Cats Can't Shoot

Clea Simon


Cats Can't Shoot

Cats Can't Shoot

  • Title: Cats Can't Shoot
  • Author: Clea Simon
  • ISBN: 9781590588697
  • Page: 296
  • Format: Paperback



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 elsWhen 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, the pedigreed puss may have a reason for revenge, and 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 up the Persian as the ultimate cat s paw.


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Cats Can’t ShootBy Clea SimonCopyright April 2012Publisher 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 Pe [...]

Cats Can't Shoot: Pru Marlowe 2Chronological order, not necessary but recommended.In A Nutshell: Pru Marlowe, a pet behaviourist with a psychic touch, is called to rescue a cat from a homicide scene. The Persian pussy has accidentally shot her wealthy owner with an antique pistol that has a 'hair trigger.' A novel approach to murder mysteries with biting sarcasm from the animals. Entertaining and hard-boiled.The Protagonists: Pru prefers animals to people and not just because she can 'talk' to t [...]

This book had a fantastic (not meaning fantasy,) premise of a cat being accused of murdering a man, it's owner. Is it even possible? What about the cat being traumatized? Was the cat enraged and possessed murderous thoughts? Had it been abused or was it being used as a cover-up for another human who possessed evil thoughts? I mean physically possible. Cats are predatory but a house cat shooting her master?We are taken along with Pru Marlowe, a pet behaviorist (almost,) who receives a chilling te [...]

This woman either needs to listen to her editor, or she needs a better one. Aside from all the typos, this was poorly written. Many parts of it made no sense. I especially liked where she talked about a deaf cat being startled by loud noises. The main character is also very stupid. At first I thought her cat was a jerk, but then I realized how hard it must be for that cat to have to live with someone who is such an idiot.

Clea has NAILED the animal behavior content, and obviously has great affection for all-things-furry. Pru the behaviorist "hears" the thoughts of her furry charges, which helps her solve they mystery of a Persian "killer." Fans of cozy cat mysteries will lap this up like cream as they second-guess if cats really CAN shoot.

Animal psychic, Pru Marlowe, hears there has been a cat shooting and she’s furious. She can’t stand the idea of animal brutality and she plans to make sure this situation is dealt with and fast. However, when she arrives on the scene, she discovers that the cat is the one who is accused of doing the shooting using an antique gun. Although relieved that no cat has been shot, she’s not buying that the cat is guilty either.She tries to communicate with the beautiful Persian, but she has no lu [...]

Continuing with my "cat" theme, the next book in my "to be read" pile was this fun and slightly dark "petcentric" (my new word!) mystery. This series is described as a Pet Noir. It's not a cutesy pet mystery. Pru is something of a rebel. She likes to party, enjoys a beer or a shot (or both!), has a wardrobe consisting of a lot of denim and leather (and one pair of good pumps!) and drives a muscle car. She also can "hear" animals in her mind and communicate with them. A different writer might hav [...]

Pru Marlowe is called in to work with a Persian that is thought to have accidentally killer her person, a well-to-do man who has been collecting antique guns. It appears that she set off the gun and killed the person who cared most for her. The cat is traumatized, and Pru has a hard time picking up anything from her except anger and fear. Confusing things is the wife's inconsistent attitude toward the cat--she hates it but wants to sell it to a breeder. Then there's the supposed dead man's girlf [...]

Pru is called to a MURDER scene to take charge of a long-hair white Persian cat. The evidence points to the cat as stepping on the trigger that shot her owner DEAD. There is a discussion about the fate of the cat. Pru offers to work with the cat so she can be adopted. Pru finds she can not read the Persian thoughts. All she gets is a black void. Wallis tells Pru she is not understanding the Persian and that Pru has not lost her ability to read thoughts of animals. The romance between Pru and Cre [...]

A number of things irritated me about this book. I disliked the whole telepathy with animals thing, which also brought into fairly shallow stereotypes of various animals. I also thought that there were too many ex boyfriends and Pru herself was fairly unlikeable. Noticable spelling mistakes, gramatical errors and inconsistencies jarred even though I'm hardly an expert. On the plus side, I read it all the way through.

Smart, clever, and oh so much fun to read, the latest Pru Marlowe Pet Noir from Simon is addictive beyond words.

Absurdly entertaining

I admit to being a little annoyed in some areas of this story. However my problems are not with anything about the story. I am really enjoying Pru but my favorite character is Wallis. Since I am not a cat person I am very surprised. If you are a mystery and animal lover then I highly suggest this series.

This book is awful. It is poorly written and makes no sense. The main character is not likable at all and has odd nonsensical interactions with animals. I need this for my book challenge otherwise I wouldn’t have bothered to finish it.

very clever

DNF. Love the animals, but found the narrator unbearable.

Pru Marlowe has now been back in her home town of Beauville in western Massachusetts for months, and she has regular clients, a routine, and friends and colleagues. Her cat, Wallis, is still the only one she can talk freely to, because of course she can't tell any humans about her ability to hear and communicate with the minds of animals. But the ability gives her what others see as a "gift" in working with animals, so her animal behavior business is growing.Then the local police, specifically s [...]

