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Queenie the cat has a BIG problem. And for once, it's not the slobbery, overly-excited creature who also lives at Blackberry Hill Inn. Sweet Lady Emsworth, the neighbor's prize cow, has disappeared, meaning no morning cream for Queenie. And when Queenie's not happy, NO ONE is happy . . . Things aren't looking great for Arthur the dog, either. His beloved humans, Queenie the cat has a BIG problem. And for once, it's not the slobbery, overly-excited creature who also lives at Blackberry Hill Inn. Sweet Lady Emsworth, the neighbor's prize cow, has disappeared, meaning no morning cream for Queenie. And when Queenie's not happy, NO ONE is happy . . . Things aren't looking great for Arthur the dog, either. His beloved humans, twins Harmony and Bro, are distressed about the strange activity in their town. Mysterious hi-tech people are suddenly very interested in nearby Catastrophe Falls, bills are piling up at their mom's inn . . . and now the twins might be hiding a fugitive?! Arthur is desperate to help but for some reason, no one seems to think he's up to the task. (Could that be because he can't remember what happened more than ten seconds ago? Surely not!) Can Arthur save the day-and become a hero in Queenie's eyes-without making a disastrous splash?


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Queenie the cat has a BIG problem. And for once, it's not the slobbery, overly-excited creature who also lives at Blackberry Hill Inn. Sweet Lady Emsworth, the neighbor's prize cow, has disappeared, meaning no morning cream for Queenie. And when Queenie's not happy, NO ONE is happy . . . Things aren't looking great for Arthur the dog, either. His beloved humans, Queenie the cat has a BIG problem. And for once, it's not the slobbery, overly-excited creature who also lives at Blackberry Hill Inn. Sweet Lady Emsworth, the neighbor's prize cow, has disappeared, meaning no morning cream for Queenie. And when Queenie's not happy, NO ONE is happy . . . Things aren't looking great for Arthur the dog, either. His beloved humans, twins Harmony and Bro, are distressed about the strange activity in their town. Mysterious hi-tech people are suddenly very interested in nearby Catastrophe Falls, bills are piling up at their mom's inn . . . and now the twins might be hiding a fugitive?! Arthur is desperate to help but for some reason, no one seems to think he's up to the task. (Could that be because he can't remember what happened more than ten seconds ago? Surely not!) Can Arthur save the day-and become a hero in Queenie's eyes-without making a disastrous splash?

30 review for Paws vs. Claws

  1. 5 out of 5

    Pop

    Although these are young adult books (really children’s probably) I highly love listening to them while driving around. Very good plots and fairly easy to spot the bad actors, they are enjoyable mysteries. No sex, no foul language.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ina

    Who knew Spencer Quinn could write in a cat's voice as well as a dog's? The mystery is fun but not terribly tight, but Queenie, the cat, is so perfect and so is Arthur, the dog, as they take turns telling the story and protecting those they love at the Blackberry Inn. This story will appeal to everyone, whether boy or girl - or cat or dog lover.

