In this book the body of a dead man is discovered on the main character's property. James Qwilleran, a newspaper columnist in Moose County, Michigan, is preparing to work on a one-man play about the great storm of 1913 with the help of an elderly woman. The city of Brr is much too busy preparing for its 200th birthday celebration and the opening of the Pickax bookstore to worry about a killer on the loose. If not for Koko and Yum Yum, Qwilleran's two Siamese cats, this book would have been a complete waist of my time. I loved the clairvoyant cat who believed he could speak Turkey, cute! The characters were kooky and I was slightly amused by their names. I just don't know what all the fuss is over these books. They are highly overrated!
This "The Cat Who.." seems like it was written by a schizophrenic with ADD. Character personalities and plot points jump all over without continuity with most of the writing appearing to be little more than chapter outlines. On top of that, spelling errors! The "turkey talking" had zero to do with anything and seemed like a very weak motif. The last few pages were really disturbing and completely unbelievable, sort of like Twin Peaks, but with less lucidity. There was no mystery, Qwill didn't seem to give a darn about the murders (one of which was ON HIS PROPERTY!) and again, we are treated to more and more of Qwill throwing his money and influence around, townspeople constantly sucking up, and none of the characters have enough texture to tell them apart. Lastly, there are several continuity errors regarding persons and events from past novels. It's really sad for me. I love LJB, but she needs to retire.
Although I have enjoyed 'The Cat Who...' series for many years, this book was disappointing both as a cozy mystery and as a nice escapist light-read. The descriptive prose and wit that I have enjoyed from Ms. Braun over the years are sadly lacking here, and I found the book more a chore than a pleasure to read. The plot and dialogue were disjointed and seemed to stumble along erratically, while the character development so inherent to earlier installments in the series was contradictory at best and frequently nonexistent. I am saddened to see the decline of such a long-standing series and fear this heralds a farewell to the beloved town of Pickax and its inhabitants.
I've read a number of Braun's "Cat Who..." series and enjoyed them, but this one had almost no mystery in it at all. The corpse found on Quill's property is mentioned maybe 4 times in the first 150 pages, then the mystery kicks in and is solved all in the last 30 pages.If you want a mystery, do not pick this title!!
James Qwilleran and his famous felines, Koko and Yum Yum, are back for another mystery-solving stint in the beloved bestselling Cat Who . . . series.
In Qwill's opinion, "A town without a bookstore is like a chicken with one leg," and since the late Eddington Smith's bookstore burned down, the town of Pickax has been somewhat off balance.
To the rescue comes the Klingenschoen Foundation, manager of Qwill's estate, which considers a new bookstore a worthy investment. Delighted by their good fortune, the people of Moose County prepare to celebrate the gala groundbreaking of the store on the site of the old. But no one is prepared for the discovery of the body of a man shot execution style in a wooded area on the very same day. Now Qwill and his clever cats have their work cut out for them.
This is one of the later books of Lillian Jackson Braun. Her earlier ones are better, but this was still enjoyable.
This is a popular series. Each book can be read on its own but as you read the series you begin to really know the characters and country as you friends. Qwill is a laid back, middle-aged bachelor, and all-round nice guy who's had trouble in the past but has landed on his feet. He's owned by two siamese cats who help in their own feline way to solve crimes.
The Cat who Talked Turkey (Lillian Jackson Braun)
The people of Moose County are excited It's almost time for the gala groundbreaking of the Pickax bookstore - and the town of Brrr is preparing for its bicentennial celebration. All the festivities, however; are spoiled by the discovery of a man's body .
To solve the case, Qwill and his feline pals, Koko and Yum Yum, are on the case to solve this mystery.
Koko and Yum Yum, those smart Siamese cats, are as endearing as ever in this tale of a body discovered on James Qwilleran's property. Qwilleran is also busy with a new bookstore that is opening in Pickax.
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.
The good people of Moose County are in a fever of excitement. It's almost time for the gala groundbreaking of the Pickax bookstore--and the town of Brrr is preparing for its bicentennial celebration. All the festivities, however, are spoiled by the discovery of a man's body on James Qwilleran's property. Could it be the work of a killer who used the same MO in northern Michigan? To solve the case, Qwill and his feline pals, Koko and Yum Yum, will have to prick up their ears and determine who committed this fowl deed...
The good people of Moose County are in a fever of excitement. It's almost time for the gala groundbreaking of the Pickax bookstore - and the town of Brr is preparing for its bicentennial celebration. All the festivities, however, are spoiled by the discovery of a man's body on James Qwilleran's property.
This was my first Lilian Jackson Braun novel. I guess I was expecting more, but I was a tad disappointed especially since I love cats. Although I will admit it is worth a listen, I found it to trail off the plot, ramble on tangents that were interesting but didn't add anything to the overall story, and I swear it repeated certain phrases/info over and over. Still, it was a pleasant enough tale that it held my attention and I did enjoy the Siamese cats' antics.
I thought this was one of the more well-rounded, entertaining "Cat Who" books the author has written. Several story lines to follow in addition to the cat antics and, of course, a murder to solve. Worthwhile read.
Is it just me or has Braun wandered too far from the mystery in her books and now it's centering more on Quill's life in Moose County. I've read every one of her books and I tend to really enjoy her earlier works but not so much her last few. There wasn't enough character building of the murderers to make me care who did it.
I think Lillian may be running down. This does not compare to any of her previous books...................but it is her 26th!!! I'm glad I was able to get a copy on PBS and didn't pay full price for it. Long live PaperBackSwap!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!