Hey everybody, it's Truffles! Today I'm interviewing Wallis, the feline star of Clea Simon's popular Pru Marlowe Pet Noir mystery series. I had fun chatting with her, ladycat to ladycat, and hope you enjoy meeting her too!
Truffles: Welcome, Wallis! Thank you so much for taking the time to chat with me today. Could you start by telling us a little about yourself and how you came to live with Pru?
Wallis: Greetings, and you are most welcome. As you can see, I’m a lovely tiger-striped tabby. I was first introduced to Pru at a shelter, a lady can be a bit down on her luck. We’ve lived together several years now, because she clearly needs my guidance.
You have a rather "unusual" relationship with Pru...what is it like being able to communicate with your human?
Well, you’d think she’s listen more than she does, don’t you? Sometimes I don’t think she has the sense of a kitten. To do her credit, though, she does try. And I’ve broken her of that horrible idea that cats should not eat proper food, like roast chicken and scrambled eggs.
What is a typical day like for you?
Well, I have an entire household to supervise. Granted, Pru lives alone - though that darling Detective Creighton is welcome to stay over anytime! But we have a big house, inherited from Pru’s mom, and there are of course the resident mice and neighboring squirrels and birds. It’s quite a responsibility. I find I must nap a lot, just to keep my energy up.
In Kittens Can Kill you are left caring for a kitten named Ernesto. How did that come about and what are your feelings about your new little friend?
As I’ve told Pru, I am so done with kittens. When I was at the shelter, I had an operation so that I don’t have to deal with that anymore. I did not like being saddled with that … that infant! He was utterly obsessed with that dead lawyer, and the button he was playing with when Pru found him.
What kinds of adventures do you and Pru get into in Kittens Can Kill, and are you able to use your special means of communication to solve the mystery?
I do try to talk sense to Pru whenever I can. She misses the obvious so often, it’s a wonder she’s made it this far. I have no special interest in solving crimes. People are such silly beasts, why should I care if they kill each other. But I am fond of Pru. It has taken long enough to train her, after all. And so if I can keep her out of trouble, I will.
Can you tell us anything about your upcoming adventures?
In her next adventure, Pru has begun talking a rabbit, if you can believe it. And some kind of toy spaniel. If she thinks she is bringing either of those animals into this house, she has another think coming!
The dead don’t keep pets. So when animal behaviorist expert Pru Marlowe gets a call about a kitten, she doesn’t expect to find the cuddly creature playing beside the cooling body of prominent Beauville lawyer David Canaday. Heart attack? His three adult daughters angrily blame drug interactions, feline allergies—and each other. And begin to feud over their father, his considerable estate, and that cute ball of fluff. While the cause of death is pending, each sister has an axe to grind—with arguments that escalate when David’s partner reads out the will.
Pru’s special sensitivity to animals, which caused her to flee the cacophony of Manhattan for the quiet Berkshires, adds further problems. The local vet is overwhelmed as the animal hospital’s money runs out. There’s a needy Sheltie and some invasive squirrels, too. But the dead man’s kitten, his former partner, and his troublesome family keep drawing “wild-girl animal psychic Pru back in. Despite the wry observations of her trusty tabby Wallis, now the wrongfully accused kitten’s guardian, and the grudging compliance of her cop lover, this may be one time when Pru can’t solve the mystery or save the kitten she wants to believe is innocent. A single witness knows the truth about that bright spring morning. How far can Pru investigate without risking her own hidden tale?
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Published by: Poisoned Pen Press
Publication Date: 03/03/2015
Number of Pages: 434
Series: Pru Marlowe Pet Noir #5 (Each is a Stand Alone Mystery)
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A recovering journalist, Clea Simon is the author of 17 mysteries and three nonfiction books. Parrots Prove Deadly is the third in her Pru Marlowe pet noir series. She lives in Somerville, Massachusetts, with her husband Jon and their cat, Musetta, and can be reached at
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