June 16, 2015

Kittens Can Kill by Clea Simon - Review/Giveaway

I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review

Publication date: March 3, 2015
Number of pages: 294
Genre: Mystery
Series: Pru Marlowe Pet Noir #5

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?

What did I think about the story:
This was a fun mystery for me. I have not read any of the other books in this series or by this author and I did just fine and did not feel lost. There is murder, mystery, romance and animals all in one place – what more can you ask for in a good book. The characters are very well developed and likeable. It was fun learning a little about each of them as the story went along. One of my favorite things was how Pru could “communicate” with the animals. This brought a little humor to the story. It was also kind of neat how the animals would give her clues to try and help her solve the mystery.  The author did a good job of keeping me guessing until the end of the story. I will be looking for the rest of this series to enjoy. 

What did I think of the cover:
I liked the little kitten on the front of the book. The only thing is that I wish there would have been a little something in the background behind the kitten. 

My rating:
4 stars

About the author:
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: http://www.hottbooks.com/images/sm/pict_wp.png

Pru Marlowe Pet Noir
#1 Dogs Don't Lie
#2 Cats Can't Shoot
#3 Parrots Prove Deadly
#4 Panthers Play for Keeps
#5 Kittens Can Kill

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. a Rafflecopter giveaway


  1. Thanks for sharing your review on this most recent book in the "pet noir" series. Sounds like an entertaining read for the summer!

  2. Thank you for reading! I'm glad you enjoyed my latest! - Clea http://www.cleasimon.com