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When Bunnies Go Bad: A Pru Marlowe Pet Noir    by Clea Simon order for
When Bunnies Go Bad
by Clea Simon
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Poisoned Pen, 2016 (2016)
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* *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Winter is tough in the Berkshire town of Beauville. The weather is very cold, yet tourists flock there anyway. The death of one of those tourists livens things up. The dead man's girlfriend is a ski bunny, obviously a little bit on the side that the man didn't want his wife to know about.

Pru Marlowe is an animal psychic. She doesn't articulate her thoughts to animals. But somehow they understand her and are able to send their thoughts to her. She is a dog walker as well and communes with her canines as they stroll through the nearby forested areas. She has a close relationship with her pet cat Wallis, who offers advice that Pru is often loath to take.

Pru is concerned that a woman is bunny-sitting for her granddaughter. It is illegal to keep wild animals as pets. But her main concern is the death of the extremely wealthy man. Pru somehow seems to get involved with murders in Beauville and this one is no exception. A theft of valuable artwork has raised concern among the villagers. Could the murder be connected in any way with the art heist?

Pru's boyfriend happens to be a member of the local gendarmerie. He, of course, begs her to let the police solve the crimes.

When Bunnies Go Bad is the sixth in this series. Once the reader gets past Pru's enjoying a conversation with her canine clientele, the story flows. It is easy to look at one's own pet and wonder what they would say were they able to. Probably just as well they can't.

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