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Dame Cecile Savoy's "revolting floor mop" of a Pekinese has passed away at a ripe old age. Now, the aging British actress convinces her rivals on stage and screen, Trixie and Evangeline, to support her in her hour of accompanying her to a taxidermist. But it's a cab ride straight to a cat-astrope! No sooner do the three elderly thespians enter "Stuff Yours" thanDame Cecile Savoy's "revolting floor mop" of a Pekinese has passed away at a ripe old age. Now, the aging British actress convinces her rivals on stage and screen, Trixie and Evangeline, to support her in her hour of accompanying her to a taxidermist. But it's a cab ride straight to a cat-astrope! No sooner do the three elderly thespians enter "Stuff Yours" than they discover a dead body, a live kitty in a cage, and flames bursting from the back room. Fortunately for a rare Japanese bobtail called Cho-Cho-San, Trixie grabs the cat before fleeing the scene. But who's the victim? Who set the fire? And why was a gorgeous feline going to be stuffed? Of course, Cho-Cho-San knows more than she's letting on as the curtain goes up on foul play, murderous jealousies, and a killer who may be going to the dogs.......

Title : The Cat Who Wasn't a Dog
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ISBN : 9780312991371
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 208 Pages
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The Cat Who Wasn't a Dog Reviews

  • Gerald
    2018-11-23 01:24

    Obwohl ich Katzenfreund bin, bot diese Geschichte nur sehr laue Unterhaltung. Der erste Krimi, den ich gelesen habe, bei dem sich der Fall ohne jegliches aktives Zutun der Protagonisten auflöste. Bei den Hauptfiguren selbst handelt es sich neben der Katze um Damen fortgeschrittenen Alters aus dem englischen Schauspielermilieu, die alle einen ähnlich unerträglichen egozentrischen Charakter aufweisen und somit als Identifikationsfiguren komplett ungeeignet sind, es sei denn, man gehört vielleicht selbst diesem Milieu an. Die Ich-Erzählerin ist derart begriffsstutzig, dass es die endlich begriff, wer sich gegen die arme Katze verschworen hatte. Was es mit dem Tod des Tierpräparators und der Haushälterin auf sich hatte, löste dementsprechend auch nicht sie oder eine ihrer Freundinnen auf (kein Wunder, sie waren ja hauptsächlich mit Essen beschäftigt), sondern der Kommissar (eine Nebenfigur), der sieben Seiten vor Ende des Buchs in zwei knappen Absätzen Tathergang und Motive verkündet.Auch der typisch englische Humor, von dem die (amerikanische) Autorin angeblich geprägt sein soll, ist mir zu keinem Zeitpunkt offenbar geworden.Die zwei Punkte sind nur auf meine Sypmpathie für die beiden Katzen zurückzuführen. Ohne diese hätte ich wahrscheinlich spätestens im zweiten Kapitel die Lektüre abgebrochen.

  • Sylvia Walker
    2018-12-03 21:29

    A quick, fun read, with a cast of zany characters...the cat was the sanest of the bunch.

  • Pat Beard
    2018-11-19 23:25

    Lovely. And an eminently satisfying conclusion.

  • Carolin
    2018-11-12 18:24

    Dieses Buch in einem Wort: holterdipolter.Das Besondere an diesem Buch: Das Genre der gemütlichen Krimis mag ich eigentlich sehr gern - und auch hier ist es nicht wirklich blutig geworden, es gab eine Gruppe älterer Damen und knuddelige Haustiere. Die Geschichte rund um die Katze Cho-Cho-San fand ich auch sehr kurzweilig, aaaber:Das nicht ganz so Atemberaubende an diesem Buch: ...der Rest war mir zu gemütlich. Es gab so viel Drumherum, dass der eigentliche Krimi darüber in Vergessenheit geriet. Und eben dieses Drumherum war für mich auch nicht wirklich fesselnd - das sieht vielleicht bei treuen Leserinnen der Serie anders aus - ich hatte einfach keinen soengen Bezug zu den Figuren, als dass mich die klitzekleinen Problemchen interessiert hätten. Die beiden Todesfälle schienen zwar interessant (ein ermordeter Tierpräparator und eine holterdipolter die Kellertreppe heruntergefallene Haushälterin), wurden aber in dem Buch kaum untersucht und auf den letzten paar Seiten wird auf einmal holterdipolter die Lösung präsentiert. Für mich absolut nicht nachvollziehbar: Die beiden Damen Trixie und Evangeline lösen die Fälle überhaupt nicht, am Ende kommt ein unsympathischer Polizist daher, der alles schwuppdiwupp aufdeckt. Und ein weiterer Minuspunkt: Mir hat es vor gealterten Diven zu sehr gewimmelt.Wer sollte dieses Buch lesen? Liebhaber von kleinen Rassekatzen und Mini-Hunden, die sich nicht von ausgedehnten Einkaufsbummeln mit den Protagonisten, hysterischen Mutter-Tochter-Gesprächen oder bedenklichem Alkoholkonsum abschrecken lassen (oder Trixie, Evangeline und ihre Freunde schon kennen) und gerne mal einen wirklich gemütlichen Krimi lesen wollen.

