Saturday, February 23, 2013

Parrots Prove Deadly: A Pru Marlowe Mystery by Clea Simon

Pru is working hard at rehabilitating and retraining animals with behavior problems.  She has a bit of an edge because she can "talk" to them and hear their responses.  Not all animals are the same, though.  Some are smarter than others and she has to remember she's getting their perspective, not a human's.

Poisoned Pen Press and Net Galley allowed me to read an ebook of this story.  It will be published the first of April, so make a note to pick it up then.

This is a fun series.  Pru is stubborn, focused, and goes beyond the norm to protect the animals she comes across.  A young raccoon gets the same care and attention as a dog, cat or parrot would in her case.  Even when he's accused of being rabid.  She doesn't believe it and steals him from the pound.  And that's not her only crime in this book.

She originally is called in because the parrot cusses like a sailor and no one wants to take him home after his owner has died.  Randolph talks but is repeating what he heard or does he mean something by it?  Pru has trouble figuring that out, but another attempted death at the nursing home gives her pause.  Maybe the "overdose" of drugs people are taking is not a mistake on their part; maybe someone is killing them.

As she snoops at the case, Pru is dancing around her current squeeze.  He's a cop and is Mr. Blue & True.  She's one who works around the edges.  There are some frustrated words between them and that adds a little spice to the story.

This is a cozy mystery that is fun to read.  Why not buy a couple earlier in the series to keep you busy until this one comes out?  You won't be disappointed.

Happy reading.   


Clea Simon said...

Thanks for reading, Jo Ann! I'm putting an excerpt on my site at in case any of your readers want to try before they buy.

Jo Ann Hakola said...

Thanks for pointing that out, Clea. That's a good way to entice them to read the whole story.