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The Cat Who Sang for the Birds
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on October 16, 2006
Once again we tune in on the denizens of Moose County and find all in an uproar. In fact there are several uproars going on in this cozy neighborhood located 400 miles north of everywhere. First there is the new art center which most people love but the director somehow expects the farmers in the vicinity to keep their dirt off of the roads. When it rains you see, that dirt becomes mud and eventually gets tracked into the art center. Worse yet, the library has gotten rid of their card catalog and replaced it with a computer. This little innovation even sparks a demonstration complete with a grill for burning protestor's library cards.

Amid all of the normal Pickax City hubbub resides the ever-affable Jim Qwilleran and his mystery solving cats Koko and Yum Yum. In this entry in the series Koko has taken to singing like a bird and communing with his bird friends as often as he can. He has also been on the case again after a suspicious fire claims the life of one of Pickax's oldest citizens. The authorities rule that the fire started with a kerosene heater but Qwill doesn't buy it and neither does Koko. Yum Yum for her part is happy playing with her new yo-yo.

Eventually of course everything works out and as in previous books Qwill looks back to see just how precise Koko's clues were. For those new to the series Koko, although talented can't talk but he tries to tell Qwill what has happened in some odd ways. Usually however Qwill doesn't figure out Koko's clues until he has solved the mystery on his own. The best thing about this series besides the wonderful cast of characters is that the reader gets the same clues as does Qwilleran and if one pays very close attention Koko will tell you who done it long before the solution is revealed.

Overall this book, while enjoyable is just a little darker than most of the previous entries, although the body count is fairly low especially compared to some of its predecessors. I can't put my finger on the difference but there is a slightly different tone to this book and it is not an altogether welcome change. On the other hand this is still a very fun and entertaining read and this is a book that should be on every cozy mystery lover's bookshelf.
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on January 26, 1998
The early Spring should bring with it a gentle serenity to the citizens of Pickax City, Moose County, especially since the new art museum is opening. However, some of the leading citizens are irate because across the street from their newest attraction sits the dilapidated eyesore of a homestead belonging to the Widow Coggin.
Newspaper columnist Jim Qwilleran interviews the feisty elderly woman. However, shortly afterward, she dies in a strange fire that has the markings of arson. Following the fire, some nude sketches are stolen from the museum and a young artist disappears. Qwill, who has a full personal agenda, is nudged by his Siamese cats, Koko and Yum Yum, to begin to investigate the weird happenings "four hundred miles north of everywhere".
The twentieth entry in "The Cat" series should please fans of Lilian Jackson Braun's long running series, but everyone else will prefer walking the dog. The story line provides much insight into the various relationships of the recurring characters, but the sleuthing is microscopically small. Still, those who religiously follow the series will want to learn more about their heroes, heroines, and felines.
Harriet Klausner
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on August 22, 1999
I am a big fan of the Cat Who mystery series. The Cat Who Sang For the Birds was the first new book in the series to come out after I had begun reading the series. Therefore, it was all rather fresh to me, and I found both the book and the style quite interesting. I think part of what makes this series so great is that it's not so much murder mystery as a nice, well-connected tale. The Pennant Race (spelling bee) is a nice extra, and so are some of Qwill's pursuits. On further reading of the book, after reading some of the others, I find that it could be more interesting and exciting. The humor however is there, and so are the cats! Let the cats live on forever!
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on September 8, 2000
This is a wonderful read! Anyone who like cats will really enjoy Lilian's books. I have read this book and "The Cat Who Tailed a Thief" and I've enjoyed them both. I can't wait to obtain ALL Lilian Jackson Braun's books about these wonderful cats!
The main reasons I like these books are 1) I like adventures and mysteries concerning animals and 2) The way she makes KoKo so mystical and wise makes me realize I'm not the only person who believes cats DO have some kind of unworldly knowledge. Thank you Lilian Jackson Braun!
I just wish I didn't have to wait for her books to get on the clearance rack.
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on March 17, 1998
I LOVED THIS BOOK! I HAD READ SOME REVIEWS BEFORE I PURCHASED IT AND KNOW THINK MAYBE THE REVIEWS WERE ABOUT ANOTHER BOOK. I FINISHED IT IN TWO DAYS AND KNOW I CAN HARDLY WAIT FOR THE NEXT ONE. I LOVE THE WAY MRS. BRAUN HANDLES MYSTERIES WITHOUT THE BLOOD AND GORE AND CAN LEAVE OUT THE UNACCEPTABLE LANGUAGE, SEXUAL SCENARIOS, AND CAN WRITE A COMPLETELY WONDERFUL, ENJOYABLE STORY. THE CHARACTERS ARE WONDERFUL. I PICTURE MR. Q AS A TOM SELECK LOOKING GUY, ALTHOUGH OLDER. THANK YOU FOR HOURS OF PLEASURE. ESPECIALLY KOKO AND YUM YUM. IT SOUNDS LIKE A GOOD PLACE TO GET AWAY FROM IT ALL; CITY STRESS.
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on February 5, 1998
In previous Cat Who's..., Lillian Jackson Braun has shown a wonderful talent for combining the mystery and "pet lover" them together, making one of the best known series. However, "The Cat Who Sang For The Birds" is less enthusiastic, dealing more with Qwilleran (the cats' owner)'s life than with the mysteries that Koko and Yum Yum (the cats) solve. Although the book did hold my attention, I feel that it could of been more of a mystery. But, I still say: Vive the cats!
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on February 22, 1998
The further adventures of Koko & Yum Yum. This outing they are spending time in the gazebo bird watching & Koko is doing his usual bit of dectecting by trying through his cat-like ways to let Quill know who the real culprit is. If you like 'cozy' types of mysterys-this one is for you. Another cat has been added to the 'tail' this one in the library where Polly works. There should be plenty of CATastrophies to keep us coming back for many more installments to come.
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on May 19, 1998
I'm always disappointed when Polly doesn't have as central a role as she does in some of the books. The cats didn't seem to play as big a part in this book, either. I have read all of Braun's books, having asked my librarian to order them through the state lending library. I really love LBJ's books and I hope it will be a good long time before she retires.
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on March 11, 1998
I have read the majority of cat who books and enjoyed everyone I read. Sang for the Birds however tends to drift from Braun's style. Has a friend of mine said, "It's a little too soupy." Also the best part of the book is the last five-ten pages where everything is revealed. Koko and YumYum however are still the best detectives.
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on November 23, 1999
The Cat Who Sang For the Birds was my introduction to the series and I've been transported to 400 miles north of anywhere many times since then. Its the relaxed style and wonderful characters that keep me coming back for more.
Heaven is Pickax!
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