Originally posted at: lasrmystery/2012/When Pru gets a phone call asking her to respond to a cat shooting, she’s prepared to deal with a traumatized cat. However, she’s not prepared to find the cop suggesting the cat was the shooter!This author previously published Dogs Don’t Lie which was a very good mystery, so I was pleased to have the opportunity to review this Pru mystery. Ms. Simon has made her main character, Pru Marlowe, unique. She talks to animals. I don’t mean she watches and [...]

So, lately I've taken to a new method of choosing what books I'm going to read or listen to. I go to my library's downloads, and basically shelf-browse their electronic books. I randomly pick a page and choose a book off that page. That's how I found Cats Can't Shoot, a mystery story which has a beautiful white Persian cat at the center. I once had a beautiful white Persian cat, so I really couldn't pass this book by.It isn't a perfect book. It's longer than it needs to be, and Pru spins her whe [...]

This cat mystery found its way to me from the Poisoned Pen quite recently. The book is a little over 250 pages, so it's a quick read. The author, Clea Simon, develops this mystery nicely with plenty of holes appearing in the version of events the narrator cobbles together. So it is not one of those speciality mystery books which suffer from too little mystery and too much preciousness. Her spare, but insightful descriptions of her characters in the Berkshires are well-honed. The plot is cleanly [...]

In Simon’s mystery novel, Pru Marlowe is an animal behaviorist and a pet psychic. When a lovely Persian cat named Fluffy is brought in to see her, Pru notices immediately that the cat is suffering from fear, stress and shock. The police suspect Fluffy of accidentally shooting her owner, Donal Franklin, by pawing an antique gun’s trigger in curiosity. As a pet psychic, Pru can’t explain why Fluffy is so traumatized she can’t reveal what really happened. To top things off, Franklin’s ver [...]

After suddenly developing the ability to understand animals, the heroine decides to leave the noisy city and moves to the country with her cat, partly because the pigeons are driving her insane with their chatter! She starts a dog-walking business (dogs are better conversationalists than pigeons) and ends up involved in a murder in which a cat is the prime suspect, with her paw prints on the weapon! Unable to get a coherent response from the traumatized kitty other than the distinct impression t [...]

Almost as good as the first Pru Marlowe mystery, Dogs Don't Lie. I like the protagonist, although her tastes in men differ markedly from mine, and the premise of a closeted animal communicator solving crimes by means of information animals tell her is an intriguing one. I thought some of the plot twists were not that believable, just in terms of what a given character would do or think. Also there is a mystery to do with Pru herself (I won't spoil it) that isn't resolved - I guess I'll have to w [...]

Pru Marlowe is a pet behaviorist who can actually hear what animals are thinking. Unfortunately, they don't think the way people do, and frankly, Pru spends so much time pondering the possible meanings of what they do think that her gift isn't much help in solving the murders and attempted murders in this book. Pru and her cat were engaging, but how Pru's gift was presented was very frustrating. I don't think Pru was able to use anything she got from the animals to solve the crimes. I have not r [...]

I really liked the first book in this series, Dogs Don't Lie: A Pru Marlowe Pet Noir because Pru seemed to care so much about animals, but in this one Pru seemed very manipulative but not smart. In noir, the detective really needs to be smart and there should be snappy dialogue. Unfortunately, the snappiest dialogue belongs to Pru's cat. That doesn't speak well for any of the humans in this book. But I really did like the felines. They were purr-fect.

Cats are talented, but could one really shoot her owner? Pru doesn't think so, but can she clear the cat and save its life? Pru can communicate with animals in a most unusual way - a way she can't readily share with others. The poor cat is so traumatized by the shooting, she really can't think about it. And, of course, the murderer is still lurking close by. Pru has her hands full as she races against time to save the cat and restore the cat's mental health. An interesting and entertaining tale, [...]

I found this book to be quite entertaining. Pru Marlowe has a unique gift: she can hear what animals are thinking and can communicate with them. I've read the Theda Krakow series by this author and enjoyed them as well. Her plotlines are interesting, the characters are different and original, and the animals are smarter than humans. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves cat-and-human mysteries (like Carole Nelson Douglas's books).

This is a semi-fantasy novel that takes place in ordinary current time, but with a protagonist who has telepathic communication with animals. It is saved from being too silly, by the comparatively realistic portrayals of the animals involved. I would like to give this book a 3.6. It isn't quite a four, but better than a three. Once I started reading, I was hooked and could not put it down, but I was annoyed at the occasional stupidity of the protagonist

A little confusing for me. I had trouble keeping track of the interconnections between the characters, many of which seem to be ex-boyfriends or at least former dates of the main character for some reason. And there were some dangling threads at the end, or if they were resolved, I missed it. I liked Wallis, not so fond of Pru.

It seemed to take a long time with a lot of running around for anything to happen. I liked the first book much more. In this one, Pru didn't seem to be as sensitive or smart as the earlier book.A light, entertaining read. Interesting premise that Pru can psychically connect with both pets and wild animals. Wish I knew what my dog was thinking!


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