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Character Interview: Pru Marlowe from Clea Simon’s pet noir cozy cat mystery, “When Bunnies Go Bad”




Cover for Blog Tour.jpgWe’re thrilled to have here today Pru Marlowe from Clea Simon’s new pet noir When Bunnies Go Bad.  Pru Marlowe is a thirty-something animal behaviorist living in Beauville, a small town in the Berkshires, in Massachusetts.

It is a pleasure to have her with us today at Beyond the Books!

Thank you so for this interview, Pru.  Now that the book has been written, do you feel you were fairly portrayed or would you like to set anything straight with your readers?

Well, I do worry that readers will think I’m nuts. I mean, I try to hide the fact that I can hear what animals are thinking, but the way Clea writes these books, it’s pretty obvious. She gives Wallis, my crabby tabby, almost as much time as I get.

Do you feel the author did a good job colorizing your personality?  If not, how would you like to have been portrayed differently?

I kind of wish she didn’t talk quite so much about how much I drink!

What do you believe is your strongest trait?

I don’t scare easily – and I’ll do anything to help an animal. I mean, wouldn’t you?

Worse trait?

I do tend to cut the animals I know more slack than the people. After all, they’re nicer and more honest.

If you could choose someone in the television or movie industry to play your part if your book was made into a movie, who would that be (and you can’t say yourself!)?

If Angelina Jolie were a little tougher, maybe she could play me. Can she drive a fast car?

Do you have a love interest in the book?

I do have a regular guy. I don’t know if I’d say “love…”

At what point of the book did you start getting nervous about the way it was going to turn out?

When I saw that gangster’s little red sportster through the trees… that’s when I knew things were going to get serious.

If you could trade places with one of the other characters in the book, which character would you really not want to be and why?

Albert, Beauville’s animal control officer. He’s totally witless – and gutless too. Which is why I end up doing his job.

How do you feel about the ending of the book without giving too much away?

Well, I guess I had to learn to trust my guy sometime, right?

What words of wisdom would you give your author if s/he decided to write another book with you in it?

I wish she didn’t make my cat sound smarter than me!

Thank you for this interview, (name of character).  Will we be seeing more of you in the future?

Better ask Clea about that!


Genre: Mystery

Author: Clea Simon


Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press

Purchase on Amazon

About the Book:

Winter is hard in Beauville, where the melting snow can reveal much more than last season’s dead leaves. So when a wealthy, obnoxious tourist and his ski bunny girlfriend surface in Pru Marlowe’s little Berkshire town, she knows she should stay out of their way. The bad-girl animal psychic has to focus on more immediate concerns, including a wild rabbit named Henry, supposedly tamed and illegally living with an eighty-four-year-old lady in her home. Henry, who seems to be acting out and hiding, avoids responding to Pru. Yet when Pru discovers the tourist murdered and his girlfriend’s high-maintenance spaniel falls to her care, she gets dragged into a complicated case of crime and punishment that involves some new friends, an old nemesis, and her own shadowed past. A recent museum art heist draws the feds into the investigation along with a courtly gentleman radiating menace, who represents secretive business interests in New York and shows a surprising awareness of Pru. Her on-again, off-again romance with police Detective Creighton doesn’t stop him from warning her to steer clear of the inquiry. The spaniel, however, lures her in. Pru lives in a world where only her crotchety tabby Wallis knows the whole truth about her past, her flight from Manhattan, and her unique gift that surfaced abruptly one day. Fearing the worst, Pru now comes dangerously close to being exposed. With everything in motion, Pru, Wallis, and everyone they hold dear will be lucky to escape…by a hare.

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About the Author:

Clea Simon is the author of the Theda Krakow, Dulcie Schwartz, and Pru Marlowe pet noir series, as well as three nonfiction books.   A former journalist, Clea lives in Somerville, Massachusetts, with her husband, the writer Jon Garelick, and their cat Musetta.

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