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Cat and Mouse

(Women of Courage #1)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  290 ratings  ·  45 reviews
Set in London and Ulster in 1914, Cat and Mouse is the gripping story of two sisters fighting for their ideals in the turbulent months before the outbreak of war.

When Sarah Becket, a militant suffragette determined to help free Mrs Pankhurst from prison, discovers that her own husband, a respected Liberal MP, is involved in a scandalous prostitution racket, she is devastat
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Charles Patmore
Dec 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Many surprises unfold in the plot of this book. So much so that it’s best to hold back from summarising, lest surprises for readers be spoiled.

Suffice it to say that this book contains a remarkable number of separate plots, that the author orchestrates their parallel progress with much skill, and that these plots converge in an extraordinary finale. The latter is tense, protracted, well-narrated and as horrifying and memorable as the climax of De Niro's `Taxi Driver' - though much more thought-p
Oct 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing

This is a well written and researched epic drama with great historical merit wrapped around a fascinating web of characters and interwoven diverse plot lines. Vicary shows real skill; effortlessly transporting you back in time to the pre WWI period.

The book is set in both London and Northern Ireland and focuses on two sisters; one an active suffragette campaigner and the other a campaigner against poverty. For different reasons they find themselves in loveless marriages and as the story unfolds
Beth McGee
Jan 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Complex and intriguing!

Wonderful book! I loved the way the characters interacted and how they had such individual lives they melded together to tell a complex, riveting story. The characters were all very interesting people who came from different backgrounds. Their choices drastically affected the lives of those around them. While the book was about the fight for women's rights, it was so much more! It spoke of sisterly love and of motherly love and of the strength gained from that love. It als
gerri boyle
Feb 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ten stars

If I could I would give this book ten stars instead of five. Having read all the Sarah Newby books by this author I decided to try this historical novel which also featured a Sarah. I was not disappointed. The novel is so well-written with characters who steal your heart. The descriptions of prison life for suffragettes is stomach-turning but you can't turn away from them. If you, too, have finished the Newby series and you want more, try this novel. Both Sarahs are strong-willed women
3.5 Rating

What made me give this novel less than 4 or 5 is that I did not like Deborah or her husband Charles. I found the scenes with ??? in the prison very compelling and her decision not to eat and submitting to being force fed.

Deborah is the kind of woman who drives me crazy. She floats along in her world and finds out that she doesn't like her life. Why did she marry Charles in the first place? Couldn't she tell he was an asshole before she married him? What also surprised me is that she d
Feb 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Get ready for a roller coaster ride of a book!! Do not be deceived by the beginning which kind of plods along very slowly; this is just setting the stage for a whirlwind tale.
The two sisters could not seemingly be more apart. Deborah living in a beautiful setting in Ireland with husband and child and Sarah living in London with her eminent political husband with no children (3 miscarriages). But when Sarah finds out something so despicable of her husband that she is drawn to do something outland
Dec 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mouse trumps Cat

I received this from the author. From the beginning I felt like I was right next to the characters. Two sisters who each believe the other has a better marriage carry the story. Sarah, a suffragette, and Deborah, a wealthy lady of leisure. Possible war between England and Ireland form the backdrop. Thrown in the mix are spies, a murderer, one husband a closeted homosexual, and the other husband keeps scheduled appointments with prostitutes. This is historical fiction, mystery, an
Pat Louks
May 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Twists and Turns

This was a story filled with intrigue and suspense about two wealthy sisters, one living in the city and one in the country. It takes place in England during the time women were protesting to be allowed to vote, and the start of unrest politically over " home rule" legislation in Ireland. Thus there is an historical basis, but tells more the story of civilians and their lives during these times. I had a hard time putting this book down before the end, and was not let down by the
Rhonda Hicks
May 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a new author for me and I was intrigued when I read the teaser to be honest. Two sisters, each thinking the grass is greener on the other side until they begin looking closer at the details. An deep and intense story that speaks to varying levels of love; love between sisters, between husband and wife, illicit lovers, homosexual lovers, love of a parent to a child and vice versa, and love of country and mankind in general. Truly an story with characters that will suck you into the story ...more
Apr 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While the characters are fictional, the author drew upon the real life stories of suffragettes in England in the early 20th century, and wove that in with a story of the Ulster refusal to accept Irish Home Rule in neighboring Ireland. What the suffragettes had to suffer is horrifying, of course, but the most exciting part of the novel is at the end when the young son of an Ulsterman is kidnapped and the efforts his mother and aunt made to rescue him. I flew through that part!
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've not read much about the suffragette movement in the US and nothing at all about its existence in England or Ireland. This book was a wonderful eye opener to women's struggles for equality in the mid 1900's. Very well written and captivating, this story follows two sister's different battles for independence and love. Highly recommend!
Mar 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a very enjoyable book with realistic characters. The story is set in Ireland and London in 1914 and seems to give accurate historical detail with regard to the Suffragette movement and the politics leading up to World War I. We also learn about the lives of the "upper crust" of society, and in many ways this book is an eye-opener. I would recommend it.
Ann McManus
Mar 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Excellent story, well told.

