Sunday, January 22, 2012
Dogs Don’t Lie by Clea Simon
Poisoned Pen Press
EBook (Available in paperback)
Pru Marlowe recently returned to her beautiful hometown in the Berkshires for some peace and quiet. Unfortunately, that’s the last thing she’s going to get. Pru has a gift. She can communicate with animals.
As an animal behaviorist Pru has a variety of different pet clients including Lily, a rescue dog, who was taken in and given a home by Charles, one of the local citizens. Lily is a pit bull who loves her human, but tragedy strikes when Charles is killed and Lily is accused of his murder. Pru is the only one who believes in Lily’s innocence while the rest of the town is ready to get rid of her.
Pru uses her animal psychic abilities to talk to the animals in town, along with her live-in tabby Wallis – they set out to find a murderer.
This is the first book in the “Pet Noir” mysteries. I know a lot of people don’t like books with talking animals, but this one is different. The only one the animals talk to is Pru and that’s because of her special abilities. Otherwise the animals appear as ordinary animals to everyone else in town.
It’s a fun book with a mystery and even a dash of romance thrown together. The relationship between Pru and Wallis is just priceless. They are like two old friends instead of pet and human. I do admit that I was able to figure out who the culprit was but I enjoyed figuring it out with Pru and Wallis. It’s an enjoyable, fast-paced mystery and I’m looking forward to the second book in the series.
FTC Disclosure: I read this book from my own collection for my own enjoyment.
For reading challenges:
2012 Just For Fun Reading Challenge
Where Are You Reading? Challenge