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The Diamond Cat Mass Market Paperback – June 15, 1996

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Poor Bettina Bilby. Ever since her father's death, she's been living with her hectoring mother, without even a cat of her own to cheer her dreary life. And now a freak storm promises to ruin her long bank holiday weekend, trapping her inside, where she's at the mercy of a leaking roof and Mother Bilby's continuous carping-especially about Bettina's lack of sense in agreeing to take in four boarders for the weekend. The boarders are cats, of course-what would a Babson tale be without them?-and a lovely lot they are: irascible Adolf; pampered Bluebell; depressed Pasha; and Enza, so named because her owner opened the window one day and, well, in flew Enza. Then, in the midst of the storm, a carrier pigeon dies in the backyard, leaving Bettina to deal with its cargo of diamonds as well as with a steady stream of shifty strangers who, under transparent pretenses, try to gain access to the Bilby home. In her latest comic tale, Babson (Nine Lives to Murder) mixes high-tech theft, high-flying ransom and a denouement that finds Bettina savoring a sudden but welcome freedom. The Diamond Cat is a jewel.
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"Marian Babson's name on a mystery is a guarantee of quality writing wrapped around an unusual crime."--Houston Chronicle

"Babson's latest exceptional plot will please cat fanciers, humorists, and mystery lovers...The fun continues."--Library Journal
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 217 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks; First Edition Thus edition (June 15, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312956606
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312956608
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.6 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #395,680 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
A glittering object drops to the floor.
What's a hungry cat to do? Swallow it
of course. That is part of the premise of
THE DIAMOND CAT by Marian
Babson.

When a major storm hits a London
suburb, a carrier pigeon is the victim.
Needless to say, the four felines being boarded
by a downtrodden spinster and her
demanding mother are more than
mildly interested. The bird is carrying
a fortune in diamonds, mysterious begin to
strangers haunt the neighborhood, and
two murders ensue.

This fast-paced book by American
expatriot Babson will delight
readers of traditional British mysteries
and cat lovers alike.
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No matter how much you may happen to have an aversion to either mysteries and/or cats, one can't help but laugh out loud when the person telling the story is Ms. Babson.
This particular murder mystery is done just as straight-forwarded and written with the dry humor we've come to expect.
No one gives a more accurate picture of the English countryside and the people who live there than Marian Babson: her characters are well defined but she never gets wordy or preachy about it. It is the same with the deaths that take place in her novels: no gruesome details, just facts and good reading.
Do yourself a big favor and pick up this, or any of Ms. Babson's novels: you won't regret it.
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This is one of the most enjoyable of Babson's books that I have read so far, with some good humorous passages involving crotchety old mothers, some surprises in the plot, and a satisfying ending (as always in Babson's books, I presume).
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a constant rainy weekend, a mother who is cantankerous & miserable, 5 cats and a dead carrier pigeon carrying diamonds...what is a girl to do? Now odd things are happening in the neighborhood. Read the rest to find out what happened.
The story starts out a bit slow and picks up a bit, but a good read.
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