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Dogs Don't Lie (Pru Marlowe #1)

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Animal behaviorist and pet psychic Pru Marlowe is working overtime to clear an innocent friend of murder.

In this case, the suspect is a sweet pit bull named Lily, and the victim is Pru's client Charles, a computer programmer. When Pru arrived for a training session, she found the terrified pup standing over Charles's body, and his throat had been mauled
Published October 2013 by Worldwide Library Worldwide Mystery (first published 2010)
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May 28, 2011 Natalie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story has been reviewed from others very well, so I will tell you what I liked about it: the way the animals are portrayed. Of course it implements our projection on to them. But still Clea Simon obviously loves animals and spends a lot of time studying them.

What strikes me most is that Lily the pitbull-rescue-dog is drawn as a lovable soul, that just does not understand what happened.

Thank you for that Clea. Finally someone rallying for those beautiful animals. It becomes so clear, through
Apr 27, 2015 Sandie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: cat lovers, cozy lovers, loves of character-driven mysteries
Recommended to Sandie by: Clea Simon
Small town life in Beauville is pretty much the same as any small town in New England. It is also the hometown for budding animal behaviorist Pru Marlowe. Pru had moved to New York City to do her schooling, but she didn’t quite finish. Between working herself sick, working toward her certification, and the internship required of a behaviorist, she’d ended up in the hospital discovering that she could hear the thoughts of the animals around her. There were far too many voices assaulting her in th ...more
I received a free e-galley of Dogs Don’t Lie by Clea Simon from the publisher, Poisoned Pen Press.

Dogs Don’t Lie centers around the murder of Charles, owner of a pit bull named Lily (a.k.a. Tetris). The murder is staged to appear that Lily killed Charles. Animal psychic and behaviorist, Pru Marlowe, works as Lily’s trainer and finds Charles’ body during a routine training session. Recognizing Lily’s innocence, Pru must search for the true murderer in order to get Lily off the hook for murder and
Mar 09, 2011 Nora-adrienne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Nora-adrienne by: Author
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
Jun 13, 2011 Shomeret rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book I've read by Clea Simon, but it won't be my last. I really like the concept of this series. I don't really consider it noir. Perhaps it is very dark by the standards of cozy readers. On the spectrum of cozy to noir, this book would be somewhere in the middle. That happens to be the type of mystery I prefer, not too extreme in either direction.
Feb 02, 2011 Wonderbunny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this was a really good mystery (which was almost a cozy mystery). Pru is an interesting character. She talks to animals and is a little unsure of herself but she seems in control throughout this entire novel. She can take of herself even when a few insecurities. The mystery was good and found it kept me guessing.
Mar 24, 2011 SenoraG rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I picked this book from netgalley on a whim. I usually do not read animal books but something about this caught my eye and I am glad I gave it a chance.

The mystery is of course who killed Charles and why. Pru is trying to come to terms with her "gift" of hearing the animals, the gift that caused her to run from the big city home to small town of Berkshire where everyone knows your name and your business.

I found Pru to be an adorable main character who is able to communicate with animals. Pru is
Jenny Rose
Mar 28, 2011 Jenny Rose rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pru Marlowe was training to be an animal behaviorist, until she managed to work herself sick. She then woke up to realize she could hear animals’ thoughts, beginning with her own cat, Wallis. She tried to escape the animals’ voices by heading back home to a small town and told everyone it was because of her ailing mother. When her mother passed away, she inherited her childhood home. Pru was trying to build a business of working with people’s animals, secretly using her ability to hear the anima ...more
Linda Strong
Jul 24, 2013 Linda Strong rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is not the sort of mystery I usually read, but I was in the mood for something a little lighter. I read the back cover and figured I "might' get through the first chapter. I was so surprised that I really, really liked this book.

Pru Marlowe is an animal psychic, who is owned by a cat named Wallis. She's settled down in a small town after the passing of her mother. Pru advertises herself as an animal behaviorist so as not to attract any attention. Oh boy! That sure isn't working out for her
Tara Chevrestt
This was a fun book. I loved the way the heroine, Pru has conversations with her cat Wallis, a ferret named Frank, a bichon frise called Growler, a pit bull, and numerous other felines. I really enjoyed that.

