Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Review: Panthers Play for Keeps: A Pru Marlowe Pet Mystery (Pru Marlowe Pet Noir #4) by Clea Simon

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 842 KB
  • Print Length: 250 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1590588703
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press (April 1 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English

Book Description

When Pru Marlowe takes a dog for a walk, she doesn’t expect to find a body. But Spot, a service dog in training, has too good a nose not to lead her to the remains of the beautiful young woman, and despite her own best instincts, Pru can’t avoid getting involved. The young woman seems to have been mauled by a wild cat – and Pru knows there have been no pumas in the Berkshire woods for years. And while Wallis, Pru's curmudgeonly tabby, seems fixated on the idea of a killer cat, Spot has been sending strange signals to Pru’s own heightened senses, suggesting that the violent death was something more than a tragic accident. As motives multiply, a cougar of a different sort sets her eyes on Pru’s sometime lover, and another woman disappears.  With panther panic growing, Pru may have to put aside her own issues – and her own ideas of domesticity – to solve a savage mystery.

"A good choice for fans of Susan Wittig Albert’s Beatrix Potter series." —Booklist review of Pru Marlowe Pet Noir

"Pru’s struggles to deal with her abilities make this stand out among other animal mysteries, and the sad story of Floyd, the heart-broken Persian, will touch the heart of cat lovers everywhere. Recommend this series to fans of Blaize Clement and Rita May Brown (especially those who have grown weary of the Mrs. Murphy novels). Watch this series closely. It could well sprint to the top of the animal-cozy genre." —Booklist, starred review
"Simon excels in creating unique and believable animal characters as well as diverse and memorable humans, and this sequel is just as good as Dogs Don’t Lie (2011)." —Booklist, starred review

About the Author

 Clea Simon is the author of the Dulcie Schwartz feline mysteries, the Pru Marlowe pet noir mysteries, and the Theda Krakow mysteries, as well as three nonfiction books, including The Feline Mystique: On the Mysterious Connection Between Women and Cats. The recipient of multiple honors, including the Cat Writers Associations Presidents Award, she lives in Somerville, Massachusetts, with her husband, Jon Garelick, and their cat, Musetta.

My Review

 Panthers Play For Keeps is the first book that I've read by Poisoned Pen Press's author Clea Simon. This is actually the 4th in the series of Pru Marlowe Pet Noir but you don't need to have read the earlier editions to enjoy Panthers.

Panthers Play For Keeps is set in New England. I thought it might be set in Florida before I began to read it as I was fascinated by the Panther Crossing signs in Everglades National Park but I digress. There is an Eastern cougar that is also known as a puma, panther or mountain lion. Who knew!

As a cat lover I loved the main character Pru's cat Wallis...what a character! Pru is an animal lover who trains animals. She also communicates with animals quite easily.  The novel begins with Pru and a dog Spot finding a body. This of course sets off a series of events. What large cat could have killed the victim? Could a panther be prowling the neighbourhood?

Pru is a strong woman and an interesting character. Panthers Play For Keeps was a good mystery that kept me guessing until the end! 


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