When cats start getting sick, feline-loving freelance writer Theda Krakow suspects it’s accidental. But Violet, Theda’s shelter-owning rock-music buddy, claims the cats’ kibble was poisoned. When Theda starts looking at politics at the city shelter, she finds a number of people who could have happily committed the heinous crime.
Meanwhile, the city shelter may be backing down from a healthy-pet initiative, a series of threatening letters suggests a darker motive, and old-fashioned jealousy may factor in as well. The pressure mounts as Theda’s editor grabs onto the idea of a hot story and dangles a prime job as bait. But how can Theda investigate when feelings run so high?As the music scene rallies to raise funds to save the cats, Theda finds herself on the outs with both her buddies and her longtime boyfriend, Bill. And when she’s caught at a murder scene, bloody scalpel in hand and only her beloved cat Musetta as a witness to what really happened, Theda must scramble to find the real killer before she, and Musetta, become the next victims.Clea Simon is a writer, journalist, and regular contributor to the New York Times, Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, Ms., Rolling Stone, and Salon. She is the author of several mystery series and three nonfiction books. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband and their cat, Musetta.
"Probable Claws mixes serious reality… with absorbing fiction, and Simon combines it with well-conceived characters we’ve come to appreciate, a prose style that suits them and an attitude that far surpasses the cute cat cozies that have become an overpopulated subgenre in the mystery field. With panache and perception, Simon delivers another best-in-show entry." (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
"Music journalist Theda Krakow once again proves a feisty and determined sleuth in Simon’s lively fourth cat-themed mystery (after 2007's Cries and Whiskers).... Well-drawn characters, a plot with many strings to unravel and plenty of appealing cats make this another winner for Simon." (Publishers Weekly)
"The Theda Krakow mysteries just keep getting better and better…. While cats are a strong element in the stories, they don’t talk and they don’t solve crimes.... Many times the plots have a element that deal with pets, animal shelters, and responsible ownership and Probable Claws is no exception. These are good mysteries that will also touch your heart." (GumShoeReview.com)
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