  • Sarah Sammis
    2018-12-06 21:35

    I grabbed The Cat Who Wasn't a Dog by Marian Babson while doing a quick walk through of my local library's mystery section. I liked the cover and title. The book is actually the last of the Trixie and Evangeline mystery series.Trixie and Evangeline as far as I can tell are old theater stars like Miss April Spink and Miss Miriam Forcible of Coraline and I have to admit to picturing them in my head like Neil Gaiman's pair. While trying to get Dame Cecile Savoy's Pekinese stuffed at a local taxidermist's they run into a dead body and a very much alive Japanese bobtail cat.While trying to sort out who Cho-Cho-San belongs to and what's happened to a missing housekeeper Trixie and Evangeline end up embroiled in one more mystery. The way the mystery unfolds and the focus on the domestic aspects of day to day life make it a cozy mystery reminiscent of the Miss Marple series by Agatha Christie. In that regard, I liked the book.Coming though at the end of a series, I have a feeling that many of the relationships in this large cast of characters has already been well established. Not much time is spent explaining who is who or expanding on their personality traits. After a while many of the characters started blending together in my head and I had to take notes to keep track of who was who. I think if I had started earlier in the series I would have found The Cat Who Wasn't a Dog a light and easy read.

  • Jeannie and Louis Rigod
    2018-11-15 21:49

    This novel is short and filled with our sleuths, Evangeline, Trixie, Taxi-Cab Driver, Eddie and long suffering daughter, Martha. In this edition, Evangeline and Trixie heed the call of actress Dame Cecile to rush to Brighton upon the death of her cat, Fleur De Lys.As Dame Cecile wails (literally,) our intrepid duo find themselves off to a taxidermist, "Stuff Yours." Eddie doesn't like the place and rightly so as they find themselves at the sight of a murder and in the midst of an arson attack. Trixie finds a 'live' specimen, a lovely cat, Cho Cho San.The Ladies go into sleuth mode as Eddie gets arrested for both the arson and murder of the owner. Now to prove Eddie was a victim not the criminal.This story rambled a bit but it is done, I feel on purpose by the Author as the characters are well in their 80's. Also a new character was introduced, Jocasta, a culinary editor trying to write a cookbook with Martha geared to single thespians on the road.The book was easy to read and a true cozy.

  • lethe
    2018-11-26 19:26

    After a promising start this rather petered out.In the first chapter Trixie saves a live cat from the shop of a taxidermist who is lying there dead. A few chapters later another person is found dead in the house of a fellow actress. Nothing much is done about either corpse, at least not by Trixie and Evangeline, who are supposed to be thespian sleuths and the stars of the series.Instead, there is a lot of playing with the cat, cooking and trying out recipes, and going to the theatre. The story just meanders along. They do find out who had brought the cat to the taxidermist (the why was rather far-fetched in my view), but in the end (view spoiler)[it is a police officer who seemingly out of nowhere solves both murders (hide spoiler)].As I understand, this is the penultimate title in the series. Maybe the earlier books were better plotted and written, but I found this one a bit of a disappointment.The cat was lovely, though.

