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In the 16th Cat Who . . . adventure, Pickax City's Jim Qwilleran and his intuitive Siamese cats, Yum Yum and Koko, investigate odd accidents plaguing a glitzy resort recently built on a nearby island in Moose County, "400 miles north of everywhere." As Breakfast Island undergoes development which highlights its possible pirate past, retired reporter Qwill and others bemoan the spoiling of its natural beauty. After an episode of food poisoning and an accidental drowning at the resort hotel, the owners of the Domino Inn, an already established bed-and-breakfast, ask Qwill to find out whether disgruntled locals are trying to discourage tourism. On the day that Qwill moves himself and the cats into one of the Inn's cottages, another guest is injured on the Inn's front steps and an explosion in the resort's marina kills a yacht owner. Questioning reticent natives and resort employees, Qwill enlists an informant to speak with witnesses of the accidents. He himself talks with the vague proprietor of a resort antique shop filled with overpriced items. But it is Yum Yum's domino playing that sets the former newsman on the right track. Braun ( The Cat Who Went into the Closet ) gives fans what they crave in this latest meandering tale about the skeptical, lovable Qwill on an island full of cats. Literary Guild alternate; Mystery Guild main selection.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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In the 17th installment in Braun's popular series, Jim Qwilleran and cats Koko and Yum Yum head to a quiet island to investigate a series of murders.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Series: Cat Who... (Book 16)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Jove (March 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0515115649
  • ISBN-13: 978-0515115642
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.7 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #328,185 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J. E. Stephens VINE VOICE on August 16, 2008
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After Polly announces she is visiting Oregon for two weeks, Qwill and the Siamese go to Breakfast Island a.k.a. Pear Island, to investigate several murders and other strange occurances. Qwill learns to play dominoes so he teaches Koko who send him messages in code using the tiles.

One day while hiking the nature trail, Qwill rescues a "mermaid" from a snake bite.

Many twists and turns later Qwill gets to the bottom of everything.

I enjoyed this installment of. "The Cat Who..." series. You need to read it too!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By JJ Luijendijk on February 29, 2000
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I'm sorry if my english is terrible; I'm dutch. I just want to tell all of you how stunned I am by the gift Lilian Jackson Brown has. She can really keep me reading, although I need as much sleep as I can get :-) This time she takes the reader outside Pickax City, to Breakfast Island. It's very refreshing to read a 'The cat...' novel somewhere outside Moose County.. Well, at least not at Brrr, Mooseville or any city like that. It's a fun story. If you liked other books by her, you'll certainly like this one!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Gary F. Taylor HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 30, 2002
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Hardcore mystery fans may find it a bit of a stretch, but if your taste runs to expertly written and very light fiction, you can't do better than Lillian Jackson Braun's "The Cat Who..." series. Her detective, reporter James Qwilleran, investigates crimes with the aid of his Siamese cats--and the solutions to the crime inevitably rest more upon intution than actual deduction. While the premise sounds farfetched, Braun's work is actually less fanciful than you might expect, and she presents her eccentric characters and stories with great charm.
Braun's writings frequently address ecological issues, and THE CAT WHO CAME TO BREAKFAST takes on over-development--in this case the rape of Breakfast Island, now renamed Pear Island and outfitted with a large scale resort, tacky tourist attractions, and at least two fudge shops. Qwill disapproves... but even fudge fumes can't mask the scent of a good story, and he sets off with his cats to investigate a series of unfortunate island accidents... and stumbles into murder. THE CAT WHO CAME TO BREAKFAST is a particularly memorable title in the series, for it provides Braun ample excuse to write with the faintly satirical edge that she handles so well. Recommended to old fans and newcomers alike.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jeanne Tassotto VINE VOICE on January 17, 2004
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Qwill, AKA James Qwilleran, wealthy semi-retired journalist and companion person to two Siamese cats, has just expressed his total disdain for the newest Moose County (400 miles north of everywhere) enterprise - Pear Island AKA Breakfast Island AKA Grand Island AKA Providence Island when he discovers that his long-time lady friend, Polly will be vacationing in Oregon and without him. He reconsiders his options and decides to visit this island but on his own terms. In a short time he becomes entangled in the local politics and begins to suspect that all is not as it seems on the island, no matter what name is being used. Of course there is a death and Qwill's suspicions prove correct. By the end of the book Qwill and the cats have had yet another vacation that did not go according to plan but instead solved some mysteries.
This was a good entery into the series but I did miss some of the Moose County regulars. The one that were present,the ever-growing Derek and the delightful Bamba family make up for the absence of so many others however. The newest addition to the County, Elizabeth Cage is intriguing, another poor-little-rich-girl like Mary Duckworth of earlier books, but with a charm of her own.
This is a must for fans of the series but would also be enjoyable for any fan of the 'cozy' mystery genre.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 8, 2004
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I enjoyed this book, and I especially like reading the details of how Qwill dotes on Koko and Yum Yum. Tales of traveling with the cats, and their turkey roaster(!) were so amusing. The mystery didn't grip me, though. In fact, at times, I completely lost track of why Qwill went to visit Breakfast/Pear/Providence Island. Still, the book is low on violence and the pace is leisurely. If you are looking for something witty and pleasant, but not necessarily a page turner, pick this one up.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 14, 2002
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Of all of the books of the series this one is my favorite. I love the setting, and all the characters that are introduced. The natives to Pear Island (Breakfast Island) are charming and add a lot to the ambiance of the story. The Bambas have always been some of my favorite characters and I enjoyed seeing so much of them in this book. When I want a light hearted read I always grab this one first. I'd suggest it to any one who likes to read mysteries.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dennis Phillips on August 17, 2005
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Mrs. Braun's books have often contained a pro-environmentalist message but this is the greenest book so far. For in this episode the developers have defaced Breakfast Island with a resort, worse yet, they have changed the name of the island to Pear Island and Qwilleran is fit to be tied. He is even more upset than normal since money from his K foundation has helped fund the Pear Island Resort. Even the thought of visiting the remodeled island makes him furious until two events conspire to change his mind.

The first event is an announcement from his lady friend Polly Duncan that she is going to Oregon for two weeks to visit a friend. Knowing that he is going to be alone for two whole weeks puts Qwilleran in just the proper mood for event number two. He gets a call from his old friend Nick Bamba who asks if he can come by for a chat. It turns out that Nick and his wife have opened a B&B on the island and have themselves become the victims of some weird occurrences at the resort. Knowing about Qwilleran's mystery solving ability Nick invites the former reporter and his two cats to spend the time that Polly is gone at the Bamba B&B. Not being able to resist a good mystery, Qwilleran agrees to come to the island and the fun begins.

Qwilleran suspects all along that the accidents aren't really accidents and he sets out to prove his theory. Koko takes up dominoes to try and point Qwilleran in the right direction but it takes forever for Koko's human to figure out what the cat is trying to tell him. Of course, Qwilleran finally figures it all out but he never would have found the answer if Koko hadn't arranged for him to meet and save the life of a local heiress.
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