Pru Marlowe is back, and she’s better than ever! In Panthers Play for Keeps, the fourth book in Clea Simon’s Pet Noir series featuring pet behaviorist and psychic Pru Marlow, Pru has to solve her most challenging case yet: while taking a dog for a walk, she finds the body of a young woman, who seems to have been mauled by a wild cat. Pru knows there have been no cougars in the Berkshires for years, and not much about this death makes sense. As Pru starts looking into the murder, a cougar of another kind has her eyes set on Pru’s on again, off again boyfriend, detective Jim Creighton. When Pru’s rival disappears, Pru is forced to set aside her own problems to solve the mystery.
Pru Marlow can hear what animals are thinking, and even though the communications she receives aren’t always clear, they always lead her in the right direction. With the help of a service dog names Spot, who is a central character of this book, a Bichon who calls himself Growler, and a ferret named Frank, Pru is led closer and closer to resolving the mystery. But it’s Pru’s curmudgeonly tabby Wallis, who knows Pru better than Pru knows herself at times (and isn’t that just like cat?) who plays the most significant role in helping Pru find the killer.
As was the case with previous books in this series, there’s something for everyone: you will love this book if you love animals, fast paced mysteries, and there’s even a little romance thrown in. One aspect I particularly enjoyed in this book was how the animals, especially Wallis, admonish Pru that even though she can communicate with animals, she’s not always listening – something that often frustrated Wallis.
Some readers may find that they have to suspend belief when it comes to Pru’s ability to communicate with animals, but Simon handles this topic so well, it makes you want to believe even if you may be a skeptic.
I found this fast-paced and well-plotted book hard to put down, and I’m already looking forward to the next book in the series.
The author provides enough back story so that this book can be read as a stand-alone, but why not treat yourself to the whole series. One of my favorite parts about reading a series novel is the development of the central character, and nobody does this better than Clea Simon.
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Clea Simon is the author of 12 mysteries and three non-fiction books, including The Feline Mystique – On the Mysterious Connection Between Cats and Their Women as well as several other nonfiction books. For more information about Clea, please visit her website.
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