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The company of cats
Babson, Marian.
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Hampton Falls, N.H. : Beeler Large Print, [1999]

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216 pages ; 25 cm.
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A millionaire's pet tabby is the only witness to his catty murder. . . When 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 chops. Arbuthnot'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. . .

Author Notes

Marian Babson Author Marian Babson was born in Salem, Massachusetts but spent the better part of her life living in London, England. Marian Babson a pseudonym for Ruth Stenstreem. Babson has held many jobs that included a librarian, manager of a campaign headquarters, a receptionist/secretary to commercial artists, and a co-editor of a machine-knitting magazine. She also served as secretary to the Crime Writers' Association.

Some of Babson's many titles include "The Multiple Cat" (1999), , "Miss Petunia's Last Case" (1997), "Fatal Fortune" (1987), "Death Beside the Seaside" (1982), "Murder, Murder, Little Star" (1977) and "There Must Be Some Mistake" (1975), Retreat from Murder, (2004), Only the Cat Knows, (2005) and No Cooperation from the Cat, (2012).

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Whereas Lydia Adamson's cat-titled novels (see above) have definite appeal beyond cat-crazy readers, Babson's cat capers are best recommended to feline fans only. In the case of this tale of murder and mistaken identity set in London, the cats are the most entertaining part of the story, while the mystery itself is relatively flat. Annabel Hinchby-Smythe, who feeds gossip tidbits to a tabloid, agrees to redecorate billionaire Arthur Arbuthnot's flat. When he is murdered, his faithful feline companion, Sally, suddenly is in danger. Annabel kidnaps Sally to protect her, and the fun begins. Readers who love cats will enjoy the Annabel/Sally relationship but will certainly hate Arbuthnot's family and employees, most of whom want to kill Sally. On that score Babson loses, as the very audience who will like this book must, by rights, hate the supporting characters, would-be cat killers all. Her portrayal of the kindhearted, martini-swigging Annabel is a winner, however, as are the descriptions of various feline characters. --Jenny McLarin

Publisher's Weekly Review

Annabel Hinchly-Smythe, who makes a living selling hot items to gossip columns, is worrying about money during a particularly dry social season when a chance encounter with wealthy computer magnate Arthur Arbuthnot leads to the promise of a lucrative job. Arbuthnot, mistaking Annabel's profession, wants her to redecorate his dreary flat, and Annabel, though more accustomed to collecting tidbits of scandal than swatches of fabric, decides to give it a go. Meeting the ghastly assortment of staff and family surrounding Arbuthnot, Annabel observes that only the tycoon's cat, Sally, seems genuinely fond of him. When Arbuthnot meets an apparently accidental death, it looks as if Annabel will have to go back to the columns. But then the tycoon's officious secretary attempts to lure Sally to her death, and Annabel sneaks the feline safely off the premises and is drawn into dastardly doings. After Arbuthnot's will truly puts the pigeon among the cats‘by naming Sally as his chief heir‘Annabel must sniff out the truth behind his death in order to keep Sally from using up her nine lives. The humor is playful rather than clawed in this slinky feline extravaganza from veteran author Babson (Canapés for the Kitties, etc.). (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved