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The Cat Who Came to Breakfast [Paperback]

Lilian Jackson Braun
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June 2002
An adventure for the sleuthing Siamese Koko and Yum Yum.
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In the 16th Cat Who . . . adventure, Pickax City's Jim Qwilleran and his intuitive Siamese cats, Yum Yum and Koko, investigate odd accidents plaguing a glitzy resort recently built on a nearby island in Moose County, "400 miles north of everywhere." As Breakfast Island undergoes development which highlights its possible pirate past, retired reporter Qwill and others bemoan the spoiling of its natural beauty. After an episode of food poisoning and an accidental drowning at the resort hotel, the owners of the Domino Inn, an already established bed-and-breakfast, ask Qwill to find out whether disgruntled locals are trying to discourage tourism. On the day that Qwill moves himself and the cats into one of the Inn's cottages, another guest is injured on the Inn's front steps and an explosion in the resort's marina kills a yacht owner. Questioning reticent natives and resort employees, Qwill enlists an informant to speak with witnesses of the accidents. He himself talks with the vague proprietor of a resort antique shop filled with overpriced items. But it is Yum Yum's domino playing that sets the former newsman on the right track. Braun ( The Cat Who Went into the Closet ) gives fans what they crave in this latest meandering tale about the skeptical, lovable Qwill on an island full of cats. Literary Guild alternate; Mystery Guild main selection.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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In the 17th installment in Braun's popular series, Jim Qwilleran and cats Koko and Yum Yum head to a quiet island to investigate a series of murders.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars On vacation with Qwill and the cats Jan. 17 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Qwill, AKA James Qwilleran, wealthy semi-retired journalist and companion person to two Siamese cats, has just expressed his total disdain for the newest Moose County (400 miles north of everywhere) enterprise - Pear Island AKA Breakfast Island AKA Grand Island AKA Providence Island when he discovers that his long-time lady friend, Polly will be vacationing in Oregon and without him. He reconsiders his options and decides to visit this island but on his own terms. In a short time he becomes entangled in the local politics and begins to suspect that all is not as it seems on the island, no matter what name is being used. Of course there is a death and Qwill's suspicions prove correct. By the end of the book Qwill and the cats have had yet another vacation that did not go according to plan but instead solved some mysteries.
This was a good entery into the series but I did miss some of the Moose County regulars. The one that were present,the ever-growing Derek and the delightful Bamba family make up for the absence of so many others however. The newest addition to the County, Elizabeth Cage is intriguing, another poor-little-rich-girl like Mary Duckworth of earlier books, but with a charm of her own.
This is a must for fans of the series but would also be enjoyable for any fan of the 'cozy' mystery genre.
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4.0 out of 5 stars There's More Than Fudge Fumes on Breakfast Island! April 30 2002
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Hardcore mystery fans may find it a bit of a stretch, but if your taste runs to expertly written and very light fiction, you can't do better than Lillian Jackson Braun's "The Cat Who..." series. Her detective, reporter James Qwilleran, investigates crimes with the aid of his Siamese cats--and the solutions to the crime inevitably rest more upon intution than actual deduction. While the premise sounds farfetched, Braun's work is actually less fanciful than you might expect, and she presents her eccentric characters and stories with great charm.
Braun's writings frequently address ecological issues, and THE CAT WHO CAME TO BREAKFAST takes on over-development--in this case the rape of Breakfast Island, now renamed Pear Island and outfitted with a large scale resort, tacky tourist attractions, and at least two fudge shops. Qwill disapproves... but even fudge fumes can't mask the scent of a good story, and he sets off with his cats to investigate a series of unfortunate island accidents... and stumbles into murder. THE CAT WHO CAME TO BREAKFAST is a particularly memorable title in the series, for it provides Braun ample excuse to write with the faintly satirical edge that she handles so well. Recommended to old fans and newcomers alike.
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1.0 out of 5 stars SAVE YOUR MONEY Sept. 16 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This series was one I wanted to like, but that proved impossible. Silly, trite, overworked! At best, they should be in the juvenile offerings.....but I'm sure any child other than a youngster would be bored. Save your money for some better written, more interesting stories...go buy a comic book instead, and get a quicker, more intelligent read. For the cat lovers (myself included), this proved to be no more likable-their input is truly stupid and minimal. My cats would be insulted to be included in a story like this, or put in a class with these feline "sleuths."......I also listened to the audio book, and couldn't wait for it to end...I don't like Van Patten either.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the cat who came to breakfast April 7 2000
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Format:School & Library Binding
I thought that the book was excellent. I never knew thatmystery books would ever be so refreshing. I was just sitting in thelibrary and was looking aroud for something to read. I picked up the cat who came to breakfast and read it . I really enjoyed what I read. After I finished reading the book I read all of the other books that was in the library that was written by Lilian Jackson Braun. I have just asked the librarian to order other books that I have not yet read by you. Thank you for writing something that is really enjoyable and yet calming to me. I hope that you keep writing more books about the threesome. Your books are amazing!
Thank you, Ann Jackson
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful! July 7 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This may not be the best of Lilian Jackson Braun... but it is still a great mystery book. Her books are light reading and not at all gross or scary and this is refreshing. The cats are adorable and I love to see what they are going to do next!!! The cats, Qwill and the books are very entertaining and I absolutely love them. When I am not reading one of these books I am missing Qwill, Koko and Yum Yum. I highly recommend reading all of The Cat Who books... start at the beginning... it is not necessary, but it IS better.
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5.0 out of 5 stars How does she keep doing it! Feb. 29 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I'm sorry if my english is terrible; I'm dutch. I just want to tell all of you how stunned I am by the gift Lilian Jackson Brown has. She can really keep me reading, although I need as much sleep as I can get :-) This time she takes the reader outside Pickax City, to Breakfast Island. It's very refreshing to read a 'The cat...' novel somewhere outside Moose County.. Well, at least not at Brrr, Mooseville or any city like that. It's a fun story. If you liked other books by her, you'll certainly like this one!
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3.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable way to spend a little time Feb. 8 2004
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I enjoyed this book, and I especially like reading the details of how Qwill dotes on Koko and Yum Yum. Tales of traveling with the cats, and their turkey roaster(!) were so amusing. The mystery didn't grip me, though. In fact, at times, I completely lost track of why Qwill went to visit Breakfast/Pear/Providence Island. Still, the book is low on violence and the pace is leisurely. If you are looking for something witty and pleasant, but not necessarily a page turner, pick this one up.
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