I ordered this book from PBS and received an abridgement. Please, if you are selling this book on cassette, make sure you are listing the UNABRIDGED version under this ISBN, not an abridged version. This will alleviate a lot of frustration for many members on PBS.
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.
Rumors abound that a missing backpacker has been abducted by aliens, and it looks like Jim Qwilleran's sedate summer may be interrupted by an investigation-with the help of his own little aliens, Koko and Yum Yum. And when the backpacker's body turns up-and transplanted Floridian Owen Bowen is found dead soon afterward-the search for intelligent life turns into a close encounter with a killer.
Jim Qwilleran is a column writer who has inherited millions of dollars. He sat up a trust fund & moved up north where he lives with his two cats, Yum Yum & Koko who helps him solve mysteries. Thess books are light reading & a must for cat lovers.
This book was a really cute read. Hiwever, it has little to nothing to do with the book description. It was esentially the day to day commings and goings of Mr.Q and his kitties while on vaca. There was little to no discussion of the backpapacker death. And we really heard absolutely nothing about the death of the restaurateur. His wife is occasionally mentioned and then wham the beginning of last chapter it's just TA DA!!!! Here's what happened.
I really dont understand how this was published with a story described as it was. Its well written grammatically but it seems that Ms. Braun went off on a few tangents and the editors kept it all in and basically said "Hey, Lil, stick in a few sentences about the murders, don't forget that's what the book is supposed to be about". And she remembered oh yeah and just stuck them in Willy nilly as a complete after thought.
From Publishers Weekly
Detective-journalist Jim Qwilleran and his prescient Siamese cats Koko and Yum Yum star in their 21st novel here, and while not quite as spry as ever, they\'re still the cat\'s meow. Qwill and his cats move from Pickax, where he\'s a newspaper columnist, to his beach house in Mooseville, probably on Lake Superior. Qwill rehashes gossip with locals and old friends, and observes Koko\'s odd behavior, which always forecasts an important event, although Qwill usually interprets the cat\'s clues retrospectively. Mooseville is abuzz with talk of the upscale restaurant opened by Floridians Owen and Ernestine Bowen, speculation about UFOs (Moose County is a sightings mecca) and puzzlement over the whereabouts of a missing backpacker, whose body Koko quickly uncovers in a sand dune. While fishing with a pal, Qwill sees Owen\'s boat anchored next to another; Qwill, his twitching mustache alerting him to skullduggery, suspects drug traffic. Shortly thereafter, Owen drowns. The solution to the one mystery that is resolved?that of Owen\'s death? comes as an anticlimax, while the mystery that\'s not cleared up?the fate of the backpacker?is chalked up by the locals to alien abduction. A skeptical Qwill grudgingly admits the possibility of aliens, cracking that cats, with their enigmatic behavior, may be aliens. With his 60 whiskers and gifts of perception, Koko is, as always, by far the most intelligent creature in the book. This isn\'t Braun\'s best, but her fans will adore it and only spoilsports will accuse her of, well, dogging it.