Book Review: “Kittens Can Kill” by Clea Simon

June 17, 2015 at 6:20 pm | Posted in Books | 2 Comments
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Clea Simon in her new book, “Kittens Can Kill book coverKittens Can Kill” Book Five in the Pru Marlowe Pet Noir series published by Poisoned Pen Press gives us another adventure with Pru Marlowe.

From the back cover:  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?

This is a highly intriguing mystery. I think Pru Marlowe not only has a highly interesting job, animal behaviorist, but is one of the most interesting characters to come along in quite a while. We all have relationships with our pets, she more than others, and I think it is a lot of fun. When humans witness a murder there is trauma involved. Well guess what there is trauma for the animal as well, especially if the animal is a kitten. The suspects will keep you going in circles as Pru, with the help of her cat and the kitten, tries to sort through all the clues. “Kittens Can Kill” is quite an engrossing book. Don’t start this book late at night as it will cost you sleep as you try to finish it before you go to bed. I am looking forward to more from Ms. Simon and this wonderful series.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Partners In Crime.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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  1. Thanks for sharing your review of this pet noir mystery. I completely agree that Pru is an engaging character, one you want to learn more about as the series progresses.

  2. Wow, thank you so much for this! Pru and Wallis and I are thrilled! By the way, if you or your readers would like see an excerpt, links, photos, or more, please feel free to drop by my home page:

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