on 22 November 2002
If you love cats and enjoy a good crime story, this book (and the others in Lilian Jackson Braun's series) are the right choice for you.
Meet Jim Qwilleran, former city crime reporter, now living of an inheritance in the country side, working as columnist. More importantly, meet Koko and Yum Yum, his Siamese cats and the real stars of Braun's stories. Very enjoyable, very different from most crime stories and very gripping!
on 13 April 2013
I purchased this book after reading Homer's Odessey (the factual book about the adventures of a blind cat), I fancied the detective story with cats involved. The only disappointment (which turned out to be a reward,) was that it was written not from the cats point of view but the man. This did not retract from the story but was more normal, with the cats doing their usual antics as if they were your own. Any feline owner will have a giggle here and there, or get anxious for their plight as the story unfolds.
The book is about the felines owner going to stay in a beach cabin with the two cats in tow, but people begin to disappear so it's up to the threesome to find out why. It is centered around a small lakeside village so everyone from a small community will automatically feel at home and recognize the comparisons with characters involved and real life.
This is the first book I have read from this series, and it will be firmly affixed to my bookshelves, soon to be joined by the first three. I would highly recommend it, and don't be surprised if they becomes somewhat addictive. It was an easy read with only one word I will have to look up, I hate authors who spout dictionaries and forget the flow of energy needed for the reader to follow their prose. There is little violence, no swearing that I can remember, so ideal for teenagers and the like but I would still recommend parents read it first just in case they wont to keep it for themselves. :)
I read the book in 3 days but that was because I had other commitments and limit myself to a few chapters a day so I prolonged the enjoyment.