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The Cat Who Blew the Whistle (The Cat Who... Mystery Series, Book 17) Audio CD – Audiobook, Unabridged


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Product Details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: New Millennium (October 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590074831
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590074831
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 5.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,681,770 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Best of series, this 17th The Cat Who caper slyly creeps up on the reader. The newest delight in Moose County, "400 miles north of everywhere," is a railroad buff's refurbished locomotive, which is making its debut run. Floyd Trevelyan, the train owner, disappears just as the state closes down the credit union associated with his business. While others believe the man has decamped with investors' money, newspaper columnist Jim Qwilleran doesn't believe Trevelyan would abandon his railroad project. He persuades his friend and sleuthing cohort Celia, recently moved to Pickax City from Chicago, to go undercover to find the missing businessman. Meanwhile, librarian Polly Duncan, with whom Qwill has had a long-standing relationship, is becoming distraught about the house she is building nearby. After a carpenter on the project is stabbed in a barroom brawl and the contractor, Trevelyan's son, is seriously injured on the job, Qwill begins to fear for Polly's health. Qwill's Siamese cat, Koko, plays a central role in solving these puzzles as Qwill struggles equally to interpret the cat's hints and cope with those problems complicating his personal life. Literary Guild, Mystery Guild and Doubleday Book Club selections.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal

Cat mystery lovers beware! Pickax's Qwilleran and Koko have returned for a go at catching a train fancier who has embezzled millions from Moose County investors. Another best seller from the prolific Braun.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Lilian Jackson Braun is the author of twenty-nine bestselling Cat Who . . . novels and three short story collections.

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A thoroughly fun read!
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This is the 17th book in Lillian Jackson Braun's "The Cat Who..." series.
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Just good reading without the bad language or sex.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By L Smith VINE VOICE on October 7, 2006
Format: Audio CD
In the 17th book in the Cat Who Mystery series, James Qwilleran aka "Qwill", is thrilled to be able to enjoy the latest economic development to hit Moose County (400 miles north of everywhere). It seems that a prominent local businessman, Floyd Trevelyan, has purchased and restored an old steam locomotive, and has plans to use it as a new attraction in town. Floyd has made money in both the building and banking industries, and when Floyd goes missing with the bank's funds right before a large audit, everyone assumes he has fled to avoid prosecution for fraud. Floyd has been seen around town with his beautiful secretary, leaving his ailing wife at home alone, and absconding with the money could give him a way to start a new life. But Qwill's suspicious mind does not immediately believe that this case is as simple as it sounds, and he is determined to poke around in the lives of the Trevelyan family. Hiring a friend from Down Below, Celia Robinson, to work with the sickly Mrs. Trevelyan, Qwill and his feisty felines put the pieces of this family puzzle back into place and solves yet another mystery in Moose County.

This is my favorite cozy mystery series! I had read all of the books in the past, and wanted to read them again for a second time. This time around, I have chosen to listen to them on CD, as I love the voice of George Guidall. Many fans enjoy the homey, familiar feel of the town and the characters themselves. I just love the character of Celia, and was glad to see a kindly elderly "replacement" for the dear Mrs. Cobb. I was shocked with the health issues of Qwill's love-interest, Polly Duncan, and touched to see his reactions to her health scare.

If you are looking for a hardcore thriller, this would not be the series for you.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Roger Long on April 2, 2004
Format: Audio Cassette
Under normal circumstances I hate anything that can be described as "cute." That includes people, sculpture, movies, books, etc. "Cute" means stupid, shallow, superficial, and self-consciously pretty. At first glance, this book appeared to be merely cute--having a cat that solves crimes--and something I wasn't going to like at all.
But I was pleasantly surprised by the relaxing atmosphere of Moose County, somewhere in the northern part of the U.S. The characters were engaging. The plot is perhaps just a trifle weird. I still have a problem with the gimmick detectives, as opposed to the standard sleuth, i.e., the police detective or private eye vs. a cat, an antique dealer, a school marm, etc. The real detective here is, of course, the newspaper columnist who gets hints from Koko, his cat. I groaned a little at the concept, but the atmosphere and characters made me keep reading.
I wouldn't put this at the top of the list of mysteries, but the novel is a pleasant, light diversion, with "cute" being the major flaw.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 17, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I am an avid reader of the mystery genre. Lilian Jackson Braun has a way of turning the mystery in her book into a fun, exciting sideline. As a cat lover, I instantly adored her style of putting the two Siamese cats, Koko and Yum Yum, into the spotlight. Qwilleran, one of the main characters, is a wonderful guy (and owner of Koko and Yum Yum) with a great sense of humor. The hubbub in The Cat Who Blew the Whistle is hilarious, yet the mystery is a deadly revolving point. It keeps you on your toes as you find everything ties into each other. I relate well with Qwilleran- my cat is also intelligent, but it has an insatiable urge to chew on everything and anything in sight. The dialogue in this book is interesting-it is "train lingo." This is a complex mystery comedy that I suggest to cat-lovers, train-lovers, mystery-lovers, and comedy-lovers everywhere.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth Cooper (krc2@hotmail.com) on July 1, 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This was my first journey into the world of Lilian Jackson Braun, and I have to say that I enjoyed it very much. It was unlike any other book that I have ever read. It was refreshing to read a story without the bad language, violence, and graphic depictions of male-female relations that seems to be required for today's novels. I do not object to, nor am I offended by these elements, but it's still nice to be able to enjoy a book without them present. Being a cat lover and cat owner did enhance my enjoyment of this book as well. I was a bit disappointed by the ending, but overall it was an excellent light read. I plan to read many more of the books featuring the feline detective Koko, his little friend Yum Yum, and his sidekick Jim Qwilleran.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S.A.M. on February 7, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I'm so glad I picked up The Cat Who Blew the Whistle hardcover edition for one dollar from a book clearance shelf! It turned out to be an entertaining, challenging mystery that has left me wanting to read the rest of Lilian Braun's notable cat series! At first glance, I thought the story might be more simplistic than I like, but what a surprise! Plenty of thought-provoking suspense kept me reading! Lilian Braun has an almost whimsical writing style that yet offers excellent character/place development and just plain GREAT storytelling! Quilleran and his two Siamese cats are wonderful fun! I'm looking forward to reading more of Ms. Braun's cat books! I sincerely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys mysteries, cats and trains!
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