Waiting on Wednesday #5

Posted February 18, 2015 by Marsha in This one's a Keeper / 50 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday“Waiting on” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week I’m waiting for the next installment of an unusual mystery series.  The Pru Marlowe Pet Noir series follows the life, times and animals in need of a particular human’s intervention.  Think of The Ghostwhisper tv series – now consider that you are able to “talk” to animals, interact on an intelligent, conversational level … then you have an idea of what the Pru Marlowe murder mysteries novels are about.  Murder is never a snap to solve but when you have the purr-fect eye witness playing beside the dead body why not use what you’ve got?  If you can psychically talk to the animals – why not ask what they know?

Kittens Can Kill by Clea Simon is due out on March 3, 2015.

I have admitted before that I’m a sucker for covers – and that cover looks exactly like my Leia (see her picture below) when she was an itty-bitty kitten.  Now she’s a 30 pound huge ball of fluff, but the blue eyes – yeah, a cover to touch my heart.  🙂



Kittens Can KillThe dead don’t keep pets. So when animal behaviorist expert Pru Marlowe gets a call about a kitten, she doesn’t expect to find the cuddly creature playing beside the cooling body of prominent Beauville lawyer David Canaday. Heart attack? His three adult daughters angrily blame drug interactions, feline allergies—and each other. And begin to feud over their father, his considerable estate, and that cute ball of fluff. While the cause of death is pending, each sister has an axe to grind –with arguments that escalate when David’s partner reads out the will.

Pru’s special sensory talents and sensitivity to animals that caused her to flee the cacophony of Manhattan for the quiet Berkshires add further problems. The local vet is overwhelmed with money running out. There’s that needy Sheltie and some invasive squirrels? But the dead man’s kitten, his former partner, and his troublesome family keep drawing “wild-girl” animal psychic Pru back in. Despite the wry observations of her trusty tabby Wallis, now the wrongfully accused kitten’s guardian, and the grudging compliance of her cop lover, this may be one time when Pru can’t solve the mystery or save the kitten she wants to believe is innocent. A single witness knows the truth about that bright spring morning. How far can Pru investigate without risking her own hidden tale?


This is one of my cats – a Ragdoll called Leia.  We often call her a “puppy-cat” because she loves to roll over and get her belly scratched.  Now Leia and I have conversations – she meows and I answer.  I have No Clue what she is saying but she is enthusiastic about whatever her point is.  I certainly wish I could talk to the animals too.   Or maybe I don’t really want to know….  *snicker*

Leia 03

Leia 01


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50 responses to “Waiting on Wednesday #5

  1. Awww! That title just made me smile:) And so did the cat on the cover;)
    This series is like nothing I’ve ever heard of before! It sounds like a completely fresh and cuddly take on mysteries:)
    By the way your puppy-cat Leia is adorable- and her enthusiastic meows sound so cute!! I have a golden retriever and I’m pretty sure she has the most soulful eyes and conversational looks;) <3
    Great pick!
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    • Marcy

      Hi Maya,

      Clea Simons has six novels (I think) in this series – and since I got Kittens Can Kill on NetGalley (review next week) I’ve been gathering up her earlier works. This really is a neat series. 🙂

      Oh retriever eyes — I just fall into them. 🙂

      Leia is nothing if not vocal. When she speaks she expect humans to jump.. high. lol

      Thanks for visiting 🙂

    • Marcy

      Hi Kelsey,

      It is a cool book – the whole idea behind the series just proves to me that animals know stuff. *wink*

      Aww thanks. Leia is a big ball of fluffy attention seeking in high gear, but she’s mine.

      Thanks for visiting 🙂

    • Marcy

      Hi Alison,

      It is different, isn’t it. And it reads amazing too. Murder gets old (just sayin’) told the same old ways — I love the authors that give the telling a twist or two.

      Thanks for visiting 🙂

    • Marcy

      Hi Yvonne,

      I finished it last week (NetGalley) and will put up the review on it one day next week close to launch day. It was – really, really – good.

      I’d love to know what’s on Leia’s mind – but sometimes I think I’m better off not knowing – especially after she’s been put in a “time out” for beating up on our older cat. lol Leia does not believe in the female being the non-dominant cat in the house.

