Probable Claws: A Theda Krakow Mystery
Poisoned Pen, 2009 (2009)
Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth
lea Simon offers her readers a fourth in her Theda Krakow series,
. Protagonist Theda's main interests are two-fold. Well, if we throw in boyfriend Bill, I suppose we could call it three-fold. By the title, one can guess that cats are first on her short list. The second proves to be the column
she writes on the popular music scene for a Cambridge newspaper.
ill, a former Boston cop retired because of an injury, becomes involved in the ownership of a club and Thea spends a good deal of her time with him when they aren't arguing and not talking to one another. When Thea is accused of murdering a local veterinarian – a close friend – Bill comes to the rescue. At least he provides bail. Proving her innocence is another matter altogether.
here is a wonderful scene of rip-roaring music at a benefit concert. I could almost hear the music and the vocals straining to be heard above the appreciative crowd. The troubled newspaper industry also gets some attention.
he actual story took a little time to get started, but the preliminary was fun with lots of cat happenings - including some poisoning, which wasn't so much fun. When the murder occurred, the pace picked up and the story started moving in a new direction. The finale stopped all thought for a moment.
is a good book, worth a read.
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