The Cat Who Smelled a Rat - A Jim Quilleran Feline Whodunnit: Braun, Lilian Jackson The Cat Who Smelled a Rat - A Jim Quilleran Feline Whodunnit: Braun, Lilian Jackson

The Cat Who Smelled a Rat - A Jim Quilleran Feline Whodunnit

Braun, Lilian Jackson

ISBN 10: 074727083X / ISBN 13: 9780747270836
Published by Headline, London, 2001
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218pp. Unused as new book, bright blue buckram with silver titles, covers pristine. Few spots of foxing to page-edges. Internally no owner's marks but front endpaper with clipped corner, else contents as new. In beautiful bright blue jacket, about as new, 2 faint impressed lines on back, minimal shelfwear, and now protected in sleeve. The 23rd Cat Who. With reporter Jim Quilleran and his two detecting felines, the Siamese cats Koko and Yum Yum. 360g. (Crime Fiction, Cat, Detective, Siamese) Size: 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # C05512

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Title: The Cat Who Smelled a Rat - A Jim Quilleran ...

Publisher: Headline, London

Publication Date: 2001

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine in Sleeve

Edition: 2nd Impression.

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Meet prizewinning reporter Jim Qwilleran and his extraordinary Siamese cats Koko and Yum Yum—the most unlikely, most unusual, most delightful team in detective fiction!

The way Jim Qwilleran sees it, there’s nothing worse than being left high and dry. But that’s exactly where he’s been ever since a record-breaking drought hit Moose County. He’s bedraggled. Beleaguered. And, following a rash of fires at local historic minesites, deeply bewildered. Some blame the blazes on bad weather conditions, but Qwill’s thinking arson. And when a mysterious explosion is followed by a blood-chilling murder, he starts seriously praying for snow—and answers. Good thing Koko can smell trouble a mile away...

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Moose County journalist and philanthropist James Qwilleran, better known to fans of Lilian Jackson Braun's evergreen series of feline-inspired thrillers as the owner of a couple of remarkably prescient Siamese cats named Koko and Yum Yum, is comfortably ensconced in his winter residence in Pickax at the beginning of The Cat Who Smelled a Rat. But he and the other citizens start hoping for snow when a series of arson fires threaten their safety as well as the historically significant shafthouses that sit atop the long-closed mine sites scattered throughout the county.

Qwilleran and his pets take quite a while to connect the fires with the death of a local builder in a seemingly unrelated accident. But his leisurely jaunt to the conclusion of this lightly plotted adventure leaves plenty of room for the author to do what she does best, which is sketching the picaresque characters who people Pickax and dwelling on the small-town charms of a place where everybody knows everything about everybody. The cats are quicker to solve a crime than the local constabulary. Only Koko could find the clues hidden in an antique pitcher and an old-fashioned glove box, and only a cat lover could consider this a mystery or even a romance. There's no suspense, very little drama, hardly any blood, and not even a hint of sex between Qwilleran and his lady. But Braun's fans are legion, so we know she must be doing something right. --Jane Adams

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