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The Cat Who Turned On & Off (Jim Qwilleran Feline Whodunnit) Paperback – 1 Jul 2001

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Headline; New Ed edition (1 July 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747233241
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747233244
  • Product Dimensions: 11.5 x 1.3 x 17.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 450,514 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Another captivating case for crime's most unlikely, most unusual and most delightful detective team

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Lilian Jackson Braun began writing her Cat Who... detective series when one of her own Siamese cats mysteriously fell to its death from her apartment block. She and her husband, Earl, live in the mountains of North Carolina.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Rachel Derrington on 19 Oct. 2001
Format: Paperback
I have just read this ,completely out of order, and find this early introduction to Koko and Yum yum fascinating with its gentle introductions to characters who play a large part in the later books.The cat reactions are particularly sensible .
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 Oct. 2001
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This is a great book - it has got it all: Handsome detective, comments on the society, humor, and two wonderfull cats. The whole series is great, and this one also has great description of the settings - Junktown, antique dealers.
Also it is not difficult to read when english is not your mothertongue.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mark Baker - Carstairs Considers TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 4 Aug. 2004
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Christmas in Junktown. When the idea hits reporter Jim Qwilleran, he thinks he's come up with the perfect way to win the Daily Fluxion's annual contest and some much needed money to get an apartment of his own. But when he gives the idea to his editor, he finds out that Junktown isn't a place for drug addicts but an area with a bunch of antique dealers. Qwill isn't excited about this any more, but his editor loves it and gives him the assignment.
Qwill's first day on the new beat is the day of an auction to sell off the merchandise of a dealer who recently died in an accident. Something about the accident makes Qwill's mustache tingle, however, and he begins to poke around. Soon, he's convinced that the man was really murdered. Unfortunately, Koko doesn't seem to be providing any help. But where does the cat keep disappearing to? And what's with the stuff that Koko and Yum Yum keep bringing to the apartment?
These books are very light mysteries, but when I'm in the mood for them, nothing else will hit the spot. I love following the antics of Koko and Yum Yum as Qwill tries to keep up. Being an early book in the long running series, Qwill is still a full time reporter. And the plot is much better developed. I spent quite a bit of time trying to figure out who done it, and once I did how Koko would prove it. Along the way, I got to laugh at the cats' antics. They always make these stories so much more enjoyable.
When I do "read" these books, it's usually through these wonderful unabridged recordings. George Guidall is an excellent reader, and I can't picture anyone else doing these books justice. He brings all the characters to life and perfectly captures each "Yowl" of the cats.
While the later books seem to be going downhill, this series started off with some great mysteries. This is a perfect example. If you like your mysteries cozy, don't pass up this excellent series.
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By Robert on 26 Aug. 2013
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This is the third novel in the series and like the first two was written in the late 1960's and so is a bit dated in some areas but not too terribly. The writing is smooth and well paced but not especially thrilling. Qwill the main character is a journalist for the local newspaper trying to get back on his feet after being a big time crime reporter with a drinking problem. To be honest his past sounds a lot more interesting than his present or future.

The two cats in the series don't really add much in the way investigative techniques and are used mainly as a way to introduce clues into the plot. They are amusing but not really essential to the story lines. The main plot device so far is that Qwill needs a place to live and when he moves in he stumbles over a crime and because of his background he pursues it. Really fairly standard whodunit plotting.

While not especially creative or innovative and with little actual violence or romance the novels are still pleasant to read and would be ideal for a trip or the beach.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By wee gem on 27 Sept. 2009
Format: Paperback
More of the ins and outs of a man and his cats. Koko and Yum Yum are a definate asset to Qwills detecting skills and give another dimension to this type of whodunnit.
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