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The Cat Who Brought Down The House

by Lilian Jackson Braun

The Cat Who Brought Down The House
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  • First Published:
    Feb 2003, 240 pages
    Paperback:
    Jan 2004, 256 pages

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The twenty-fifth volume in this bestselling series, featuring small town reporter Jim Qwilleran and his cats with their uncanny intuition. The inhabitants of Pickax are abuzz with the news that a native of Moose County is retiring from a long Hollywood career to return to her native soil.


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Twenty-five years ago, Jim Qwilleran walked into my life...huffing into his large moustache, spelling his name oddly, drinking black coffee at the Press Club bar. He was tall but seemed world-weary. His entire earthly possessions fit into two suitcases. He was a down-and-out crime reporter willing to cover any minor beat if it could get him back into newspapering.

Then, almost overnight, peculiar circumstances made him the richest man in northeast central United States.

All that money made Qwilleran nervous, until he remembered the old saying: "Money is like muck; it doesn't do any good unless you spread it around." He established a foundation to spread it around.

Now Qwilleran lives in a small town, 400 miles north of everywhere, and writes for a small newspaper. He stands tall and straight. He dates a librarian. His roommates are two abandoned cats that he adopted along the way, one of them quite remarkable.

Despite his fame and fortune, Qwilleran's popularity really stems from his sense of humor, individuality, and willingness to listen. He has a writer's talent for sympathetic listening--half compassion, half curiosity--and it draws confidences from men and women, old and young.

Qwilleran has a secret of his own that he shares with no one--or hardly anyone. His male cat, Koko, has an uncanny intuition that can tell right from wrong and frequently sniffs out the evil-doer. Together, he and Qwilleran have solved several cases. The Cat Who Brought Down the House is the twenty-fifth installment of the Qwilleran saga. Shall we try for twenty-six?

Lilian

Chapter 1

Who was Thelma Thackeray?

It was April first, and it sounded like an April Fool's joke.

Had anyone by that name ever lived in Moose County, 400 miles north of everywhere?

Yet, there it was, in black and white-in the newsbite column of the Moose County Something:

Return of The Native
Thelma Thackeray, 82, a native of Moose County, has retired after a 55-year career in Hollywood, CA, and is returning to her native soil. "I'm coming home to die," she said cheerfully, "but not right away. First I want to have some fun."


It was followed by less startling items: The sheriff had purchased a stop-stick to aid deputies in high-speed car chases....The Downtown Beautiful committee had decided on hot-pink petunias for the flower boxes on Main Street....The sow that escaped from a truck on Sandpit Road had been discovered in the basement of the Black Creek Elementary School.

Immediately the lead item was being discussed all over town, via the grapevine...

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Library Journal

For all of those cat aficionados out there, here is more quaint, small-town goings-on.

Kirkus Reviews

The smidgen of mystery will be just enough for the faithful already queued up for this mild silver anniversary for Braun.

Publishers Weekly

In her inimitable gentle style, Braun documents the daily activities of the inhabitants of Pickax. Kidnappings, robberies and murders may abound, but nothing is really upsetting or unpleasant. Braun devotees will cheer.

Booklist - GraceAnne DeCandido

All the murders are offstage the fun part is in food, clothing, and the quotidian joys of small-town life; there's no sex and barely a whiff of technology. How can one fail to be amused by naming conventions that include local weatherman Wetherby Goode?

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Kirconnell

More! We want more!
I love this series and this is one of the best. Amusing and intriguing. A perfect prescription for a rainy night or lazy afternoon. Yes! Definitely write more.

carehoff

I love this series!

Jesse

best taken with a bottle of wine and a quiet chair
keep going

Anonymous

Old Friends, New Friends - they all feel like family! Love the series - keep writing! ~ABG

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