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Time Stops for No Mouse (The Hermux Tantamoq Adventures #1)

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If you and your child like mysteries, here's one that will take you on a roller-coaster ride in a race against time to save a mad doctor from wreaking havoc on his town, and perhaps the world. Did we mention that the hero is a mouse, and the mad doctor is a rat?

Welcome to the tiny town of Pinchester, where mice, rats, moles, and minks work har

Paperback, 285 pages
Published September 28th 2000 by Terfle Books (first published 1999)
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Ilana Waters
Oh. My. God. Words cannot describe how much I loved this book. Which is kind of pathetic, since I'm a writer. ;-P And for someone who doesn't read mysteries, if you can get me interested in one, you know it's good!

Michael Hoeye's work is an example of world-building at its best. In a realm like-our-own-and-yet-not, his plot is immediately engaging. The adult characters in the book, sly humor, and universal themes (such as "what is real beauty?") will make this a fun read for grown-ups as well as...more
Dit vond ik een erg leuk boek voor kinderen vanaf een jaar of 10. Alle personages zijn dieren, het merendeel muizen, ratten, hamsters en mollen, maar ze gedragen zich net als mensen. De namen zijn heel ingewikkeld, en in het begin vond ik het moeilijk iedereen uit elkaar te houden. Ik hield een lijst bij, met de bedoeling de Engelse namen op te zoeken. Dat deed ik pas aan het eind van het boek, en wat bleek? Ze zijn bijna allemaal min of meer hetzelfde in het Engels. Er was wel één naam waar ik...more
I guess I can't resist another mouse tale. Hermux Tantamoq is a mild-mannered work-a-day mouse who lives a quiet life working in his watch repair shop. Despite his apparent averageness, he has an extraordinary sense of optimism. When an exotic and beautiful aviatrix (you gotta love that word) drops off a mess of a watch, Hermux is smitten. He dutifully repairs her watch in a timely manner (nudge-nudge). But when she neglects to pick up the watch, Hermux begins to worry. He becomes especially sus...more
It's been quite a while since I read this book so I can't really say much about it. I didn't really like it when I read it, though. The main reason why I didn't really like the book much was because I didn't get why the characters had to be mice. This won't seem like a big deal to most people but it seemed to me that the characters could have been humans and everything else would have stayed exactly the same. Well, almost everything else. At one point I decided that the characters could just be...more
Nov 24, 2008 Julie rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Julie by: Alex
It’s difficult to write a positive review about a book that had me thinking about stopping through the entire first half. Most of my dislike focused on the too-cute outlandish names and the too-detailed narratives of the main character’s daily routine. However, about halfway through I got interested in the mystery, and after that it was a quick read. It certainly helped that there was a lot more action so there were fewer painfully slow descriptions of Hermux’s meals and clothing.
Hermux Tantam...more
I quite liked this book. The story is really good, and though at some points it had me a little lost and confused (character names, conversations etc), I always managed to find my way back. The characters are cute, especially the watch-maker. Conspiracy in the beauty industry! It packs quite a few laughs, so I'd recommend this to someone who needs mild amusement.


Reading this months, maybe years later, I've changed my mind. Bit undeserving of the 4 stars I gave it, so I'm giving it 3 instead....more
Jun 05, 2009 Erika rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Someone by the age of 14.
The cover of this book caught my eye from the very first moment I laid my eyes on it. For me the cover is selling as much as the resume on the back. And I did bring this book and the two others in the serie with me home from the library.

It is now three years since I read the book, and I've grown older and wiser since then. Therefore I can only give this book two stars.

The plot was good. And exicting too, but when you consider my age at that point, which was 14, it did really match my way of thi...more
Jennifer A.M.
Sep 26, 2007 Jennifer A.M. rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Young readers and those who enjoy a good clean adventure
Shelves: favorites
This is a fabulous series for young readers. I read them as an adult, but thoroughly enjoyed the humor and the detail put into these books. A great read alound series. The main character is Hermux Tantamoq, a watchmaker, who gets sucked into these fantastic adventures along with his lady mouse love (did I mention he is a mouse) and a plethera of other rodent type creatures. They solve mysteries and crimes and there is always a happy ending. I am looking forward to the next in the series which is...more
In a world not so different from ours, a society made up of rodents and other small mammals thrives. Michael Hoeye adeptly weaves a story of adventure into the otherwise ordinary life of mouse watchmaker Hermux Tantamoq in Time Stops for No Mouse.

