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Cat Who Talked Turkey

By Lilian Jackson Braun

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Format: Paperback, 256 pages, Jove Mass-Marke Edition
Published In: United Kingdom, 01 January 2007
It's almost time for the gala groundbreaking for the Pickax bookstore--and the town of Brrr is preparing for its bicentennial celebration. All the festivities, however, are spoiled by the discovery of a man's body on James Qwilleran's property. Could it be the work of the killer who used the same methods in northern Michigan? To solve the case, Qwill and his feline pals, Koko and Yum Yum, will have to prick up their ears and determine who committed this foul deed.

About the Author

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.


Like other recent books in Braun's best-selling series that began with The Cat Who Could Read Backwards (1966), this loosely plotted novel, the 26th to feature Siamese cats Koko and Yum Yum and Moose County journalist Jim Qwilleran, isn't quite up to the standard of earlier entries, but it still provides plenty of escapist fun. The shooting death of a well-dressed gentleman in the woods on Qwill's property is nearly neglected in the fuss and excitement engendered by the neighboring town of Brrr's bicentennial. On the trail of a story for the celebration, Qwill interviews Edythe Carroll, a wealthy widow who has retired to Ittibittiwassee Estates from the magnificent mansion she plans to leave to her granddaughter, Lish (short for Alicia). Little does Edythe know that Lish and her boyfriend, Lush, have already trashed the place. After dozing off in his gazebo after a busy day, Qwill is startled awake by strange noises, including some coming from Koko. Enter an entire family of wild turkeys. If this all sounds like a bit of a ramble, it's quite in keeping with the story, which wanders pleasantly around Moose County, surveying its eccentric citizens as they go about their idiosyncratic business. In spite of two murders and a pair of villains, the tale is as cozy as an hour spent cuddling your favorite cat. Agent, Blanche C. Gregory. (Jan. 5) FYI: Braun is also the author of The Private Life of the Cat Who (2003) and two other story collections in the series. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Braun's "Cat Who" novels are growing shorter and their mystery plots are growing ever thinner. Nevertheless, the books continue to entertain. In this 26th in the series, the greatest mystery is what the mystery is. A murder occurs on Jim Qwilleran's property, but no one knows the victim, and next to no one-aside from the psychic Siamese cat Koko-seems to care. Moreover, the case virtually solves itself. No matter. The true charm of these works is the marvelous sense of place that Braun evokes. The real story revolves around Qwilleran's involvement in the bicentennial being celebrated by Pickax's neighboring town of Brrr. As always, George Guidall's warm reading brings the characters alive and ensures that Braun's devoted listeners will welcome another visit to Moose County. No point in recommending this; if your library has "Cat Who" devotees, you must acquire it.-Kent Rasmussen, Thousand Oaks, CA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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

EAN: 9780515138757
ISBN: 0515138754
Publisher: Jove Books
Dimensions: 17.42 x 10.59 x 1.73 centimetres (0.12 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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This is the 26th The Cat Who books and doesn't have much plot, but if you've enjoyed the earlier books you'll probably enjoying this one, if only for the improbability of a town called Brrrr, even if it is the coldest town in the State! Quill attempts to find out something about the history of Koko and gets told a tall tale, which he is smart enough not to believe.

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