Paws for Alarm

Paws for Alarm A whisker away from deathA summer in England sounds like a great idea for the Harper family and the house exchange makes it so affordable Now they ve swapped their New England home for a lovely cottag

  • Title: Paws for Alarm
  • Author: Marian Babson
  • ISBN: 9780312965136
  • Page: 186
  • Format: Paperback
  • A whisker away from deathA summer in England sounds like a great idea for the Harper family and the house exchange makes it so affordable Now they ve swapped their New England home for a lovely cottage in a village near London Why, the house even comes with a cat, a shy marmalade named Esmond Everything seems purrfectuntil someone tries to kill Mr Harper.Now thA whisker away from deathA summer in England sounds like a great idea for the Harper family and the house exchange makes it so affordable Now they ve swapped their New England home for a lovely cottage in a village near London Why, the house even comes with a cat, a shy marmalade named Esmond Everything seems purrfectuntil someone tries to kill Mr Harper.Now the genteel village feels sinister, the snooty next door neighbor is acting suspicious and the house is filled with its real owner s secrets Numerous attempts on Mr Harper s life convince his wife Nancy they can t pussyfoot around They need to investigate, starting with what the mousey orange cat knows

    One thought on “Paws for Alarm”

    1. Boring. Premise sounded good & intriguing but the book fell flat. No real mystery, no suspense. Not much action either for the cat serving as the basis for the book. Won't waste time on another nook by this author.

    2. I kept listening to this audiobook, trying to figure out what the point was. I particularly disliked the main character, Nancy, who was incredibly nasty to her husband and children. Altogether, it is a disappointing book by an accomplished author.

    3. Taking a trip to England for a few months sounds like a wonderful adventure until someone begins trying to kill your husband. Arnold finds himself at the wheel of a car with no brakes, a clutch that won't work and the vehicle out of control with his family. An accident or did the renting agency give them a bad car? Then he is attacked by a group of rugby players on the train platform, one of whom comes at him with a knife. Lastly, he is waiting in line for a bus when someone gives him a shove in [...]

    4. A cat cozy. While I don't mind the genre (or other cozy mysteries) occasionally in between more noir stories, this one didn't resonate well with me.Not dialog-driven, and the characters on their adventure in England had about as much drive as a three-legged horse. I wanted to like the story enough to see what happened and whodidit, but its boringness just kept escalating until I just couldn't make it (past page 80-something). The lady has some passive-aggressive issues, their children are boring [...]

    5. This is a bit of an ordinary story with a little crime/mystery in it. I was a bit slow and did not see where it was going. The Harper family, Arnold and Nancy, have exchanged their home in the US for a home in England. Before long Arnold is having accidents that he feels are not accidents, it took him awhile to talk Nancy around to his way of thinking, then they start a little investigation to find out what is happening and was the accident who killed the man of house they are staying in an acci [...]

    6. I enjoyed the book for the most part. The only real issue I had was with the main character. I would go from disliking her, to starting to warm up to her, to disliking her again. I also would refrain from calling this a cat cozy as it isn't. The cat has very little to do with the book and almost makes you wonder why it's titled as it is.

    7. Eh. Personally, I wasn't sure how much I liked the main character. Which isn't always a bad thing but in this case there wasn't much else in the book to make up for it. Probably won't be reading any more of this series.

    8. 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.

    9. Quite a dreadful book but I did read it all. Wanted to discover if there actually was a coherent plot. Questionable. Characters one-dimensional. Writing indifferent. Was in the pile that Sarah was giving away.

    10. Murders are numerous in this book. Which husband is the “real” target? No one can be certain but I think I’ll refrain from doing an international house swap, unless I can have a police report first.

    11. Excellent and fun mystery. Also sad. This is what happens when people go travelling! This is the first of a two part duo. This one deals with the family who comes to England and the other one Smoke and Whiskers is the family who goes to the U.S.

    12. This could've been a really good book with all sorts of tension building. Instead it was pretty random and unconnected with the solution coming from nowhere.Pity

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