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Probable Claws: A Theda Krakow Mystery by Clea Simon
Review by Gayle Surrette
Poisoned Pen Press Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9781590585641
Date: 10 April 2009 List Price $24.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /

Violet calls to warn Theda that someone is poisoning cats and that the shelter cats are all ill. Theda rushes over to find that while she's been nursing her wounds over her argument with Bill, she's somehow lost touch with Violet, the music scene (that's the core of her writing), as well as with Bill. She offers her help to Violet to learn the source of the donated poisoned food. Before long, she's finds her reputation as a writer is being questioned, she's accused of murder, and she and Bill have some serious talking to do.

From official release/information:

Product Description: When cats start getting sick, feline-loving freelance writer Theda Krakow suspects an accident is to blame. But her shelter-owning rocker buddy Violet claims the contaminated kibble was poisoned.
When Theda starts looking at shelter politics she finds a number of people who could have happily committed this heinous crime. 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.

(Source: Poisoned Pen Press)

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