Deborah and Sarah are sisters, each with a troubled marriage. Sarah's life disappointment leads her to a criminal act and a dangerous imprisonment. Deborah is less militant, but equally troubled.

An interesting look into pre-WWI England and Ireland from the point of view of two women.

Votes for women!
Dec 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good historic with a few twists

The story had good pace and the shifting perspectives of the narrative being told from the different characters points of view kept the interest and intrigue going . Made it quite tense towards the end . A little predictable in some places, but still engaging and exciting to read.
Jul 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A well written historical novel set in the turbulent times of 1914. It intertwines the suffragette movement, the Ulster Volunteer Force and a plot from Germany through the lives of two sisters and their families. Steady paced and brings out the issues of the times both for women's rights and political views. It would appeal to fans of historical novels.
Mrs Susan J Bociek
A compelling read

Especially now, around the centenary of the Suffragette movement, I was mesmerised and horrified at the same time. What efforts were made by the women of the day. The setting, against the fermenting 'troubles' in Ireland makes this an unptdownable book.
Karyl Carlson
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Exciting and informative

I reads this book with great interest. It tied in well with issues I have been thinking about lately-- the rights and responsibilities of women and what it means to give your life to a cause.
Mar 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great Book

I really enjoyed this book from beginning to end. It was a great historical lesson and the characters were compelling. I always give great kudos to these historical fiction writers for all their research and hard work .
Maree Horner
Mar 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime-fiction
Great read with strong female characters from a male writer who has deep insights into female psychology and issues. In the 'me too' generation a good book to gain some historical perspective. Definitely full of surprises. Historical crime fiction.
Jun 05, 2018 marked it as can-t-finish-it  ·  review of another edition
The topics are gritty & worthy of attention. I’m sure that this has been well researched and factually accurate. However, I cannot finish this book. Maybe it is me @ this moment in time. I wanted to like this novel, so maybe I’ll try again another time... ...more
Ruth Saltzman
Mar 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed the characters. Allows reader a deeper understanding of Irish politics, as well as the long sacrifices leading the passage of women's suffrage.
Mar 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good read

I enjoyed the book. I never give much thought to what women had to go through before we were treated as almost equal. Very good story and I could not stop reading.
Daniel Deitch
Mar 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ulster Rising

Suffragette, Secret war and romance a great story with a little history a d homophobia mixed in. I wont spoil the surprise just read it.
Colleen Mendoza
Got the book for free, but it was excellent nevertheless. I would not have been disappointed even if I had paid for it.
gj indieBRAG
Aug 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
We are proud to announce that CAT & MOUSE by Tim Vicary is a B.R.A.G.Medallion Honoree. This tells readers that this book is well worth their time and money! ...more
Joan Clemente
Not exactly a page turner

But I did enjoy it in the end. It was easy to put it down and come back to it sometime later.
My crazy book
Nov 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It is a very interesting and fun book.
Vicki Duersch
May 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very enjoyable and exciting.
Mar 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
Lots of interesting ideas but too many of them crammed into one story for this to really work!
Vikki Carmitros
Mar 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Well done. Many characters that lead to other stories and then back to the main story. Secrets, lies, commitment, love
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Tim Vicary is an author and a recently retired university teacher from the university of York, England. His legal thrillers about a tough British barrister, Sarah Newby, have been compared to the works of John Grisham and Scott Turow. The second book in the series, A Fatal Verdict, was awarded a B.R.A.G Medallion for an outstanding independent novel, and the third book, Bold Counsel, was awarded t ...more

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