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All seems well in the city on Pinchester, but trouble is brewing at the Varmint Theater. Before he knows it, Hermux is hired not only to investigate a mysterious blackmailer, but to design the set for an upcoming show. As Hermux enters the dizzying world of the theater he finds himself in a whirlwind of distractions—among them an accidental foray into reality theater; trying to fight off sexy film director Brinx Lotelle's shameless interest in Hermux's girlfriend Linka; coping with cosmetic queen Tucka Mertslin's...
All seems well in the city on Pinchester, but trouble is brewing at the Varmint Theater. Before he knows it, Hermux is hired not only to investigate a mysterious blackmailer, but to design the set for an upcoming show. As Hermux enters the dizzying world of the theater he finds himself in a whirlwind of distractions—among them an accidental foray into reality theater; trying to fight off sexy film director Brinx Lotelle's shameless interest in Hermux's girlfriend Linka; coping with cosmetic queen Tucka Mertslin's latest takeover schemes; and learning the mysterious ways of the eccentric theater people. Before long, Hermux is receiving threatening messages, and life at the theater is getting more and more dangerous. It's up to Hermux to save the day, save the theater, protect his new friends and get the girl—a lot for one mouse to handle even with a surprisingly talented pet ladybug in tow!
Selected Audiobooks for Young Adults (American Library Association)
Best in Kids Audio (AudioFile)
Audiobooks Too Good to Miss (Capitol Choices)
|1.||Bells Are Ringing||1|
|2.||Don't Fence Me In!||4|
|5.||Memories Are Made of This||19|
|6.||The Return of the Wanderer||25|
|7.||The End of the Road||27|
|9.||Bright Lights, Small City||32|
|10.||Birds of a Feather||36|
|11.||Meet the Neighbors||40|
|13.||All That Glitters||48|
|16.||Three's a Crowd||59|
|20.||Witness for the Persecution||73|
|22.||The Odd Couple||82|
|24.||Sudden Change in Plans||88|
|25.||Food for Thought||94|
|32.||The Set Shop Boys||122|
|34.||From the Terrace||129|
|35.||What's in a Name?||132|
|36.||La Vida Loca||138|
|37.||A Kiss Is Just a Kiss||141|
|38.||Polly Wants a Cracker||144|
|41.||Apply Pressure Here||157|
|42.||Trouble in Paradise||162|
|43.||Remembrance of Things Past||165|
|45.||The Burden of Proof||173|
|46.||In the Spotlight||176|
|51.||The Show Must Go On||191|
|54.||Dressed to Kill||199|
|55.||Open and Shut Case||201|
|58.||The Thrill Is Gone||211|
|59.||Get Ready! Get Set!||213|
|60.||Fools Rush In||219|
|61.||In the Groove||224|
|64.||A Tangled Web||231|
|69.||Behind Closed Doors||249|
|71.||Tucka Gets the Message||255|
|72.||Missing in Action||260|
|73.||Hook, Line, and Sinker||263|
|74.||All Wrapped Up||271|
|75.||The Call of the Wild||276|
You introduce several new characters who work at Varmint Variety Theater in Pinchester. Who is your favorite?
MH: Characters are like children. It's difficult to have a favorite. And it can cause problems to announce who the favorite is...particularly among the others. But, if I had to say, and I suppose I do, and if you promise not to tell Fluster Varmint or Corpius Crouce that I said this, I think my favorite new character was Termind the Parrot. I mean is. I get confused sometimes.
Will we see them again in another adventure?
MH: For Termind, unfortunately, the chances are not good.
Now that Hermux has purchased a Port-a-Pet for Terfle, will she be helping Hermux solve more mysteries?
MH: Please don't mention this to Hermux yet, but Terfle has big plans. She liked the detective business a lot. But she liked theater even more. She is working on a little act herself right now. And if we can get the technical difficulties solved with the microphone and amplifier, who knows? She's got a dream. I found a travel brochure for Las Vegas in her cage last night.
Why do the fabulously wealthy Tucka Mertslin and the modest watchmaker Hermux live in the same apartment building?
MH: Have you ever heard of Rent Control? Hermux's family has been in the building for three generations. If Tucka knew just how little he was paying for his apartment, she wouldn't hesitate to take out a contract on his insignificant little life. In fact, she might do that anyway, just to upgrade the neighborhood.
You visit classrooms and bookstores nationwide. What is the most popular question people ask you?
MH: "Are Hermux and Linka going to get married?"
What's the most unusual question you were asked by a child?
MH: "Can you swim?"
Now that Hermux has a bustling side-career as a detective, will he ever find time to fix all the watches at his shop?
MH: I assure you that there will be no lapses in service. And Hermux will not be outsourcing his repairs!
Posted November 7, 2011
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