- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: St. Martin's Press (October 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0312955804
- ISBN-13: 978-0312955809
- Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 0.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,274,797 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Nine Lives to Murder Paperback – October, 2002
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From Publishers Weekly
Babson offers a witty tale about a Shakespearean actor who, after being mysteriously pushed off a stage ladder onto the theater's cat, must solve the crime while in the body of his feline friend.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From School Library Journal
YA-A novel with humorous dialogue and a creative plot. Winstanley Fortescue, an eminent Shakespearean actor, and Monty, the resident theater cat, exchange souls in the violent collision resulting from an attempt on Win's life. Now in the cat's body, the man must learn to purr, use the litter box, and eavesdrop as he pulls together clues to learn the identity of the would-be killer. A wide, but realistic assortment of theater personages form the novel's cast of characters. Babson's knowledge of cats is evident in Monty and Win's thoughts and actions. Both of them retain some of their original instincts but must learn to cope with new limitations. The cover is eyecatching: an orange cat dressed in Shakespearean costume. However, Monty is described as being black and white! A delightful diversion by a clever author.
Claudia Moore, W.T. Woodson High School, Fairfax, VA
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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Don't peek ahead, but my favorite lines in the book come at the very end. Oh, go ahead and peek, if you want to, but you won't get the humor of the ending at all without reading certain parts of the main story!
By the way, I wish that in the section of these reviews that asks us to describe the mood, the choice "funny" had been included.
When a popular ladies man and stage actor unexpectedly falls from a ladder during a rehearsal, he lands on the theater's cat, only to find that for some inexplicable reason they switched bodies. Yes, Winstanley Fortesque now finds himself in the body of Montmorency D. Mousa. So, while our thespian's body is recovering, Monty is out and about, discovering that what happened was no accident.
This is a well-written farce that cat lovers will enjoy, as will those who enjoy mysteries. I did not expect that I would enjoy this book so much. It is simply a fun, lighthearted read.
Am I not listening to a murder mystery?
But as I continue listening I’m surprised I enjoy it so much I don’t want to stop.
Winstanley Fortescue, a leading British Shakespearean actor, finds himself in the body of Montmorency D. Mousa (aka Monty), the company cat, the resident pest-control officer!
As a cat, when he has “to go”, for once in his life, he doesn’t want an audience!
Win is very irritated that all these women cry on him, wetting his fir. Can’t they use handkerchiefs!
He has to fight Monty’s instinct to eat a mouse after catching one! I have to fight my own temptation to cheat and listen to how this book ends.
Then there is this delicate and sensitive question about the intimacy between male and female…. of cats and humans! Female cats are so tempting. How about Monty in Win’s body when he is with Win’s wife?
Steven Crossley, the narrator, gives a wonderful performance! He is great! He gives each character their personality. He makes this book so much fun.
Five stars to the narrator! Five stars to the author!