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Murder at the Cat Show

(A Perkins & Tate Mystery #2)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  307 ratings  ·  34 reviews
Catty Murder

Doug Perkins doesn't dislike cats-he just isn't especially interested in them. But the struggling young London public relations firm of Perkins and Tate can't afford to be choosy about the jobs they take. So when Doug is asked to do the PR for a glorified feline extravaganza called "Cats Through the Ages," he doesn't hesitate. But it isn't long before he wishes
Paperback, 192 pages
Published June 16th 2003 by Minotaur Books (first published 1989)
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Just had to reread this when I saw it has finally been reissued in ebook. As delightful as the first time read and each other time. Even though this being a cozy the murder mystery is very thin, the setting and characters make up for it. My favorite is all the cat personalities, from beautiful empty headed star to tough guy Tom, and the whole cat show scene.
Stef Rozitis
An unpretentious and genuinely fun whodunnit (except you sort of know who it was all along and just go along for the ride). The cat psychology was better than most animals-solve-crimes books. In this one cats care about attention and treats and leave other nuances to humans. The characters are fairly straight forward and the reader's sympathies duly elicited.

Some annoying gender stuff but kept light enough that it might have been irony. I'm open to reading more of these and I enjoyed every fur-c
Ryan Hoffman
Mar 19, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Murder at the Cat Show is an exceptional cat themed cozy whodunit thaf breaks the formula a bit. The main character, Doug Perkins, runs a PR firm with his friend, Gerry Tate. And end up doing the PR for a cat show/exhibition event. The crowning jewels are a solid gold statue done in the likeness of one one of the exhibitioners cat's, and two live tigers. Of course the organizer of the event is no peach to work with. So when she turns up dead in the tiger cage. No tears are shed. ...more
Lianne Buccigross-Novak
Jul 20, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: abandoned
Abandoned at Chapter 7. The mystery was just starting, and another review says the murder doesn’t happen until Chapter 9. Not the best book to choose if you want a quick on-your-toes mystery. It also gets really confusing with which cat belongs to who and who the characters are. Not very likely to finish.
Aug 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
An enjoyable, quick read. I guessed who-done-it early on, but the characters were amiable enough to keep me reading. It was well-paced, if a bit predictable. I enjoyed how he described the cats' behavior and personalities. ...more
Sue Ellen
May 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was a cat lover's delight. I hadn't read the first book in the series, but I had absolutely no problems figuring out the characters. For once, the main character wasn't trying to do the police's job of solving the crimes. He was simply reporting on the investigation. ...more
Aug 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Much better than the first in the series. Unlike the first installment, where almost no one was likable, in this book, all but the ultimate villain seemed at least slightly endearing. And of course, what's not to like with cats? ...more
Jan 19, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was too much fun. Perkins is a bit of an ass but I am all about stories where Not A Cat guy falls head over heels for a cats. There is a murder mystery! Our main character doesn't solve it, it's kinda like watching the mystery getting solved from a minor suspect's POV. Ridiculous and fun! ...more
A cute little cozy with a jacket that is purrfection!

Library recommendation after I finished The Zig Zag Girl by Elly Griffiths.
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hard to follow while listening on audio, but the narrator Steven Crossley is always entertaining.
John Arden
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Very good. Not so much for the mystery elements, but it is a perfect rendering of how someone becomes interested in cats.
Feb 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Audiobook performed by Steven Crossley
Joy Kieleski
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Aug 30, 2019 rated it liked it
A light read that made me smile .
Feb 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio-book
cute, these books are really cute.
Calvin Preece
Breezy little mystery..

Unfortunately not really to my taste. I prefer police procedural with quick murders. No one is murdered here until the ninth chapter.
This was what is called a cozy mystery and it was cute. The cats added to it.
Linda Taddeo
Amusing cat owner characters and devastating moment when little Burmese mother cat challenges a tiger to defend her kittens. :)
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to E by: Myself
Yvonne Meyer
Feb 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fun animal mystery.

Don't you love it when the main character can be changed by an animal. In this book several special show cats. Their love and loyalty make this a good read.
Dec 31, 2016 rated it did not like it
This book is terrible, but it's the kind of terrible that's all in good fun. The dialogue is hilarious, the setting for the crime is equally silly, and of course the ending is no surprise to anyone at all. I picked this book out of a free book bin in front of my local bookstore and I've been saving it all year to serve as the capstone for my 2016 reading challenge. Worth it!...but only because I got it for free. ...more
Allyson Dyar
Mar 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'd read a previous mystery by Marian Babson and enjoyed it very much. I found this ebook on sale and since I was familiar with her work, I glommed on to it.

I wasn't disappointed especially since I love cats.

The mystery takes place at a cat show were the protagonists are the PR firm hired to publicize the event. As anyone who has a cat or two knows, cats are their own people and I can't imagine having that many cats under one roof. Granted, most of them are used to this kind of life, but still,
Nov 03, 2011 rated it it was ok
I'm not sure about this book. I liked a lot of the supporting characters; I may have liked the protagonist, but I just don't know much about him (so I may go read the first in this series, but only if my library has it); I didn't care too much about the mystery, but I did like the little unrelated reveal near the end; I have no idea what a PR person does, but it sure doesn't seem like much in this book, so maybe the occupation is a good excuse for the author to have a protagonist who gets to wan ...more
Aug 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-england
What could be cozier than a convention hall full of cats? PR man Doug Perkins and his partner are hired to promote the cat exposition. Doug can take cats or let them alone, until he falls for a beautiful little Siamese named Pandora. Unfortunately, her owner, the organizer of the event, is murdered (a bit gruesomely for a cozy), and there is no shortage of suspects. The police even think that Doug may be suspicious because of his interest in Pandora!
May 06, 2008 rated it really liked it
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. ...more
Pat Beard
Dec 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was such a fun read. If you are a cat lover (I am!) you will like it just as much. I loved the protagonist and his development through the book. The other characters, including the personalities of the cats, were well done (and cats do have distinct personalities). The plot was satisfying too.
Laura Poppenwimer
Feb 20, 2020 rated it liked it
An OK mystery novel, my love of cats kept me interested in an otherwise bland plot. The was very light reading and only took a couple of hours to finish. Kind of like cotton candy, sweet at first but gone quickly.
Nov 16, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Really excellent mystery with the Perkins and Tate people. Finally the cat is acquired! Good cat shoe setting and details and a good mystery even though one cat dies.:(
Mar 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cats
so many cat authors
Aug 11, 2009 rated it liked it
a London public relations partner must promote a cat show. a golden cat is stolen and a woman is murdered. Light mystery, nice writing
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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.

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