“Interesting story. Pru is a pet psychic and uses her skills to save a pit bull and solve a murder. It's a good read.”see full review » see other reviews »
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“This just didn't work for me. I tried to like it, but the characterization was too shallow for several of the characters and some of them appeared they changed to suit the ending midway through.”see full review » see other reviews »
“Interesting story. Pru is a pet psychic and uses her skills to save a pit bull and solve a murder. It's a good read.”Pam Bales wrote this review Saturday, August 3, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This just didn't work for me. I tried to like it, but the characterization was too shallow for several of the characters and some of them appeared they changed to suit the ending midway through.”Maria Schneider wrote this review Friday, January 4, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Fun mystery”Featherwood wrote this review Sunday, August 19, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Pru Marlowe recently returned to her beautiful hometown in the Berkshires for some peace and quiet. Unfortunately, that’s the last thing she’s going to get. Pru has a gift. She can communicate with animals.
As an animal behaviorist Pru has a variety of different pet clients including Lily, a rescue dog, who was taken in and given a home by Charles, one of the local citizens. Lily is a pit bull who loves her human, but tragedy strikes when Charles is killed and Lily is accused of his murder. Pru is the only one who believes in Lily’s innocence while the rest of the town is ready to get rid of her.
Pru uses her animal psychic abilities to talk to the animals in town, along with her live-in tabby Wallis – they set out to find a murderer.
This is the first book in the “Pet Noir” mysteries. I know a lot of people don’t like books with talking animals, but this one is different. The only one the animals talk to is Pru and that’s because of her special abilities. Otherwise the animals appear as ordinary animals to everyone else in town.
It’s a fun book with a mystery and even a dash of romance thrown together. The relationship between Pru and Wallis is just priceless. They are like two old friends instead of pet and human. I do admit that I was able to figure out who the culprit was but I enjoyed figuring it out with Pru and Wallis. It’s an enjoyable, fast-paced mystery and I’m looking forward to the second book in the series.
FTC Disclosure: I read this book from my own collection for my own enjoyment.”
“Pru Marlowe leaves the Big Apple because she can no longer deal with the voices...of animals coming from all directions. Pru can "understand" and talk to animals, a gift she is trying work through as she also grieves from her mother's death.
In an effort to make some money and pay for the house she's inherited, Pru takes on some dog walking and training. When she arrives at Lily's house for her weekly training session, Pru finds Charles (Lily's owner) dead and Lily (a pit bull) has blood all over her. Pru knows though that Lily did not kill her owner. Proving it though will be difficult especially since she discovered they body and no one else was around. The ending was a complete surprise and shocker!
A great start to what will be series of pet noir books.”
“This is the first book in what will probably be a series about a young woman who is psychic to the thoughts of animals. Told in the first person. It is a murder mystery. It was pretty interesting, probably because I wish I could read my pets' thoughts. This book starts with the premise that when the main character suddenly developed this ability, it freaked her out, so maybe it wouldn't be all I imagine it to be. But the neat thing about books is that they encourage us to imagine more...”Kay wrote this review Friday, August 5, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“"Dogs Don't Lie" by Clea Simon is a cozy mystery with a cute, entertaining twist--Pru Marlowe is an animal behaviorist and also discovers she has a gift of being able to hear what animals think and feel. With the help of three cats, two dogs, and a ferret, Pru solves the murder of one of her clients whose pit bull she trained. She questioned some humans too though. At first the dog was blamed for it's owner's death but then Pru set out to save the dog and eventually figured out who the real killer was.
If you like animals and a cozy mystery, this one is for you! It starts off a bit slow but stick with it! I was surprised to find out who the real murderer was. Well done, Clea!”
“Dogs Don’t Lie by Clea Simon is a good, quick mystery in a small town. A man is found dead at his home and all signs point to his dog, but did the dog really do it? The best parts of the book for me are that Pru Marlow could understand what her cat, Wallis, was saying and the Dog, Lilly, becomes a hero at the end! The plot was a bit confusing, but it’s still a good read!
“Single sentence summary: Pru doesn't want to be able to hear her cat talk to her but she can't turn off her unique gift and after Pru discovers the body of one of her clients, if hearing cats and dogs can help her find the killer, she'll do it.
Dog's Don't Lie was a great paranormal mystery that didn't fall into the “cozy” spectrum for me. It wasn't as lighthearted as I would expect a cozy to be and while I was a little surprised by that, what I got in return was a really wonderful read. The mystery was enjoyable and well paced. The man who is killed has a dog, Lily, that Pru has been working on behavior problems with. The cops start out thinking that Lily killed her owner, Charles. Pru knows that Lily didn't and so sets out to prove Lily's innocence. The start of the mystery was a little slow but it quickly picked up and I ended up rushing through the book to figure out what happened.
If I have one complaint about this book, it would be with Pru. She was a good character for the most part but at other times I felt like she had a lot of angst. Her background – which you know is the cause for the attitude, isn't really clear cut. You're given bits and pieces about it but I still had issues fitting it all together. It also didn't completely explain all her issues going on now. With her ornery cat, Wallis to compounded the general grumpiness of the main characters, I didn't really like either of them. I just didn't get much pleasure from reading about them because they never seemed to be really happy.
Even with grumpy characters, I still really enjoyed this book a great deal. 3.75 Stars.”