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Tourists are for Trapping (A Perkins & Tate Mystery #3)

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Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey...And Ye Olde Homicide

Larkin's Luxury Tours number 79 is a traveler's nightmare. The problems had started in Zurich, Switzerland when one of the group died under mysterious circumstances. Now the remaining tour members have landed in London, tight-lipped, fearful, and ready to ask for their money back. It's up to Doug Perkins, of the
Paperback, 208 pages
Published July 13th 2003 by Minotaur Books (first published 1989)
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Kat Lebo
Dec 23, 2014 Kat Lebo rated it really liked it
Tourists are for Trapping
By Marian Babson

Babson is a very well established writer of cozy style mysteries. This book is one of four that include the characters Doug Perkins, Gerry Tate (Perkins & Tate p.r. firm), their secretary, Penny, and their cat, Pandora. Her early works seem to be pretty straight forward cozies, but her latter works are bear the word cat somewhere in the title. Of course, that makes me happy. She is an engaging writer, from an era when editing and proofing were conside
Nov 16, 2015 Felicia rated it it was ok
"Anywhere, anytime, you can always get a bunch of Americans going with the old college songs. I sometimes think they could stop a barroom brawl in mid-fight. They can rarely resist a singsong." That's because we Americans are just a bunch of dumb oafs who talk a lot - at least according to the narrator. There's quite a bit of American bashing in this book, which seems a little odd in a cozy mystery. Odder still is that while the author has lived in England most of her life, she was born in ...more
Laura Rodd
Apr 14, 2012 Laura Rodd rated it did not like it
This book was inoffensive. That is the best characteristic that can be assigned to it. The reader learned very little about British culture
(contemporary or otherwise), there seemed to be an ongoing attack on Americans in the form of truly outmoded stereotypes of behavior that
is so 1980's. Every American represented in this book suffered from anger management issues, the uncontrollable urge to blurt their most personal stories to complete strangers, be heavy drinkers, greedy, and lacking in humo
Nov 07, 2009 Susan rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-england
Public relations firm Perkins and Tate--all right, that means Doug Perkins and his often-absent partner Gerry Tate--get a call from their client, Larkin's Luxury Tours. A woman has died in Switzerland, and the rest of the tour group is arriving in London several weeks early. Doug is needed to help amuse the group. But Doug has never seen Americans like these--they seem to want to stay together, but they clearly don't like or trust each other. When he learns that the dead woman was murdered, and ...more
May 06, 2008 Monica rated it it was amazing
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.
Dec 13, 2008 Angela rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: cat lovers and mystery lovers
good and funny. Tour guiding sounds like a hard job. This was an interesting short mystery. Fun to read.
Jenny Schwartz
Apr 05, 2010 Jenny Schwartz rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Not the best Babson mystery, but if you've enjoyed the Tate and Perkins Ad Agency series, you won't want to miss it.
Jan 23, 2010 Lynn added it
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Every time I read a Marian Babson book, I remember why I enjoy her books so much. This was no different... the plot turns kept me interested until the surprising ending.
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Marian Babson, a pseudonym for Ruth Stenstreem, was born in Salem, Massachusetts, but has lived in London for the greater part of her life.

She has worked as a librarian; managed a campaign headquarters; been 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 lon
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