  3. 4 out of 5

    ReadaBook

    This Queenie and Arthur series is so darn enjoyable! This second book in the series develops the characters (animal and human) in interesting ways - impossible to not like all of the main characters. There are bad people, but the overall theme is joy. Can’t wait for book 3!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    Library copy Things are still not quite right at the Blackberry Hill Inn. For one thing, the cow at the Doone's who provided Queenie's cream has gone missing, and when Bro goes to the dairy to find out what has happened, he finds that Jimmy, who is his age, has a black eye. Jimmy has different stories about how this happened, but when his father is found beaten unconscious in their house, the concern shifts to him. Did Jimmy beat his father? He stays with Harmony and Bro for the momen Library copy Things are still not quite right at the Blackberry Hill Inn. For one thing, the cow at the Doone's who provided Queenie's cream has gone missing, and when Bro goes to the dairy to find out what has happened, he finds that Jimmy, who is his age, has a black eye. Jimmy has different stories about how this happened, but when his father is found beaten unconscious in their house, the concern shifts to him. Did Jimmy beat his father? He stays with Harmony and Bro for the moment, and their mother is approached by a lawyer with a strange request-- Mr. Doone has said that in the event that something happens to him, Jimmy is to live at Blackberry Hill Inn, and all of the Doone assets will be cared for by them. There is an odd visitor to the inn, Ms. Pryor, who is interested in Catastrophe Falls, which is on Doone property. More and more clues pile up, but the police are mainly interested in locating Jimmy, who has run away. Can the mysteries all be solved by Queenie and Arthur, with a little help from Harmony and Bro? Strengths: The essential mystery, with Mr. Doone being attacked and his property be sought after, is a good one. The inn is and interesting setting, and Harmony and Bro are great characters. Weaknesses: This seemed to rely more heavily on the animals' perspectives, which didn't improve the story. What I really think: I would LOVE to see Peter Abrahams do a straight murder mystery for tweens; I like his style of writing, but the topics are always a bit quirky. Maybe it's just my students who don't like quirky and love murders.

  5. 5 out of 5

    zapkode

    {My thoughts} – Arthur and Queenie get to go on an all new adventure in a sense. In this book they get to solve the mystery of a missing cow from Bros friend Jimmy’s farm. Arthur does pretty well trying to sort it all out, however, Queenie is the one that does the most solving in this book. The last book seemed to be mostly about Arthor and this one was more about Queenie. Queenie seemed to have lots of observations from her hiding posts within the inn. She also seemed more interested {My thoughts} – Arthur and Queenie get to go on an all new adventure in a sense. In this book they get to solve the mystery of a missing cow from Bros friend Jimmy’s farm. Arthur does pretty well trying to sort it all out, however, Queenie is the one that does the most solving in this book. The last book seemed to be mostly about Arthor and this one was more about Queenie. Queenie seemed to have lots of observations from her hiding posts within the inn. She also seemed more interested on going on outings with and without Harmony. There was so much that happened within the pages of this book. It started with the mystery of the missing cream. That led to the missing cow, which led to Jimmy’s dad being attacked and Jimmy being blamed. There was so much happening that you had to really be paying attention or you might just miss an important detail. All the clues you need to solve all the mystery are laid out for you within the pages of the book. It’s up to you as the reader to piece them all together and make a final conclusion. I really enjoyed reading through this book. The story line moved at a much faster pace then the previous book in the series. This story line kept me pulled in and intrigued until the very end. I hope that this is a series that will be continued as I’ve come to love the characters Queenie and Arthur. I look forward to reading more books by Spencer Quinn in the future!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sue

    Arthur and Queenie are back in a new adventure with their humans, Harmony and Bro (and their mom, of course). Blackberry Hill Inn is still struggling financially so when Ms Pryor shows up waving a credit card, Harmony checks her into the most expensive room they have. Meanwhile Queenie is on the rampage because the special cream she gets every morning is not in her bowl due to the neighbor's prize cow, Sweet Lady Em, has gone missing. Jimmy, a friend of Harmony and Bro, has been sent by his dad Arthur and Queenie are back in a new adventure with their humans, Harmony and Bro (and their mom, of course). Blackberry Hill Inn is still struggling financially so when Ms Pryor shows up waving a credit card, Harmony checks her into the most expensive room they have. Meanwhile Queenie is on the rampage because the special cream she gets every morning is not in her bowl due to the neighbor's prize cow, Sweet Lady Em, has gone missing. Jimmy, a friend of Harmony and Bro, has been sent by his dad to find the cow, and when Bro sees Jimmy, he notices the black eye his friend is sporting. What follows is a tale of theft, deceit, attempted murder, and betrayal. This series is written for children. Queenie is more human than cat, allowing her to point the kids in the right direction on a couple of occasions. Arthur, though, is pure dog, and the dumbest dog on the planet. If you've read some of Quinn's other works, you'll recognize that Queenie's intelligence and human characteristics are added here for plot purposes to guide child readers in following the mystery. But don't let that stop you from reading these. They are delightful and pet owners everywhere will recognize the cat attitude and dog simplicity. Fun for the whole family.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Donna Siebold

