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Alex Matthews

Born: 1940 in Portland, Oregon
Pen Name: None

Connection to Illinois: Matthews lives in Oak Park, Illinois.

Biography: 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.

  • Readers' Choice Best Series Character Award; Cat wrtiers' Muse Medallion; Wordweaving Award for excellence

Primary Literary Genre(s): Mystery

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers

Alex Matthews on WorldCat :

Selected Titles

Blood's burden /
ISBN: 1890768642 OCLC: 66905458

Intrigue Press, Madison, WI : ©2006.

Cat's claw /
ISBN: 1890768359 OCLC: 48500679

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

Death's domain
ISBN: 0373265174 OCLC: 59281670

Worldwide, Toronto ; 2005.

News of Cassidy McCabe's death is greatly exaggerated when she opens up the local paper to confront her very own obituary. The short brief recounts her untimely passing fifteen years earlier on this very day-the anniversary of the tragic death of her friend Barbara, who dies in a car crash after having been caught in bed with Cassidy's first husband. Is this someone's idea of a sick joke-or something far more sinister? Cassidy thinks she knows the chilling answer when she starts getting ominous e-cards, vowing vengeance for Barbara's death. But who would be striking out after all these years? Could it be her ex-husband, Kevin, or a stranger with a grudge? And who else would possibly know about the terrible secret that Cassidy has kept hidden for so long? When the threats turn to Cassidy's husband, Zach, she digs relentlessly into her own dark past-now resurrected by a dangerous enemy with deadly intent.--BOOK COVER.

Death's domain /
ISBN: 1890768375 OCLC: 46835508

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.

  Healer's heresy /
ISBN: 0979475619 OCLC: 714621308

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.

Murder's madness
ISBN: 9780979475603 OCLC: 225148332

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

Satan's silence /
ISBN: 1890768049 OCLC: 39750984

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.

Secret's shadow
ISBN: 1890768030 OCLC: 38958388

Intrigue Press, Angel Fire, NM : 1998, ©1996.

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.

  Secret's shadow /
ISBN: 155686745X OCLC: 39843790

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.

Vendetta's victim /
ISBN: 1890768146 OCLC: 43313907

Intrigue Press, Angel Fire, NM : 1999 c1998.

Wanton's Web /
ISBN: 1890768340 OCLC: 49658431

Intrigue Press, Philadelphia : 2001.

Wedding's widow /
ISBN: 1890768499 OCLC: 51616197

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.