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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Not Avail
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405613483
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405613484
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (161 customer reviews)

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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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In this book, it seems to be the main plot with the mystery being secondary.
J. Bouffard
The book is as disappointing to fans as the rest of the recent installments in the series were.
Pet magnet
If you must read this book, borrow it from the library; it's not worth your hard-earned money.
HOKAJO

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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Mary M. on July 24, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Whatever happened to the real Lilian Jackson Braun? She can't possibly be writing these books. I've always been a fan of this series and have read all the books, many of them more than once (that is, the early books) but I've been so disappointed with the last few. There were 4 deaths in this latest book, all of which were passed over like they were just 60 second sound-bites...except for the last double-murder which got maybe 120 seconds. There was a vague mention of a possible way the murders were accomplished, but no mention of an investigation or proof that this is what happened. Too much time was spent on Pickax details that we already know, yet the murders were passed over too quickly with no discussion of how they were solved. The first murder didn't seem to be covered well and the accidental death at the bridge didn't seem to bother Qwill very much, even tho' it was the death of a close friend. Come on! Let's get real! This series seems to have lost its speed. Even the author seems uninterested in it. Why not let it die with dignity rather than continuing it in such a painful manner!
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By J. Bouffard on August 12, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I checked this book out of the library after reading some of the reviews here, so I knew going into this that it wasn't one of the best Cat Who ... books written. However, I was not prepared for the book's overall lack of style or enthusiasm.

With the exception of the Cat Who Went Bananas, I've read all of the books in the series, including the first 3 written in the 1960s. It wasn't until I read The Cat Who Went Up a Creek that I began to notice a change in Ms. Braun's writing style. Suddenly, the stories became more predictable, her usual "keep you guessing until the end" style wasn't the same, and to be honest I began to wonder if she had someone else write the book. Her books since then (The Cat Who ... Brought Down the House; Talked Turkey; Went Bananas; and Dropped a Bombshell) have slowly descended into more fluff than stuff.

Over the course of the series, we've been introduced to a unique perspective of life in a small town contained in a fairly remote area. Having grown up in a small town, I can relate to all the concepts she presents -- the same 6 names which dominate the town because they are all involved in it to the Nth degree, the distrust of anyone new to the area until they prove themselves, and the roots that run deeper than the core of the earth. Part of that small town vibe is going downtown, everyone knowing you (and your business) and everyone discussing you. In most of the previous books, that has been kept at a minimum and in context with the mystery. In this book, it seems to be the main plot with the mystery being secondary. The shift in focus just doesn't work for me -- and as I can see out here, it doesn't work for most of Ms. Braun's devoted readers either.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Georgia on February 6, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I own and have read all of Ms. Braun's "The Cat Who..." books. I am loyal to authors who continue to produce products of enjoyment. To say that I was disappointed in this book is an understatement. As several other reviewers have mentioned, the last three books have not been up to her past standards. My purpose for reading these books has never been for intellectual stimulation; real life offers enough of that. This series was (and I do mean was) an escape to a simpler time and place. I am from a small town; I could relate to the small-town life described. Some of the characters were "familiar" to me. If Ms. Braun is actually responsible for these last three books, I sincerely hope she will stop disappointing her fans. If, in actuality someone(s) else is responsible, get a clue - loyalty only goes so far. Your writing is atrocious; my middle school students could produce better. Why is it so difficult for people to know when to quit? I have seen several different accounts of Ms. Braun's birth year - anywhere from 1910-1916; we can do the math. I hate to give up on something that has provided such a pleasant and anticipated escape for me all these years, but I do not enjoy being taken for a fool.

If you haven't bought the book - don't; check it out from the library. It isn't worth the money you'd spend; to me, it wasn't worth the time to read.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Karen Vincent on May 15, 2006
Format: Hardcover
The "Cat Who" mysteries are definitely petering out. The last few have been mere shadows of their former selves. While evacuated for Hurricane Katrina, I reread all of them and it was very evident how superior the older entries were. I love Quill and the cats, but it makes me sad to see something of this poor quality on the shelf. Let them go with dignity - they deserve it!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Victoria Miller on February 8, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Alas, I must concur with previous reviewers. As yet another Moose County vicarious resident, I was looking forward to the latest escapades of Quill, Koko and Yum Yum. I was hoping for Koko's latest psychic quirk, Yum Yum's latest pilfer, and Quill's latest romantic caper with Polly -- IN DETAIL! The details, along with Braun's wonderful subtle humor, are what have made this series such a success. When I need to escape, I reread one of the books and escape to Pickax. Hithertofore we've gotten wonderful descriptions of what people wear, what people eat, little running gags between characters -- oh, and that wonderful thing called "character development." I don't mind ghostwriters -- so long as they have blood in their veins, passion in their prose, and know their subject. An excellent editor helps, too. Lilian Jackson Braun has created too wonderful a series to have it bomb like this.
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