The delightful New York Times best-selling mystery series continues with "another winner" (Austin American-Statesman)!
In this latest installment, prize-winning reporter Jim Qwilleran - along with his lovable Siamese cats, Koko and Yum Yum - solves a mystery that arises when a local banker dies under suspicious circumstances, leaving behind a flashy young widow, an unfinished house-restoration project, and a trail of clues as elusive as a cat burglar in the night....
©1997 Lilian Jackson Braun (P)2003, 2015 New Millennium Entertainment, Phoenix Books
"Fans of felines in general and Koko in particular will find this book, the 19th in the Qwilleran series, almost as irresistible as, well, catnip. Some would even say it's purr-fect." (Amazon.com)
"....an accomplished mystery that is as smooth as the season's first snowfall." (Publishers Weekly)
I'm a fan of "The Cat Who" series. I listen to these stories when I want to relax and escape from reality. There are recurring characters in this series who are slightly quirky, but mostly likable.
During this story, "Qwill" is collecting material for a book of historial stories about the fictional city of Pickaxe. Some of these stories are included in this book. While the stories are somewhat interesting, for me they just slowed the narrative of the main story. That is the reason my "overall" and "story" ratings were four stars rather than five.
George Guidall is excellent, as usual. I have listened to the audio version of these books over and over again. I feel certain I do this because his narration adds so much.
If you have enjoyed other "Cat Who" stories, I believe you will enjoy this one.
"The cat who tailed a thief"
I love all of Braun's books! Love the cozy feeling they offer with quaint insights into villages and their citizens.
I adore anything narrated by George Guidall and will sometimes pick something just because he's the narrator (though it was a bit odd to hear him to American Gods) however, the remastered version of this audiobook is a bit inconsistent. Every so often it switches from sounding clear and great to being really muffled. Not a huge deal, but a bit annoying.
I love the "Cat Who" books and really look forward to listening to more - hopefully audible gets them all eventually.
"KoKo Still Reigns Supreme!"
This book is so lively and witty and keeps your interest just jumping up and down! I'm not sure if I can rate where this book ranks among all the audiobooks I've listened to so far, but it's a #1 brilliant story, in my opinion.
The plot was again, lively, quirky and I know I had a smile on my face as I was going about my household chores! Even though this was fiction, if you ever lived in a small, rural town, you could probably find interesting "characters" something like the folks portrayed in this book.
To me, George Guidall is the SUPREME MASTER of NARRATORS! Enough said...
If my personal schedule would have allowed it, I could have listened to it in all one setting.
The joy of reading is something I can't do without in this world, and Audible allows me to ridiculously indulge in this guilty pleasure--thanks much, Audible!
As always George Guidall is a wonderful narrator. He has great command of the characters and keeps the story interesting with his reflections. He is as amazing as he makes the characters. Lilian Jackson Braun is the kind of author that makes her books a totally encompassing experience. I am a forever fan. Thank you.😊
"The formula is getting tired."
This series is really just a light stroll over gentle hills in a city park. I've enjoyed "The Cat" series as a diversion - mainly because I like George Guidall's work. However when you are 'writing' each sentence ahead of the narrative then the word formulaic is apt.
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