St. Martin's, August 2003, 22.95, 208 pp.
Everything is quiet and settled for actresses of stage and screen, Evangeline Sinclair and Trixie Dolan until they receive a call from fellow thespian Dame Cecile Savoy. The Dame's beloved Maltese Fleur de-Lys has died after twenty years and she needs her friends around her in her time of grief. When they arrive in Brighton, driven there by their friend Eddie in his taxi, they take Fleur to the taxidermist.
When they arrive at the store, nobody seems to be in sight so they spread out looking for the owner. Trixie finds a live cat waiting to be stuffed and saves it when a fire breaks out. All four leave the scene unharmed but Eddie tells his friends he saw a dead body. A neighbor writes down the plate number of his car and the police arrest Eddie. Trixie and Evangeline stay with a friend in Brighton determined to find a way to clear Eddie. However, another dead body, found in their friend's basement, sidetracks them. In their usual befuddled manner, the duo try to fix things and end up turning things into a comedy of errors.
Marian Babson has written another witty whimsical cozy that will appeal to animal lovers and mystery readers who don't like blood and gore in their tales. The two protagonists are delightfully dotty as is the support cast, who seems to live in their own artistic realm. THE CAT WHO WASN'T A DOG is another winner by an author who can always be counted on to deliver a fine tale in this case of a tail.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner