A purrfect crime!
Dame Cecile Savoy's "revolting floor mop" of a Pekinese has passed away at a ripe old age. Now, the aging British actress convinces her rivals on stage and screen, Trixie and Evangeline, to support her in her hour of grief...by accompanying her to a taxidermist. But it's a cab ride straight to a cat-astrope!
No sooner do the three elderly thespians enter "Stuff Yours" than they discover a dead body, a live kitty in a cage, and flames bursting from the back room. Fortunately for a rare Japanese bobtail called Cho-Cho-San, Trixie grabs the cat before fleeing the scene. But who's the victim? Who set the fire? And why was a gorgeous feline going to be stuffed?
Of course, Cho-Cho-San knows more than she's letting on as the curtain goes up on foul play, murderous jealousies, and a killer who may be going to the dogs....
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Trixie and Evangeline
Being a fan of old movies I love this series about two aging and feisty Grand Dames of the stage and screen. These ladies have not lost a bit of the verve and wit that made them stars back in the day. By a happenstance, in the first book, Reel Murders, the two find themselves sharing a suite of rooms when they are asked to attend a retrospective of some of Evangeline's more dramatic films. Trixie rose to fame as a "hoofer" and singer". Evangeline rose to fame in dramatic melodramas. Sometimes they were in the same movie. They were always rivals. My first thoughts were this would happen if Betty Davis and Joan Crawford became forced roommates. But no. I think Debby Reynolds and Elizabeth Taylor fit the characters better. Trixie can still dance. Evangeline can still throw a dramatic temper tantrum that would raise eyebrows even today. Trixie has a very staid conservative daughter named Martha who is constantly embarrassed by her mother's high spirits. (No Martha and Carrie Fisher are nothing alike, so I do not want to push the comparison too far).
Both still want to work and are constantly looking for good scripts. Arsenic and Old Lace is often mentioned.
This book introduces three more actresses. Two of whom are playing in a production of Arsenic and Old Lace in London. Yes, this is where the lovely, bob tailed cat comes in. There is even competition for the cat. I have an ironic sense of humor and I found myself laughing to myself.
When I read this series years ago, I heard their voices in my head as sharp and ironic and well very experienced and judgmental. Sarah Nichols has a lovely soothing voice. I think even Trixie who is the more empathetic of the two would not sound this nice. But even though some of the snark was lost in her soothing tones, her performance is terrific.