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Product Details

  • Series: Cat Who (Book 11)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Jove (May 1, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 051510566X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0515105667
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (150 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,572 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

With this 11th entry, the popular Cat Who series ( The Cat Who Talked to Ghosts ) begins to flag, its charms growing tatty and listless for even the most steadfast cat-and-mystery lovers. Ex-newspaperman James "Qwill" Qwilleran and his Siamese Koko and Yum Yum leave Moose County for the big city Down Below to help old friends save the Casablanca, an aging and elegant apartment building threatened with demolition to make way for profitable development. Qwill decides to spend the winter in the Casablanca to determine if it might make a project for the philanthropic Klingenschoen Fund, which he controls. Ensconced in a 14th-floor penthouse, he discovers that its previous tenant, Dianne Bessinger, head of the group trying to save the building, was an art dealer ostensibly murdered by a jealous protegeok . Qwill also plays Scrabble with the building's owner, the eccentric and reclusive Countess; he teaches the game to Koko, who thereby provides him with clues in his investigation of the murder, which he suspects is tied to attempts against the Casablanca. Braun's latest pleases with its descriptions of gentrification and development, but the book ends abruptly, leaving too many loose ends, and central characters Koko and Yum Yum develop no further at all.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From School Library Journal

YA-- They're back--the noble Koko, the charmer YumYum--and their wealthy retired owner, Quill. Here, the benevolent benefactor of Moose County packs the Purple Plum--his small, energy-efficient car--with the two inquisitive and endearing Siamese and leaves his cozy home for the winter. This newest addition to the series is a delight that will enchant long-time followers of the irresistible trio as well as first-time readers.
Copyright 1991 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.

Customer Reviews

I look forward to reading another in the series.
"c11935"
My Grandma gave me this book a couple of weeks ago and since I love cats and she told me it was cute, I thought I would read it.
Jamie Mathena
Qwill finds out an art dealer died in his very apartment and, once again, Koko the Siamese cat is on the case!
Carla Moore

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By J. E. Stephens VINE VOICE on June 29, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This was the first Lilian Jackson Braun novel I have read. I loved it. I enjoyed reading about the cats and how smart Koko was. And how the cats knew the phone was going to ring 10 seconds before the phone rang.

Qwill is called in the middle of the night by his former landlady, Mrs. Cobb. She has been hearing strange noises and was scared. He leaves to investigate and finds her dead. Many strange things are happening at the museum, and Qwill decides to move in and find out what really happened to his friend.

Very enjoyable, this will not be my last Lilian Jackson Braun.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Dennis Phillips on May 21, 2005
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Lilian Jackson Braun's tenth cat book starts off with the death of one of the most beloved long-time characters in the series. It is quite a testament to Braun's writing ability that I felt so saddened by this person's death and I was indeed quite upset. It is not clear early on if this death is a murder or a simple heart attack but as usual, Qwilleran is suspicious. Braun has the ability to make her readers feel as if they know the people of Moose County and have lived there for years and this is what is so endearing about this series. This story also starts out with Qwilleran telling the story in the first person which is a new twist and fortunately one that just sort of melts away early in the book.

As in previous stories the mystery is mostly a background for another tale of Moose County but this time there are only two deaths to deal with. Among the more memorable characters to wander in and out of this story are ninety-four year old Homer Tibbitt and his slightly younger girlfriend Rhoda, who refuses to get her hearing aide fixed. One of their conversations culminates with Homer yelling at Rhoda, "I said potties-not poppies!" This conversation sent me into fits of laughter and is typical of Braun's wonderful writing style.

Like all small rural communities, Moose County has it's secrets, one of which Qwilleran uncovers while puzzling over his friend's death. It turns out that one of the area's most famous incidents was all a fake and that at least one Moose County resident had lived long past his funeral. A secret that in the end will remain locked away in Qwilleran's mind and in the secret compartment of a Dingleberry desk.

As is the case in most of these books, Koko tries to give Qwilleran clues but time and again the former reporter looks over the hints.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Atheen M. Wilson on June 16, 2000
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I enjoy murder mysteries in general, especially the "who dunnit" type, of which this is one. Since I was also "raised" by a Siamese cat named Impy, and kept in line over my life time by a series of his successors, I especially enjoy this series. The author definitely has an appreciation for the character of the breed. This book is no exception. The antics of KoKo are always a joy and remind me of one of my own early pets, Mr Sin. This particular volume is especially fun as it partakes of some of both of Quill's lives: that of down and out reporter from "Down Under" and that of the recluse multimillionaire from "up North." Since much of the description fits the Minneapolis and Northern Minnesota area from which I come, I also feel a certain resonance with the characters and their settting. The story is an elaborate one with a slightly macabre twist. I actually figured it out because I had a small bit of information from my own experience that helped me do so, but I still found the book a satisfying read
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 1, 1999
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Great book. In this 11th entry in The Cat Who... series, we get another change of location as Qwill and the cats go back "Down Below" to possibly help save an old apartment building from destruction. I actually was able to pick up some of the clues and knew who didn't commit the murder, but not who did!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Roger Long on June 20, 2004
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I just can't agree with the reviewer who commented that the cat series was growing weaker. In fact, I think this was a bit better than the last several preceding this, partly because of the new surroundings.
Granted, the plots of the cat books are sometimes a bit weak, even outlandish. And the details of every last thing Qwilleran had for breakfast, lunch and dinner can be a trifle tiresome after the tenth time or so, especially when the same sort of detail is applied to the cats' meals and snacks.
But I can tolerate all those because the characters seem real and because the atmosphere is so carefully drawn. In this case, for example, we have the building owner, the "countess," with overtones of Miss Havisham telling Pip (or Qwill, in this case) simply to "Play." And then there is the apartment building, the Casablanca, with its rickety elevators and other signs of age and disrepair. I feel that I actually know the countess and can smell the Casablanca or find my way through the hallways in the dark.
One has to go by the sum total in evaluating a book, i.e., the credits minus the debits. That being so, I have to give this a solid recommendation as I look forward to the next in the series. The perfect mystery? Not at all. But pretty good.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Helen on August 27, 2000
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This book was enjoyable as books in this series always are. This one was another where Qwill leaves behind Pickax and his usual cast of supporting characters. On this occasion he wants to avoid another freezing Pickax winter. This gives the author the opportunity to show how unhappy Qwill now becomes outside his Moose County environment and away from Polly Duncan.
The most interesting books of this series are the ones set outside Pickax as this gives Qwill and the cats the chance to relate to new characters and situations.
This is a book in the cosy genre; the plotting is not its strength and I don't think ever was meant to be. Like other books in this series, it was a wonderfully warm and engaging read.
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