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Another suspicious death in Beauville, Massachusetts, leaves animal empath Pru Marlowe (Panthers Play for Keeps, 2014, etc.) babysitting a new kitten as she stumbles around trying to figure out who's settling old scores.The medical evidence says that David Canaday died of an acute myocardial infarction. That's not good enough for Pru, who's convinced that Ernesto Vuitton, the kitten beseeching her to play as Canaday's body cools in his kitchen, knows more than he's saying about the lawyer's death. As if on cue, Canaday's daughters, three weird sisters who might be opening a roadshow Macbeth, stir the pot of Pru's suspicions. Jill, the youngest, attaches herself worshipfully to Pru and Doc Sharpe at the County Animal Hospital, even though she's in line to inherit the bulk of her father's estate. Her older sister Judith, who sent the kitten before arriving herself from LA, is very interested in the contents of her father's will. And Jackie, the resident sister who first asked Pru to come out and take care of the kitten before she knew her father would die, is alternately defensive and combative. When another of her clients, attorney Laurence Wilkins, turns out to be Canaday's partner, Pru knows she's in for the long haul. So is the gentle reader, who'll be asked to sit still for pages on end while Pru goes over and over the same ground with the human suspects and tries to worm more information out of the animals whose minds she can read without tipping off other humans to her special gift. No wonder she keeps hitting the bottle. Spoiler alert: The kitten doesn't kill anyone. Fanciers of chatty cat mysteries will be happy to know that all the animals survive in fine fettle. (Kirkus)

At the start of Simon’s fluffy fifth Pru Marlowe mystery set in the Berkshires town of Beauville (after 2014’s Panthers Play for Keeps), pet trainer Pru arrives at the home of David Canaday to find him lying dead on his kitchen floor with a tiny kitten playing nearby. The wealthy lawyer appears to have died naturally, perhaps of a heart attack. Or could he have suffered a fatal allergic reaction to the kitten, named Ernesto, whom one of his three grown daughters had recently dropped off at his house? Pru’s own kitty, Wallis, grudgingly agrees to look after Ernesto, while Pru tries to prove the kitten’s innocence, despite the amused misgivings of her boyfriend, Det. Jim Creighton. The solution to Canaday’s mysterious death may be predictable, but cozy fans will enjoy spending time with Pru and her two- and four-legged friends. Agent: Colleen Mohyde, Doe Coover Agency. (Mar.) (Publishers Weekly)

Animal whisperer Pru Marlowe arrives at a client’s house, only to find a kitten next to the owner’s body.

Pru’s gift of being able to understand animals helps her decipher what the kitten knows about the dead

man and his feuding family. While trying to sort out the issues behind the victim’s death―Was it really

just a heart attack?―Pru must revisit her own past to find a pattern in all the human and animal activities. Simon’s renderings of what the animals are thinking tend at times to push the boundaries of reason, but this quirky series has a devoted following among the Animal Planet crowd, and the unique premise has its own appeal. (Amy Alessio Booklist) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Clea Simon is the author of the Pru Marlowe, Dulcie Schwartz, and Theda Krakow mystery series, as well as three nonfiction books. A former journalist, she lives in Somerville, Massachusetts, with her husband Jon and their cat Musetta.
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Product Details

  • Series: Pru Marlowe Pet Noir (Book 5)
  • Paperback: 294 pages
  • Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press; 1 edition (March 3, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1464203601
  • ISBN-13: 978-1464203602
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #927,483 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Pru is called to take a kitten for a wellness check. Arriving she find a well known lawyer dead and the kitten playing with a button. Not wanting to leave the kitten alone she takes it to Wallis who was not thrilled. The kitten suffers a compulsion and Pru is worried about it. Wallis tells her he okay. The lawyer's 3 daughters are feuding over their father's death. The County hospital is in financial difficulties and close. Pru needs,to find answers to these questions. I so enjoy my visits with Wallis and Pru I brought a book that I haven't read.

