This book is by far my favorite in the series so far. Qwill and the cats head to Pickax, a little town about 4 or 5 hours away from Down Below. He is staying in a cabin for a couple of months so he can write a novel. The cabin is owned by Aunt Fanny, who isn't really his aunt. When he arrives, he finds that in the town of Pickax, people do not lock their doors and people just go in and out of your house. Qwill goes fishing and thinks that he has caught a dead body wasn't sure. Then Aunt Fanny dies and Qwill is forced to go through her belongings to look for the elusive will. He then learns all about Aunt Fanny's sercret past and why she has so much money. Qwill's job and lifestyle hang in the balance at the end of the book, which makes the reader want to just run out and grab a copy of the next book in the series. I am anxious to see what the future holds for Qwill and the cats.
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I'm not a good critic of these books, as I love every one of them, my favorite escape reading. Each book has the familiar characters and the CATS( I have my own Siamese) I've read all of them, including this one a couple of times, but still find it entertaining, and I know I won't be subjected to any weirdness, sexual violence or other stuff of our times, and will be informed by some new trivia or food in every book. She's a great writer for clarity and moving the story along...and aptly descriptive writing that is never ungainly or intrusive to the story....It is a charming world to enter, and I find no letdown in the quality of writing no matter what book is chosen. Forget our stressful complicated world for a while and pick this one up, or any of the others.
I read all the books in this light-hearted series one after another and really enjoyed them. The cat KoKo and his feline partner, Yum Yum, are endearing. Their owner is a former newspaper reporter, James Qwilleran. They live in a small town with lots of interesting residents. James can't seem to avoid murders though he sure would like to. The series ended abruptly with unresolved relationships due to the author's death at 97.
In this fifth book in the series, Qwill takes a leave of absence from work so he can spend the summer at a cabin in the woods to write a novel. The cabin belongs to his "Aunt" Fanny, a close friend of his mother's, whom he hasn't seen in 40 years. I thought this book was a little slower than the others, though still a quick read, easily done in a weekend. The books are like episodes in a television series that you look forward to each week.
A Jim Qwilleran, newspaper reporter, and his two Siamese cats mystery. He decides he needs a vacation and plans to spend the summer lakeside 400 miles away so he takes a leave from his newspaper job. He stays at a cabin belonging to Aunt Fanny,a nonrelative, but close friend of Qwilleran's mother and someone she hasn't seen in 40 years. She has reestablished contact with him.
He's staying in a basically rural area, Pickaxe City in Moose County, whose resident are pretty insular referring to the city he came from as "Down Below" and their area a "Up Here". He finds a number of mysterious happenings going on and starts investigating them recieving little help from ares residents.
Another mystery for middleaged ex-reporter become millionaire Jim Qwilleran and his two Siamese cats to solve. Qwilleran hopes for a quiet vacation in a backwoods cabin but finds that all the strange events, including eerie footsteps on the roof at midnight, secretive townsfolk, and a murder set him and his cats on the detective trail.
Fun and easy reading.
With his two cats, Qwilleran goes to a cabin owned by a long-time family friend for a few days. But from the time he arrives, things turn strange. Eerie footsteps across the roof at midnight. Local townsfolk become secretive. And then, while fishing, he hooks onto a murder mystery.
Charming series!! A *must read* for any cat lover!
Qwilleran is feeling dissatisfied with his job at the Daily Fluxion. Despite numerous efforts on his part to return to crime reporting, the managing editor persists in keeping Qwill assigned to the feature page. Finally, he decides that he needs a long break, a sabbatical where he can take the time to think things over, maybe do some independent writing. Thus, it will come as no surprise to loyal readers that "The Cat Who Played Brahms" finds Jim, Koko, and Yum Yum making their longest move ever, 400 miles north to Pickaxe City where his 'Aunt' Fanny Klingenschoen lives and has made a summer cabin available to him.
Qwilleran's dreams of an idyllic vacation are quickly shattered. Footsteps on the roof, laughter from the beach, and eerie sounds from the underbrush all haunt his nights. Koko the high-tech cat figures out how to play the cassette player. And Qwilleran, a died-in-the-wool city boy finds that living without locks on the doors leaves him perpetually nervous. Of course, inevitably, on his first trip fishing he overhears a violent argument and then hooks a mysterious corpse. One that just as quickly disappears back into the depths.
Qwill knows something illegal is going on, but is unable to pinpoint it. It is divers plundering wrecks from the lake? Or, perhaps, illicit smuggling. Then again, it may be a fiendish plot aimed at Aunt Fanny, who seems to run most of Pickaxe. No one seems to have a clue. Jim and his visiting friend Rosemary (from 'down under') investigate, but make very slow progress. Indeed, the only crime that can be proven is the terrible pasties served at the 'Foo' Diner. Once again it is necessary for Koko and Yum Yum to take charge and guide their fumbling humans from clue to clue.
"Is it just a case of summertime blues or a full-blown career crisis? Newspaper reporter Jim Qwilleran isn't sure, but he's hoping a few days in the country will help him sort out his life. With cats Koko and Yum Yum for company, Qwilleran heads for a cabin owned by a longtime family friend, ""Aunt Fanny."" But from the moment he arrives, things turn strange. Eerie footsteps cross the roof at midnight, Local townsfolk become oddly secretive. And then, while fishing, Qwilleran hooks on to a murder mystery. Soon Qwilleran enters into a game of cat and mouse with the killer, while Koko develops a sudden and uncanny fondness for classical music... "