  • Jamie Barringer (Ravenmount)
    2018-12-06 20:36

    I like Babson's story ideas, which are a bit more unusual than many of the murder mysteries I've read this year. I find her writing less polished than that of many other authors in this genre, and the resolution in this novel emerges out of the blue rather than developing gradually out of clues the reader could use to figure out the mystery when the sleuth does. The characters are a bit flat, too, and have the sort of crazy fake names that make them all seem less realistic. I'd give this book a bit less than 4 stars, but it was better than a 3 on account of the story itself, which was entertaining.

  • Sallie
    2018-11-19 00:36

    Yesterday I needed a light, funny mystery to read, so I plucked this book off my door book holder. I LOVE Marian Babson's books! The mystery isn't a challenge to figure out, but her characters are so funny and wonderful to read about, and her books are always page turners for me.9/2/2017 - I have no memory of reading this back in 2008, and it never did seem familiar. It's now in the bag of books to give away as I'm clearing out all the books in my bedroom, well, almost all of them. Jane Austen and Maud Hart Lovelace books will always stay with me.

  • Sarah
    2018-12-07 20:25

    Naja. Ich dachte eigentlich, das sei ein Krimi, aber man bekommt am Anfang eine Leiche präsentiert, dann kümmern sich alle fast das ganze Buch über nicht mehr darum und am Ende wird plötzlich alles aufgeklärt. Dass die Katze mehr weiß, als die menschlichen Protagonisten, erfährt man auch erst relativ zum Schluss. Vom Schmunzelfaktor habe ich auch nicht sonderlich viel mitbekommen. Also ich fand das Buch nicht so toll.

  • Diane Heath
    2018-11-17 23:32

    This is book #6 in a series involving Trixie and Evangeline. An old friend and fellow actress has lost her pet dog and wants to have it stuffed. However, when Evangeline and Trixie arrive at the taxidermist, they find a dead body and a live cat. Things escalate from that point onward.

  • Rachel
    2018-12-10 21:51

    Trixie and Evangeline are back in fine form. This time they are helping a friend of Evangelines take her dog to the taxidermist when they discover the body of the owner, the place is set on fire and Trixie rescues a very much alive cat. Lots of humor though the murderer is fairly obvious.

  • Lynn
    2018-12-13 00:44

    This was a fun mystery. I thought I picked the murderer early (and I was right), but the adventure to get to the end was engaging. Nothing serious or heavy, just a good, fun read. I'm sorry this was the last in the series, because the characters are such fun.

  • Monica
    2018-11-26 02:30

    I really enjoy light mysteries, and Marian Babson's cat books fit the bill. You won't figure out whodunit, but just sit back with a cup of tea and enjoy the atmosphere. ***I have read other books of hers, but have found them slightly more disturbing and less fun than the ones that feature cats.

  • Wilma Hashii
    2018-11-23 02:39

    Fun read. if you are looking for a serious mystery, this isn't it. A quick read with lots of humor.

  • Toesnorth's mom
    2018-11-14 20:29

    typical English fair

  • Margaret
    2018-11-18 18:48

    The book, and plot, may have been as overblown as its theatrical inspirations, but it was entertaining to read and emotionally satisfying.

  • Katalin
    2018-11-19 01:25

    Not bad at all, but it doesn't make me want to read M. Babson again.

  • Vykki
    2018-11-21 02:46

    What a wonderful book this was a rip roaring ride, add elderly actresses and you have great English cozy. This was a wonderful book and I recommend this to everyone.

  • Katharine Holden
    2018-11-27 02:51

    Kept my attention, had some good lines, made me laugh, and the cat stuff is fun but not cloying. Can't ask more than that from a light mystery.

  • Sharon
    2018-11-27 01:23

    I enjoy Marian Babson very much, the epitome of "British Cozy" mysteries. This one follows two aging film stars and is just funny (which is an odd way to describe a murder mystery, but still!)

  • Joan
    2018-12-08 18:32

    I liked the feisty old ladies best. The animals don't talk and the mystery wasn't that complicated either but the ole ladies were funny.

  • Max Light-Pacheco
    2018-12-06 19:35

    A disappointment.

  • Michelle
    2018-12-05 01:53

    Different from my other mysteries I read. This revolves around stage actors so it was fun to learn about that and of course a cat is involved so I loved that. Will read more of these.