In “Dogs don’t lie: a Pru Marlowe Pet Noir,” the first book in the new Clea Simon series we are introduced to Pru Marlowe an animal behaviorist in training.
After a very serious illness Pru is left with an unusual gift one that Pru isn’t able to deal with. Pru has been given the ability to “hear” animal thoughts.
Thinking that running home to family will make things right she returns to her picturesque Berkshires hometown looking for a little peace.
Although Pru doesn’t have her behaviorist license she is able to find employment working with animals. One of her clients is Charles and his pit bull, Lily, a fighting ring dropout.
When Pru arrives at Charles’ house he finds Charles on the floor with his throat ripped out and Lily standing over him. Lily is too traumatized to give Pru a clear picture of what she has seen.
One thing Pru is sure of is that Lily had nothing to do with the murder not matter what the evidence shows and she is going to prove it.
Pru has to find out who the real killer is before anyone else is murdered as well as learn to live with her gift.
Too bad that her training as an animal behaviorist got her mixed up with Lily, a rescue dog, and Charles, her person.
Now Charles is dead, and Lily looks good for it. Lily is way too traumatized to give Pru a clear picture of what she has witnessed.
But Pru knows something about bad girls trying to clean up, and, with a sense of justice strong enough to overcome her dislike of human society, she takes the case.
Listening to the animals, Pru picks up clues–and learns there are secrets in the pretty little town that make murder look simple.
Unable to tell anybody about her psychic abilities, uncertain at times about her own sanity, Pru comes to realize that if she clears Lily, she’ll likely become the prime suspect–or the next victim.
While the only creature she can totally trust is her crotchety tabby Wallis, Pru’s got to uncover the real killer–and find a way to live with her gift–before the real beasts in the town savage her and those she has come to love.
This is the first in the Pru Marlowe “pet noir”series.
– Carol Briggs