Sunday, March 8, 2015

Kittens Can Kill: A Pru Marlowe Pet Noir - Clea Simon

Kittens Can Kill: A Pru Marlowe Pet Noir
Clea Simon
Poisoned Pen, Mar 1 2015, $24.95
ISBN 9781464203602

In Beauville, animal behaviorist and pet trainer Pru Marlowe arrives at the home of client David Canaday.  There she finds the affluent attorney lying dead on his kitchen floor.  Near the corpse is Ernesto the kitten who one of the deceased’s daughters left with her dad.  It appears David died from a toxic reaction to the feline though Pru, after “consulting” with the “suspect”, thinks otherwise.

Pru leaves Ernesto with her reluctant sleuthing feline partner Wallis so she can make inquiries into the victim’s past.  She also ignores the amused warning of her boyfriend Police Detective Jim Creighton to let this one go.  Instead she sets out to prove Ernesto did not kill David.

The fifth Pru Marlowe Berkshires pet noir (see Panthers Play for Keeps and Parrots Prove Deadly) is a lighthearted anthropomorphic cozy.  Though the murder mystery seems obvious early on, series fans will adore Pru’s amateur sleuthing

Harriet Klausner

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