- Hardcover: 224 pages
- Publisher: GP Putnam And Sons; 1st edition (Jan. 19 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0399151079
- ISBN-13: 978-0399151071
- Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 2.6 x 22.6 cm
- Shipping Weight: 454 g
- Average Customer Review: 49 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #832,865 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Cat Who Talked Turkey Hardcover – Jan 27 2004
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From Publishers Weekly
Like other recent books in Braun's best-selling series that began with The Cat Who Could Read Backwards (1966), this loosely plotted novel, the 26th to feature Siamese cats Koko and Yum Yum and Moose County journalist Jim Qwilleran, isn't quite up to the standard of earlier entries, but it still provides plenty of escapist fun. The shooting death of a well-dressed gentleman in the woods on Qwill's property is nearly neglected in the fuss and excitement engendered by the neighboring town of Brrr's bicentennial. On the trail of a story for the celebration, Qwill interviews Edythe Carroll, a wealthy widow who has retired to Ittibittiwassee Estates from the magnificent mansion she plans to leave to her granddaughter, Lish (short for Alicia). Little does Edythe know that Lish and her boyfriend, Lush, have already trashed the place. After dozing off in his gazebo after a busy day, Qwill is startled awake by strange noises, including some coming from Koko. Enter an entire family of wild turkeys. If this all sounds like a bit of a ramble, it's quite in keeping with the story, which wanders pleasantly around Moose County, surveying its eccentric citizens as they go about their idiosyncratic business. In spite of two murders and a pair of villains, the tale is as cozy as an hour spent cuddling your favorite cat.
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For fans of this series featuring Siamese cats Yum Yum and the clairvoyant Koko, there are no surprises in the twenty-sixth installment. The felines' owner, James "Qwill" Qwilleran, is just as rich and listener friendly as ever, his place of residence, Pickax, in Moose County, is still 400 miles north of anywhere else, and people are still murdered with astounding regularity, though Koko, who can sense a homicide a mile a way, is never surprised. Those who love the series appreciate Braun's attention to detail as she describes Pickax and the surrounding area, which while magnificently rural also boasts many fine dining establishments, places to buy the New York Times, and an abundance of cabs, as well as a limousine service. The citizenry, laconic, timidly happy, or in the case of Qwill's librarian lady friend, stupefyingly boring, would feel right at home in Lake Woebegone. The several murders committed here are really beside the point--in fact, except for the cat screeching you might miss them entirely. More attention is paid to Qwill's radio reenactment of the Great Blizzard of 1913 (the audience, of course, must pretend radio existed in 1913), which takes up a number of the book's pages. Loyal readers find the series' inconsistencies and idiosyncrasies charming, but even they, at times, must wish for less of Qwill and more of the cats. Ilene Cooper
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The main plot of the story revolves around the 200th birthday of Brrr, the oldest and coldest community in Moose County, 400 miles from anywhere. The author describes many charming activities the town plans to celebrate this occasion. One of them is Qwill's dramatic reenactment of the Great Storm of 1913, a passage I found to be exciting and interesting. There are many sub plots, such as the building of a new bookstore which Qwill's erstwhile "significant other", Polly, is to run, and the opening of the Carroll Museum, a project which Qwill himself suggested to Dr. Carroll's widow, Edythe. The museum does not please Mrs. Carroll's daughter, Alicia (nicknamed Lish), at all, as she expected to inherit the fine house and all its contents.
Ultimately, the mystery is an afterthought in this book, as other readers have mentioned. The title has nothing to do with the plot whatsoever, unless I missed something, but is rather a reference to some visitors Qwill has in his yard.
I still enjoyed the read, full as it was of the Moose County personalities I have grown to love. I never really read these for the mystery anyway, more for the people and the cats. If you feel the same way, give it a read. You will enjoy meeting your friends again!
The voice of the narrative changes again again, from what we all recognize as Braun's style to some strange style that reminds me of a twelve year old summarizing a text. I honestly think braun was not the only author on this text, if she needs help or his preparing the cat whos to transfer over to a new writer, she needs to get a new coauthor because this one isn't working. Take a page from Joanne Walsh who is writing the new Lord Peter Mysteries and is doing an excellent job. This is a truly poor text with bad writing a pointless plot. I cannot consider this book a mystery as it is page 105 before any hint of mystery starts to come through the text and as others state the murder does actually walk up to Qwill and confess literally! As for the parts about Brrr and pickax while entertaining doth not a mystery make!
Firstly, this was 180 pages, with really big type. Not that I have a problem with big type, but in this case it meant that the story was barely breaking a hundred pages of a normal paperback-book sized book. And of those, there was so little of the actual story! This wasn't a murder mystery, this was "a day in the life of a man who owns two cats and lives in a barn in the middle of nowhere". Qwill writes a little, feeds the cats, gossips, feeds the cats, hears about a murder but pays very little attention, goes on a date, gives the cats a treat, and so on, and so on ....
It was unbelievably dull.
There was no character development at all! Nothing interesting ever happened, the so-called 'storyline' was painfully slow, and I found myself really not caring. What happened to the Qwill we all knew and loved? The one whos mustache would bristle at the sign of foul play, the Qwill that investigated mysterious cases and challenging murders? The interesting Qwill! He's vanished, and in his place, we have a sad, boring man, who is not at all interesting to follow around, and who's contribution to solving the murder ON HIS PROPERTY was, what--- puzzlement?
I'm dreadfully, DREADFULLY disappointed.
If you've read the whole "Cat Who ..." series, then my feeling is that you can skip this one; you won't have missed anything, I promise. If this was to be your first "Cat Who ...", I really suggest you put this one back, and try something closer to the beginning; you will enjoy it far more, I can assure you.
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