The mountains are a haven for the independent, roughneck descendants of Prohibition-era moon-shiners. The valley is home to developers eager to turn the pristine Potatoes into a giant tourist trap. To make matters more complicated, a Tater, as the mountain folk are called, has been convicted of the murder of millionaire developer J.J. Hawkinfield. Some people swear the wrong man was convicted, and Qwill is inclined to agree when he hears what transpired before the trial.
But if Forest Beechum didn't do the dirty deed, who did? With Qwill, Koko, and Yum Yum on the case, the killer won't get away with murder.
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©2005 Lilian Jackson Braun; (P)2005 Phoenix Audio
"[An] engaging mystery...firmly grips the listener....A lively, witty tale." (Publishers Weekly)
Charming, funny and gentle, the Cat Who books never fail to entertain. George Guidall's narration is perfect for the books, soft and smoothing as a warm bath on a cold night.
There were a couple on minor glitches in the editing around chapter 16 but not significant enough to spoil the story.
I enjoy these low key stories and have either read or listened to most of them. George Guidall is the best possible choice as narrator but he should have had more help from the sound editor on this one. There are bizarre silences, when you think your kit has switched off, only to find he starts to speak again. There is also an instance of him trying three different takes on a sentence, which has been left in. He's very professional and deserves better than this from the technical team.
The story is flimsy and not one of the best; plenty of unanswered questions. Who is stalking Polly in Pickax? What happens to the real murderer in the Potatoes? What happens to the flooded community ? Did I fall asleep and miss all this stuff??
I love the way George Guidall reads these books. He could BE Qwillerin, complete with bushy moustache. Lillian Jackson Braun delicately conveys the tongue-in-cheek relationship between 'master' and cat particularly well in this book. Excellent marrying of author, reader and subject.
Excellent reading by George Guidall. Please can we have more of the cat books.
"One of My Favorite Authors"
I love this book. It is funny & full of mystery. Guidall is one of the best readers around. I love all of the Cat Who books.
This was my first "The Cat Who..." book and I enjoyed it and am glad I purchased and listened to it. The narrator did a wonderful job in conveying the story so that the characters were distinguishable and entertaining. It's not a particularly challenging mystery and the pace is leisurely, but the characters (even the cats) have depth and believability. Pass some pleasant hours, get some chuckles and let an excellent narrator tell you a story while you are driving or cleaning or weeding your garden. Or just sitting on the porch to relax.
I enjoyed the story but was distracted by the bad production values. One chapter is interrupted by the first line of the following chapter and phrases are repeated in a couple of places.
"Suspense to the end"
The Cat Who Books are our first choice when we are traveling. Clean, wholesome and humorous for all ears. We have only a few left to hear.
"Love the story"
This is my new favorite in 'The Cat Who' series.
Qwill goes on vacation with the cats and it really is a delightful tale.
If you haven't read the other novels (in order) you might feel a little lost on the characters, but it is not hard to be captivated by the interesting people and personalities.
"There's No Place Like Home"
In this book Jim Qwilleran decides to take a vacation away from Pick Axe and all his friends there. A friend has recommended an area in the Potato Mountains. Qwill rents a large house (formerly a Bed and Breakfast Hotel) located on top of a mountain because it is the only place that will accept his two beloved Siamese cats.
HIs adventures in the "Potatos" is similar to his experiences in Pick Axe. There are interesting people, and a murder to solve. If you like other books in the series, you will probably like this one.
I listen to these books to relax and leave the "real world" behind. There is no graphic sex or violence and no coarse language. George Guidall is an excellent narrator.
"one of the best in the Cat series"
yes definitely, somehow the characters come to life more on audio - especially Koko!Listening prevents speed reading and the storyline develops at a steady pace.
Qill slipping at the waterfall, you could sense his panic and relief at his rescue
I always George's renditions and his subtle but distinct voices he imparts to the characters.He has a very mellow voice which is easy to listen to and reads at just the right level of pace.
On a long drive I certainly would. But was very happy listening to it in 'chunks'!
Please bring out more!
Only problem with this audio was that some chapters have become mixed up - the breakdown on the mtn jumps into an office meeting. Can this be rectified? Had to listen twice to make sure I hadn't missed anything.
Classic Braun! Excellent read.
Thanks Lillian Jackson Braun. You're always there for a good read.
"One of her better stories"
I admit I did not like the narrator on the series at first.
I was totally wrong. I cannot imagine anybody better for these cat books.
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