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)
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A recovering journalist, Clea Simon is the author of 1 7mysteries 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
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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.
In many cozy mysteries I’ve read it happens that the best friend, family member, neighbour, a likable person or just an unlikely suspect finds him/herself accused of murder needs to be cleared out. And here comes our (usually) amateur detective and tries to help, usually succeeding.
Not this time. Or not quite anyways. Here we have a cute little kitten which at a certain point is accused to be a killer! And if not the killer – the cause of death at the very least.
No wonder that Pru Marlowe, a “pet whisperer” of sorts, takes it in her own hands and decides to sniff… ok, maybe not sniff, but ask around and clear the name of poor Ernesto (the kitten). And it is not an easy task, as it seems like all three daughters of the victim could have done it… And are quick to blame each other.
Brilliantly written, fast paced, funny cozy mystery. I loved the idea of Pru communicating with the animals through her thoughts more than speaking. That is easier to hide too 🙂 And yeah, I can imagine it would be easy for her to be an animal behaviorist expert with a gift like that!!! 🙂
Very colourful characters, interesting relationships between them, this was a book #5 in the series, and I will definitely have some catching up to do (this was the first one for me in the series. The fact that I loved it can prove it does well as a standalone as well 😉 )