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.
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.
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.