The cat who swallowed more than a canary . . .
A lifetime of craving cuddlier companionship than her hectoring mother has led fortyish Bettina Bilby to board her neighbors' felines -- an expectant tabby, a pampered blue-eyed Balinese, a depressed ginger Persian with a cod-liver-oil addiction, and Adolf, an imperious mouser with a patchwork face -- for a long holiday weekend.
But a freak storm sets the pigeon among the cats: a carrier bird downed on the doorstep with a tiny load of large, flawless diamonds. And Bettina's dilemma escalates as Adolf gobbles up one of the gems and a succession of elegant but shifty strangers prowl the gardens, offending the cats and bringing in their wake backdoor bloodshed and murder.
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Marian Babson is a mystery writer and author of more than forty novels in the traditional amateur-sleuth style. In 1996 she was awarded the Crime Writers' Association Library Dagger for her body of work.
Marian Babson writes a witty, delightful mystery in which the cats are just a scratch below the people in importance and a bank holiday turns into a scrabble over diamonds and murder. Juanita MacMahon's warm alto flows through the narrative punctuated by excellent changes of voice for each character. Mrs. Bilby's shrill voice is so exasperating that this listener wanted to throttle her. Bettina, her daughter, remains remarkably sane, and MacMahon portrays her with a calm and pleasant voice with only a few mutterings under her breath. Babson and MacMahon make a great team that compares favorably with the more familiar cat stories by Jackson Braun, narrated by George Guidall. P.G. © AudioFile 2000, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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