The Cat Who Blew the Whistle (The Cat Who... Series #17)

The Cat Who Blew the Whistle (The Cat Who... Series #17)

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by Lilian Jackson Braun
     
 

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Jim Qwilleran and his Siamese sleuths, Koko and Yum Yum, investigate the disappearance of a wealthy railroad buff—and alleged multimillion-dollar embezzler—a case that becomes complicated by red herrings, a tragic train wreck, and murder at a railroad tavern.  See more details below

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Jim Qwilleran and his Siamese sleuths, Koko and Yum Yum, investigate the disappearance of a wealthy railroad buff—and alleged multimillion-dollar embezzler—a case that becomes complicated by red herrings, a tragic train wreck, and murder at a railroad tavern.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Best of series, this 17th The Cat Who caper slyly creeps up on the reader. The newest delight in Moose County, ``400 miles north of everywhere,'' is a railroad buff's refurbished locomotive, which is making its debut run. Floyd Trevelyan, the train owner, disappears just as the state closes down the credit union associated with his business. While others believe the man has decamped with investors' money, newspaper columnist Jim Qwilleran doesn't believe Trevelyan would abandon his railroad project. He persuades his friend and sleuthing cohort Celia, recently moved to Pickax City from Chicago, to go undercover to find the missing businessman. Meanwhile, librarian Polly Duncan, with whom Qwill has had a long-standing relationship, is becoming distraught about the house she is building nearby. After a carpenter on the project is stabbed in a barroom brawl and the contractor, Trevelyan's son, is seriously injured on the job, Qwill begins to fear for Polly's health. Qwill's Siamese cat, Koko, plays a central role in solving these puzzles as Qwill struggles equally to interpret the cat's hints and cope with those problems complicating his personal life. Literary Guild, Mystery Guild and Doubleday Book Club selections. (Feb.)
Library Journal
Cat mystery lovers beware! Pickax's Qwilleran and Koko have returned for a go at catching a train fancier who has embezzled millions from Moose County investors. Another best seller from the prolific Braun.
Barbara Duree
In the seventeenth book of her cat mystery series, which began with "The Cat Who Could Read Backwards" (1966), Braun extends her North Country locale from Pickax to the whole of Moose County. When the discovery of embezzlement at the Lumbertown Credit Union in Sawdust City (aka Mudville, population 5,000) coincides with the disappearance of its wealthy president, who is also a model railroad buff and owner of a salvaged and restored steam locomotive, Moose County's best-known philanthropist, columnist, and amateur detective, Jim Qwilleran, decides to investigate the mystery--with the help of his two Siamese sleuths, Koko and Yum Yum. Financial fraud and, later, murder seem almost secondary, however, to the activities and attachments of familiar characters, for example, a local theater production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and Qwill's genteel affair with head librarian Polly Duncan. The author provides enough background information to make new readers feel at home, and devotees of the series will applaud the added interest of railroading language and lore. As the communicative and prescient Koko would say, "Yow!"

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780515118247
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/28/1996
Series:
Cat Who... Series, #17
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
263,233
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 10.98(h) x 0.86(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

"The New York Times"-bestselling author Lilian Jackson Braun lives in North Carolina with her two Siamese cats.

George Guidall has recorded over 800 unabridged novels and is the recipient of two Audie Awards for excellence in audiobook narration. His 40 year acting career includes starring roles on Broadway, an Obie award for best performance Off-Broadway, and frequent television appearances.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
North Carolina
Date of Birth:
1916
Date of Death:
June 4, 2011
Place of Birth:
Massachusetts
Place of Death:
South Carolina
Education:
Graduated from high school at age 16

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The Cat Who Blew the Whistle (The Cat Who... Series #17) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So easy to listen to and do enjoy the playaway tapes
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Another great mystery with our favorite sleuth cat, Koko.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Koko is right on target again. And Qwilleran is right behind. Still keeps you guessing till the end. Love these books!
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JRews More than 1 year ago
I read this book last summer because I found it in my basement. At first I thought it was really strange but kept reading anyway. It only got stranger. I think there was supposed to be something about a murder, but all I understood was the train part. Then there was a weird thing with a cat and a pyramid and all the lights went out - but that wasn't mentioned or explained in the rest of the book. Not to mention this book takes place in the middle of nowhere. I wouldn't recommend this book to much anyone, but if your up for some strange/dull/confusing story then go ahead!
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