By Clea Simon
Copyright April 2012
Publisher Poisoned Pen Press
When Pru Marlowe gets the call that there’s been a cat shooting, she’s furious. Animal brutality is the one thing that this tough animal psychic won’t stand for, and in her role as a behaviorist she’s determined to care for the traumatized pet. But when Pru finds out that the cat did the shooting – accidentally setting off a rare dueling pistol – she realizes something else is going on. Could the white Persian really have killed her owner – or did the whole bloody mess have something to do with that pricey collectible? With the white cat turning a deaf ear to her questions, Pru must tune in to Beauville’s other pampered residents – from the dead man’s elite social set to their equally spoiled pets – and learn the truth before her ex, a former New York cop, gets too close. In a world where value is determined by a price tag, only Pru Marlowe and her trusty tabby Wallis can figure out if this was a case of feline felony – or if some human has set the Persian up to be the ultimate cat’s paw.
The story begins with Pru receiving a strange sort of phone call. She assumes from the message that a pet has been shot, but when she arrives at the crime scene she finds a live cat and a dead owner. Even stranger is the fact that the cat is being charged with the killing. Pru tries to communicate with the cat but is being blocked at all turns and even gets hissed at for her trouble.
Pru is forced to put on her leather gauntlets to protect her hands as she puts the cat into a carrier box. The trip to the shelter takes 20 minutes and that’s how long she had to try and get this poor frightened cat to open up to her.
This story is very tightly written with lots of plot twists, false trails, and snarky pets and too many suspects for one amateur investigator to handle. Pru and her cat Wallis will have their hands and paws full till the very surprising end. This book is definitely a keeper.
FTC Full Disclosure: I received an ARC of this book from the author who only asked for a fair review.