The Better Mousetrap, Paperback
3 out of 5 (1 rating)


It touches all our lives; our triumphs and tragedies, our proudest achievements, our most traumatic disasters.

Alloyed of love and fear, death and fire and the inscrutable acts of the gods, insurance is indeed the force that binds the universe together. Hardly surprising, therefore, that Frank Carpenter, one of the foremost magical practitioners of our age, felt himself irresistibly drawn to it.

Until, that is, he met Jane, a high-flying corporate heroine with an annoying habit of falling out of trees and getting killed.

Repeatedly. It's not long before Frank and Jane find themselves face to face with the greatest enigma of our times: When is a door not a door?

When it's a mousetrap.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Fantasy
  • ISBN: 9781841495040



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Just when you thought it was safe to start reading Tom Holt again.... we get another book in the Portable Door/JWW Wells/Carpenter series. I'd had high hopes that 'Barking' had broken that cycle, but no, we're back in the magic business. At first it was funny seeing magic caught up in normal day-to-day boring business setting, but now it's just tedious. I read escapist fiction to get away from this kind of thing.There are flashes of the old Tom Holt brilliance, and the prose is readable enough, but I can't help thinking this book is trying too hard.