Pickax City is not only about to celebrate its first Mark Twain Festival, but is also hosting the tri-country Scottish Gathering and Highland Games. And most exciting of all, the distinguished celebrity Mr Delacamp is coming to visit, setting female hearts aflutter. Delacamp is a charming and gallant gentleman: a dealer in estate jewelry, he ...Read MorePickax City is not only about to celebrate its first Mark Twain Festival, but is also hosting the tri-country Scottish Gathering and Highland Games. And most exciting of all, the distinguished celebrity Mr Delacamp is coming to visit, setting female hearts aflutter. Delacamp is a charming and gallant gentleman: a dealer in estate jewelry, he makes periodic visits with his young, blonde niece to remote and affluent areas. So when, following a tea party with the wealthiest womenfolk of Pickax, Delacamp is murdered, everyone is devastated ...Read Less
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Publishers Weekly, 1999-12-20 After 22 Cat Who mysteries (The Cat Who Saw Stars, etc.), Braun's legions of fans know precisely what to expect from this mistress of feline detective stories--a bloodless crime, much bantering between Jim Qwilleran and his friends, and mysterious crime-solving hints from his beloved Siamese cats, Koko and Yum Yum. Braun's 23rd novel fulfills these expectations. Journalist Qwilleran has evolved into an independently wealthy columnist and generous benefactor for almost every worthy cause in Pickax, Mich. As a leading citizen, he participates in everything from the refurbishing of the Pickax Hotel (renamed the Mackintosh Inn) to the tricounty Scottish Gathering and Highland Games. One of the renovated hotel's first guests is a jewelry buyer and seller from Chicago. Mr. Delacamp appears once every five years or so to offer exquisitely expensive jewelry (cash only, please) and to buy heirlooms (cash, again) from Pickax's wealthy ladies. This trip proves to be his last, and his murder provides the grist for Koko's deductive prowess. This Sherlock of the cat kingdom does his best, from his reading choices to his seemingly inexplicable actions with paper towels, gum wrappers and nuts, to educate the mere human he lives with. Yet again, Braun's upbeat prose and amiable characters make her novel the cat's meow of cozies. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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