Dogs Don't Lie

Dogs Don't Lie

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Pru Marlowe isn't your ordinary animal psychic. A tough girl on the run from her own gift, Pru left the big city to return to her picturesque Berkshires hometown looking for a little peace. Too bad that her training as an animal behaviorist got her mixed up with Lily, a rescue dog, and Charles, her person. Now Charles is dead, and Lily looks good for it. After all, Lily is a pitbull, a fighting-ring dropout, and way too traumatized to give Pru a clear picture of what she has witnessed. But Pru knows something about bad girls trying to clean up, and, with a sense of justice strong enough to overcome her dislike of human society, she takes the case. Listening to the animals, Pru picks up clues - and learns there are secrets in the pretty little town that make murder look simple. Unable to tell anybody about her psychic abilities, uncertain at times about her own sanity, Pru comes to realize that if she clears Lily, she'll likely become the prime suspect - or the next victim. While the only creature she can totally trust is her crotchety tabby Wallis, Pru's got to uncover the real killer - and find a way to live with her gift - before the real beasts in the town savage her and those she has come to love. The first in the Pru Marlowe "pet noir" series.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 247 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 19mm | 295g
  • English
  • 1590588622
  • 9781590588628
  • 1,763,556

About Clea Simon

Clea Simon is a Massachusetts-based writer, journalist and a regular contributor to the "New York Times," "Boston Globe," "San Francisco Chronicle," "Ms.", "Rolling Stone "and She's the author of three nonfiction books, " Mad House: Growing Up in the Shadow of Mentally Ill Siblings, Fatherless Women: How We Change After We Lose Our Dads, "and" The Feline Mystique: On the
Mysterious Connection Between Women and Cats." She lives in Cambridge, MA, with her husband, the writer Jon S. Garelick, and their cat, Musetta. "Mew is for Murder" is Simon's first mystery novel.
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528 ratings
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3 35% (185)
2 9% (50)
1 3% (17)

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Dog's Don't Lie wasn't the lighthearted paranormal mystery I was expecting. The first in a new series, Simon introduces Pru Marlowe, who develops a psychic sensitivity to animals after a physical collapse, just weeks shy of graduating as an animal behavourist. Overwhelmed, Pru returns to her hometown, ostensibly to care for her ailing mother, but desperately needing to adjust to her new ability. With her mother's death, Pru decides to put her training to use and is hired by Charles to train the traumatised pitbull he has rescued from a dog fighting ring. When Charles is discovered with his throat torn out, Pru is determined to prove that Tetris/Lily is innocent, drawing her a murder investigation where she is both a suspect and potentially the next victim. The story has a noir edge that is a little dark and subdued. Simon has an unsentimental style of writing, the prose is lean and the tone is deliberate. The mystery is well thought out with multiple suspects, but I thought the pace was a bit slow, particularly given that the novel is on the short side, and the plot didn't really gain momentum until the second half of the book. Simon develops believable motivation for her characters actions but with only Pru's narrow perspective it's hard to develop a rounded sense of them. I am personally uncomfortable with the first person point of view, and I found it difficult to relate to Pru because of it, yet I found her character intriguing. She is genuinely struggling with returning home, establishing her credibility and accepting her ability which I respect but she takes herself quite seriously and I thought she could have benefited with from a bit more warmth in her personality. I thought Simon portrayed Pru's interaction with the animals in a fascinating manner, particularly as Pru considers the accuracy of her translations. Simon shares an unique perspective of the animal's thoughts and impressions. The animals in the story have their own personalities but are not anthropomorphosised, only Wallis is capable of cogent thought but she also has the aloof attitude ascribed to her species. Lily's communication with Pru is less intentional and while other animals such as the kitten, Floyd and Frank the ferret can share images and sensations their vocabulary is limited. Dog's Don't Lie is an original series debut, to be honest I'm not sure if I will follow up on it, but I think it will find a place with mystery readers looking for something unusual to peruseshow more
by Shelley Cusbert
Dogs Don't Lie By: Clea Simon Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press Copyright April 2011 Pru Marlowe couldn't wait to get out of her small town. Now years later she is running home to get away from herself. She has a gift that while helpful in her chosen profession as an animal behaviorist is driving her a bit out of her mind. After her mother passes away, and living in the house she grew up in, she starts a business working with pet owners teaching them (after talking to their pets) what they need to do to have happy and healthy pets. Things were getting better, her business was building until fate stepped in. She was on her way to see Charles, her best client, and his rescue dog Lilly (Tetris). Upon entering their house Pru found Charles dead on the floor, killed in such a way as to implicate his pet in his murder. Lilly being a pit bull is taken to the town pound and now it's up to Pru to prove the cops and the whole town WRONG. Along the way we meet her very opinionated 13 year old Tabby cat Wallis. Oh, did I forget to mention that Pru is not only a behaviorist but an animal psychic? Yeap, she can understand their thoughts and in Wallis's case it's a two way communication. We also meet Albert who is the Animal Control Person for the town, various and sundry customers of Pru's, whose business keeps food on the table for herself and Wallis. Enjoy the ride it's a fun one. Dog's Don't Lie is the first in a new series by Clea Simon, a published author, and a fantastic lady. I highly recommend this book to everyone that likes not only cozies, but also pet stories, and a bit of the paranormal thrown in for fun. FTC Full Disclosure: I was sent this book as an ARC by the author in the hope that I would review more
by Nora-Adrienne Deret
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