This is basically a whodunit, but with a twist. The twist being that animals are the key behind figuring it out. Pru is a "dog whisperer" who hears what the animals are saying, but doesn't always interpret it the right way. In this case, a pit bull and a kitten are the key witnesses to the m
Maria Schneider
This book had some really good parts, but boy, did it drag, especially the second half. Visits to the same people, covering the same old ground over and over. The animals are way smarter than the humans and frankly, are what made the book readable. The main protag was more like a cardboard figure just going back and forth over the same territory trying to figure things out. Some clues (provided by the animals) seemed to come from nowhere. Sometimes the animals seemed to have such a good understa ...more
Tejas Janet
Jul 20, 2016 Tejas Janet rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dogs
In Dogs Don't Lie: A Pru Marlowe Pet Noir, the first book in author Clea Simon's Pet Noir series, we meet protagonist, Pru Marlowe, a young twenty-something animal-behaviorist who has returned to her small Berkshire hometown after hastily fleeing New York City under less than ideal circumstances. I really like the premise of this series, which revolves around Pru having psychic communicative abilities, at least with animals of the non-human variety. On the negative side, I thought there was too ...more
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
Clea Simon is one of my favorite Authors and here we are given the tasty treat of a new series, involving, pets, their behaviors, their thoughts, and how, if we were given the gift that Pru Marlowe has been, would communicate with each other.

Pru Marlowe is only a bit away from being a certified animal behaviorist. She has a mystery illness in her past which halted her studies but gave her an incredible gift of being able to communicate with her animal clients, if she can learn to control the gif
Karen & Gerard
Apr 12, 2011 Karen & Gerard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: animals, funny, mystery
"Dogs Don’t Lie" by Clea Simon is a good, quick mystery in a small town. A man is found dead at his home and all signs point to his dog, but did the dog really do it? The best parts of the book for me are that Pru Marlow could understand what her cat, Wallis, was saying and the Dog, Lilly, becomes a hero at the end! The plot was a bit confusing, but it’s still a good read!
Mar 30, 2011 Grace rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this light hearted tale. Pru Marlowe is an animal psychic who relies on her animals to solve a murder mystery. While I usually read more hard boiled thrillers, I especially liked the canine and feline characters!!!
Ingrid Foster
Jan 11, 2012 Ingrid Foster rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mystery Lovers, Animal Lovers,
Thoroughly enjoyed Clea Simon's DOGS DON'T LIE, a great murder mystery featuring an animal psychic, her feline "roommate" and an endearing pit bull accused of murder. It's a great read for anyone who loves animals and mystery.

Can't wait for the next book in Ms. Simon's Pet Noir series!
Teresa Kander
Love the idea of someone who can pick up on animal thoughts---and the way they are voiced in the audiobook. My favorites are Pru's cat, Wallis, Albert's ferret, Frank, and Delia's kitten, Tulip.

Can't wait to listen to more of this series!
Jan 29, 2012 Cindy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting premise. Sometimes I think I can "almost" hear my dog .... what if someone really could pick up on what animals are sensing, feeling, thinking??
Apr 23, 2011 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozies, cats
Good start to a new series - I'd like to read more of them. Interesting mix of characters, and I especially like Wallis.
Mar 28, 2013 Ariel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pru was working on her degree to be an animal behaviorist, but when Pru starts hearing the animals it isn't the sunny world of Dr. Doolittle for her. She ends up sleep deprived and overwhelmed and consequently drops out of school with only a few weeks remaining to have completed her degree, and pulls up stakes to go to her small hometown. The idea was to get away from New York with its multitudes of pets while going home to take care of her ailing mother.

