“The problem with murder is that it’s messy. Not just the blood, the viscera, and what have you, but the boundaries. And when you’re trying to save a life—provide an alibi—for someone you know is innocent, well, the guilt tends to splash back onto you.”

My review:

The first book in the Pru Marlowe series. Pru learns she can understand animals and the noise is such takes Wallis her senior tabby cat and returns home. She is called to a murder scene to take charge of a white pit bull who is accused of killing its owner. Pru knows that the dog did not do the killing so she investigates to save the dog from being euthanized. There is one coming out in July but only in paperback.  I won’t be able to read it.


“PROLOGUE: WITNESS First there was a rustling, a scraping like metal on wood. Then the scream, though whether it was of rage or fright the few late-night listeners couldn’t tell.”

“Chapter One “You ever hear the one about the cat lady who died alone with her precious pussies? By the time they found her, the cats—” Ralph’s voice boomed across the open room.”

My review:

A well-written mystery and the cats behave like your cat. The first book in this series Theda is a freelance journalist and a rock music lover. She is looking for stories when hears about a Cat Lady in the neighborhood. She decides a story about hoarders might be a good story. Theda goes to check it out and finds the woman dead in the kitchen. Hearing that cats were being taken to animal control, she recuse a kitten that she sees there. The police think it is an accidental death. Rumors begin to circulate that the Cat Lady was murder. Her friend punk rocker, Violet keeps searching the house for something. Theda becomes more involved especially when she heard most of the cats would be destroyed unless adopting. A portion of the story is about music that Theda likes. Theda has several questions to find answers Will she find the answers in time to save the cats?

Other series are:





About bettylouise31 Member of NetGalley and Edelweiss Senior Citizen and been reading and sharing my thoughts on books most of my life. I read for my pleasure. I have been married for over 65 years. We had a Bengal Cat, Kato who has crossed over the Rainbow Bridge. Interests include reading, dogs, cats, gardening, knitting, crocheting. I have a strong interest in North American native plants. A word on my reviews. I am writing very. Books review are from my public library, brought, many from Netgalley, a few from Edelweiss, occasionally from an author or from friends. The opinions are my own. I represent no publisher, author or any other source​. My reviews can be found on. Tumblr, Goodreads, Google+, and Twitter. I have no Facebook account. Thanks for reading my blog.
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  1. Interesting premise for these stories.

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