Kittens Can Kill
by Clea Simon
on Tour June 2015
Synopsis:The dead don’t keep pets. So when animal behaviorist expert Pru Marlowe gets a call about a kitten, she doesn’t expect to find the cuddly creature playing beside the cooling body of prominent Beauville lawyer David Canaday. Heart attack? His three adult daughters angrily blame drug interactions, feline allergies—and each other. And begin to feud over their father, his considerable estate, and that cute ball of fluff. While the cause of death is pending, each sister has an axe to grind—with arguments that escalate when David’s partner reads out the will.
Pru’s special sensitivity to animals, which caused her to flee the cacophony of Manhattan for the quiet Berkshires, adds further problems. The local vet is overwhelmed as the animal hospital’s money runs out. There’s a needy Sheltie and some invasive squirrels, too. But the dead man’s kitten, his former partner, and his troublesome family keep drawing “wild-girl animal psychic Pru back in. Despite the wry observations of her trusty tabby Wallis, now the wrongfully accused kitten’s guardian, and the grudging compliance of her cop lover, this may be one time when Pru can’t solve the mystery or save the kitten she wants to believe is innocent. A single witness knows the truth about that bright spring morning. How far can Pru investigate without risking her own hidden tale?
Another great installment in the Pru Marlowe series. I've read all five now, and find each one more enthralling than the last. The plot is interesting, the characters are lovable, and the hook of Pru being able to communicate with animals--all of these things are reasons why the series works so well.
The mystery of the murdered lawyer keeps the reader guessing till the very end. Along the way, we also learn some secrets that were thought to have been buried for years. I always enjoy the banter between Pru and her tabby cat, Wallis, and in this book, with Wallis entrusted with the job of "babysitting" the kitten, the barbs fly fast and furious.
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Rating: Four stars
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Published by: Poisoned Pen Press
Publication Date: 03/03/2015
Number of Pages: 434
Series: Pru Marlowe Pet Noir #5 (Each is a Stand Alone Mystery)
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Author Bio:A recovering journalist, Clea Simon is the author of 17 mysteries and three nonfiction books. Kittens Can Kill is the fifth in her Pru Marlowe pet noir series. She lives in Somerville, Massachusetts, with her husband Jon and their cat, Musetta, and can be reached at