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New York Times bestselling author Lilian Jackson Braun brings us another mystery starring journalist James Qwilleran and his lovable, clue-sensitive cats
Lilian Jackson Braun composed her first poem at the age of two. She began writing her Cat Who... detective series when one of her own Siamese cats mysteriously fell to its death from her apartment block. Since then over twenty Cat Who... novels have been published, all featuring the very talented Koko and Yum Yum, Siamese cats with a bent for detection. She and her husband, Earl, live in the mountains of North Carolina.
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.
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.
A master of mystery. ("People") Can best be compared to that coziest of feelings-having a purring cat on your lap. ("Booklist")