Cat Who Knew A Cardinal
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From Publishers Weekly
Retired journalist Jim Qwilleran and his Siamese cats solve a high school principal's murder.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
From School Library Journal
YA-- Koko and Yum Yum cavort again, this time to help Qwill solve the puzzling, untimely deaths at their new home, a cavernous barn complete with picture windows from which the two cats watch the neighborhood birds. This highly entertaining novel is sure to please all who want a light mystery. Cat lovers particularly will enjoy the antics of the feline heroes, while others will appreciate the creative solution that grows out of seemingly unrelated clues. Qwill, a semi-retired newspaper writer, is owned by the cats and provides needed assistance as a sleuth. Relaxed, rural America is well drawn (except for the number of murders it has had since the series moved to this locale) and provides a delightful setting in this amusing romp that's perhaps Braun's best. --Claudia Moore, W. T. Woodson High School, Fairfax, VA
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
As with all the books, Qwill and Koko find the killer in the end, though Qwill's life is put in grave danger to do so. There is a little character development, especially in the relationship between Qwill and Polly, and we learn a little more about Bushy the photographer and Derek Cuttlebrink finally comes into play.
Over all, it is a necessary book to read if you are intent on reading the series, but you could probably skip it.
The action opens with the Qwill and the cats settling in to their latest residence, the newly remodeled apple barn. The peace is shattered as the Theater Club drops by for a house (barn) warming party. When the last of the party goers leave Qwill discovers that one is unable to go on his own power, he has been murdered just outside Qwill's door! The story then focuses on the deceased, Hilary VanBrook, principal of Pickax High School and director of the latest Theater Club production. When a fellow actor disappears he becomes the chief suspect. Qwill, of course, believes that the answer lies elsewhere and, aided by the cats, begins to investigate.
His attention is divided however, his latest lady friend, Polly Duncan, is acting strangely - perhaps he has a rival for her affections. Koko and Yum Yum are similiarly distracted by a new activity - bird watching, especially cardinals. The trio presses on, even traveling out of Moose County looking for answers. In the end the mysteries are solved and life in Moose County continues.
I found this one of the less satisfying books in the series. The action begins nearly a year after the end of the previous book. The character of the second victim, Dennis Hough, who was Iris Cobb's son - introduced in The Cat Who Talked to Ghosts - has changed character slightly, and earned Qwill's trust and respect since we first met him. The motive for his death is weak and there is no real explanation given for the breakup of his family.Read more ›
This is the second book of hers that I have read, and the plot thickened because of the color red!
This was a great book. I loved it so much it took me two days to read! VanBrook is a mean principal and director with many mysteries. When he is found dead in Qwill's apple orchard, shot in the back of the head, it takes Qwill's brilliant sleuthing (and a little help from Koko and Yum Yum) to uncover this Man of Mystery's secret murderer!
This book takes you on a dectective's delight through rabbits, horses, cardinals, and, of course, cats. I suggest you read this wonderful book!
Most recent customer reviews
This book along with all of Lillian Jackson Braun are geat. Just love this group of books. Keep up the good work.Published on Dec 29 2013 by Claire Brunelle
The only words to describe this whole series is simply wonderful and the writing just gets better with each book !!Published on Sept. 20 2013 by Sally Black
I like this book because you would never suspect who the killer actually is. It was exciting all the way through the book. Read morePublished on Feb. 22 2000 by Mandy Phillips
This was the first "Cat Who" book I read. It started me on the world of murder mysteries. Read morePublished on June 26 1999