In Qwill's opinion, 'A town without a bookstore is like a chicken with one leg,' and since the late Eddington Smith's bookstore burned down, the town of Pickax has been somewhat off balance. To the rescue comes the Klingenschoen Foundation, manager of Qwill's estate, which considers a new bookstore a worthy investment. Delighted by their good ...
In Qwill's opinion, 'A town without a bookstore is like a chicken with one leg,' and since the late Eddington Smith's bookstore burned down, the town of Pickax has been somewhat off balance. To the rescue comes the Klingenschoen Foundation, manager of Qwill's estate, which considers a new bookstore a worthy investment. Delighted by their good fortune, the people of Moose County prepare to celebrate the gala groundbreaking of the new store on the site of the old. But no one is prepared for the discovery of the body of a man shot execution-style in a wooded area on the very same day. Now Qwill and his clever cats have their work cut out for them...
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I highly recommend this book if you like mysteries and cats
Jan 24, 2008
Again Lilian Jackson Braun makes me want to enter Moose County to see those wild turkeys that Qwilleran can't persuade his human friends that he did see. Then I could imagine the show about the amateur theatrics of a make-believe radio broadcast covering a real (for Moose County) huge snowstorm disaster in 1913. The author really drew me in with the explanation of some of the background of the first 'The Cat Who' book before Qwilleran declares that he wouldn't accept what he was told. Very sly Ms Braun! She had me worried about whether the bride would like the wedding surprise Qwilleran set up for her. Read this book. Then read "The Cat Who Could Read Backwards' to find out how Qwilleran and Ko Ko met. See how the the earlier book and "The Cat Who Talked Turkey' are related. Read all Ms Braun's 'The Cat Who' books. If you like detective stories, and if you like cats, psychic or not, you won't be disappointed.
Publishers Weekly, 2003-12-01 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. Agent, Blanche C. Gregory. (Jan. 5) FYI: Braun is also the author of The Private Life of the Cat Who (2003) and two other story collections in the series. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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