The Cat Who Went Up the Creek (Cat Who...Bk 24)
The Cat Who Went Up the Creek - Cat Who...Bk 24 Author:Lilian Jackson Braun Pickax's favorite columnist, James Qwilleran, is enjoying a brief holiday in the nearby town of Black Creek - but his two Siamese, who prefer the spaciousness of their home, beg to differ. The blissful tranquility is soon interrupted by the discovery of a body floating down the creek. And a possible motive for his murder is suggested when se... more »veral gold nuggets are found in his possession. Might he have been illegally prospecting for gold? If so, it seems he wasn't the only one in search of an easy fortune. And his competitor is far more determined to strike it rich...« less
This was more like reading A History of...rather than like reading a mystery. Our hero is indirectly involved in everything and directly involved in nothing so the mystery parts are explained close to the end and as the reader I was left with a vague sense that it had all happened while I wasn't looking.
The towns and their massive cast of characters are so richly detailed I felt like I could move there and call people by their first names.
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.