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Time Stops for No Mouse by Michael Hoeye
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Time Stops for No Mouse (1999)

by Michael Hoeye

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Narrated by Campbell Scott. Hermux Tantamoq is a mild-mannered mouse who owns a watchmaking shop. One day the adventurous aviatrix Linka Perflinger drops off her watch for repair. Hermux is taken with Linka and is concerned when she doesn't return for her watch. He's alarmed when a scruffy rat comes in to try and claim it without a ticket. Hermux tails the rat and witnesses Linka being led away from her home in a car. Hermux's pursuit leads him deep into a mystery concerning a formula for eternal youth and a rejuvenation spa and lab called "The Last Resort," headed by the dark and mysterious Dr. Mennus.
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
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.
  lkmuir | Dec 7, 2015 |
I think this was the first fantasy book I ever read. My elementary school teacher read it aloud to my class and I fell in love. A children's novel about a watch maker mouse. He receives a watch to fix from a mysterious female mouse and then he's pulled into a world of crime (not that much, it's a children's book). ( )
  Rosenstern | Sep 14, 2014 |
Hermux is a very charming mouse. He can fix very complicated very broken time pieces. He lives simply with his pet ladybug. And he is on the side of the angels every single time. ( )
  paakre | Apr 27, 2013 |
This book is about Hermux Tantamoq. He is an average, hard working mouse. He owns a watch shop. Hermux has an average life for every other mouse. He has a ladybug named Terfle. Hermux would never expect anything strange or different to happen. He falls in love with Linka Perflinger.
Linka went to Hermux's watch shop so he would repair her watch. His life has changed once he has met Linka. Some rat tries to claim her watch as his own. Hermux believes that something has gone wrong. He finds out that Linka has been kidnapped. He tries to find clues as to where Linka could me. Hermux goes on an adventure searching for Linka.
I gave this book five stars because it was an amazing book. It was a hair-raising book with a huge mystery. The "least expected" happened in this story. My favorite part was when Linka Perflinger came into Hermux's watch shop. It included a giant adventure but with some romance. This book is definitely five stars. I would recommend this book to other readers. ( )
  Shanon.sval5976 | Mar 28, 2012 |
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It's impossible not to like Hermux Tantamoq, the watchmaking mouse. He relaxes in a flannel shirt printed with pictures of cheeses from around the world, he has a caged pet ladybug named Terfle, he writes endearing thank-you letters to the universe each night, and he has a big heart--a heart that aches for the fearless aviatrix Ms. Linka Perflinger, who unexpectedly visits his shop requesting an emergency rush repair of her wristwatch. Little does he know that this brief rendezvous with the jaunty adventuress will change his life forever. When a week goes by without word from her, he doesn't know whether to be worried or angry. He drafts a slightly unpleasant, then desperate, then not-too-sweet, not-too-sour letter to her and awaits her response. Nothing. Even nasty encounters with his neighbor (the horribly garish and affected cosmetics tycoon Tucka Mertslin) and pleasant interludes with his artist friend Mirrin don't distract him from his new heart-quickening obsession.

His worst fears start to cement when a yellow-eyed, thin-lipped, sharp-tongued rat comes to his shop and says with a dreadful smile, "I've come for Linka Perflinger's watch." Hermux isn't about to fork over his beloved's watch without a claim check, and ends up following the rat... all the way to Linka's house! And, what's this? Is she being kidnapped? The plot thickens as Hermux boldly enters her apartment (what has gotten into him?) and discovers a mysterious letter from Teulabonari and an overturned spicy-smelling plant. As he says to his ladybug that night, "This is the beginning of a new career for me. Either as a detective or a jailbird. Only time will tell. If it turns out to be the latter I will be asking you for hints on decorating my cage." Soon he begins to make a connection with these strange clues and the cosmetics mogul Tucka, who pulls him into her scheme to create eternal youth in a bottle (to be taken internally).

Suffice it to say that gentle Hermux gets in way over his head with his detective work and proceeds to have fur-raising encounters involving spies, thieves, killers, betrayal, the Fountain of Youth, snakes, calliopes, and dramatic rescue attempts. Throughout it all, however, Hermux continues to thank the world at large: "Thank you for corner grocers. For sandwiches and honey fizz. For scary news and narrow escapes and trolleys and shopping bags. Thank you for loyal pets and bold adventurers (and adventuresses)." Readers will be disarmed by Hermux's earnest, inquisitive nature and zeal for life--and thoroughly engaged by the suspenseful action adventure. Highly recommended! (Ages 10 to adult) --Karin Snelson

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