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Fear on Four Paws

(Pru Marlowe #7)

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  56 ratings  ·  18 reviews
There's trouble brewing in the woods of Beauville, and the only witness isn't talking.

When Pru Marlowe is called to a forest clearing to help with an illegally trapped bear, she finds a colleague passed out drunk, his pet ferret locked in his truck. When one of her old running buddies turns up dead as well and then the town's pampered pets begin to disappear, Pru can't tel
Paperback, 260 pages
Published August 3rd 2018 by Poisoned Pen Press (first published July 3rd 2018)
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Pru Marlowe is able to sense what animals are thinking. She has returned to Beauville with her tabby cat, Wallis. She earns her living as an animal behaviorist. Put also covers animal issues for the county. In the seven book, she is called to check out an illegally trapped bear. There she finds the bear, call the state game officer for help. But she finds Frank, a ferret and is a drunker owner. Pru is offered a job as an assistant to the state game officer. In the new neighborhoods of Beauville, ...more
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the chance to read this book!

I absolutely adored this mystery, and it just cemented how much I enjoy this author's writing and basically everything she does! I've recently read one of her other books, and some from another of her series, but this one was a thrilling ride too.

I adore reading about cats and mysteries, and this one is perfect in that the main character can communicate with animals, including her cat! It makes for interesting reading as
Susan Johnston
Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Princess Fuzzypants here: Clea Simon definitely has a dark side and when this series is described as a pet noir, it is a true statement. If you like your cozies light and cheerful and happy endings, this may not be for you. Pru is one very troubled and at times troubling soul. She relishes that she is a square peg in a round hole. There are no soft edges. She is one tough cookie and she loves being who and what she is.
The one thing she has some difficulty with is how to keep the rest of humanity
Cardyn Brooks
Pru Marlowe moves through her world with an unsentimental pragmatism that sharply contrasts with her tenderness toward all animals that aren't human. The 21st-century themes of gentrification versus the insularity of the small communities being invaded and friction between socioeconomic classes are underscored by a palpable grittiness in Pru's investigative approach. Pru and Jim's rapport is similar to that of Goldy and Tom's in the sadly defunct series by Diane Mott Davidson (without the animal ...more
Apr 16, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Few in town know of Pru's special ability to communicate with animals. It's why she's so successful as a dog walker, animal communicator and part time game warden. When she's called to the scene of a trapped bear a ferret has some info for her concerning an illegal wild game trappers who sell animals for controlled hunts. When several town people end up dead she relies on her communication skills and getting the clues to the police without revealing her sources. This is book 7 in the Pru Marlowe ...more
Aug 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-it, have-read
Pru is called to the forest to help out with an illegally trapped bear. She also finds a colleague passed out drunk, his pet ferret locked in his truck. Then one of her old friends is found dead, and the pets in Beauville are starting to be missing. What is going on in this small town? It's always been so safe. Frank, the ferret, might know something be he isn't talking to anyone. Not even Pru. She also gets a job offer from a very good looking warden that complicates her life. Her own grumpy ca ...more
Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fear on Four Paws easily drops into the category of “really good cozy mystery.” Main character Pru Marlowe, an animal behaviorist working towards a master’s degree and certification, has a sensitivity for communicating with animals, understanding their feelings, and opening herself up so that they understand her. Although actually a gift, like a good sense of direction or the ability to play music by ear, when Pru’s aptitude for communication with animals first manifests itself, she thinks she i ...more
Kathleen Gray
Jun 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You all know people who say they can talk to animals. Well, Pru can hear what the animals say and that's what makes this series unique. It's not just her own cat, it's a ferret and a bear, and the neighborhood pets. Beauville is a small town but there's someone doing rotten things AND murdering people so it's up to Pru, of course, to work with the animals to find out the real story. There are some twists but the best part about this is the interplay between species. Thanks to the publisher for t ...more
Apr 08, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2 stars for a book that did not hold my interest at all, but I slogged through it. I hate when that happens, especially since the cover shot really grabbed me at the library. Oh well, can't win 'em all I guess. The main character was something like an animal "whisperer." She could read any animal's thoughts and "hear" them too. In the beginning, this aspect of the book was very confusing because I really didn't know who those characters were. Took me a chapters into it to realize the names were ...more
Jul 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very good book, well written and with interesting characters.
I liked the idea of a bad girl heroine who's able to understand what animal thinks.
The book is quite deep and there's quite a lot of food for thought.
Highly recommended!
Many thanks to Poisoned Pen Press and Edelweiss for this ARC
Jul 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great story as usual. Everybody else has covered it so I'll just make one comment: Pru is not stupid, but after 7 books her ability and understanding has not grown and her "beau" still doesn't trust her enough for my taste. Get on with it already. ...more
Patricia Curren
Sep 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A new author to me...I like her!
Very enjoyable conclusion to a terrific series.
Cozy Reviews
Jul 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is book number 7 in the wonderful Pru Marlowe series. This is a great animal mystery series and I highly recommend this next in series. Each in series I have read and loved them all. I recommend the entire series. 4 paws (stars) up !

Our protagonist Pru has a special gift of being able to hear what animals are thinking. She works with animals in many capacities using her gift to save their lives, improve their lives and understand how to help them. In this next in series a serious crime of
Mar 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
More more kore please!!

I just can’t get enough from this series! The storylines/plot twists and turns. The emotional development of the author. The talking animals, and romantic nuances I love! I have all the books and the audiobooks too. So far I can’t will when or if there will be a #8 in the series but I am praying there will be. These stories have helped me get through these past few weeks of this pandemic and I meed their laugh out loud moments.
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Very interesting premise as Pru getsinfo from animals. Sounds fluffy and silly but the author writes in a way that makes it neither . Her relationships with owners is funny yet full. A good read with murder on everyone’s mind
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