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The Cat Who Smelled a Rat [Mass Market Paperback]

Lilian Jackson Braun
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Jan. 23 2002 Cat Who... (Book 23)
Meet prizewinning reporter Jim Qwilleran and his extraordinary Siamese cats Koko and Yum Yum—the most unlikely, most unusual, most delightful team in detective fiction!

The way Jim Qwilleran sees it, there’s nothing worse than being left high and dry. But that’s exactly where he’s been ever since a record-breaking drought hit Moose County. He’s bedraggled. Beleaguered. And, following a rash of fires at local historic minesites, deeply bewildered. Some blame the blazes on bad weather conditions, but Qwill’s thinking arson. And when a mysterious explosion is followed by a blood-chilling murder, he starts seriously praying for snow—and answers. Good thing Koko can smell trouble a mile away…


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Moose County journalist and philanthropist James Qwilleran, better known to fans of Lilian Jackson Braun's evergreen series of feline-inspired thrillers as the owner of a couple of remarkably prescient Siamese cats named Koko and Yum Yum, is comfortably ensconced in his winter residence in Pickax at the beginning of The Cat Who Smelled a Rat. But he and the other citizens start hoping for snow when a series of arson fires threaten their safety as well as the historically significant shafthouses that sit atop the long-closed mine sites scattered throughout the county.

