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Kittens Can Kill: A Pru Marlowe Pet Noir Paperback – March 3, 2015
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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.
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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.
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.
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.
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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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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really didn't like this book. I usually love books with animals and with people who speak with animals. They are fun. Read morePublished 3 months ago by CRJ
Kittens Can Kill is an interesting cozy mystery with a number of likely suspects and a lot of help from the feline contingent. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Edie
I really enjoyed reading this book. It was the first book I have read by Cleo Simon. I will be reading more of her books after reading this one. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Penny S Marks
Hope you like cozy little mysteries that are drama filled with some crazy characters and twist that aren't necessarily seen coming! This book has it all! Read morePublished 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
Another great installment in the Pru Marlowe series. I've read all five now, and find each one more enthralling than the last. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Teresa Kander
Clea Simon in her new book, “Kittens Can Kill” Book Five in the Pru Marlowe Pet Noir series published by Poisoned Pen Press gives us another adventure with Pru Marlowe. Read morePublished 11 months ago by VicG
Pru Marlowe can talk to animals and they can talk to her. Comes in handy as she’s an animal behaviorist. She helps pets and their humans to understand each other. Read morePublished 11 months ago by laurathomas61
This was a fun mystery for me. I have not read any of the other books in this series or by this author and I did just fine and did not feel lost. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Bookaunt