Reviews for No Time Like Show Time
Horn Book Guide Reviews 2005 Fall
When the owner of a local theater company begins to receive anonymous threatening letters, he hires Hermux, mild-mannered watchmaker mouse turned amateur detective, to investigate. Meanwhile, a dashing film director begins to pay undue attention to Hermux's love interest. This gently humorous showbiz mystery, companion to [cf2]Time Stops for No Mouse[cf1] and [cf2]The Sands of Time[cf1], moves at a nimble pace. Copyright 2005 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
Kirkus Reviews 2004 August #1
The intrepid detective Hermux Tantamoq returns in a show-biz setting accompanied by many of his familiar cohorts from previous adventures. Linka Perflinger, aviatrix extraordinaire, is less present in the action, although she retains her top billing in Hermux's heart. Terfle, the pet ladybug is an impressive assistant, and Tucka Mertslin's snobby, elitist, money-grubbing ways continue to amuse as other familiar and some new characters complete the cast in a universe where mice live like humans. At times, the combination of rodent and human qualities result in delightful images, but others, such as a mouse with pigtails, are harder to imagine. Nonetheless, fans of the series will find satisfaction and amusement in this stage-struck mystery, as well as delight in the slow unraveling of the clues through chance and dogged detective work. Newcomers can enjoy the show, but the depth of character revealed in earlier adventures is taken for granted. These mice are very much mature adults and yet the author carefully keeps within bounds that kids can understand, making this a great choice for families to share. (Fiction. 10-14) Copyright Kirkus 2004 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.
Library Media Connection Reviews 2005 March
While working in his watch shop, Hermux receives a note from Fluster, theater owner extraordinaire, asking for his help. Someone is threatening Fluster and the theater, and it's up to Hermux to find and stop the culprit. The author is able to wrap most of the plotlines up neatly, leaving only the love interest of Hermux and aviator Linka as the ongoing adventure. While the plot is a mystery, there are not many clues the readers will pick up on until Hermux figures them out. The theater is full of interesting characters, including my favorite, the real-live parrot dummy a ventriloquist uses for his fraud of an act. Fans of anthropomorphic stories will flock to this series; this book is third in the series. With the very short chapters, reluctant readers may find the book comforting with easy stopping points throughout. Recommended. Kristin Fletcher-Spear, Teen Librarian, Foothills Branch Library, Glendale, Arizona © 2005 Linworth Publishing, Inc.
Publishers Weekly Reviews 2004 October #1
No Time Like Show Time: A Hermux Tantamoq Adventure by Michael Hoeye heralds the return of the watchmaking mouse from Time Stops for No Mouse and The Sands of Time. Hermux must contend with the villainous Tucka Mertslin as she forms a partnership with jewel thief Corpius Crounce, conspiring to ruin the Varmint Variety Theater. In a starred review of Sands, PW wrote, "the galloping plot, evocative descriptions and exuberantly sophisticated wit keep the pages turning." Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal Reviews 2004 November
Gr 5-8-This third title featuring Hermux Tantamoq, a humble watchmaker turned detective, is just as wonderful as the first two. The likable mouse once again finds himself at the center of a mystery when a famous stage director, Fluster Varmint, hires him to find out who is sending him threatening letters. Tension continues to grow, and readers stay just one step ahead of Hermux as he uncovers intrigues and faces danger. Several characters return from the previous books, including Linka Perflinger, daring aviatrix and Hermux's love interest, and Tucka Mertslin, Hermux's detested neighbor and owner of a large cosmetics company. Hoeye pays minute attention to detail, creating a vivid setting where mice, moles, chipmunks, and rats go about their day-to-day lives. Perfect for sharing aloud, this fast-paced tale will keep youngsters enthralled until the thrilling climax. Children who have not read the other novels will definitely ask for them after finishing this one so that they can return to Hermux's world of celery donuts, clocks that keep perfect time, and villains who wear polka-dot lipstick.-Tasha Saecker, Caestecker Public Library, Green Lake, WI Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
VOYA Reviews 2004 December
Mystery and menace arrive again in this third installment of watchmaker Hermux Tantamoq's adventures. Disguises, danger, and deceit abound as Hermux attempts to unravel the enigmas entangling the Varmint Variety Theater. Who is the author of the menacing notes received by Fluster Varmint, the theater's proprietor? Where has the famous actress Nurella Pinch been hiding? Will Tucka Mertslin, Hermux's nemesis from the previous books, succeed in her nefarious schemes? Hermux must find the answers if he is to protect not only the theater but also his life and that of his pet ladybug, Terfle. Perhaps most important, this brave hero must find the courage to share his feelings with his sweetheart, aviatrix Linka Perflinger-or risk losing her forever Readers will delight in this rollicking and fast-paced addition to the series that includes Time Stops for No Mouse (G. P. Putnam's Sons, 2002/VOYA June 2002) and The Sands of Time (2002/VOYA December 2002). Seventy-five brief chapters allow plenty of opportunities for younger readers to pause, but they do not slow the pace for those inclined to devour this adventure in a single sitting. Fans will revel in familiar characters, plot twists, and cliffhangers galore, but sufficient back story allows newcomers to dive right in. And despite perhaps one catastrophe too many, Hoeye provides an entertaining and completely satisfactory read. Devotees of the series can only hope that the next installment of Hermux's adventures is not far behind.-Catherine Gilmore-Clough. 4Q 4P J S Copyright 2004 Voya Reviews.