Having originally read this novel many years ago, and rereading it several times over the years, including as an adult, this is a novel that can intrigue readers of all ages. With a fast pace and jaw-dropping twists, it easily captures and holds one’s...more
When I was about to grab another school book, not sure whether Jonathan Swift or Shakespeare, I thought to myself "on no, not again". I wanted to read something light, something nice, something designed for children that teases your imagination just a little bit and lets you read few chapters before sleep every night. And I have to sa that "Time Stops for No Mouse" was a great choice.
I have purchased this book when I was about ten years younger than now and loved reading it, however I did not re...more
I can't imagine for whom this chapter book was written. My first impression was The Devil Wears Prada with small mammals. It wasn't until page 73 that the story got interesting. The use of 'linoleum', 'straight razor', 'abacus', 'accordion', and 'propeller plane' allows the writer to place the story in some undefined past time. Perhaps this is to protect it from aging. The use of animals instead of people allows the concept of stereotypes to be applied to multiple species: rats, moles, gophers....more
Mollie Reeder
The Hermux Tantamoq Adventures were my absolute favorite books when they came out, read over and over again (especially Sands of Time, which is hands-down my favorite).

They're a bit odd, an acquired taste perhaps, and maybe not for everyone. The first book may require some patience to get its plot kicked off - but is well worth the investment as it turns into a downright thriller.

The heroes are all animals (the titular character being a mouse) who live in an anthropomorphic rodent world full o...more
Kate Coen
I adored reading about Hermux. The Hermux Tantamoq Adventures were some of the only books that I read to my younger brother that actually held his interest. The writing style is very engaging and the characters are fantastic. While there are definite lessons learned, the books aren't at all 'preachy' or boring. My brother used to get so excited for the next chapter, he would make necklaces with letter beads (his was Hermux, mine was Tucka). I would recommend this book, as well as the rest of the...more
Turned out this book is not very re-readable, so I'm lowering my rating.

Hoeye has come up with an intriquing premise (mice, you say? Of course they're not as boring as we have thought!). Sadly that impression only lasts as long as a few pages from the start, because these characters... are not mice, in much the same way Erin Hunter's animal characters are not cats or dogs.
It's possible that I'm simply setting the bar too high after reading about these rabbity rabbits, but I like these kinds of c...more
Maybe I was predisposed to be a fan of mystery-solving mice after having seen The Great Mouse Detective so many times in my childhood, 'cause this good-hearted, donut-connoisseur watchmaker mouse has been very close to me ever since the eighth grade when I had the wonderful, borderline life-changing fortune of finding this book.

Hermux is a highly endearing ordinary-mouse-turned-successful-detective-hero-mouse. I remember being so delighted with his very sophisticated taste in clothing & food...more
Hermux Tantamoq is an average mouse who runs a watch shop. In the world of Time Stops For No Mouse, all the characters are animals and there are no people. Anyway, his ordinary life suddenly becomes a lot more interesting when a pilot named Linka Perflinger comes into his shop to have a watch fixed. He immediately falls in love with her. Later, a suspicious looking rat comes in and tries to claim the watch. Hermux is soon dragged into a puzzling mystery; a world of intrigue and secrets.

It sounde...more
Hermux is just an ordinary watchmaking mouse who leads an ordinary life, that is, untill the fearless aviatrix Ms. Linka Perflinger visits his shop requesting an emergency rush repair of her wristwatch. When a sharp-tongued rat comes to his shop and to pick up Ms. Perflinger's watch, Hermux knowa something is wrong. As Hermux works to figure out what happened, he gets in way over his head with his detective work and will have fur-raising encounters.

Hermux is one of my favorite book characters be...more
This was a super-interesting book. This one was amazingly thrilling and creepy at the same time. I remember the first time reading it when I was younger, scared the beejeezes out of me =/

This time reading it, it was even better and entertaining. It moves at a nice pace, not too fast, not too slow. It was full of action and mystery. Of course, what's a book without some romance? I thought it was ultra-cute how Hermux falls in love with Linka from the first moment he meets her!

Terfle is so cute! I...more
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Michael Hoye's Hermux Tantamoq was a compelling and unlikely hero, and a delight to follow. the ending was sweet.

The climax felt a little like a parade of loose ends being tied up, but it was so amusing that I didn't mind the neatness of the conclusion. I'm looking forward to reading the next installment.
When I was a kid I read a lot of books about mice. I mean, I was seriously interested in ideas about how mice could live in the world if there were no humans/if they could talk. I think I also really liked tiny things.

This was the best mouse book I read during that period of my life (and I thought a lot of them were great). I probably liked the mystery part of it the best. To tell you the truth I do not remember too much about the plot, but this book is such cherished nostalgia to me (nostalgia...more
I picked up this book because it was an adventure about a mouse. To myself I thought there is no way that this kind of book could go wrong. It took me months to finish (I was reading no other book and I read it often), I just could not get over how absolutely boring it is. One of the other reviews mentioned that it could get boring at times, but keep reading and you'll love it, I did keep reading and found myself prepared to nod off every page I turned. Maybe it doesn't end the way you would exp...more
Apr 19, 2014 Charlotte rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Any older children, particularly who like animals
Recommended to Charlotte by: School book catalogue
This book fell into my possession as a child completely by chance. I had ordered a book from a school catalogue and it was out of stock so as an apology for having to wait, I was sent 'Time Stops for No Mouse' and of all the books I ever ordered from that catalogue, it was by far my favourite. Actually it was my favourite book full stop for quite a few of my childhood years, I was completely engrossed in the life of the little town mouse Hermux Tatamuq (i think thats how his last name is spelt!)...more
Sophia N
May 11, 2010 Sophia N rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Young Children to Young Adults
Shelves: light, all-ages
Time Stops For No Mouse is about Hermux Tantamoq, a watchmaker living in a world where the average citizen is a rodent, insect, or other animal. He leads a fairly plain life with his pet ladybug, Terfle, until he meets Linka P, an adventuress. Together, the trio get involved in a mystery culminating in a battle with cosmetics tycoon Tucka Mertslin and her workers. The resulting story is lighthearted and fun.
I thought that this book was fairly good. I am younger, and I think that the reason that...more
This book was, for the most part, utterly adorable. I read it all in one sitting, though I must admit it was a challenge in some parts. I haven't read anymore of the Hermux Tantamoq Adventures yet, but I plan on it. The characters are mostly very cute and the overall plot was quite easy for me to follow. I loved how Hoeye described their little animal world. He could have probably stuck with the same general storyline and used human characters, but that would be so much less fun. If you're looki...more
Nice light reading, if you like mice as protagonists. Interesting plot, though quite slow-paced. Sometimes it does get a bit boring, but I suppose, being the kids its true target, overall it does an average job.
Hermux comes off as a bit proper initially, but the trait becomes endearing somewhere in pages 30-50, when the mystery picks up. It all starts when an alluring customer drops off a watch for repair at Hermux's shop. She's an aviator/adventuress and emphasizes that her watch must keep perfect time, it could be a matter of life and death. She never returns to pick up her watch. As he begins to wonder about her disappearance, he uncovers a quest to discover the fountain of youth, for mice of course...more
Natasha Ngan
A childhood favourite that is as good as I remember now I'm reading it as an adult. Whimsical, witty, charming and deliciously inventive, and with a great storyline at its heart. Just wonderful!
I've been reading this to Zoe over the past couple of months. And it is the first book I've asked her not to read ahead of me for. It is a quirky mystery with a crazy cast of animals - including the quiet and unadventurous Hermux Tantamoq who leads the investigation (mouse), Tucka Mertslin his crazy neighbour (?), & Dr. Mennus the evil mad scientist (mole) to name just a few. The intricacies of the plot were a bit complicated for Zoe to understand and it is long so I'd recommend this for 10+...more
Aug 16, 2008 Jessica rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Kristen, Cindy
This is one of my favorite books. I've read it, but as I was recently driving to a book making class, I listened to it on tape. I enjoyed it immensely, which is remarkable since I'm not really into mice books. It has a intricate plot that has so many twists and turns. Even though I'd read it before I wanted to stay in my car and finish it up.

Basically it is about a boring mouse watchmaker, Hermux, who gets caught up in a great adventure when someone forgets to pick up thier watch. He reluctantly...more
On the surface the city of Pinchester is much like any other ordinary metropolis inhabited by hard-working mice, rats, minks and moles.

And Hermux Tantamoq is much like any other ordinary, hard-working mouse/watchmaker. But when spunky aviatrix Linka Perflinger walks into his shop, it's obvious that she is anything but ordinary.

After her mysterious disappearance, Hermux sets out to find her. Before long he is entangled in the convoluted schemes of an eccentric cosmetics tycoon, a sinister plasti...more
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Michael Hoeye has worked as a farmer, fashion photographer, stagehand and high-school teacher. He and his wife, Martha, live in a stone cottage in Oregon with their cat, Lionel. They enjoy the company of nine big oak trees, six bigger fir trees, three fat squirrels, a noisy family of woodpeckers and a travelling circus of nuthatches, blue jays, crows, finches and robins.

Michael's first novel for c...more
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