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Cats Can't Shoot

(Pru Marlowe #2)

3.49  ·  Rating details ·  339 ratings  ·  60 reviews

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
Hardcover, 267 pages
Published April 3rd 2012 by Poisoned Pen Press
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May 27, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jan 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paranormal-cozy
Cats Can’t Shoot
By Clea Simon
Copyright April 2012
Publisher 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 Persian really
Cats Can't Shoot: Pru Marlowe 2
Chronological 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
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
Apr 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Amy Shojai
Apr 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Lis Carey
Mar 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 luck.
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
Nov 03, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, mystery
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 ...more
Susan Oleksiw
Aug 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
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 ...more
Oct 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
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, ...more
Kerri Northey
Dec 21, 2013 rated it liked it
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.
Caroline Leavitt
Feb 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Smart, clever, and oh so much fun to read, the latest Pru Marlowe Pet Noir from Simon is addictive beyond words.
I listened to this book. At times I was completely confused as to who was speaking, so I lost track of what was going on. There are a lot of pet voices in this story. I think I was given a sense of what the main character was going through as she tried to sort out who was trying to communicate with her and what was just normal animal thoughts of all types of non-human beings.

It is not a cozy but a well done noir mystery. I did like the story but didn't really understand or believe how the main
Jessica Wolfe
Sep 26, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible
I found this book a disappointment after reading the first book in the series. Unlike the first book, the murder mystery is painfully obvious from very early in the story and Pru's utter obliviousness to what is staring her in the face feels ridiculous and slow witted. The further exploration of her psychic ability feels contrived and not very interesting. Her interaction with animals which was intriguing and nuanced in the first book, feels forced and fairly pointless here. Would not recommend ...more
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.
Oct 18, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
DNF. Love the animals, but found the narrator unbearable.
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
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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
Aug 03, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries, audiobooks
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
Debbie Heaton
Oct 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 very vocal ...more
Nov 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
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 ...more
Kira Barnes
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 ...more
Aug 02, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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 ...more
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.
Jun 28, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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).
Jul 17, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozies, cats
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.
Sometimes one just has to read trash. Interesting premise for cozy murder mystery that narrator can hear thoughts of animals. Too much human chatter in book. Risks that narrator took in solving case were not believable, i.e. that she'd make it out the other side. Then again, are cozy murder mysteries ever believable? Picked this up used. Good for a mindless skim.
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Clea Simon is the author of the upcoming "A Spell of Murder," the first in her new "Witch Cats of Cambridge" series. She is also the author of "World Enough," a rock 'n' roll noir, as well as the Blackie and Care series (most recently "Cross My Path") chronicling the adventures of the pink-haired Care and the black feral cat who loves her. In addition to these darker books, she is also the author ...more

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