Kittens Can Kill
by Clea Simon
on Tour June 2015
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?
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)
Pru Marlowe can be so annoying. There, I’ve said it. And so what?
You know its true. A few critics, commenting on earlier books like “Dogs Don’t Lie” or “Cats Can’t Shoot,” have pointed out just how much of a challenge Pru is. She may be smart and tough and resourceful, but ultimately she’s a loner. Unwilling to trust anyone. And while that’s partly because of her so-called secret – that she can “hear” what animals are thinking – it makes her more standoffish than the usual cozy heroine. Distant. Sometimes, even, difficult.
Plus, she’s got a ton of bad habits. Even now that she’s back here in her rural hometown of Beauville, she seems to have taken the city with her. With all this beautiful mountain scenery to admire, she still drinks too much. And if there’s a bad boy around, she’s drawn to him like, well, like a cat to catnip.
You and I know that’s partly because of that secret. After all, it’s hard to live a normal life if you think you may end up on the psych ward. Again. And while she seems to be working things out with her hunky almost-boyfriend, Beauville Detective Jim Creighton, he’s too much of a boy scout for her to ever be really comfortable with him. How could she ever explain that the reason for her success with animals – the reason she’s the best animal behaviorist around – is that she knows what they’re really responding to? That most of the time, that dog or kitten or even that bunny is acting perfectly sane. That it’s the people who are misreading the cues – or making the situation impossible for the poor beast. But she doesn’t get paid to train the people, now, does she?
No, she doesn’t. And like any sensible animal, she doesn’t want to be locked up again, either. So our Pru is doing what she can. She’s let Creighton learn a little about her family, for instance. About her parents’ broken marriage and why she thinks she may be more like her wild dad than her stern mom. Along the way, she’s maybe even finding some things out about herself. Like that her mother loved her fiercely, and that maybe – just maybe – Creighton understands her better than she thinks. Can she trust him? Not yet, but maybe sometime soon…
Of course, there is one who knows the full story. A friend who was there at the beginning, helping Pru recover from the illness that brought her strange gift on – and guiding her now as she finds herself entangled in yet another murder. Three sisters, all feuding about their late father’s estate, just like they fought for his love. And they say Pru is annoying. Humans, what can you do? Luckily, Pru Marlow has me in her life: Wallis, the cat. Do I think Pru is annoying? What do you think. But I’m allowed to, because she may be a bad-girl animal psychic, but I’m her even tougher tabby. And I’ve got catitude to spare.
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A recovering journalist, Clea Simon is the author of 17 mysteries and three nonfiction books. Parrots Prove Deadly is the third 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
This is a giveaway hosted by Partners In Crime Virtual Book Tours for Clea Simon & Poisoned Pen Press. There will be one winner of 1 Box of Poisoned Pen Press books including Kittens Can Kill by Clea Simon. The giveaway begins on June 1st, 2015 and runs through June 3rd, 2015.
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