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"Simon excels in creating unique and believable animal characters as well as diverse and memorable humans, and this sequel is just as good as Dogs Don't Lie (2011)." - Booklist *STARRED REVIEW*

"Fast-paced... readers will relish this fun caper." -Mystery Gazette

"Simon excels in creating unique and believable animal characters as well as diverse and memorable humans, and this sequel is just as good as Dogs Don’t Lie (2011)." —Booklist, starred review

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Clea Simon is a Massachusetts-based writer, journalist and a regular contributor to the New York Times, Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, Ms., Rolling Stone and Salon.com. Sheas the author of three nonfiction books, She lives in Cambridge, MA, with her husband, the writer Jon S. Garelick, and their cat, Musetta.
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Product Details

  • Series: Pru Marlowe Pet Noir (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press (April 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159058869X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590588697
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.8 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,206,429 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
Cats Can't Shoot is the second book in Clea Simon's Pru Marlowe "pet noir" series, and I was fortunate to receive an ARC. Clea is a prolific author of three mystery series, and includes cats in her work (yay!). Pru Marlowe is an animal behaviorist with a talent for "hearing" the thoughts of critters around her--cats, dogs, ferrets and more--but of course there are translation problems that cause misunderstandings. When a white Persian cat is accused of murder--setting off an antique dueling pistol that kills the owner--Pru sets out to discover what really happened. Since the Persian perp refuses to "talk" (cat got her tongue?), Pru meets with a host of furry residents hoping to get the inside scoop. This is a fun mystery with a quirky heroine and unique premise. I liked Pru better than many of the critters, though, since many of the pet voices seemed snarky and held little affection for humans (granted, often with good reason!). Many of the animal conversations got interrupted before any real information could be given, which was frustrating not only to Pru but also to the reader. The behaviorist insights in the book are dead-on accurate! Fans of cat mysteries will lap this up like cream as they second-guess if cats really CAN shoot--and who framed this Persian beauty and why.

--Amy Shojai, CABC, certified animal behavior consultant and author of 23 pet care books
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This book had a fantastic (not meaning fantasy,) premise of a cat being accused of murdering a man, it's owner. Is it even possible? What about the cat being traumatized? Was the cat enraged and possessed murderous thoughts? Had it been abused or was it being used as a cover-up for another human who possessed evil thoughts? I mean physically possible. Cats are predatory but a house cat shooting her master?

We are taken along with Pru Marlowe, a pet behaviorist (almost,) who receives a chilling telephone call...a 'cat shooting.' Pru rushes to the scene expecting the worse..a fallen cat, only to find the cat is the accused and may be injured.

Pru, in the style of another 'Marlowe' becomes a detective trying to solve not only this murder or accident, but another male friends demise. Why is she swirling in the middle of all this bloodshed and chaos? Pru turns to Wallis, her companion for answers, but finds out she must decode this for herself.

This was a true Pet Noir mystery. Again it reminds me of the famous Philip Marlowe books by Raymond Chandler. Rough character and darned good at what he did...solving crimes. This is not a cozy murder mystery but a hard core mystery that will have you following along at a surprising pace.
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Animal psychic, Pru Marlowe, hears there has been a cat shooting and she's furious. She can't stand the idea of animal brutality and she plans to make sure this situation is dealt with and fast. However, when she arrives on the scene, she discovers that the cat is the one who is accused of doing the shooting using an antique gun. Although relieved that no cat has been shot, she's not buying that the cat is guilty either.

She tries to communicate with the beautiful Persian, but she has no luck. The cat is keeping her info to herself. She's obviously traumatized since the victim was her beloved human. Pru turns to the neighborhood pets, and her own tabby Wallis, for some assistance. They try to help, but Pru is getting mixed signals from everyone and she discovers that victim had quite a few enemies that she never expected to find.

Pru Marlowe is the new Doctor Doolittle of the literary world. She knows exactly what these animals are thinking and what they need. I just want to stress that this is not a supernatural book. The pets do not talk aloud. Pru has a psychic ability, but it's not a paranormal book. It's a cozy mystery.

Pru is a strong character who fights for what she knows to be right. She doesn't sit back and hope that someone saves the day. She does her own saving, even though her latest boyfriend is a cop. She doesn't depend on him or anyone else, for that matter. Well, she does depend on her tabby, Wallis. Their scenes make me laugh. They are like an old married couple. Their concern and love for each other comes through each page loud and clear.

The story is fast-paced with a mystery that will lead you in several different directions before we finally get our answers.
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Format: Hardcover
The words "cat shooting" don't sit well with Pru Marlowe. She is only slightly relieved to find the white Persian is only singed and scared but the cat's person is very much dead. He was shot with an antique dueling pistol. The primary suspect is the cat. Pru isn't convinced and her animal friends aren't being as helpful as she would like. Then her ex comes into town trying to make nice. Is he involved with the murder? Why did he show up now? Everyone is acting strange. Is Pru in over her head? If you like a great mystery, this is top notch. Simon has just the right mix of great characters and page turning intrigue.
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New slant as she communicates with animals better than humans as she finds the killer in this story. Some characters you can enev picture as they are involved in the book. Very enjoyable and would read more by this author.
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