Thelma Thackeray, a native of Moose county, has returned from 6 decades in Hollywood to spend her declining years....... but dastardly deeds are happening and Qwin and the cats have to take time from their stage debut in the Kit Kat Revue to find the person or persons responsible...
Lovers of bestseller Braun's irresistible Siamese cats, regal Koko and delicate Yum Yum, and their pet human, Jim Qwilleran, will need no further recommendation than the title for this 25th book in the series. (Remember The Cat Who Went Up the Creek?) The locale is the same, the town of Pickax in Moose County, 400 miles north of everywhere, with its peculiar, lovable citizens. Into this bucolic setting comes Thelma Thackeray, a native of Moose County, who, having achieved fame and fortune in Hollywood, is returning at age 82 to die. But first she intends to have some fun. Everyone is curious about the glamorous retiree, who also has purchased the long-vacant opera house downtown. Local historians recall that Thelma's twin brother, Thurston, had operated an animal hospital in neighboring Lockmaster until his tragic death from an accidental fall a year earlier. Now his son, Richard, has come to live with Thelma. When she decides to turn the opera house into a film club, Dick is offered the position of manager-with startling results. The first public event in the renovated opera house is the Kit Kat Revue, a fund-raiser, whose finale is a procession of prominent citizens with their pets, all cats. Qwill and Koko are at the end of the line, and that's when Koko brings down the house. In her inimitable gentle style, Braun documents the daily activities of the inhabitants of Pickax. Kidnappings, robberies and murders may abound, but nothing is really upsetting or unpleasant. Braun devotees will cheer.
Even after 25 books, I enjoy reading about Qwilleran's exploits in Moose County. My favorites will always be the early ones when he's broke, but there's always something interesting in every one. And it is a nice, comfortable read on a cold, dreary day.
The Cat Who books are one of my favorite series of mystery novels. Jim Qwilleran is a class act and his cats Koko and Yum Yum are two of the best detectives ever. When a former resident returns to Pickax to reopen its old theater, there are parrot kidnappings and murder afoot.
Pickax native and aging Hollywood star Thelma Thackery is moving back to her hometown to live out her golden years. When her prized Amazon parrot disappears and her twin brother dies mysteriously, Jim Qwilleran and his wise cat, Koko, are on the case. As with all of "The Cat Who..." books, this is a fun, light read - a mental vacation. This is the 25th book in the series.
I love all of the Cat Who books. This one is just as good as the rest. You have to read them in order. I read one out of order and one of the characters that had already been killed off in an newer book was in the older book. KoKo "brings down the house"
Qwilleran has a secret of his own that he shares with no one - or hardly anyone. His male cat, Koko, has an uncanny intuition that can tell right from wrong and frquenly sniffs out the evildoer. Together, he and Qwilleran have solved several caes. This is the 25th case!
For Qwilleran fans, a lot of fun!
Charming series!! A *must read* for any cat lover!
It has been a long time (possibly 24 years) since anyone has read a Lilian Braun mystery story for the mystery. If for no other reason than that we often know who committed the crime before we ever know what the crime was. Instead we read them to enjoy the antics of a stellar cast of characters in a mythical town set '400 miles north of everywhere.'
The ostensible star is Qwilleran, a recovering journalist, whose life in Pickaxe began when he inherited a fortune and found it impossible to leave. His friends include almost everyone, and his deepest secret is that Koko, one of his two Siamese cats, is the true brains behind the outfit.
In this, the 25th in the series, Pickaxe is abuzz with the news of the return of Thelma Thackery, who left Moose County for Hollywood (where she eventually became a very successful restaurateur) 55 years ago. Now she has moved into one of the towns few mansions with Janice, her assistant and a bevy of colorful and outspoken parrots. Her sole surviving relative in Moose County is her nephew, who is noted for his smile and the lack of any visible means of support.
And so the stage is set for intrigue, parrot-napping, blueberry pie recipes, and an endless flow of gossip and tales. The success of Braun's books depends not on the intricacies of plot and character development, but on Qwiilleran's exuberant side trips into the nooks and crannies of Pickaxe history.
I have been enjoying this series for years. I haven't read them in order, but I still enjoy them and don't feel lost in any way (unlike how you can when reading some series). This series is more like being a fly on the wall in a small town and that is part of why I love it.
Qwilleran lives in a small town, 400 miles north of everywhere, and writes for a small newspaper. He stands tall and straight. He dates a librarian. His roommates are two abandoned cats that he adopted along the way, one of them quite remarable.
Despite his fame and fortune, Qwilleran's popularity really stems from his sense of humor, individualtiy and willingness to listen. He has a writer's talent for sympathetic listening-half compassion, half curiosity-and it draws confidences from men and women, old and young.