The Cat Who Lived High Paperback – Oct 3 1991
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Granted, the plots of the cat books are sometimes a bit weak, even outlandish. And the details of every last thing Qwilleran had for breakfast, lunch and dinner can be a trifle tiresome after the tenth time or so, especially when the same sort of detail is applied to the cats' meals and snacks.
But I can tolerate all those because the characters seem real and because the atmosphere is so carefully drawn. In this case, for example, we have the building owner, the "countess," with overtones of Miss Havisham telling Pip (or Qwill, in this case) simply to "Play." And then there is the apartment building, the Casablanca, with its rickety elevators and other signs of age and disrepair. I feel that I actually know the countess and can smell the Casablanca or find my way through the hallways in the dark.
One has to go by the sum total in evaluating a book, i.e., the credits minus the debits. That being so, I have to give this a solid recommendation as I look forward to the next in the series. The perfect mystery? Not at all. But pretty good.
After arriving in the city and establishing himself at the Casblanca Qwill begins to catch up with old friends, visit old neighborhoods and delve into the issues surrounding the Casablanca. Of course once Qwill and the cats are on the scene the suicide and murder scandal that had rocked the community a few weeks before is discovered to be even more scandalous than previously thought. In the end Qwill and the cats unravel the plot.
This is one of my least favorite books in the series. The beginning is riveting, the opening scenes of the warnings Qwill receives from his Moose County friends and his re-introduction to city life are all very well done. It is also great for fans of the series to travel back to Junktown and see how it and some of its residents have changed since we last saw them (The Cat Who Turned On and Off and The Cat Who Saw Red).Read more ›
THE CAT WHO LIVED HIGH finds Qwill enticed from his home in Moose County (miles and miles north of everywhere) to the mean streets of the city "down below," where an old friend hopes to interest him in the restoration of a landmark apartment building--but no sooner is Qwill installed in the penthouse than the astute Koko uncovers evidence of murder. Braun's novels often have a slyly satirical touch, and that is seen to particular advantage in this title, which finds Qwill musing on the subject of urban decay, crime, and people whose name-spellings make as much sense backwards as forwards. One of Braun's best!
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Different and humerus and a nice story !!
Loved every page of this and all the other Cat Who books
Another interesting mystery with Qwilleran, the middle-aged news writer for the Daily Fluxion and his Siamese cats Koko and Yum-Yum. Read morePublished on June 26 2004 by smartnurse123
Quill and his cats move into Ms. Cobbs house after they find out she dies. They move there to try to find out why she died. Tis book was written very well. Read morePublished on March 31 2004 by ike manitz
As this 10th entry of the long running Cat Who series opens, Qwill is trying to listen to an opera recording. Read morePublished on Jan. 14 2004 by Jeanne Tassotto
I love this entire series and am in the process of rereading it. Most fans of the series would probably agree that one of LJB's biggest strengths is her ability to create and... Read morePublished on Sept. 20 2002 by Christine M. Schroeder
Overall, this is a great series, though this one was a bit slower than the others. I still like it, just not as much. Read morePublished on July 7 2001 by V. VanCamp