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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?
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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 All aboard the Koko express! May 30 2001
By David
Format:Mass Market Paperback
There's a new attraction in Moose County, 400 miles north of everywhere: a luxury train, pulled by a beautifully restored steam locomotive. But it only gets to make one run before the Lumbertown Credit Union is locked up by state investigators, and the bank's owner, who also owns the train, disappears. Then there's a dog shot, and a murder at a tavern frequented by railroad people. Can Kao K'o Kung somehow communicate what he knows to his human, Qwill, with just a well-placed "YOW!"?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cat and train lovers united March 2 2001
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This was the first one I ever read of the Cat Who series and it was excellent. It kept me engrossed for hours. I couldn't wait to see what happened to Qwill, Koko and Yum Yum. I could relate with Qwilleran because I lived with two Siamese cats and I knew their behavoir.
It has a lot of excitement, involving a missing train. I learned quite a bit about trains reading this book. Lillian Jackson Braun certainly did her home work researching trains.
I highly recommend The Cat Who Blew The Whistle to any cat and train lover.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A little "off track" at the end! June 7 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is # 17 and I've read 1-17 in sequence. (18-20 are in my reading stack.) I did like this book overall, and I loved the characters. But I felt it was a little disjointed, and when I finished, I felt like there should have been more of a conclusion. Without giving anything away, there was no definite answer at the end as to whodunnit and what exactly was done. I'll keep reading, though. I've come to feel like Jim Qwilleran, Koko, Yum Yum, and many of the other regulars are real, and when I go a long time between books, I miss them! I've even started comparing my home county with Moose County.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Bargain Book Treasure! Feb. 8 2000
By S.A.M.
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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