A Millionaire S Pet Tabby Is The Only Witness To His Catty MurderWhen Millionaire Arthur Arbuthnot Mistakes Gossip Maven Annabel Hinchby Smythe For A Decorator And Hires Her To Redecorate His Apartment The Fiscally Challenged Annabel Can T Refuse When She Sees Arbuthnot S Tatty London Flat, She Knows Anything Will Be An Improvement And Any Gossip She Can Dig Up Will Be Pure Gold For The Tabloids But When Arthur Is Found Dead, His Frisky Relatives Begin To Lick Their ChopsArbuthnot S Beloved Tabby Sally Was The Only Witness To The Homicide And The Sole Heir To His Estate Suddenly, Cat Hating Family Members Are Eager To Claim Her And Control The Family Fortune Annabel S Only Hope To Save The Cat And Catch A Killer Is To Kidnap Sally And See Who Comes Sniffing Around Once The Cat S Out Of The Bag, Murder Is Sure To Follow 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 disturbing and less fun than the ones that feature cats. 3.5 stars As the story opens, Annabel Hinchly Smythe whose income relies on selling gossipy tidbits to columnist Xanthippe has money troubles So when multi millionaire Arthur Arbuthbot mistakes Annabel for an interior decorater she agrees to re do his apartment Annabel knows nothing about decorating but with books from the library and assistance from artist Kelda she feels she can get the job done When Annabel arrives to assess Arbuthnot s apartment she meets his cat Sally, a sweet tabby that he s taken a shine to Annabel also meets an array of Arbuthbot s employees and relatives, some of whom want her gone and others who want to offer decorating advice Before long Arbuthnot is found insensate or worse in his office but his greedy relatives manage to delay the announcement of his death while they get their ducks in row It seems Arbuthnot left his fortune to Sally the cat and everyone is scheming to either become Sally s guardian or to bump Sally off so the estate will be redistributed Fearing for Sally s welfare Annabel sneaks her out and takes her home Sally s disappearance leads to plenty of humorous shenanigans where each interested party shows up with a tabby, claiming to have found Sally Annabel is compelled to rescue some cats and the kitties add a lot of fun to the story Before long another suspicious death occurs in Arbuthnot s apartment and Annabel starts to fear for her life.The book has an array of engaging characters including Arbuthnot s secretary a nasty, would be cat killer his pushy aunt who married a seemingly dim younger man his needy nephew and his girlfriend a bad tempered doorman who s lost his legs a couple of relentless journalists looking for a scoop a smart lawyer a savvy veterinarian and.There s not much investigating in this cozy mystery but it s a fun story that I d recommend to fans of the genre.You can follow my reviews at A charming mystery story revolving around Sally, a stray cat, whose adopted owner, Arthur Arbuthnot, is mysteriously murdered The family and all the hangers on expect to be beneficiaries of his will and then another accident happens Or was it another murder And if so who committed it And where does Sally get to And who are the other cats who suddenly appear in the story Annabel Hinchby Smythe pretends to be an interior designer and it is her protection of Sally and her investigations that eventually lead to the uncovering of the murderer.Spell binding and amusing all through. I enjoyed this title quite a bit, for both the adorable title characters and the incredibly neurotic cast Ms Annabel Hinchby Smythe meets at a gathering a wealthy tycoon who needs his house redecorated, and thinks she d be perfect for it after he mistakes her from an interior designer His relatives all have different ideas about the design, until he ends up dead and everything goes insane The cat inherits all and soon Annabel is doing everything she can to save the original and several imposters The first few chapters were simply pure gold, and the rest always stayed solidly interesting Watching the constant verbal and unspoken power struggle between willful people used to getting no gruff is fascinating, from the conservative Zania to the forward Tara Even the cats, indignant and demanding, are part of it they were born to play politics The constant bickering is exciting than dull, and breathes life and personality into the large cast, who manage to stand out as separate characters.There isn t much tension, but the fare is light enough that it doesn t need much There are plots and counterplots, and genuine uncertainty about the outcome since every finger is dipped in the honeypot, any could be the hand that struck death False clues about, with the culprit of choice changing every few chapters but the evidence still adding up to the conclusion in hindsight.And of course, the cute Sally, Sassy, and Salvadore are simply grand in their roles Take a look if you have the chance and enjoy fluffy mysteries.
Marian Babson, a pseudonym for Ruth Stenstreem, was born in Salem, Massachusetts, but lived in London for the greater part of her life She worked as a librarian managed a campaign headquarters was a receptionist, secretary, and den mother to a firm of commercial artists and was co editor of a machine knitting magazine, despite the fact that she can t knit, even with two needles A long sojourn
- 192 pages
- The Multiple Cat
- Marian Babson
- 24 January 2018 Marian Babson