Friday, April 25, 2008

2008 Book 33: The Cat Who Dropped a Bombshell

Book #:33

Book Title:The Cat Who Dropped a Bombshell

Author:Lilian Jackson Braun


Pub. Date:2006


Started:April 24, 4008

Finished:April 25, 2008

Time to Read:2 Days

Back Cover / Inside Flap:"The residents of Pickax eagerly await the start of Pickax Now, a festival celebrating the 150th anniversary of the town's founding. In the midst of preparations for parades and performances, newspaper columnist James Qwilleran must make time to entertain Harvey Ledfield, an aspiring architect visiting from out of town.

Qwill welcomes Harvey into his home to sketch, but strange occurrences seem to follow Harvey around. Why, for example, did the extraordinary Siamese Koko leap from the balcony onto Harvey's head while he was drawing Qwill's barn? And why have Harvey's aunt and uncle - residents of nearby Purple Point - not been seen in public since Harvey's arrival?

Soon, Koko's strange behavior is not the only sign of trouble in Pickax. A knitter with psychic powers predicts murder, and a woman makes a weekend trip to Pickax from California to leave a message for Qwill. It's up to Koko to help Qwill piece the clues together.

In the 28th Cat Who mystery, Lilian Jackson Braun welcomes readers back into the world of Qwill, Koko and Yum Yum."

Review:Pickax, a town 400 miles north of everywhere, has been the scene of many of my literary forays over the past fifteen years since I first discovered its existence in the fifth Cat Who novel. And so, after visiting there in over twenty books, I feel like I've come to know the area and its residents. They've all come out to play in this Cat Who novel, and it's always fun to seem them again.

If I had to complain about anything in this book, it's that a well-known character dies and is sent off with barely any fanfare. It makes Qwill seem almost uncaring that he spends so little time thinking about this character's death and so adroitly moves on from learning of it to theorizing possible solutions for the mystery - or mysteries - at hand.

Nonetheless, this is a fun and quick read, and it's always nice to visit with Qwill and his kitties!

If you have read or are planning to read this book, please make sure to stop back by and leave me a comment to let me know your own thoughts!

From my library to yours,


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