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!!