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The cat who tailed a thief (original 1997; edition 1998)

by Lilian Jackson Braun

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Title:The cat who tailed a thief
Authors:Lilian Jackson Braun
Info:New York : Jove Books, 1998, c1997.
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Tags:genre: mystery, cats, origin: Grandma L, read 2010

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The Cat Who Tailed a Thief by Lilian Jackson Braun (1997)

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    How To Wash A Cat by Rebecca M. Hale (Anonymous user)
    Anonymous user: It's the story about another pair of cats, their mistress who inherits an antiques shop that seems to not actually sell anything... and the mystery of whether her uncle is truly dead or not.

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Not my most favorite of the kitty books. It was very dialogue-heavy, plot-light. I like listening to Qwill talk to people and socialize, but I would have preferred more buildup to the actual crime, more mystery, more intrigue.


Qwill had everything solved within a day of the *real* crime happening. It just happened to conveniently
explain some paltry kleptomania near the beginning of the book that wasn't interesting while it was happening, much less a whole novel later. ( )
  benuathanasia | May 19, 2015 |
I was a huge fan of mystery novels back in middle school, and devoured many of The Cat Who... series, probably because I was initially attracted to their brightly coloured covers (I remember some of these looking practically neon). Reading one of these books years later, I can understand why I was so into them. They're quite easy to read, for one thing, and the cats are somewhat cute, even if I'm not an animal person at all. The plot of this one was fairly basic. In fact, there almost seemed to be not enough material in this one for a full novel that many little tidbits and anecdotes about Pickax's various inhabitants were included, a lot of which was just unnecessary background information about the main character and his relationship to the town and its people. Not a bad read, but I certainly won't be picking up any of these books again. ( )
  serrulatae | Mar 31, 2013 |
Qwill is wintering in the horribly constructed Indian Village. Everyone is talking about a rash of thefts and Danielle’s tackiness. The First Annual Ice Festival is canceled. Carter and Willard’s have plans to restore Pleasant Street (AKA Gingerbread Alley). The Novelle Dining Club is founded. Willard is killed in a mugging while in Detroit. The stolen items are discovered in Lenny’s locker. After a fight about Bootsie, Qwill runs a column about cat names and is flooded with replies. Bootsie is renamed Brutus. Impulsively, Carter and Lynette are married in a traditional Highland wedding. (Carter had also been wooing Tracy.) On their honeymoon, Lynette dies. After Qwill confronts them, Carter and Danielle are trapped in their car by the flooded Ittibittiwassee River. Danielle will testify against Carter, who poisoned Lynette and had Willard killed. She is tried for restoration con. Throughout, Qwill is compiling stories for Short and Tall Tales, and tasting Polly’s diet chicken recipes. Qwill is inducted into Scottish Night. Eddington comments that his will leaves the store to Qwill. Clayton wonders if Celia and Mr. O’Dell will be married. Qwill takes up snowshoeing. Iris’ recipes are mostly from other cookbooks. Qwill and Wetherby become friends. Performance of Hedda Gabler rescheduled. Brutus is getting a sister, Catta. ( )
  ktoonen | May 6, 2008 |
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It was a strange winter in Moose County, 400 miles north of everywhere.
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There's been a rash of petty thievery in Pickax - ever since banker Willard Carmichael and his flashy young wife, Danielle, moved in. 
But now Willard's been killed in a mugging Down Below ... or so it seems.

Qwill's suspicious, especially when Willard's house-restoration project in Pickax falls into the hands of Danielle's cousin - whose rich new wife then dies on her honeymoon!

The clues are as elusive as a cat burglar in the night. But with Koko's help, Quill intends to catch a thief - and a killer ....
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Lillian Jackson Braun never seems to run out of ideas for her popular series of mysteries featuring journalist Jim Qwilleran and his feline cohort, Koko. In this latest, The Cat Who Tailed A Thief, Koko again exhibits his preternatural intelligence by trying to tip off Qwilleran to important clues to a murder. That Qwilleran is not possessed of the same mental acuity as his cat is what makes this series work. Braun may not be noted for refined prose, perceptive characterizations, or stunningly original plots, but what she does do well is cats. Fans of felines in general and Koko in particular will find this book, the 19th in the Qwilleran series, almost as irresistible as, well, catnip. Some would even say it's purr-fect.

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Jim Qwilleran, and two cats, Koko, and Yum Yum work as a team to investigate the murder case that happened in Pickax.

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