THE CAT WHO WENT UP THE CREEK by Lilian Jackson Braun
THE CAT WHO WENT UP THE CREEK is the second book in the series by Lilian Jackson Braun. In this book, number twenty-four in the series, journalist/millionaire Jim Qwilleran and his two Siamese cats Koko and YumYum are guests at the Nutcracker Inn located in the neighboring town of Black Creek. While he is there, he learns of a floating body in the creek, and soon he and the cats are on the prowl, trying to solve a mystery in the way no others can.
Before the story ends, Jim discovers the hotel he is staying at is haunted, attends a showing of "The Pirates of Penzance", takes care of his friend Polly's cats while she is away on vacation, and gets to know his neighbors in the cabins that stand along the banks of Black Creek. Amongst all this are clues that will lead him to the murderer.
As this is only my second book, I can't make a judgment on the entire series. But, from comparing this book and the previous one I had just read, it appears to me that her older works are better written, and worth reading if you are one that enjoys cozy mysteries. In other words, don't expect too much action. Expect cute antics by the two cats, and some amazing feats of sleuthing by the Siamese Koko, and a few witticisms by Jim and his friends.
I have to admit that THE CAT WHO series are not my cup of tea, but I would recommend these books to those who can appreciate these types of cozy mysteries. The best advice is to start with the earlier written books, and wait till the very last to read the final books in the series.