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The Cat Who Blew the Whistle [Large Print] [Hardcover]

Lilian Jackson Braun
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June 1995
When the residents of Moose County, including the reclusive millionaire, Jim Qwilleran, board the old steam locomotive - the celebrated Engine No. 9 - on its inaugural journey, little do they know that this first trip will also be the last. By next morning, Qwill discovers that the affluent owner of Engine No. 9, Floyd Trevelyn, has disappeared, along with his glamorous secretary and millions of dollars belonging to Moose County investors. While the search is on for the fugitive, Qwill stays in Pickax and probes another mystery - why has Koko developed a sudden interest in certain works of literature and started to steal black pens?
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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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.

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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.

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4.0 out of 5 stars It grows on you 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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5.0 out of 5 stars It's a mystery with a twist. June 10 1996
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Being a cat lover and knowing how felines can be, I decided to read Ms. Brauns books. When I started they became clear that not only does Mr Q have a great pair of cats but he loves them very much.
In all of the books I have read of this series so far, Ms. Braun hints at who the "bad guy" might be then she has Koko and Mr. Q work together to solve the mystery. It is fun, reading what Koko and
Yum Yum are doing then seeing my own cats "talk" as they do in the books. Mr. Q, with all his billions, works for a living, cares for his friends and loves his cats. I have yet to see where he uses
his money to look "better" than any other person in the book.
Reading this and others of this series puts beautiful pictures in your mind of what Moose County may look like and how it would be to ive "400 miles north of everywhere".
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wow! What a Neat Concept 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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4.0 out of 5 stars A Bargain Book Treasure! Feb. 7 2000
By S.A.M.
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars The "Cat Who"... series strikes agaain!! Sept. 30 1998
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I am an avid "Cat Who"... reader and I was really impressed with this story. The author has a way of tying things together while making it all seem as if this was the way it should have been to begin with. The attention payed to details as with the train, the interaction of Q,Koko and Yum Yum and the string of other characters make for an entertaining and fast paced book. One almost feels you are in the story with them as they are riding in the train. I highly recommend any of the books from the "Cat Who".. series. I can't wait for the next one to come out. It should prove to be a great read. Way to go Lilian Jackson Braun! Keep on writing!!
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