October arrives in Moose County on the heels of a long drought, and the citizens of Pickax worry about wildfires.
Their fears are realized in an unexpected manner, with a case of arson-and the shooting of a volunteer fire-watcher as he is reporting the blaze. The crime wave continues as the president of the curling club is pushed to his death down a flight of stairs, and it's up to Qwilleran & Co. to sniff out the rat who is responsible for it all.
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.
Another tale in the saga of Jim Qwilleran, semi-retired newspaperman from Down Below who now lives in a little town in Moose County right up next to Canada. Qwilleran and his two cats Koko and YumYum help discover the cause of the mysterious fires that keep springing up all over the drought-striken Moose County.
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The way Jim Qwilleran sees it, there is nothing worse than being left high and dry. But that is where he has been since a record-breaking drought hit Moose County. A rash of fires at local historic mine sites are blamed on the weather but Jim thinks that they are caused by arson.
Jim Qwilleran and his cats are back with the Moose County regulars. Throughout Moose County, fires are raging, and the latest leads to an explosion and a dead body. Unfortunate act of nature or murder?
A record-breaking drought in Moose County is believed to have fueled a rash of fires at local historic mine sites. But Jim Qwilleran thinks it's arson. When a mysterious explosion is followed by a blood-chilling murder, he and his Siamese cats Koko and Yum Yum start sniffing around.