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Book Review: When Bunnies Go Bad – Pru is Back Solving Murders

When bunnies go badWhen Bunnies Go Bad (A Pru Marlowe Pet Noir)

By Clea Simon

255 pages

 Pru Marlowe is back in Cea Simon’s latest adventure When Bunnies Go Bad. Living in a winter wonderland can take its toll on the locals. But when an overbearing tourist arrives with his hot girlfriend things go from cabin fever to murder faster than a skier down the mountain.

After an altercation in the town’s hotspot over his meal, Teddy berates the staff and his date. The couple leaves in a flurry to go back to the condo they are renting for their get-away. When Teddy winds up dead, it appears that he is not only obnoxious, but may be dabbling in business that was more dangerous than cheating on his wife.

Enter Pru’s boyfriend and local cop Jim Creighton. He is afraid a  local mobster may have something to do with the murder. As the case progresses, things become more dangerous and Creighton heedlessly warns Pru to stay out of police business. But of course she is knee deep in the case and not about to climb out now.

In her own defense, she had to help with the dead man’s dog because his girlfriend can’t handle the cute little spaniel with a stupid name. Pru is aching to help the little dog as well as talk to him to find out if he knows about the murder. It helps having the ability to hear what animals are saying when you are an amateur sleuth. Even if it gets you in trouble with your cop boyfriend.

Simon spins a great mystery full of humor to temper the murder. The twists and turns keep readers guessing until the final pages.

I love the characters she has created. The humans are great, Pru is funny, sharp witted and can be sarcastic and abrupt. Her moods and personality make her come alive on the pages. I feel the real stars of the book are the animals that interact with Pru. From the birds, squirrels and mice to the dogs, cats and the illegal pet bunny’ Simon creates fabulously entertaining dialog in Pru’s head that is shared with the reader. If you have ever wondered what your pets are thinking, you need to read this series. It will hopefully prevent anyone from naming a pet something that the animal cringes at each time he is called.

I highly suggest this fun cozy mystery series. When Bunnies Go Bad is the sixth book in the Pru Marlow Pet Noir series, but easily reads as a stand-alone novel if you want to read it first.

 

Copyright © 2014 Laura Hartman

DISCLOSURE OF MATERIAL CONNECTION: I have a material connection because I received a review copy that I can keep for consideration in preparing to write this content. I was not expected to return this item after my review.

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Wandering Weekends: Morton’s Arboretum

This year we purchased a membership to Morton’s Arboretum in the Chicago suburbs. We’ve been there a few times and since both of us are really trying to exercise more, it seemed like pretty place with nice trails to get some of those miles in. Getting the pass was a no-brainer, if you go more that twice it is paid for and the membership is tax deductible – win/win in my book.

We were actually going to go last weekend, but Saturday it rained for hours and was cold. AND was Halloween. Not a good combo for walking among the trees. So this morning was a crisp 50 degrees with brilliant blue skies and sunshine. All set to enjoy the fall weather and colors in the trees, we grabbed the camera and headed out.

Remember the previous paragraph when I said it rained for hours the week before. I’ve lived in the Midwest my entire life and know better than to think those leaves would all still be hanging on the branches waiting for us to get around to seeing them. There were a few stragglers that were still colorful, but most of the trees were bare.

The walk was still delightful and it was easier to see birds, squirrels and even a coyote that was pretty far from us. Luckily my hubby has a lens on his camera that caught the coyote during his lunch of apparent mice in the field he was in.

Here are a few of the pictures, hope you all enjoy them

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These leaves hung on until we got there!

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Crabapple Lake

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Hiding from other squirrels behind a tree. LOL

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He is pretty far away – but that is ok with us.

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