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Royal Cat (A "Big Mike" Mystery) Mass Market Paperback – April 1, 1996

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Abyssinian alley cat Mycroft-aka Big Mike-returns for his second adventure (after Desert Cat) among the wacky denizens of Empty Creek, Ariz. The townspeople have turned out for the Empty Creek Authentic Elizabethan Spring Faire, but mischief turns foul when the queen is murdered. Mystery-bookstore owner Penelope Warren, the hastily chosen new queen, snoops around when she isn't sending shrews and bawds to the pillory or kissing Sir Walter Raleigh, while her feline companion, Mike, newly appointed royal cat, wears an Elizabethan collar and cloak and spends his days dreaming of lima beans and thinking. Mike points his claw at the murderer just before Penelope is taken captive and sentenced to be beheaded. The rousing finale-featuring a ragtag band of revolting peasants-and the antics of the exceptionally ribald cast more than make up for the occasional plot lapse. Royal Cat is lusty good fun.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington (June 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1575660458
  • ISBN-13: 978-1575660455
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 4.5 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #572,024 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 1, 2007
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
My favorite Big Mike and Penelope Warren mystery. As Penelope, Big Mike's mistress and honorary member of Empty Creek's police force, is crowned Elizabeth Regina after the death of the first Elizabeth, the detecting, loving and hilarity begins. Penelope is stumped on this case but after the second murder she begins to put the pieces in place; Marlowe who hates Shakespeare, secret notes taped to her door and then Big Mike's discovery of the poison! Got it? Well, if you don't, read it; it's a light joyeous romp and loaded with laughs, and oh yeh, with some mystery tucked in!
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
The first book in this series, "Desert Cat", was more a study in the wacky cast of characters rather than a mystery. While I enjoyed it I was hoping that Allen was using it to acquaint us with his recurring characters and other books would be more about the mystery and advance the lives of his main cast.

Alas and alack, this was not the case. We have a likeable group of eccentric residents of Empty Creek AZ and some good visiting characters, but very little story and almost no mystery. We don't find out anything new about the main characters and there is very little action. The main theme is equating women's breasts to produce and finding a sexual partner. It's not raunchy but it really isn't interesting either.

While I like the characters, I'm not much for romance stores and that is basically what these first two books are. I will try one more of the series, but if it is just another foray into romance rather than murder I will probably give up on the series.
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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 7, 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Good Plot. Good Story. Keeps you reading. However, there is a lot of sex talk in which the characters keep on and on and on about certain female parts of the body. The main person in the stories ( first book and this one) is a female. If there is to be constant chatter about sex parts is should be about male sex parts. Since I have not yet read the rest of the series I do not know if this will continue. The cat is great but again keeps on making kittens in a world where there are too many being born for the demand. Anyone who has had to find homes for them knows this. The story keeps moving along and holds your interest but after a while the sex chatter can get a little boring and you want to move on to more story. If author must keep up this line at least let it be about the male body parts as fits the female tone of the book .
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Format: Hardcover
Today is my son's 5th anniversary. He got married at a Ren Faire...so I really hated losing this book. Big Mike at a Ren Faire was my favorite among the series. Thanks for restocking my favorite's shelf after the fire on April st of this year cost the original.
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By Amazon Customer on July 25, 2013
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
Love the cat mystery genre, and love this series.When trying to collect a series, one has to look for good deals. This was a great deal, and everything was exactly as promised.
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