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The Cat Who Brought Down the House
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The history of Lilian Jackson Braun is perhaps as exciting and mysterious as her novels. Between 1966 and 1968, she published three novels to critical acclaim: The Cat Who Could Read Backwards, The Cat Who Ate Danish Modern, and The Cat Who Turned On and Off. In 1966, the New York Times labeled Braun, "the new detective of the year." Then, for reasons unknown, the rising mystery author disappeared from the publishing scene. It wasn't until 1986 that Berkley Publishing Group reintroduced Braun to the public with the publication of an original paperback, The Cat Who Saw Red. Within two years, Berkley released four new novels in paperback and reprinted the three mysteries from the sixties. Since then, G.P. Putnam's Sons has published seventeen additional novels in the Cat Who series. Braun passed away in 2011.

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Lovers of bestseller Braun's irresistible Siamese cats, regal Koko and delicate Yum Yum, and their pet human, Jim Qwilleran, will need no further recommendation than the title for this 25th book in the series. (Remember The Cat Who Went Up the Creek?) The locale is the same, the town of Pickax in Moose County, 400 miles north of everywhere, with its peculiar, lovable citizens. Into this bucolic setting comes Thelma Thackeray, a native of Moose County, who, having achieved fame and fortune in Hollywood, is returning at age 82 to die. But first she intends to have some fun. Everyone is curious about the glamorous retiree, who also has purchased the long-vacant opera house downtown. Local historians recall that Thelma's twin brother, Thurston, had operated an animal hospital in neighboring Lockmaster until his tragic death from an accidental fall a year earlier. Now his son, Richard, has come to live with Thelma. When she decides to turn the opera house into a film club, Dick is offered the position of manager-with startling results. The first public event in the renovated opera house is the Kit Kat Revue, a fund-raiser, whose finale is a procession of prominent citizens with their pets, all cats. Qwill and Koko are at the end of the line, and that's when Koko brings down the house. In her inimitable gentle style, Braun documents the daily activities of the inhabitants of Pickax. Kidnappings, robberies and murders may abound, but nothing is really upsetting or unpleasant. Braun devotees will cheer. (Jan.) FYI: Braun is also the author of Short and Tall Tales: Moose County Legends Collected by James Mackintosh Qwilleran (Forecasts, Sept. 16).

This 25th entry in Braun's popular "Cat Who" series introduces a new character to Moose County. Thelma Thackeray is an intriguing octogenarian who is returning to her roots after a successful business career in Hollywood. Unfortunately, peaceful little Moose County also has a knack for attracting homicide, and the changes wrought by Thelma's return spell trouble that only Qwilleran's Siamese cat, Koko, seems to detect. It's a familiar formula to Braun's legions of listeners, but no one will complain. The true joy in listening to these books, which are so beautifully read by George Guidall, is learning more about Qwilleran and his neighbors and uncovering new layers of Moose County history. Recommended to libraries whose patrons include "Kokoholics."-Kent Rasmussen, Thousand Oaks, CA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

"Can best be compared to that coziest of feelings--having a purring cat on your lap." A master of mystery. ("People")

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