For ages 9-12. Watchmaker-mouse Hermux Tantamoq enters the exciting and shady world of show business to investigate a mysterious blackmailer at the Varmint Theater.
Hermux is in trouble again. This time, all of Pinchester is in an uproar over his friend Mirrin Stentrills new paintings-- monumental portraits of cats! After all, everyone knows cats never really existed. Then a mysterious old chipmunk appears in Hermux's shop with what he claims to be a map to the royal library of a prehistoric kingdom of cats. Before long, Hermux is hot on a trail of treachery and deceit leading all the way to an ancient tomb that lies buried in ... the sands of time.
When Linka Perflinger, a jaunty mouse, brings a watch into his shop to be repaired and then disappears, Hermux Tantamoq is caught up in a world of dangerous search for eternal youth as he tries to find out what happened to her.
There's something prickly going on in the town of Thorny End, and as Hermux Tantamoq is about to discover, it's not just the roses. When rose magnate Androse DeRosenquil asks him to take on an intriguing missing squirrel case, Hermux can't say no and before he knows it, he's caught up in a mystery involving mutant bees, a rose fragrance rivalry starring cosmetics tycoon Tucka Mertslin, and strange incidents taking place on an uninhabited island with a troubled past.With the help of his fiancee, aviatrix Linka Perflinger, talented pet ladybug, Terfle, and a rebellious teenage squirrel named Twigg, Hermux must uncover what?s really happening on the island, find the missing squirrel and save the day and DeRosenquil's roses? without getting stung in the process.
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