Wednesday, May 21, 2008

2008 Book 45: The Cat Who Smelled a Rat

Book #:45

Book Title:The Cat Who Smelled a Rat

Author:Lilian Jackson Braun

Publisher:G. P. Putnam

Pub. Date:2001


Started:May 20, 2008

Finished:May 21, 2008

Time to Read:2 Days

Back Cover / Inside Flap:"The Big One is on its way, and none too soon for the residents of an unusually arid Moose County, who are becoming increasingly anxious about wildfires as they await the first snowstorm of the season. A Citizens' Fire Watch is formed, and volunteers go out on shifts to patrol areas of concerns, particularly the old minesites, which have been rumored to contain subterranean fires deep within. When a volunteer is murdered near the Big B minesite, which had been set ablaze, the people of Pickax realize they are dealing with both an arsonist and a killer. And Koko, Siamese cat extraordinaire and owner of journalist James Qwilleran, knows even more than that, as evidenced by his suspicious scrutiny of an antique pitcher, a batik of robins, and an old-fashioned glove box.

The string of catastrophes continues as a local builder dies in an apparent accident, and it's up to Qwilleran & Co. to trap the rat who's behind it all.

With her twenty-third Cat Who... mystery, Lilian Jackson Braun purrpetuates her reputation for fine feline-oriented entertainment and authentic portrayal of small-town life."

Review:Braun produces a cute story as always, when Koko and his kept man Qwilleran set about to sniff out the culprit in several suspicious deaths in town. Most devastating to me, as a reader, was the complete loss of Eddington's Editions, the used book store Qwill so loves, and the perishing of its owner in the fire. Cat lovers will breathe a sigh of relief to known that Edd's cat escaped unharmed, but Qwill knows that this loss is more than just an accident.

How Qwill traps a ne're-do-well at the end who is behind all of the drama that's been going on in Pickax makes the story's end more exciting than most in this series. Great read - check it out!

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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