Freelance journalist Theda Krakow normally covers Boston's rock music scene, but she would always agree to help a friend, and the cats they both love. When cats at the Helmhold Home for Wayward Cats receive poisoned cat food, Vi asks Theda to investigate. Before she knows it, she's way over her head in the fourth book in Clea Simon's Theda Krakow series, Probable Claws.
It doesn't seem too difficult to try to track a bag of cat food. But, there could be a number of reasons for poison, everything from jealousy, accusations of witchcraft, to local politics. As Theda digs deeper, her editor at Boston's Morning Mail shows some interest in the story since it could link to the city shelter. But, suddenly Theda finds that she's alienated the vet who is a friend, her boyfriend, Bill, and, even Vi. Her questions appear to be accusations, and before she can redeem herself, she's found with a bloody scalpel and a body. Now, her own cat, Musetta, is her only witness, and she has to find a killer since the cops are convinced Theda herself is their culprit. Theda Krakow's persistence makes her an excellent amateur sleuth and journalist, but, in Probable Claws, it just might lead her to tragedy.
Once again, Clea Simon skillfully brings together the various aspects of Theda Krakow's complicated life. Not every author can intertwine cats, the rock music scene, and the problems at today's newspapers. Over the course of this series, though, Simon has managed to build sympathy for Theda, a woman who often alienates even the people who love her, as she gets so caught up in her current story or passion, whether it's cats or rock music, that she neglects her personal life. Readers who appreciate complicated characters, and intricate plots, will appreciate Simon's latest crime novel, Probable Claws.
Clea Simon's website is www.cleasimon.com
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Probable Claws by Clea Simon. Poisoned Pen Press, ©2009. ISBN 9781590585641 (hardcover), 264p.