Full Disclosure: I received a free copy from Poison Pen Press through Netgalley for an hint review. I wIshed to thank them for the opportunity to read and review this book. The opinions are my own.
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Princess Fuzzypants here to tell you how much I enjoy the Pru Marlowe series. This latest book Kittens Can Kill, is one of the better ones. It starts with a poor little kitty who witnesses a murder. The kitten tries to tell Pru what happened but, as usual, it is not that easy. Pru always needs help from other animals to interpret what the kitten is trying to say. Her most influential assistance is her cat, naturally. I love how Wallis drips with catitude despite an evident fondness for her human companion.
I don't want to spoil the book for you but if you have not yet read any of the series, give it a try. It is good reading for both human and feline.
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A mystery with talking animals. They seem to be popular these days so every so often I try one. And then remember that I don't like them. I guess I keep trying to see why they appeal to readers but I've yet to see it.

Pru is an animal behaviorist that can hear what animals are saying and talk to them. She's been called in to deal with a kitten that was given to a retired lawyer as a gift and needs to be taken to the vet. When she arrives, the lawyer is dead and the kitten is playing next to him. The lawyers three daughters all get accused and, in turn, seem to accuse each other of killing him. In the end, of course, the animals provide the clues for Pru to solve the mystery.

The mystery plot, taken on its own, is not bad. The book is well edited. The dialogue is believable. If you into talking animals, this will probably be ok, but I did not care for it at all. Pru is bitter and fairly unlikeable in many ways. She has a great disregard for normal human activities which reminds me of Kinsey Milhone at her worst. She seems to think that animals are smarter than people and everyone who doesn't understand them is just an ignoramus. She's dismissive of her boyfriend. I just generally didn't enjoy her character at all. But the final nail in the coffin is the way she investigates the murder. She has absolutely no standing to do so. The family doesn't ask her to. She didn't know him. She's not being accused of anything. All the normal reasons that amateurs investigate crimes are non-existent. She's just super-nosy and not in a fun way. What makes it worse is that people tell her stuff. Stuff that you would never tell a stranger. It's nonsensical.

This is the fifth in a series and the first I've read so maybe that has some bearing on how ridiculous this book seemed to me but I won't be reading the others to find out. This was provided to me through Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
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I received a free kindle copy of Kittens Can Kill: A Pru Marlowe Pet Noir by Clea Simon, published by Poisoned Pen Press from NetGalley in exchange for a fair review. I gave it five stars.

This mystery was a pleasant surprise that kept me guessing until the end of the book. The dynamics of a family following a death was clearly delineated. The emotional roller coaster caused by grief was on the spot. The fact that Pru Marlowe has a special gift with animals was a nice touch. Pru's relationship with Wallis her own cat & interaction with the new kitten revealed a knowledge of cats that was delightful.

Can Pru tread the waters of the emotional tsunami of the three sisters? Can she keep her own gift as a secret?

I highly recommend this five star book.

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Ever since Freddie the Pig oinked onto the scene solving farm mysteries I’ve been a fan of animal-related crime fiction. In small doses. Here is a very well-written complicated mystery featuring Pru Marlowe. Fifth in this series, author Simon has fashioned another small town intrigue that involves a hefty number of the town’s citizens in fraud, deceit, murder and even shoddy carpentry. It’s a measure of her talent that the author can keep the many elements of the story straight. But she’s written quite a number of enjoyable mysteries.
Principal human in this story is Pru Marlowe, an independent and independently-minded animal behaviorist who is particularly sensitive to domestic cats. Although she tries to protect her special talent which is her ability to communicate on some level with the animals she encounters, there are those in town who consider her a bit odd. Time and again Pru is able to thwart evil by listening to Wallis, her four-pawed companion, a keen observer of humans.
The trick in these books is to create believable animal characters and rationally acceptable interactions between animals and humans. How far can this go? Can a beloved dog really understand that that his owner has been murdered and then communicate that to another human?
Read this excellent mystery and decide for yourself. Regardless of how you may feel about the domestic animal kingdom and its interactions with humanity, this is a fine crime novel with an interesting and satisfying conclusion.
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