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May 7, 2013 / Leslie

Review – Audiobook: Parrots Prove Deadly by Clea Simon

Parrots Prove Deadly by Clea SimonParrots Prove Deadly:
A Pru Marlowe Mystery
by Clea Simon
Narrated by Tavia Gilbert

Genre: Mystery
Publisher: Blackstone Audio
Publish Date: April 2nd 2013
Format: Audio, 8 hours | 46 minutes
Audio Listening Level: Easy
Rating: 4 of 5

Publisher’s Synopsis:

When bad-girl animal psychic Pru Marlowe is called in to retrain a foul-mouthed African gray after its owner’s death, she can’t help hearing the parrot’s words as a replay of a murder scene. But the doctor on call scoffs at the idea, and the heirs just want their late mother’s pet to quit cursing. The only other possible witnesses being an evasive aide, a blind neighbor, and a single-minded service dog, Pru is stuck with what may be a featherbrained theory or is it really?

My Thoughts:

Pru is an animal behaviorist. She has a special gift when it comes to animals. She understands them, she can talk to them and she can hear their answers. She doesn’t always know exactly what they are trying to tell her but give her some time and she will figure it out.

Pru owns a classic muscle car and knows how to drive it, likes to put away a drink or two and in her younger days hung around with a fast crowd. She says she’s reformed now, but not everyone believes her. She hasn’t entirely given up living on the edge and doesn’t mind breaking a few laws if she feels it’s necessary to get to the truth.

This was a fun book to listen to and an easy read. No complex mystery, just an entertaining cozy. I had a very good idea who the ‘bad guy’ was but that didn’t take away from the enjoyment of the story. The conversations between Pru and the animals were a hit with me. Pru’s cat and the parrot were instrumental in solving the mystery but there were other helpful animals too… a guide dog and a raccoon that she rescued, illegally, from animal control.

The novel’s pace was fast and at only nine hours the story moved along quickly. Tavia Gilbert’s narration was delightful. She did a great job on the many characters plus created unique voices for each of the animals. Especially memorable was Wallis, Pru’s snarky cat, and Randolph, the foul-mouthed African Gray Parrot.

This is the third novel in the Pet Noir series but the first one I’ve read. It has no trouble as a stand alone so feel free to jump in here with number three for a fun break from the heavy books and a good summer read.

Source: Review copy
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  1. BermudaOnion / May 7 2013 5:46 pm

    I love that there’s a Pet Noir series!


  2. Diane@BibliophilebytheSea / May 7 2013 7:18 pm

    This sounds like a fun one; I do have the eGalley. Glad u enjoyed it.



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