    • Marcy

      Hi Kay,

      After reading Kittens Can Kill, I consider myself very luck to get to have an e-ARC of the story — and for find an amazing new author to follow.

      Leia is something else – but she’s mine. 🙂

      Thanks for visiting 🙂

    • Marcy

      Hi El,

      I know, isn’t it? 🙂

      I love Waiting on Wednesdays – I find such amazing new books and authors on my travels around blogs.

      Thanks for visiting 🙂

    • Marcy

      Hi Bruna,

      Thanks she’s a handful but I couldn’t part with her.

      It’s an interesting book, with a fun twist. I enjoyed it.

      Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  2. Thanks for posting, Marcy! And thank you all for your interest. “Kittens Can Kill” is actually the fifth Pru Marlowe pet noir. I also have two other series with cats in them (and murder, too) – the Theda Krakow mysteries (think “cats and crime and rock and roll”) and the Dulcie Schwartz mysteries, which have an academic series and a feline ghost. You can read more about all of my books at my home site: http://www.cleasimon.com Thanks!

    • Marcy

      Hi Clea,

      Thank you for visiting! Oops, I thought it was six novels in the series, sorry about that.

      I’m looking forward to getting into your other series – as you see, if there’s a cat around I’m hooked.

      Thanks again for stopping by 🙂

    • Marcy

      Hi Eva,

      It’s a really fun read. I think folks will enjoy it come March 3rd 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by

  3. Bahaha I just read an article called “How to tell if your cat is plotting to kill you” and this reminds me of that 🙂

    • Marcy

      lol – Yes! I read that one too. And I’m convinced there are moments when I read murder in Leia and Charlie’s eyes… Kittens Can Kill. *wink*

      Thanks for stopping by 🙂

    • Marcy

      Hi Aizel,

      It is a very fun concept – and an enjoyable read. I don’t think you “have” to be a cat person to enjoy it 🙂

      Thanks for visiting

    • Marcy

      Hi Jackie,

      It is cute. I’m such a cover person – I often find really good novels just because the cover caught my eye. Wish more novel graphic people understood just how much of an impression the cover of a book makes.

      Thanks for visiting 🙂

  4. Marcy

    Hi Patty,

    I always have conversations with my cats. I have no clue what I’m agreeing to most of the time lol but we have constant talks. I did enjoy it, it was a fun read with an unusual twist.

    Thanks for stopping over 🙂

    • Marcy

      Hi Kirsty-Marie,

      It is an unique idea and it was so much fun reading it.

      Thanks for visiting 🙂

    • Marcy

      Hi Mandy,

      It is so adorable. I love the intense blue eyes.

      Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  5. Aw, this sounds fun! And Leia is so cute! I have conversations with my cat, too, and he responds quite emphatically. He’s not so cuddly, but I hug him anyway. 🙂

  6. Marcy

    Hi Rachel,

    I never met a cat that didn’t deserve a hug – cute or scrawny. I’m often glad I don’t know what Leia is saying – I think she could be quite rude lol

    And it was a fun book. I just finished it and enjoyed it greatly.

    Thanks for the visit.

  7. Marcy

    Hi Petra,

    Thanks, unfortunately she knows she is adorable and spoiled.

    The book was a fun read 🙂

    Thanks for visiting.

    • Marcy

      Hi Lexxie,

      I finished it a couple days ago – and it was a really good book. I’m finding that taking chances on different types of stories is really paying off in some surprisingly good reads. 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by

    • Marcy

      Hi Ayanami,

      It is unique that’s for sure. But it also was a fun, interesting read.

      Thanks for visiting 🙂

  8. Sofia

    Sounds like a very cute book! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by at my blog earlier, and happy reading! 🙂

    • Marcy

      It was a very cute premise and a very good book. I enjoyed it a lot.

      Thanks for visiting 🙂

    • Marcy

      Thanks. My cats can be a pain in the butt at times, but I wouldn’t trade them for the world.

      Kittens Can Kill is a very good read. And it was entertaining too.

      Thanks for stopping by 🙂