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It's raining in Syracuse. Amateur sleuth Robin Light half-wishes her pet store, Noah's Ark, would just get up and float away - business is that bad. But just when she thinks she's sold her last macaw, two clients come calling. The first one needs protection from a brutish husband; the other needs protection from bats. Although she knows that bats are basically harmless and only some husbands are dangerous, Robin takes the cases. A bad marriage has turned Marsha Pennington from a bubbly blond to an overweight, ...
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Overview

It's raining in Syracuse. Amateur sleuth Robin Light half-wishes her pet store, Noah's Ark, would just get up and float away - business is that bad. But just when she thinks she's sold her last macaw, two clients come calling. The first one needs protection from a brutish husband; the other needs protection from bats. Although she knows that bats are basically harmless and only some husbands are dangerous, Robin takes the cases. A bad marriage has turned Marsha Pennington from a bubbly blond to an overweight, unhappy woman. Her husband Merlin, a bat exterminator, has been systematically draining the life out of her for years. Just out of spite, Merlin is threatening to take away Marsha's pride and joy. She simply can't live without Pooh and Po, her twin Shihtzus. Maybe that's why she's found dead only days after enlisting Robin's help. Who would want to murder a lonely, soft-hearted woman who didn't seem to be a real threat to anyone? A visit to Merlin raises more questions than Robin can answer...and reveals more intimate secrets about the Penningtons than she ever wanted to know. Soon, a startling series of clues and suspects begins materializing right before her eyes. But it isn't until after Robin receives a mysterious invitation to a secluded farm that the solution becomes clear. Only by then, it may be too late: Robin has already been marked for certain extinction by a vicious killer who waits...in plain sight.
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Block's fictionalized Syracuse includes pet store owner Robin Light, whose concern for animals sometimes leads to sleuthing (Twister, Kensington, 1995). This time, former friend Marsha wants Robin's help in fending off her estranged husband, who wants custody of Marsha's beloved dogs. Before Robin can follow through, Marsha winds up dead (and the dogs stuffed). Another friend, meanwhile, would have Robin locate a missing illegal alien. Snappy prose and animal antics accompany a lively plot. For most collections.
Stuart Miller
Robin Light, amateur sleuth and owner of a Syracuse pet store called Noah's Ark, returns in her third adventure. When the body of a woman who had sought Robin's help in digging up dirt on her soon-to-be-divorced husband is found floating in a reservoir, Robin is unwilling to accept the coroner's verdict of suicide and begins her own investigation. In the meantime, the principal of a local high school and husband of one of Robin's best customers, asks Robin to see if she can find a missing high-school girl, an illegal alien. These two cases, plus the matter of a local infestation of bats in her neighborhood, eventually converge in a hair-raising finale that once again involves an animal--this time, a bat. Not to be missed, even if bats give you the creeps.
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Three questions for pet-shop owner Robin Light, the very amateur sleuth whose Syracuse neighbors obviously have no use for the police. First, there's the death of Marsha Pennington, who begged Robin to help her wrestle her beloved Shih Tzus away from her estranged husband Merlin, a spiteful man who's always hated the little beasts. Second, Wellington High principal Gregory Garriques wants Robin to track down missing student Estrella Torres, though he keeps contradicting himself about the reason. Third, sinister M&M Exterminators is duping timorous clients into installing bogus bat repellents. Not enough action for you? After Marsha ends up preceding her darlings to paradise (they're killed afterwards, in a pleasantly macabre scene), leaving Robin with suspicions of murder the cops turn a deaf ear to, gambler Fast Eddie Marino's mother leans on Robin to find the $30,000 Marsha owed Eddie. Indefatigable Robin eventually ties all these cases together, but the joyless dot-to-dot exercise, relying on still another concealed crime and a convenient janitor who keeps revealing endless depths of criminal complicity, manages to be both mind-boggling and routine.

Quite a comedown, then, from last year's bright Twister.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781575661995
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 8/1/1997
  • Series: Robin Light Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.88 (h) x 0.99 (d)

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