Kittens Can Kill
A Pru Marlowe Pet Noir
Poisoned Pen Press
In the Berkshires, life is relaxing. This a not a high-crime area
and murder is usually non-existent. So when an elderly and retired
attorney passes away, a heart-attack would be the logical reason for
his death. When poison is suspected though, who could or would
poison him? Was it an accident? Could a new kitten have
accidentally dropped something in his tea that could kill him? What
do you do with a murdering kitten?
When asked to check on a new kitten, the last thing you expect to
find at the residence is a dead body. Prudence Marlowe had been
knocking on the door for over twenty minutes when she finally decided
to enter the house. Imagine her surprise to find the body of an
older man and a kitten batting around what appeared to be a button
from the dead man's sweater vest.
It would have been easy to just pick up the kitten and to back out
the door but it would be leaving a crime scene. The right thing is
seldom the easiest. Pru chooses the correct path and informs the
local law enforcement, Jim Creighton who just happens to have a
special relationship with her.
What Jim suspects but does not know is that Pru has a special
ability. She understands the language of dog, cats, birds, etc...she
can talk with the animals. Now only if these creatures would answer
her questions and speak in complete sentences. However humans are
not usually privileged to the secrets the animals confide in her.
Added to that, Jim has used the “love” word with Pru. She
definitely does not want him to believe that she is mentally
unstable. She prefers to describe herself as an animal behaviorist.
So how did the old man die? What was the cause of his death? What
did the kitten do? What did the kitten witness?
It turns out that the deceased is a retired attorney, David
Canaday who has three surviving adult daughters. Sibling rivalry
still continues into their single adult lives and include fighting
over her father's will and of course, the kitten.
Clea Simon is a former journalist who lives in Somerville,
Massachusetts. She is the author of three non-fiction books as well
as three separate mystery series featuring the characters Pru
Marlowe, Dulcie Schwarta, and Theda Krakow.
Kittens Can Kill is a
fun cozy novel which is a very quick read. The story is
well-organized with excellent character development as the possible
culprits are slowly revealed. I would recommend one of the earlier
books in the Pru series if you are not acquainted with the series.