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Author: Clea Simon
Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
Date of Publication: March 1st, 2016
If you enjoy mystery thrillers written with a great sense of humour as well as some paranormal ability added for good measure then look no further! Take a single lady who can hear what animals are thinking, add in a murder where the killer needs identifying and some animal witnesses and you’re certainly in for a treat in this, the latest in the Pru Marlowe series. The writer not only has a community of great human characters, many of whom appeared in earlier novels, but also some amazing animal ones, too!
What makes this a unique mystery style is the role the animals, especially Pru’s cat, Wallis, have in aiding Pru in her investigations. The exploration of relationships between humans as well as between animals and humans is insightfully portrayed in a credible and easy to relate to manner that makes the whole novel a truly delightfully different and enthralling read, one I have no hesitation in highly recommending. The humour as well as the clues to be deciphered are engaging, adding laugh out loud moments to a macabre investigation where people aren’t always quite as they like to be seen by other humans and sometimes it is only the clues from Pru’s animal contacts that help to reveal all in this well paced murder mystery.
Thanks to the author, publishers and NetGalley, too, for letting me read an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Winter is hard in Beauville, where the melting snow can reveal much more than last season’s dead leaves. So when a wealthy, obnoxious tourist and his ski bunny girlfriend surface in Pru Marlowe’s little Berkshire town, she knows she should stay out of their way. The bad-girl animal psychic has to focus on more immediate concerns, including a wild rabbit named Henry, supposedly tamed and illegally living with an eighty-four-year-old lady in her home. Henry, who seems to be acting out and hiding, avoids responding to Pru. Yet when Pru discovers the tourist murdered and his girlfriend’s high-maintenance spaniel falls to her care, she gets dragged into a complicated case of crime and punishment that involves some new friends, an old nemesis, and her own shadowed past. A recent museum art heist draws the feds into the investigation along with a courtly gentleman radiating menace, who represents secretive business interests in New York and shows a surprising awareness of Pru. Her on-again, off-again romance with police Detective Creighton doesn’t stop him from warning her to steer clear of the inquiry. The spaniel, however, lures her in. Pru lives in a world where only her crotchety tabby Wallis knows the whole truth about her past, her flight from Manhattan, and her unique gift that surfaced abruptly one day. Fearing the worst, Pru now comes dangerously close to being exposed. With everything in motion, Pru, Wallis, and everyone they hold dear will be lucky to escape…by a hare.
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