No Time Like Show Time

No Time Like Show Time

by Michael Hoeye


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No Time Like Show Time by Michael Hoeye

Trouble is brewing at the Varmint Theater! Before he knows it, watchmaker mouse Hermux Tantamoq finds himself not only hired to track down a mysterious blackmailer, but roped into designing the set for an upcoming show. Hermux is on the case—and busy backstage—but as he enters the chaotic world of the theater he's lost in a whirlwind of distractions: an accidental foray into "reality theater," film director Brinx Lotelle's shameless interest in Hermux's friend Linka, beauty queen Tucka Mertslin's latest shenanigans, mysterious newcomer Corpius Crounce, and a very strange parrot.
When Hermux receives a threatening message, he realizes it's up to him 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!
Rich descriptions and snappy, witty dialogue bring Pinchester to life in this highly-anticipated third installment of Hermux's adventures.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399238802
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
Publication date: 09/02/2004
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)
Lexile: 560L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Michael Hoeye initially self-published the first two books in this series (both Book Sense 76 Top Ten books). The New York Times Book Review said of the first installment, "It's easy to see why [Time Stops for No Mouse] was a cult hit before it attracted the attention of major publishers. It is a terrific adventure—a love story wrapped in a meticulously plotted thriller—with an endearing hero."

Table of Contents

1.Bells Are Ringing1
2.Don't Fence Me In!4
3.Special Delivery8
4.Temper Fugit!13
5.Memories Are Made of This19
6.The Return of the Wanderer25
7.The End of the Road27
8.Vital Attraction29
9.Bright Lights, Small City32
10.Birds of a Feather36
11.Meet the Neighbors40
12.The Can-Can!42
13.All That Glitters48
14.Fan Mail52
15.Smooth Operator57
16.Three's a Crowd59
17.Grand Theft63
18.Faux Paw67
19.Curtain Call69
20.Witness for the Persecution73
21.Lunch Meet76
22.The Odd Couple82
23.Sharp Clause85
24.Sudden Change in Plans88
25.Food for Thought94
27.Class Reunion103
28.Walk-ins Welcome109
29.Working Arrangements111
30.Peace Offering115
31.Morning Commute118
32.The Set Shop Boys122
33.Alarming Information127
34.From the Terrace129
35.What's in a Name?132
36.La Vida Loca138
37.A Kiss Is Just a Kiss141
38.Polly Wants a Cracker144
39.Shake Down149
40.Accounts Payable154
41.Apply Pressure Here157
42.Trouble in Paradise162
43.Remembrance of Things Past165
45.The Burden of Proof173
46.In the Spotlight176
48.Mesmerizing Performance181
50.Operation Dignity186
51.The Show Must Go On191
52.Watch It!193
54.Dressed to Kill199
55.Open and Shut Case201
56.Face Off205
57.Party Animals209
58.The Thrill Is Gone211
59.Get Ready! Get Set!213
60.Fools Rush In219
61.In the Groove224
62.Squeeze Play226
63.Thread Bare228
64.A Tangled Web231
65.Family Values235
66.Card Tricks237
67.Heads Up!242
68.Stage Fright245
69.Behind Closed Doors249
71.Tucka Gets the Message255
72.Missing in Action260
73.Hook, Line, and Sinker263
74.All Wrapped Up271
75.The Call of the Wild276


An Interview with Michael Hoeye on No Time Like Show Time

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!

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i loved this book. i've read it so many times i can't even remember how many times i've read it! the chapters are short, and the book is exciting, so while it keeps you going, it still gives you somewhere to stop.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've read all 3 Hermux Tantamoq adventures now, and loved every word of every book. The characters are interesting and orginal, the plot is mysterious with something for everyone, and the writing paints a picture in your head. I can't wait till the next book comes out!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is the best, as well as Time Stops for No Mouse & The Sands of Time. Michael Hoeye is an incredible author, ofcourse my favorite. This book left me wanting more out of the series. I could never put the book down, it left you with a feeling of needing to know what happened next. You weren't satisfied until you finished the book and ofcourse you enjoyed it. That's exactly how this book, and all of the previous ones, made me feel. I'm hoping for book four of the Hermux Tantamoq series soon. I feel in order to really get the feel of this book though, you have to read the previous two. Many parts will be more understandable because it includes small details that have to do with the other two books. If you like mystery with a whole bunch of twists and turns, this book and the previous ones are an absolute must read. Without a doubt, I'll read every other book that comes out. It's so great, you just have to read it. Reading it over is just the same amount of fun. And Hoeye's use of words and descriptions lets you see everything right in front of your eyes. Leading you to want more of the series, just like I do!
Guest More than 1 year ago
THE BEST BOOK I HAVE EVER READ. It's about a mouse watchmaker who goes on alot of adventures and to see which one he goes on in this book you will have to get a copy, sit down and read it. This in the 3rd book in the series you have to read the first 2 to get the feeling of this book. I REALLY hope you will love this book as much as I did.. Send in a review when you finish the book to see if you and other people have the same thoughts about this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is the best I've ever read I once read when I was in 6th grade, now a year later, I am reading it again it is so good. Its about a little mouse watchmaker and goes on alot of adventures... to find out what adventure he is up against open the book....... I hope YOU will like it too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
An excellent book!Keeps you at the edge of your cant put it down!with creative characters and a twisting plot it doesnt get much better than this!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book and it's others are absoulutely beautiful. Beautiful indeed. Mr.Hoeye I hope you write of more of Hermux's adventures. I'm looking forward to them!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Michael Hoeye has created yet another world in our imaginations. An intricate, stylish, alcove where the adventures of Hermux Tantamooq take form. He is a talented writer. I recommend starting at the beginning of the series to take it all in. It is appropraite for ages 6 and up!