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In this tame, nonmysterious mystery, bucolic Pickax City, in Moose County ("400 miles north of everywhere") is first disrupted by vandalism, then by murder. When Harley Fitch, vice-president of the Pickax Bank, and his wife, Belle, are found shot to death, police chief Brodie, a bagpipe-playing Scotsman, thinks that vandals, from neighboring, low-class Chipmonk are responsible. After three of the suspects die in a car accident, the case is effectively closed. But Jim Qwilleran ("former journalist, now heir to the Klingenschoen fortunea big man about 50, with graying hair, bushy moustache and doleful expression") doesn't agree. Involved though he is in starting up a newspaper, juggling several platonic romances, redecorating his house and spoiling his Siamese cats, Koko and Yum Yum, he finds time to snoop around. He doesn't discover anything, except for the spotted pasts of the deceased. Eventually, the killer attacks Qwilleran and his identity is made known; there are no clues, no logical way for the reader to figure out whodunit. The author's device of introducing every scene with stage directions, and her reliance on stereotypical characters, may bore even the readers who find Koko and Yum Yum as irresistible as Braun ( The Cat Who Knew Shakespeare , The Cat Who Played Post Office ) does. Mystery Guild featured alternate.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Series: Cat Who... (Book 8)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Jove (March 1, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0515099546
  • ISBN-13: 978-0515099546
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #123,221 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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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Dennis Phillips on May 11, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
As I started this, the eighth book of this series I found that the author had decided to use a slightly different tact from that of her previous books. At the beginning of each chapter there are what amounts to stage directions that tell the reader about the location of the action to come and the characters involved. For someone who jumps into the series with this book these directions might be helpful but I found them very distracting.

The story itself revolves around the murder of the scion of a local family of bankers and his wife, of whom the family did not approve. Everyone immediately assumes that a gang of local hoodlums committed the murder but Jim Qwilleran is not so sure about that. By the time the dust has settled, Braun has killed off seven residents of Moose County as she continues to thin the population of this remote area. Through it all, Qwilleran senses that there is more to this mystery than meets the eye but he continually overlooks the clues that his cat Koko is trying to give him. To add to Qwilleran's woes, Yum Yum is behaving strangely and he is having serious women troubles.

The mystery is a little heavier in this book than in the previous installments and the clues are much harder to read. Until the very end, neither the reader nor Qwilleran will know whom the killer or killers are despite Koko's clues. It all just seems so improbable. Still, since the mysteries in these books are secondary to the story of Jim Qwilleran, his cats and the people of Moose County the odd solution to this particular mystery is not too disappointing. The reader should also be wary of fake leads that appear throughout this story.

As is normal for these cat books, the characters are very well developed and interesting.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By J. E. Stephens VINE VOICE on July 15, 2008
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Jim Qwilleran, or Qwill, has recently left the big city to move to the city of Pickax in Moose County. Life is good. He is decorating a new space and has a lovely young decorator who seems to making plays for him. This is causing problems for Qwill's relationship with Polly Duncan, the town librarian.

Qwill joined the local theatre group. The play practice is going smoothly until one of the actors is murdered with his wife. Qwill begins to investigate the murder and finds out many new details about Pickax residents and Moose County.

The Cats, Koko and Yum Yum, begin to act strangely. Little does Qwill know they are working behind the scenes to solve a crime and repair a relationship.

I enjoyed this Lilian Jackson Braun novel. I plan to read them all. If you like enjoyable mysteries with cats you will love this book.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jeanne Tassotto VINE VOICE on January 10, 2004
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This 8th volume of the popular Cat Who series focuses on the production of 'Arsenic and Old Lace' that is being staged by the Moose County Theater Club. The play is cancelled when one of the cast members and his wife are murdered. In typical small town fashion everyone else in the book are related to, had dated, gone to school with, taught, worked with or in someway were related to the couple. Qwill, the richest man in Moose County (which is located 400 miles north of everywhere) and his cats Koko and Yum Yum, are soon on the case. This sleuthing does not come without peril to the trio but in the end they of course solve the crime.
This is a bit more of a mystery than others of the series (at least I didn't figure it out early as I usually do in this series). There is also more violence involving Qwill and the cats than usual. In light of this I think that this would be a better choice for a non Moose County groupie.
For those of us who are fans of the series we get to visit with many of our old friends including Alacoque Wright who was featured in an earlier book. Qwill has also found himself with a surplus of lady friends, a situation that he does not find to his liking! The cats are very much involved in the action here, more directly than in some other books in this series.
The book is divided not into chapters but into acts and scenes like a play.
This is one of the best of the series, both for those who are already fans of the series and those who are not (yet).
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By David Zampino VINE VOICE on May 2, 2005
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. . . try their hand at theater! The "K" mansion has burned down, and Qwill decides to donate the property to the theater club. Unfortunately, just before the first big show (Arsnic and Old Lace) the body of the one of the prominent members of the community is found, along with his new wife. Will Qwill and the cats be able to solve this one? Or will the murderer get off scot free?

There is a lot of good to be said for this installment of "The Cat Who . . .) series. We are re-introduced to an interesting character from "The Cat Who Ate Danish Modern" and to a charming new character, Eddington, the eccentric used book dealer. Arch Riker, Iris Cobb, and of course, Polly all have roles to play as well.

As an interesting note, the book is not divided into chapters, but rather into scenes and acts -- all part of the "theater" theme.

For fans of the series, this is one of the better ones.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Ada Erickson on July 4, 2001
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After reading a complex volume or when in need of a little quiet therapy, I go to visit Qwill in Pickax. The Cat Who...books are all imaginative and funny, as well as clean and well-written. They are not earth shattering works, but more like a portal to a place that feels like home.
The cat who sniffed glue is no exception. I feel that this is one of the strongest books in the series, with an excellent and professional plot.
I do hope you'll get to know the characters in Moose County, and enjoy them as much as I do. None of the Cat Who books disappoint!
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