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The Cat Who Had 14 Tales

by Lilian Jackson Braun

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Series: The Cat Who... (anthology of unrelated stories)

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The New York Times bestselling author of the Cat Who mysteries presents a fantastic collection of feline fiction which includes fourteen short stories about kitties who just can't keep their whiskers out of trouble... Filled with furballs like a courageous Siamese who bags a cunning cat burglar, a country kitty who proves a stumbling block in a violent murder, and an intuitive feline whose premonition helps solve the case of the missing antiques dealer, this collection will delight cat lovers and mystery aficionados alike! This Collection Includes: Phut Phat Concentrates * Weekend of the Big Puddle * The Fluppie Phenomenon * The Hero of Drummond Street * The Mad Museum Mouser * The Dark One * East Side Story * Tipsy and the Board of Health * A Cat Named Conscience * SuSu and the 8:30 Ghost * Stanley and Spook * A Cat Too Small for His Whiskers * The Sin of Madame Phloi * Tragedy on New Year's Eve… (more)
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This is not a typical Cat Who book, Qwill, Koko and Yum Yum don't appear but throughout the 14 short stories you can see where the author got many of her ideas for the series. 3 1/2 stars. ( )
  kevn57 | Dec 8, 2021 |
A fabulous collection of feline fiction -- 14 short mystery stories.
  BLTSbraille | Oct 25, 2021 |
An interesting mix of short stories about cats in mysterious circumstances. The five previously-published stories (all in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine in the 1960s) were more polished, and the last couple were surprisingly dark. Don't read this collection if you're adverse to reading about animals dying. My favorites were a linked trio of purportedly transcribed interviews taped for The Oral History Project of Gattville Community College. The first story was very sentimental; the second one was funny; the third one was weird but compelling. ( )
  eurohackie | Jun 30, 2020 |
When I picked up the book to read, I thought I was about to delight in reading the adventures of one of my favorite characters, newspaper reporter Jim Qwilleran with Siamese cats Koko and Yum Yum. As I read on the cover, "A fabulous collection of feline fiction!" I realized that this was a short story collection of 14 tales. Putting initial disappointment aside, I can't say that they were fabulous but I enjoyed the tales of the various felines. I enjoy reading short stories in magazines but for some unknown reason I'd rather not read them immediately following one another as presented in a short story collection. Perhaps silly but true. Some of the tales were footnoted as "first published in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine.

Now it's time to find "The Cat Who Sniffed Glue" on my "to read pile" as I'd prefer my visit with Jim, Koko, and Yum Yum not be further delayed. ;) ( )
  FerneMysteryReader | Nov 9, 2019 |
These are all really good stories by Lilian Braun. Every one has a different cat and different problems but the cat seems to help the humans very much! One cat is also in the most recent book by Braun, The Cat Who Saw a Cardinal. That cat is Tipsy and her story is told in this book and then it is alluded to in the Cardinal book. The really strange story is Stanley and Spook. That one is a little creepy. ( )
  LilQuebe | Apr 16, 2019 |
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Phut Phat Concentrates:

Phut Phat knew, at an early age, that humans were an inferior breed.
Weekend of the Big Puddle:

Ghosts were no novelty to Percy.
The Fluppie Phenomenon:

We first became aware of the Fluppie Phenomenon fifteen years ago.
The Hero of Drummond Street:

After the unpleasant accident on the Jamison's front lawn, the cat retired to the shade of a juniper to ponder the situation, and little Vernon Jamison ran indoors and cried for hours.
The Mad Museum Mouser:

A police car was cruising down the street as I parked at the gate of the Lockmaster Museum, and the officer at the wheel appeared to be scrutinizing my license plate.
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The New York Times bestselling author of the Cat Who mysteries presents a fantastic collection of feline fiction which includes fourteen short stories about kitties who just can't keep their whiskers out of trouble... Filled with furballs like a courageous Siamese who bags a cunning cat burglar, a country kitty who proves a stumbling block in a violent murder, and an intuitive feline whose premonition helps solve the case of the missing antiques dealer, this collection will delight cat lovers and mystery aficionados alike! This Collection Includes: Phut Phat Concentrates * Weekend of the Big Puddle * The Fluppie Phenomenon * The Hero of Drummond Street * The Mad Museum Mouser * The Dark One * East Side Story * Tipsy and the Board of Health * A Cat Named Conscience * SuSu and the 8:30 Ghost * Stanley and Spook * A Cat Too Small for His Whiskers * The Sin of Madame Phloi * Tragedy on New Year's Eve

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These 14 short stories do not feature Jim Qwilleran or his cats, but rather 14 different sets of characters. There is some overlap with Qwill's universe - the background of Tipsy's Tavern forms one story, while Lockmaster appears in another - but Qwill and his cats don't appear. The stories herein are:
"Phut Phat Concentrates" (EQMM, December 1963); "
"The Weekend of the Big Puddle";
"The Fluppie Phenomenon";
"The Hero of Drummond Street";
"The Mad Museum Mouser";
"The Dark One" (EQMM, July 1966);
"East Side Story";
"Tipsy and the Board of Health";
"A Cat Named Conscience";
"SuSu and the 8:30 Ghost";
"Stanley and Spook";  
"A Cat Too Small for His Whiskers";
"The Sin of Madame Phloi" (EQMM, June 1962;  "Tragedy on New Year's Eve" (EQMM, March 1968).
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