Sunday, January 31, 2016

When Bunnies Go Bad: A Pru Marlowe Pet Noir by Clea Simon

Pru and Jim are out to dinner when they hear the couple next to them have an argument.  The sugar daddy thinks he's mister big bucks and he orders his girlfriend around and insults her.  When she talks back, they leave but they've ruined dinner for the other two.  Pru decides he's just bad tempered and she'll just avoid him in the future.  That doesn't even work out for a day.  However, the next time she sees him he's quiet.  He's also dead.

Poisoned Pen Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 1st, so you can grab a copy then.

Pru is still hiding her ability to communicate with animals from Jim.  She doesn't want to end up in a crazy ward again or to drive him off because she's so strange.  That's pretty hard to do in this adventure.

She finds the dead body because there is a dog barking in the room.  Otherwise the body is alone.  When Jim shows up at the scene he tells her to stay out of it.  But the dog talks to her.

I enjoy the interaction between the animals and Pru.  She tries to help them all and works to calm them down.  Some of those same techniques work well on people, too.  There is a bunny she's working with that isn't responding to her.  I figured out why before Pru did.  Will you?

The ski bunny that was hanging out with the sugar daddy didn't murder him but there's something going on.  Even the Mafia seems to be involved.  Pru sure gets into some interesting cases.  She sees an old friend from the past in this case, too.  They are both careful around each other and she knows he's deadly but he's helped her in the past.  He helps her in this case, too.  And she helps Jim even if he doesn't know it.

Taking a walk with Growler, trying to talk to Henry the rabbit, and trying to get the ski bunny to open up keeps Pru busy in this story.  It was a good read.

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