When cats start getting sick, feline-loving freelance writer Theda Krakow suspects an accident is to blame. But her shelter-owning rocker buddy Violet claims the contaminated kibble was poisoned. When Theda starts looking at shelter politics she finds a number of people who could have happily committed this heinous crime. The city shelter may be backing down from a healthy pet initiative, a series of threatening letters suggests a darker motive, and old-fashioned jealousy may factor in as well. The pressure mounts as Thedaas editor grabs onto the idea of a hot storyaand dangles a prime job as bait. But how can Theda investigate when feelings run so high? As the music scene rallies to raise funds to save the cats, Theda finds herself on the outs with both her buddies and her longtime boyfriend Bill. And when sheas caught at a murder scene, bloody scalpel in hand and only her beloved cat Musetta as a witness to what really happened, Theda must scramble to find the real killer before she, and Musetta, become the next victims.
|Publisher:||Poisoned Pen Press|
|Series:||Theda Krakow Series , #4|
|Sold by:||Barnes & Noble|
|File size:||646 KB|
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I love reading murder mysteries that feature cats, and this series is one of my favorites. "Probable Claws" is the fourth in the series, the other three are "Mew is for Murder", "Cattery Row" and "Cries and Whiskers". All feature cat and rock and roll loving freelance writer Theda Krakow and her black and white tuxedo cat Musetta. In "Probable Claws", Theda finds herself the prime suspect for the murder of a shelter veterinarian, with Musetta as the only witness to what really happened. Theda is released on bail thanks to the connections of her former cop boyfriend Bill. Now she has to find the real killer before she and Musetta become the next victims. The plot is exceptionally well-crafted, the characters are multi-dimensional and likeable, and you find yourself wanting to savor the story while at the same time wanting to race to the finish to find out who did it. You might want to consider reading the entire series from start to finish. One of the things I enjoyed about all four books, almost more than the actual plot lines, was the character development. By the time you're into the second book, you feel like you're reconnecting with old friends. I sure hope that "Probable Claws" won't be the last in this series.
Musetta the cat is witness to murder in Clea Simon's Probable Claws, but don't worry, she doesn't solve the case, traditional detective work does. Cats are central to the plot of Simon's books, but they remain cats throughout.
It all starts with some cat food gone bad. Was it contaminated on purpose? Is this part of a feud between the private no-kill shelter and the city pound? Whatever it is, the stakes are raised when the vet at the city shelter is killed, and Clea picks up the scapel....
Helmhold House for Wayward Cats owners Violet and Caro are stunned when a donated batch of kibble is laced with poison. Neither can believe someone could be that cruel yet they assume it was deliberate. When their pal freelance writer Theda Krakow begs to differ as she assumes it was an accident, they become upset with her for trivializing their concerns; she takes a quick look at the shelter¿s processes to see what safeguards exists.
When her beloved cat Musetta needs a tooth brushing, she drops her off with the shelter¿s vet. When she returns she find Musetta soaked in blood and the vet Rachel dead with a scalpel wound. The police suspect Theda who investigates the murder to clear her name and regain her hope of a permanent position at the Morning Mail. She assumes the motive involves an irate sociopath opposed to the shelter combining the poisoned food with the vet¿s murder
Fans will definitely enjoy this fun cat caper. Musetta is not only the traumatized eye witness to the homicide, the feline wipes clean much of the crime scene as sticky red does not blend well with her tuxedo look. Cat fans will enjoy Theda¿s inquiry into the PROBABLE CLAWS behind the homicide.