©2007.

Healer's heresy /
ISBN: 0979475619. OCLC Number:

Veiled Intent Press,. Oak Park, Ill. :. ©2010.

"Psychotherapist Cassidy McCabe is unnerved when her doorbell rings late at night. Her reporter husband Zach answers it, then returns to tell her their visitor is a former client with booze on his breath and blood on his shirt. Overriding Zach's objections, Cass takes her client into her home office and listens to what he has to say. When he tells her what he wants from her, she is shocked. Against her better judgment, she believes her client is telling the truth and accedes to his wishes. Later that night, Cass and Zach find a woman's naked body covered by a sheet, her hair fanned out around her head, a bullet hole in her chest. It's Claudia, the doctor who took out an order of protection against Cass's client. As Cass and Zach work together to uncover the truth, they learn that Claudia wasn't who she seemed to be-- and asking the wrong person the wrong question could prove fatal"--Veiled Intent website.


Readers' Choice Best Series Character Award

Cat wrtiers' Muse Medallion

Wordweaving Award for excellence

Speaking Engagements

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