A Cat on Stage Left (An Alice Nestleton Mystery)

A Cat on Stage Left (An Alice Nestleton Mystery)

by Lydia Adamson
     
 

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Actress, catsitter and amateur sleuth Alice Nestleton finds her summer doldrums melting away like ice cubes on a sidewalk with a shocking murder that happens right on her doorstep. The victim? Mary Singer, the very woman who hired Alice to catsit. The murderer? The chauffeur of Mary’s Rolls Royce, who shoots his employer before Alice’s unbelieving eyes. But when…  See more details below

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Actress, catsitter and amateur sleuth Alice Nestleton finds her summer doldrums melting away like ice cubes on a sidewalk with a shocking murder that happens right on her doorstep. The victim? Mary Singer, the very woman who hired Alice to catsit. The murderer? The chauffeur of Mary’s Rolls Royce, who shoots his employer before Alice’s unbelieving eyes. But when Alice opens the cat carrier to check on the now orphaned feline, all she finds is an odd toy cat on wheels. Now why would anyone pay $2,500 for someone to watch a stuffed animal? With Pancho and Bushy, her new friend Sam Tully, and a Bengal cat in tow, Alice has a lot of ground to cover to trap a clever killer.

This is the third hardcover in this successful series
Includes 12 line drawings of cats, an extra treat for cat lovers
Scheduled to coincide with Signet publication of A Cat on a Beach Blanket

Editorial Reviews

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A Cat on Stage Left by Lydia Adamson features catsitter/actress/accidental detective Alice Nestleton in her 16th adventure. Mary Singer offers Alice a large sum of money to watch her cat. When Mary attempts to deliver the animal, her chauffeur shoots her before Alice's horrified eyes. After a grueling session at the police station, Alice returns home to discover that her charge is a stuffed cat. Alice looks for an old acquaintance who supposedly recommended her to the victim and stumbles across a bizarre plot involving several of her old acting buddies and many unwary women.

—Sue Reider

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Dieting can be murder, as Adamson (A Cat on Jingle Bell Rock, 1997) deftly demonstrates. When Mary Singer begs sometime actress, professional cat-sitter and amateur sleuth Alice Nestleton to board her cat, Alice agrees; the $2500 she's offered for four days of cat care is too good to pass up. But cat-sitting takes a backseat to murder when Mary's Bentley pulls up and her chauffeur calmly shoots her and drives away, leaving Alice with only a large, toy cat with button eyes and wheels for feet. Alice is skeptical when the dead woman's neighbor, Sam Tully, a retired crime fiction writer, suggests that Mary really wanted to hire Alice for her sleuthing skills, but when too many names from her own past seem connected with the dead woman she teams up with Tully. The two gumshoes follow the trail through a steamy New York summer to a shady diet doctor Mary once consulted, to long-forgotten actors and a director from Alice's days in drama school, to a butcher store where Mary transacted large amounts of business, and to a very hostile carpenter. The denouement may be a tad bizarre, but this feisty little mystery has pace and character enough to roll right over such small bumps. (May)
School Library Journal
YA-Alice, part-time actress, amateur sleuth, and professional cat sitter, has a wealthy new client, Mary. However, Alice gets two significant surprises: Mary is murdered as she turns over Dante, who turns out to be a stuffed cat, to Alice for safekeeping. With the help of Sam, Mary's derelict friend, Alice pieces together each clue to figure out who killed the woman and why. An easy-to-follow plot is presented with humor and lots of dialogue. Alice's dry wit and spirited personality should please teens searching for a quick read.-Claudia Moore, W. T. Woodson High School, Fairfax, VA
Kirkus Reviews
Why would retired accountant Mary Singer offer occasional actress Alice Nestleton $2,500 to board her cat Dante for four days—especially when Dante is nothing but a stuffed toy? It's no use asking Mary, because as she climbs out of a chauffeured Bentley to deliver the button-eyed client to the old warehouse Alice shares with her own two cats, she's shot dead by the liveried chauffeur. If that sounds too bizarre to be believed, it's all on tape, since a passing Canadian tourist, who turns out to be an old colleague and friend of the actor who recommended Alice to Mary, has videotaped the whole murder. No writer could keep up this level of invention for long, of course, and prim Adamson (A Cat on Jingle Bell Rock, 1997, etc.) has soon settled into a soothingly familiar round of quirky caricatures—from Joseph Grablewski, Alice's old acting teacher, who's now on the wagon but not in the clear, to Sam Tully, Mary's neighbor, the hard-boiled writer whose last volume was the well-received Only the Dead Wear Socks. There'll be revelations about the unsuspected past of Alice's old friend Nora Karroll that would rock a more volatile series, but here they cause scarcely a ripple en route to the climactic revelation of what might be called the Jerzy Grotowski diet. In fact, the biggest disappointment for fans of the series (now in its 16th installment) will be the fact that the feline lead is stuffed.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451197344
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/01/1999
Series:
Alice Nestleton Series, #16
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
4.18(w) x 6.72(h) x 0.60(d)

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