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The Cat Who Talked Turkey (The Cat Who… Mysteries, Book 26): A delightfully cosy feline mystery for cat lovers everywhere Hardcover – 5 Jan 2004

3.8 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Headline; First Edition First Impression edition (5 Jan. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755305264
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755305261
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 22.2 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,923,580 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A master of mystery. ("People") Can best be compared to that coziest of feelings-having a purring cat on your lap. ("Booklist") --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Book Description

New York Times bestselling author Lilian Jackson Braun brings us another mystery starring journalist James Qwilleran and his lovable, clue-sensitive cats

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By A Customer on 28 Feb. 2004
Format: Hardcover
Yes, there really is a man called James Mackintosh Qwilleran who lives with his two cats in a town called Pickax, 400 miles north of everywhere.....and that's where the plot for this latest addition to "The Cat Who..." series has disappeared to. I was looking forward to another in the "Cat who..." series, and tried to keep an open mind about the latest despite the bad reviews it's got from other readers, but I have to admit I was disappointed. The plot is much weaker than in previous books and the story seems to be a never-ending plug for "Long and Short Tales" and "The Private Life Of The Cat Who". Previous books have been more involved with more interaction between characters, more depth to the story and more of a plot. I hope I'm wrong, but the dedications at the beginning of the book read like the author is preparing to say good-bye, as she credits people with their involvement in the series. If it does turn out to be the beginning of the end, I can only hope they go out in one good book rather than a downward spiral of missing plots and not-much-happening, which this book may be the start of. I hope I'm wrong - I've grown rather fond of Koko and Yum Yum. One last thing - we all know about Koko's abilities, but even I'm not so sure he can be credited with bringing wild turkeys back to Moose County. Unlike a previous reviewer, I am looking forward to the next in the series - you try writing close on 30 books and keeping up the standard!!!!!!!
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By A Customer on 17 Jan. 2004
Format: Hardcover
I have been a fan of Ms Braun for a long time and have all "The Cat Who...." books. I looked forward to The Cat Who Talked Turkey with great anticipation, as usual.
My first disappointment was on arrival of the book from the Postman. A little "light" in weight I thought for a hardback compared to others I had bought? We are treated to only 182 pages of large type face for this offering, which is a little light on plot as well! I am still trying to work out where Ms Braun was going to go with the Wild Turkeys.......?
To me it appeared as though this offering might still have been a working draft, which required to be fleshed out to add more chapters on the actual plot and round out the characters being introduced to give the book its usual character and an enjoyable storyline. I wonder ... is this to be the very last book of the series ..?
However, for fans of the series, there are some lovely paragraphs on the antics of Koko and of Yum Yum and her silver thimble. Some of the interaction between Qwill and his cats which I personally felt had been missing in later books in the series was back in this one, it's just a pity that the detection and storyline was not up to the usual standard.
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Format: Hardcover
This book is badly written and poorly plotted. It is a sad disappointment after the earlier books, which are great fun. In this, the characters seem wooden and do not develop, and the plot barely moves. It reads as though some other person has taken Ms Braun's characters, incorporated some detail from already published books, recycled some plot devices (car crash, for instance), and churned out a pot boiler. I shall not be buying these in future (and I have a complete set to date). A rip off.
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I have collected all Ms Jackson Brauns' titles except Short & Tall Tales and was eagerly awaiting the delivery of this one. I was primarily disappointed with it on several counts:- The plot was slow-moving and needed expansion, much more detail was required to live up to the excellence of the early books and when the the story came to a rather abrupt end I felt that our authoress was losing patience with her story. Having said all this, the interplay between Qwill, Ko-Ko and Yum Yum was still delightful and the book was an enjoyable read with the potential for a further book.
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Format: Hardcover
I have read all of the previous books in the series several times and never fail to enjoy them - particularly the pawky humour of the author. This time I am deeply disappointed. As others have said, it is a mish-mash of bits that have previously appeared in other books with no new story line. It is hard to believe that the same person who wrote the other books wrote this one. Furthermore, why do the illustrators persist in showing a black moggie on the cover when Koko is a pedigree Siamese?
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Format: Paperback
Summer is starting, and the people of Moose County are planning to back in the excitement. First, there's the groundbreaking for the new Pickax bookstore, which Polly will be managing. Plus the town of Brrr is holding its bicentennial celebration, and Jim Qwilleran has agreed to write and perform a one man show about the winter storm that devastated the community almost 100 years ago.

Oh yeah, and a dead body is found on Qwill's property.

You'll notice the emphasis I gave on the happenings in the area versus the murder. I'm just following the emphasis on the book. Very little time is spent on the mystery and Koko's strange behavior. And the mystery resolves itself without any real detective work.

Having said that, if you like the characters you will still enjoy visiting with them. And the book is short enough that you won't waste much time reading it.

However, I can only recommend this for die hard fans who need their Moose County fix.
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