Irishman Paddy O’Brien has just arrived on Windy Mountain with the daunting task of reopening the Tasmanian Tiger Museum and making a go of it in a few short weeks. Unfortunately for Paddy, he looks like Moose Routley, who terrorized the mayor in the first Windy Mountain book, “Who Knew Tasmanian Tigers Eat Apples!” Paddy is assisted by Wish-Wash and Oodles (decidedly older and crankier than they were in the first book) and the two old men come up with a scheme for a new exhibit that just might save the museum.
“Lie of the Tiger” has mystery (who are the two shady characters who have hired Paddy to reopen the museum and why are their goons after Oodles?) and suspense as a bushfire consumes the countryside, but most of all it has laugh-out-loud-until-you-can’t-help-but-feel-good humor. John Martin’s forte is his funny, quirky characters and there is one around every corner of Windy Mountain.
Will the Tasmanian Tiger Museum be saved? “Scat” right out and buy this book to find out!
John Martin has a good grip on characters and their development, particularly the quirks. His writing rhythm is smooth and consistent. I laughed out loud enough that it makes me want to continue following his work.
Welcome back to Windy Mountain, back to the Tasmanian Tiger Museum (established in ‘Do Tasmanian Tigers Eat Apples’, and now seriously in need of repair. Paddy O’Brian is to be the new manager. But, before he even reopens the museum, he’s told that he has two weeks to make it work, and that he’ll have to raise the entrance fee to nineteen dollars. Otherwise, the building will be demolished and replaced with a dozen wind turbines.
Is this possible? Even in idiosyncratic Windy Mountain where only mayors and former mayors are allowed to own dogs? Hmm.
‘This was one of the problems with getting old. You had no choice but to mix with whoever was still alive.’
Enter Wish-Wash and Oodles (you really need to read ‘Do Tasmanian Tigers Eat Apples’ to fully appreciate their rich history). Wish-Wash and Oodles have some problems of their own to be getting on with, but they are fairly sure they can help Paddy O’Brian. All they need to do, really, is find something that none of the other Tasmanian Tiger Museums have to give the Windy Mountain museum an edge. Say, a real Tasmanian Tiger. Never mind that that Tasmanian Tiger has been declared extinct: Wish-Wash and Oodles have a cunning plan.
Thus begins a funny tale, with more than a few twists, with more than a few laugh-out-loud moments as well. Is anyone in this town who they pretend to be? There are secrets and hidden agendas to be uncovered, as well as a couple of mysteries to be explained.
Read it, laugh and then, like me, wait for the next instalment! I do hope that Mr Martin can write quickly.
Lie of the Tiger (Windy Mountain #2) by John Martin is a humorous mystery with some very strange characters and lots of twists. I really enjoyed this crazy story about a couple of old coots that set out to solve a mystery and end up with more that one mystery on their plate. Lots of twists, turns, and humor spiced with bits of fun suspense thrown in to make this a very enjoyable read. It maybe book two but I had no problems reading it as a stand alone. I was given this book to read and the review was voluntary. A fun and enjoyable read. Thanks so much for the offer, it was fun!