Qwilleran and his pets take quite a while to connect the fires with the death of a local builder in a seemingly unrelated accident. But his leisurely jaunt to the conclusion of this lightly plotted adventure leaves plenty of room for the author to do what she does best, which is sketching the picaresque characters who people Pickax and dwelling on the small-town charms of a place where everybody knows everything about everybody. The cats are quicker to solve a crime than the local constabulary. Only Koko could find the clues hidden in an antique pitcher and an old-fashioned glove box, and only a cat lover could consider this a mystery or even a romance. There's no suspense, very little drama, hardly any blood, and not even a hint of sex between Qwilleran and his lady. But Braun's fans are legion, so we know she must be doing something right. --Jane Adams --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The 23rd entry in Braun's Cat Who... series (The Cat Who Robbed a Bank; The Cat Who Saw Stars; etc.) testifies to the amazing popularity of mysteries featuring cats. Once again philanthropist-journalist Jim Qwilleran, columnist for the Something, the local newspaper of Pickax City in Moose County, turns for crime-solving help to his insightful and sensitive Siamese sleuths, Koko and Yum Yum. It's late October and the residents of Pickax are praying for the Big One, the annual blizzard that ushers in the long winter. This year it is much needed since the extreme drought conditions have made the area a virtual tinderbox. After several fires break out, volunteers form the Citizens' Fire Watch to protect the historic shafthouses, all that remain of the county's once prosperous mines. Anxiety increases as more fires occur and a volunteer is shot dead at one of the shafthouses. When the president of the local curling club dies from a fall, Qwilleran, with a twitch of his moustache and an ear-splitting shriek from Koko, joins his feline assistants to find the rat responsible before snow flies. Regular fans will enjoy being back with old friends and will be intrigued by the eccentric new additions to Pickax. The complexities of small-town life and the feline antics portrayed with Braun's apt wit and humor combine with a puzzling mystery to make for a most welcome addition to the series. (Feb. 5) Forecast: With a solid bestseller track record for this series, this entry is sure to claw its way up the lists. British rights have been sold to Headline.
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I have purchased every Cat Who book, plus the Cat Who Companion, and Short and Tall Tales. I pre-order each one, and I continually read them in sequence. By the time the new one comes out, I have gone back and read every one of them again and champ at the bit for the new one. I am a cyber resident of Moose County! Now I enjoy a thriller as much as the next reader; I enjoy adventure and science fiction, but no other series of books has ever completely captured my heart like this wonderful Quillerain Community! I hope Lillian Jackson Braun lives to be 150 years old and writes at least a Cat Who book every year!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Series !! March 6 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Am addicted to this whole series !!
Every one is excellent !!
Relaxing, funny very good stories !!
Wish there were more !!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Read Feb. 28 2004
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
Although not a great work of literature, these books are a light, easy read which are bound to entertain any animal lover. The animals play a central role in all the charachters lives. I love to read these series just before I go to sleep!
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The first body doesn't appear until about half way through the book. The first half of the book catches fans up on the latest in Moose County. Suspicious fires have been plaguing the beloved shafthouses, those tourist attracting relics of Moose County's mining past. Qwill and Koko begin to unravel that little problem but are sidetracked by the death of an old friend. More suspicious destruction sets them back on the trail, the bodies (finally) begin to appear. Of course Qwill and Koko prevail with the added triumphs of discovering the motives of the abherent behavior of a long time Moose County resident and shooing away yet another rival for Polly's affections.
This is a long running series of cozies. If you are already familiar with Moose County, its resident mystery solving cat and his millionaire companion you'll LOVE this book. If not you probably want to look elsewhere. If you are new to the series this is not where you want to start. If you are looking for a very challenging mystery you probably won't be happy with the series at all.
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1.0 out of 5 stars I think Braun really is writing these books.... Sept. 16 2003
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
... because she's turned a 50ish man into a little old lady of 87. I know some 50ish men. They would not be seen dead in "jumpsuits" or "leisure suits". They do not spend their time as Q does: eating, drinking coffee, judging children's art contests, redecorating their homes. When they get together with friends it is not to view a new sofa or read aloud a new restaurant's menus, as Q does. (Honestly!) They do not live in woodsy/watery resort areas and then eschew all outdoor activities and virtually any exercise whatsoever. When duties require their presence at some location a whopping 30 miles from home, they do not pack up and move house. I snort my way through these paperbacks (free from the little-old-lady next door) and rejoice that my boyfriend is, in fact, a "well-built 50ish man" and *not* Qwill.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Smells pretty good to me! Feb. 5 2003
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
This was good enough to read during one prolonged session in the bathtub. Oops! That says more about me than it does about the book. I have been enchanted with all the "Cat Who..." books that I've read, as they are reliably wholesome and fun. I don't know why I passed Lilian Jackson Braun's books by for so long, but I am trying to make up for lost time by savoring another one each week. Braun's clever protagonist, James Qwilleran, embodies the fantasy of inheriting billions, yet staying grounded enough to continue a newspaper career and enjoy small town life. Although Qwill doesn't travel far, his escapades read like a gastronomic travelogue. "The Cat Who Smelled a Rat" isn't a great classical work, but I have to give it the highest rating because it meets my 5-star criteria of "I wish I'd written that".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Smells pretty good to me! Feb. 5 2003
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This was good enough to read during one prolonged session in the bathtub. Oops! That says more about me than it does about the book. I have been enchanted with all the "Cat Who..." books that I've read, as they are reliably wholesome and fun. I don't know why I passed Lilian Jackson Braun's books by for so long, but I am trying to make up for lost time by savoring another one each week. Braun's clever protagonist, James Qwilleran, embodies the fantasy of inheriting billions, yet staying grounded enough to continue a newspaper career and enjoy small town life. Although Qwill doesn't travel far, his escapades read like a gastronomic travelogue. "The Cat Who Smelled a Rat" isn't a great classical work, but I have to give it the highest rating because it meets my 5-star criteria of "I wish I'd written that".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Smells pretty good to me! Feb. 5 2003
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This was good enough to read during one prolonged session in the bathtub. Oops! That says more about me than it does about the book. I have been enchanted with all the "Cat Who..." books that I've read, as they are reliably wholesome and fun. I don't know why I passed Lilian Jackson Braun's books by for so long, but I am trying to make up for lost time by savoring another one each week. Braun's clever protagonist, James Qwilleran, embodies the fantasy of inheriting billions, yet staying grounded enough to continue a newspaper career and enjoy small town life. Although Qwill doesn't travel far, his escapades read like a gastronomic travelogue. "The Cat Who Smelled a Rat" isn't a great classical work, but I have to give it the highest rating because it meets my 5-star criteria of "I wish I'd written that".
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