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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Headline; New Ed edition (7 July 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755305256
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755305254
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 1.7 x 17.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 509,244 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Journalist/philanthropist James Qwilleran and his clue-sensitive cats return with crime-solving talents intact in New York Times bestselling author Lilian Jackson Braun's twenty-fifth Cat Who...

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Lilian Jackson Braun composed her first poem at the age of two. She began writing her Cat Who... detective series when one of her own Siamese cats mysteriously fell to its death from her apartment block. Since then over twenty Cat Who... novels have been published, all featuring the very talented Koko and Yum Yum, Siamese cats with a bent for detection. She and her husband, Earl, live in the mountains of North Carolina.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Sheila M. H. Baggott on 31 Jan. 2003
Format: Hardcover
I have read everyone of The Cat Who... books and enjoyed them all immensely but this is not quite up to Ms Jackson Braun's excellent standard although it is still a good read. The ending seems a little hurried. Ko Ko still uses his powers of ESP to steer Qwill in the right direction when a returning Pickaxe resident (Thelma Thackeray) experiences a kidnapping and ransom demand, Qwill's famous moustache arouses his suspicions about the untimely death of Thelma's brother and the various shenanigans that seem to surround her. He uses his various acquaintances to track down the history of the family and also learns more about the history of Pickaxe's old Opera House. Ko Ko is in disgrace for causing havoc at the Kit Kat revue and the Apple Barn is pressed into use for another social function which is a succcess. Qwill's lady, Polly, is experiencing dissatisfaction with her job at the library and Qwill may have an idea for a change of direction. All comes right when Qwill takes notice of Ko Ko's reading matter and points the law in the right direction. Enough trailers are left for another Cat Who book and I hope that Ms Braun can provide it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By crimecatuk on 3 Dec. 2006
Format: Hardcover
The quiet town of Pickax in Moose County, 400 miles north of everywhere, is getting a new inhabitant: The glamorous Thelma Thackeray, a retired club and restaurant owner from Hollywood, is returning to the place of her birth. The daughter of a famous bootlegger and her entourage - consisting of Janice, her driver-cum-companion, Richard, her nephew, and five Portugese-speaking parrots - are naturally the focus of a lot of gossip and interest. And even Jim Qwilleran, millionaire, philanthropist, columnist of the local newspaper and, above all, owner of Koko and Yum Yum, the renowned Siamese amateur sleuths, cannot help having his curiosity piqued. But the more he finds out about the headstrong and fascinating Thelma, the more questions are arising, and soon Koko is not the only one to sense an evil presence lurking in the shadows ...

"The Cat Who Brought Down the House" is among the latest additions to the long-running series of mysteries featuring Jim Qwilleran and his two feline friends. Although it can be read as a stand-alone volume, novices to the series might miss out on some of the fun as there are frequent references to earlier cases. Fans of the ten-legged detective team, though, will relish the chance to meet up, once again, with the friendly folks of this picturesque neck of the woods which seems to have more than its fair share of crimes.

"The Cat Who Brought Down the House" might not be Lilian Jackson Braun's best book but her style of storytelling is as captivating as ever. Yet again, the pages are brimming with believable characters and the small-town atmosphere of Pickax is captured perfectly and refreshingly unclichéd. And there is also the intriguing way in which the story develops: The reader not only has to guess who the perpetrator of the crime is but, in fact, if a crime has been committed at all. Thoroughly enjoyable.
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The quiet town of Pickax in Moose County, 400 miles north of everywhere, is getting a new inhabitant: The glamorous Thelma Thackeray, a retired club and restaurant owner from Hollywood, is returning to the place of her birth. The daughter of a famous bootlegger and her entourage - consisting of Janice, her driver-cum-companion, Richard, her nephew, and five Portugese-speaking parrots - are naturally the focus of a lot of gossip and interest. And even Jim Qwilleran, millionnaire, philanthropist, columnist for the local newspaper and, above all, owner of Koko and Yum Yum, the renowned Siamese amateur sleuths, cannot help having his curiosity piqued. But the more he finds out about the headstrong and fascinating Thelma, the more questions are arising, and soon Koko is not the only one to sense an evil presence lurking in the shadows ...

"The Cat Who Brought Down the House" is among the latest additions to the long-running series of mysteries featuring Jim Qwilleran and his two feline friends. Although it can be read as a stand-alone volume, novices to the series might miss out on some of the fun as there are frequent references to earlier cases. Fans of the ten-legged detective team, though, will relish the chance to meet up, once again, with the friendly folks of this picturesque neck of the woods which seems to have more than its fair share of crimes. "The Cat Who Brought Down the House" might not be Lilian Jackson Braun's best book but her style of storytelling is as captivating as ever. Yet again, the pages are brimming with believable characters and the small-town atmosphere of Pickax is captured perfectly and refreshingly unclichéd. And there is also the intriguing way in which the story unfolds: The reader not only has to guess who the perpetrator of the crime is but, in fact, what crime it is - if a crime has been committed at all. Thoroughly enjoyable
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Format: Hardcover
Koko doesn't meet the parrots whisker to beak, but they provide a mischievous background soundtrack to this tale of the Opera House's latest incarnation. A returning daughter-made-good, Thelma Thackeray, bursts upon the quiet town with her five parrots (and an empty cage in memory of the departed sixth), her glittering jewelry,Janice, her devoted companion, and her not-so-reliable nephew, Dick. Qwill finds more of a story than he expected, plus the unsolved mystery of Thelma's beloved brother,the local vet, who died from a fall whilst out walking, when he makes the acquaintance of the still vigourous Thelma. The story is entertaining and keeps several plots going simultaneously. It would have been a definite 5-stars if it hadn't contained so many of the short and tall tales from the recently published spin-off book "by Qwill". Having bought and read Qwill's book, padding out this one by using them again, word for word, irritated this reader. Still, it's a good tale, nicely written (as ever), and Koko and Yum Yum are both on form.
Polly seems to be beginning a new life, too.
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