Mystery Marian BABSON Nine lives to murder

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Nine lives to murder

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In this hilarious tour de chat, Marian Babson goes beyond the many bubbling mysteries she has written to add an element of comic fantasy to the menace of murder. Someone is trying to kill leading British Shakespearean actor, husband, father, ladies' man, and soon-to-be knight of the realm Winstanley Fortescue. The actor, rehearsing his starring role in the forthcoming play Serpent in the Heather, is conked on the head backstage. He falls off a ladder and lands on the resident pest-control officer, Montmorency D. Mousa (otherwise known as Monty), the company cat. When Fortescue comes to, he finds to his horror that he has become trapped in Monty's body, while the cat, now installed in the heroic frame of the distinguished thespian, has been carted off to the intensive-care unit reserved for humans. How this actor, who has played to the crowned heads of Europe, suffers such indignities as being forced to use a litter box and having to evade his unknown enemy makes this most recent work tops among all the author's delightful novels.

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About the Author:

Marian Babson is a mystery writer and the author of more than forty novels in the traditional amateur-sleuth style, "murder most British." In 1996 she was awarded the Crime Writers' Association Dagger in the library category for her body of work. She was born in Salem, Massachusetts, but has lived in London for the greater part of her life. Her many interests--theater, cinema, art, cooking, travel, and cats--are reflected in her numerous novels.



Steven Crossley, a graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, has built a career on both sides of the Atlantic as an actor and audiobook narrator, for which he has won eleven AudioFile Earphones Awards and been a nominee for the prestigious Audie Award. He is a member of the internationally renowned theater company Complicite and has appeared in numerous theater, television, film, and radio dramas.

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Babson (Past Regret, 1992, etc.) is at her most antic in this tale of transposed personalities. Famed Shakespearean actor Winstanley Fortescue, soon to be knighted, has suffered a fall from a ladder, possibly accidental, during rehearsal of his new play, knocking skulls with Monty, the theater's cat, on his descent. Now Win, living in a nursing home, has Monty inside of his psyche. Meanwhile, Monty is thinking like Win and serving as his protector when further attempts are made on the actor's life. Inane chatter flows liberally as the slowly recuperating Win is attended to by friends and family--his loving wife and co-star, Miranda, his bibber ex-wife, Antoinette, his son, Gregory, theater manager Rufus, sympathetic wardrobe mistress Tottie, viperish reporter Jilly, and others. Meanwhile, Monty struggles to cope with newly expanded thought processes often at odds with his natural instincts, until the unsurprising havoc-wreaker is pinpointed. Veteran Babson's easygoing narrative skills are wasted on this charmless, contrived story of possible interest only to avidly enthusiastic cat lovers. To others, a dog. -- Copyright ©1994, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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