    Arthur and Queenie are in it again, up to their whiskers. Queenie is served a saucer of cream daily and she enjoys it immensely so when their is no cream served early one morning, she wants to know why. So do her owners and Bro is dispatched to find out what has happened and learn when they can expect the day's delivery. None too soon is the answer as the cream producing cow has disappeared! Everyone starts trying to figure out where the cow is and in the process we learn that Jimmy - Arthur and Queenie are in it again, up to their whiskers. Queenie is served a saucer of cream daily and she enjoys it immensely so when their is no cream served early one morning, she wants to know why. So do her owners and Bro is dispatched to find out what has happened and learn when they can expect the day's delivery. None too soon is the answer as the cream producing cow has disappeared! Everyone starts trying to figure out where the cow is and in the process we learn that Jimmy - the son of the cow's owner and his father are having issues. Then Jimmy's dad is hurt and suspicion falls on Jimmy. Harmony and Bro will not allow this to continue and they get involved in solving the mystery. This book is a bit darker than the first outing. It finds the kids in dangerous situations fairly often. It also represents a pretty bleak image of happy marriages in this little hamlet. I think only two are mentioned and only one of those (that of the coach) is definitely happy! I try to follow the Bowser and Birdie series and I definitely follow Chet and Bernie - but I think I will leave this one to the juvenile audience for which it is intended.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Mandy

    Middle grade contemporary mystery. The second book in a series finds Harmony and Bro at the center of another caper in their small town. Their pets, Queenie and Arthur, narrate the tale. It all starts with a cow gone missing. Then there is an assault, accusations, and a runaway. Does anybody know what really happened at the Doones' farm? A fun read, though the pacing was uneven. It dragged a bit at times, and then tied everything up at the end faster than I was prepared for. This book could stan Middle grade contemporary mystery. The second book in a series finds Harmony and Bro at the center of another caper in their small town. Their pets, Queenie and Arthur, narrate the tale. It all starts with a cow gone missing. Then there is an assault, accusations, and a runaway. Does anybody know what really happened at the Doones' farm? A fun read, though the pacing was uneven. It dragged a bit at times, and then tied everything up at the end faster than I was prepared for. This book could stand on its own as it is a completely separate mystery than the first book.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Chaitra

    I like Spencer Quinn’s other series, but my library only has the physical book. But with this series, I can listen to the dog go in circles, and it’s just as hilarious as I thought it would be. I love Arthur. I don’t quite buy Queenie, but it’s awesome that she can hold onto threads of conversation, the way things work, and can connect dots in a way Arthur cannot. Cats rule, dogs drool! (The kids are cute also).

  10. 4 out of 5

    Dr. Lael's IPa

    Such an adorable story of courage and the search for truth I’m not sure how Arthur got his name but his family and kitty sister Queenie are beyond lovable, brave and all of them have great integrity. I lobe this book.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Emma Clement

    This series is cute and easy to read!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Yelena

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  13. 4 out of 5

    emyrose8

    Another cute mystery told by Queenie and Arthur.

  14. 5 out of 5

    PWRL

    SM

  15. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

  16. 5 out of 5

    Red

  17. 4 out of 5

    Walter

  18. 4 out of 5

    Marg Corjay

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly Haller

  20. 5 out of 5

    Carol

  21. 4 out of 5

    Christi

  22. 5 out of 5

    Diana

  23. 4 out of 5

    Tangla

  24. 5 out of 5

    Bonnie Brang

  25. 5 out of 5

    Fred Kilp

  26. 5 out of 5

    DGB

  27. 4 out of 5

    TA

  28. 5 out of 5

    J. Tut

  29. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

  30. 5 out of 5

    C Bradley

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