Parrots Prove Deadly (Pru Marlowe Pet Noir Series #3)

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Parrots will repeat anything – they don’t talk sense. Or do they? When Pru Marlowe is called in to retrain a foul-mouthed African gray after its owner’s death, the bad-girl animal psychic can’t help hearing the bird’s words as a replay of a murder scene. But the doctor on call scoffs at the idea, and the heirs just want their late mother’s pet to quit cursing. With the only other possible witnesses being an evasive aide, the blind neighbor, and a single-minded service dog, Pru is stuck with what may be a ...

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Overview

Parrots will repeat anything – they don’t talk sense. Or do they? When Pru Marlowe is called in to retrain a foul-mouthed African gray after its owner’s death, the bad-girl animal psychic can’t help hearing the bird’s words as a replay of a murder scene. But the doctor on call scoffs at the idea, and the heirs just want their late mother’s pet to quit cursing. With the only other possible witnesses being an evasive aide, the blind neighbor, and a single-minded service dog, Pru is stuck with what may be a feather-brained theory. Even her crotchety tabby Wallis doesn’t buy it, although she’s more than willing to “interrogate” the big bird, as Pru deals with drugs, jealousy, and a potential rabies outbreak in Parrots Prove Deadly, the third Pru Marlowe pet noir.

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Editorial Reviews

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A parrot proves a key murder witness in Simon’s clever third mystery featuring Pru Marlowe, a latter-day Doctor Dolittle, who practices in the Berkshire town of Beauville (after 2012’s Cats Can’t Shoot). When 84-year-old Polly Larkin, who lives in a room with her parrot, Randolph Jones, in a retirement complex, dies abruptly, Pru investigates. Pru determines that someone attempted to poison Randolph Jones, presumably to cover his or her tracks. Suspects include Polly’s two grown children; resident gerontologist Dr. Wachtell; Polly’s blind friend, Rose Danziger; and Rose’s aide, Genie. Pru meticulously pieces the clues together with psychic advice from a fuzzy crew of confidantes: her tabby, Wallis; Rose’s seeing-eye dog, Buster; Frank the ferret; and the neighbor’s bichon, Growler. Det. Jim Creighton, her on-again, off-again boyfriend, lends human assistance. Simon’s pithy dialogue and distinctive characterizations more than compensate for the predictable plot. (Apr.)
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"After a second nursing home patient almost succumbs to a drug overdose and she finds a connection to the undersold condo units, Pru realizes that she’d better listen to her animal friends, and her police officer boyfriend, before she becomes the next victim."—Kirkus Reviews

"Pru Marlowe, hired to retrain a parrot after its owner’s death, becomes intrigued when the bird keeps repeating statements suggesting that the owner did not die a natural death." —Booklist

Kirkus Reviews
The constant chatter of animals can be both annoying and enlightening. While she's working toward her certification as an animal behaviorist, Berkshire-based Pru Marlowe is making some money as a dog walker and trainer. Her latest client is an African gray parrot whose owner has just died in an upscale nursing home. The client's daughter can't keep the foulmouthed Randolph, and her brother doesn't want him around his children, so Pru is asked to retrain him to help find him a new home. Since Pru can hear what animals are thinking, she realizes that Randolph, while he doesn't always think very clearly, is hinting that all is not well with his owner's death. In addition, she's helping a friend at the shelter deal with a young raccoon that keeps getting into a new, shoddily constructed condo unit. The condo manager, someone Pru has disliked since her high school days, would rather see the raccoon dead than rehabilitated. When the scared animal bites Pru, she has to worry about rabies. Every animal, from her own cat to Frank the ferret, seems to be giving her advice about the nursing home and the condo development. After a second nursing home patient almost succumbs to a drug overdose and she finds a connection to the undersold condo units, Pru realizes that she'd better listen to her animal friends, and her police officer boyfriend, before she becomes the next victim. Although Randolph is a hoot, Pru's third (Dogs Don't Lie, 2011, etc.) is an average mystery that may be too cutesy for all but the most dedicated animal lovers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781464201042
  • Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
  • Publication date: 4/2/2013
  • Series: Pru Marlowe Pet Noir Series , #3
  • Pages: 250
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

A recovering journalist, Clea Simon is the author of 12 mysteries and three nonfiction books. Parrots Prove Deadly is the third in her Pru Marlowe pet noir series. She lives in Somerville, Massachusetts, with her husband Jon and their cat, Musetta, and can be reached at www.CleaSimon.com.

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  • Posted April 12, 2013

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    Parrots Prove Deadly By: Clea Simon Copyright: April 2013 Publis

    Parrots Prove Deadly
    By: Clea Simon
    Copyright: April 2013
    Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press

    Parrots will repeat anything – they don’t talk sense. Or do they?
    When Pru Marlowe is called in to retrain a foul-mouthed African gray after its owner’s death, the bad-girl animal psychic can’t help hearing the bird’s words as a replay of a murder scene. But the doctor on call scoffs at the idea, and the heirs just want their late mother’s pet to quit cursing.
    With the only other possible witnesses being an evasive aide, the blind neighbor, and a single-minded service dog, Pru is stuck with what may be a feather-brained theory. Even her crotchety tabby Wallis doesn’t buy it, although she’s more than willing to “interrogate” the big bird, as Pru deals with drugs, jealousy, and a potential rabies outbreak….

    What do you think happens when you take one foul mouthed parrot, a service dog with issues, a neighbor who is a major yenta, and a dead woman’s daughter who appears to be slightly OCD? You get Pru’s latest adventure in murder.
    It all began with an early morning of Sept. 3rd. when Polly Larkin AKA “room 203” was found dead on the floor of her room. Pru checked her messages and found a mail from a woman “I need your help, it’s or death”. Pru was being asked to retrain a foul mouth parrot into one more kid friendly so that Mrs. Larking’s son could bring him home to his house.
    I could write a page or so of my thoughts of each chapter, but I won’t! I’m not that talented or I’d have my own books on the market. (insert laugh) As the story progresses, Pru meets the aid, the neighbor and her support dog. She also gets to find out how creepy the director of the Nursing home is. As her questions pile up along with the body count… It’s a race to find out how Polly died, who done it, and why so many people not involved with the home are interested.
    Clea Simon is one hell of a talented writer and never fails to keep my interested in her books. She is the author of three mystery series. The Theda Krakow Mysteries, The Pru Marlowe Pet Noir, and the Dulcie Schwartz Mysteries. Each one a mystery which will entertain you and keep you involved till the last page.

    FTC Full Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher who only requested a fair and impartial review.

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