The story begins with Pru restraining Li
Oct 30, 2012 Jack rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! What a great book! I was looking about when the "other books you might like" section popped up with a book called "Cats Can't Shoot," by Clea Simon. I couldn't resist. I opened and read the sample chapter Amazon had posted and was immediately sucked in. Only one thing stopped me from hitting "Add to Cart" right then and there. If I was going to enter into a brand new world, I wanted to get in on the ground floor. So I searched for other books in the "Pru Marlowe Pet Noir" series. ...more
Kyle Wendy Skultety (
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Thanks to the author for this review copy! When I met her at BookCon 2015, she was signing copies of two books. Fans got to pick which one they wanted and Ms Simon graciously shared a few words with each person as she inscribed their copy. I was intrigued, since I never heard of “pet noir”, and knew right away I wanted to review this book.

Pru is an animal trainer who just happens to be able to “hear” thoughts in her head, though
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
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 ...more
Cathy Cole
First Line: The problem with murder is that it's messy.

Pru Marlowe is an animal psychic. To escape the cacophony of furry voices in her head, she ran from the big city back to her small town home in the Berkshires hoping for a little peace. Unfortunately her training as an animal behaviourist and her need for money to pay the bills put her right in the path of Lily, a rescue dog, and Charles, her person. Now Charles is dead, and the distraught Lily looks like the killer. After all, she's a pit b
Oct 12, 2012 Lyn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Animal behaviorist Pru Marlowe dropped out of school just before getting her degree, but she has something even degreed animal behaviorists don't have. She can talk to animals and they talk to her.

Talking and listening to animals tips the scale for the overworked and sleep-deprived student. After a hospitalization she leaves the city and returns to her hometown in the Berkshires. Her mother died shortly after her return and she now lives in her childhood home. Pru works as a dog walker and anima
Jan 22, 2012 Yvonne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pru Marlowe recently returned to her beautiful hometown in the Berkshires for some peace and quiet. Unfortunately, that’s the last thing she’s going to get. Pru has a gift. She can communicate with animals.

As an animal behaviorist Pru has a variety of different pet clients including Lily, a rescue dog, who was taken in and given a home by Charles, one of the local citizens. Lily is a pit bull who loves her human, but tragedy strikes when Charles is killed and Lily is accused of his murder. Pru i
Sep 20, 2011 Kari rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, 2011
Pru is a psychic who can hear animals thoughts. She has also been working toward her animal behaviorist degree when her gift showed up. One of her clients is murdered and she feels she must prove the dog didn't do it. I listened to the audiobook and at first I wasn't sure I was going to like it. The narrator's transition from Pru to animal was not always apparent to me. Once I got used to the very subtle difference in the narrator's voice for Pru and the one for animals, it went much more smooth ...more
Debra Daniels-zeller
I really liked the subject matter---a pet psychic that solves murders? Very clever. I was torn between a 3 and 4 star rating for this one because I really liked the main characte. But the truth is, I put this book down in the middle to finish another book and I didn't really miss the character or story line enough to get back to it, even though I finished the book. Animal behaviorist Pru Marlow makes this mystery interesting. The overall story (somebody was murdered, who did it?) wasn't as fast ...more
Oct 16, 2011 Lee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pru Marlowe was in college studying animal behavior when she comes down with an illness and suddenly discovers that she can hear animal's thoughts. While she finds communicating with her cat comforting, the constant cacophony of all the other animals living in the city is too much for her. She drops out of school and returns to the small town she grew up in to care for her dying mother. The story picks up sometime after her mother's death as one of Pru's clients is found dead and his pit bull is ...more
Dharia Scarab
This is the second book I've read from this author, and I just can't seem to get into her books. Won't be picking up more.

Since I don't normally write reviews unless I have something specific to say, here's the break down of how I rate my books...

1 star... This book was bad, so bad I may have given up and skipped to the end. I will avoid this author like the plague in the future.

2 stars... This book was not very good, and I won't be reading any more from the author.

3 stars... This book was ok, b
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“I’d done my practicum in one of the city’s biggest shelters, witnessing the kinds of trauma no human would survive. The one lesson in all that? Animals feel. They’re just as sensitive as we are, maybe more.” 0 likes
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