In keeping with traditional "Cat Who..." conundrums, this particular offering of feline intrigue ties with hushed family secrets in a light hearted mood sure to please fans and first timers alike. Its writing style is relaxed, the characters whimsical, and the setting so realistic, one might feel the nip of November's breeze in Moose or another county's quaint villa universally known as Pickax by any other name, Somewhere or Anywhere USA. The central appeal of small town life is a recurring theme, for the roots which have given us wings beckon now and again. Similarly, Don McClean's song "Castles in the Air" exemplifies perhaps the theme song of James Qwilleran, a divorcee and a recovering alcoholic who is indeed not a part of the cocktail generation, but a prying newspaperman/unlikely detective in mufti. "But how can words express the feel of sunlight in the morning, in the hills away from city strife? ... I'm city born, but I love the country life". A calmly paced mystery, "The Cat Who Talked to Ghosts" allows readers to enjoy the rural scenery, converse with the locals at the Dimsdale Diner and gather strains of gossip which just might reveal the details of a quietly arranged "accidental death". Iris Cobb, staple character of the series, has been hastily obliterated it seems, and the population of Pickax/Moose County/ Down Below has surely diminished since our heroine's arrival on the scene. However, for the sake of country charm and a predictable yet satisfying mystery, this selection is recommended for city folks from Down Home, those among us who drive our SUV's, drink decaf latte, and listen to Garrison Keilor hailing from Lake Wobegon.