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Dogs Don't Lie (Pru Marlowe Pet Noir Series #1)

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  • Posted March 22, 2011

    Pittie Power

    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 save her from certain euthanasia.

    As a pit bull advocate, I was hooked right away. Simon did not disappoint in her portrayal of Lily as a sweet, loving dog that would never hurt anyone. Hooray to Simon for this portrayal of the breed!

    The story took many twists and turns with lots of suspects and animals thrown into the mix. Pru communicates with the animals in the story - cats, dogs, birds and a lovable ferret named Frank. While it may seem hokey for animals to "talk," Clea Simon handles the subject matter very well. I will definitely check out the next book in the Pru Marlowe series and also plan to check out Simon's Theda Krakow series.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 9, 2011

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    New Series, Great Author, Fantastic story line.

    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 it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 23, 2011

    A Good Mystery!

    I had the good fortune to receive recently an advance copy of this first title in the new Pet Noir series by Clea Simon. I found it an enjoyable and thought-provoking read. Pru Marlowe is working and training as an animal behaviorist in New York when her sensitivity to animals becomes the full-blown ability to communicate with them. When she begins to understand what her tabby cat Wallis is saying to her, she commits herself to a psychiatric hospital. They discharge her, she returns to the chatty tabby and flees to her small hometown in the Berkshires while she tries to come to terms with this new ability. She continues to work with animals there, taking a computer geek named Charles as a client. Charles has rescued a beautiful pitbull he names Tetris and he wants Pru to help him reassure the dog that she is safe with him. One morning Pru reports for a training session to find Charles savagely murdered and the dog is covered with blood. From there Pru races to save first the pitbull from immediate euthanasia and then herself, when the autopsy report indicates the wounds were not inflicted by the dog and she becomes a suspect. It's unfortunate that the talking animals, and there are many of them, are going to keep some from reading a good mystery. The plot unfolds briskly in a businesslike manner with suspicion cast on first one character, then another. The resolution comes from left field, revealing a culprit I didn't suspect but in hindsight the indications were there all along.

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  • Posted February 14, 2011

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    The first pet noir whodunit is a fun whodunit

    Pru Marlowe returned to her Berkshire hometown to escape all the animal voices running through her head. She tells her neighbors that she came back to care for her mother, but Pru knows the real reason is to obtain some quiet time.

    An animal psychic, Pru makes money walking dogs and training animals. However, the animal behaviorist becomes concerned when Lily the pit bull rescued from the fighting ring dog is accused of killing her mangled owner Charles. Pru tries to listen to Lily's chatter, but the canine is confused by the tragedy and other nasty events in her life though she obviously witnessed the murder. Still Pru feels for the dog so she decides to investigate with Wallis her grouchy cat at her side insisting canines are notorious liars. Pulling a Dr. Doolittle, she listens to the animals chat and finds clues to the homicide while also learning more about the town she grew up in while also trying to help the two females in the life of the late Charles, Lily and his fiancée Delia Cochrane. However, Pru also knows if she clears the dog, she becomes the replacement prime suspect.

    The first pet noir whodunit is a fun whodunit even with the animal noise level (mostly from that opinionated darn cat) greater than the Dr. Doolittle movies. The investigation is refreshing as Pru seeks clues from animals especially the traumatized eye witness, but is limited with what she can share with the cops as talk to the animals is fiction. Fast-paced with several terrific twists and spins, readers will enjoy Dogs Don't Lie.

    Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2013

    Great series! I bought the others and hope there will be more to

    Great series! I bought the others and hope there will be more to come.

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  • Posted January 11, 2012

    Very Entertaining Murder Mystery for 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!

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  • Posted March 28, 2011

    A new Dr. Doolittle angle

    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 animal's thoughts and get the real story, when she finds one of her clients dead. Charles Harris is brutally murdered in his living room. His throat has been ripped to shreds and the number one suspect is his pit bull, Tetris. Since Pru has been training with Charles and Tetris, Pru disagrees that Tetris would murder her owner. Pru is determined to clear Tetris' name as well as her own. Only, Tetris tells Pru that she is no fighter and she prefers to be called Lily. Pru seeks counsel from Wallis, as she tries to sort out human motives and animal reasoning. Can she clear Lily's name and her own? Can she keep her psychic abilities a secret? How does she piece together all the information she receives from the town's pets? Can she reveal what she knows without telling how she found out?

    The character development is fantastic, even the animals. The storyline itself has many twists and turns and I never saw the ending coming. I think Clea Simon has done a great job coming up with a new angle on the common Dr. Doolittle character. I may have to check out some of her other writings as well.

    I received this book free from the publisher to read and give an honest review.

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  • Posted March 9, 2011

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    New Series, Great Author, Wonderful story line. BUT IT!!!

    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 it.

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  • Posted March 4, 2011

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    A treat for pet and mystery lovers alike

    Murder mysteries featuring pets are popular, and Clea Simon's Dogs Don't Lie is a wonderful new addition to the genre. Pru Marlowe has almost finished her animal behavior training in New York City when she becomes ill, and all of a sudden discovers that she can hear animals talking to her. Disturbed rather than pleased with this new psychic ability, Pru leaves the city to retreat to her childhood home in the Berkshires. Even though she hasn't completed her behavior certification, she begins to take on some jobs. One of her clients is Lily the pitbull, a former fighting dog. When Pru finds Lily's owner murdered, his throat ripped open, and Lily standing over the body with blood on her face, it looks like the dog did it. But Pru knows Lily, and she knows the dog is not a killer. So Pru sets out to prove Lily's innocence, and gets tangled up in an investigation that involves a business venture, an aging mother with Alzheimer's, a pregnant fiance, an animal control officer with a pet ferret named Frank, a gay Bichon named Bitsy who tells Pru his real name is Growler, and a handsome cop. Pru, reserved and a bit solitary by nature, doesn't come to trust people easily, and forges ahead without much help from the people who knew the victim. Instead, she confides in Wallis, her old, cranky, opinionated and wise tabby, who always seems to know just how to guide Pru when she falters in her investigation. As Pru digs deeper into the case, she realizes that the pretty little town harbors secrets that make murder look like the least of its problems. Unwilling to tell anyone about her psychic abilities, and at times questioning her own sanity, Pru realizes that if she clears Lily of the murder, she herself may be come the most logical suspect, which only increases her desire to find the real killer. Characteristic of all of Simon's mysteries, this new series features a fast moving, intricate plot, an immensely likable main character and well developed and multi-dimensional secondary characters. But it's in the portrayal of the animals where Simon really shines. From her sensitive portrayal of Lily's agony, grief and sadness to her humorous descriptions of Bitsy the Bichon, Simon masterfully captures each animal's unique personality. Pru's psychic abilities add an element of surprise and delight, making Dogs Don't Lie a real treat for dog lovers.

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